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Special Issue: “Imaginary Matters: Realizing the Imagination in Early Modern Iberian Culture” BSS 2016, #7-8

Special Issue: “Imaginary Matters: Realizing the Imagination in Early Modern Iberian Culture,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 93/7-8 (2016).


Lehfeldt, “Gender, the State, and Episcopal Authority,” in JMEMS, Fall 2012

Elizabeth A Lehfeldt, “Gender, the State, and Episcopal Authority: Hernando de Talavera and Richard Fox on Female Monastic Reform,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42/3 (2012).

CFP: Moriscos & Amerindians in the Early Modern Period

This is a call for an EDITED VOLUME on Moriscos and Amerindians during the Early Modern period. The edited volume focuses on historical, anthropological, artistic, religious, literary, linguistic, or comparative approaches relating to Moriscos and Amerindians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain and the Americas.


Since the discovery of the New World, there was a strong desire to equal the process of colonization of America to the long struggle with Islam in the Peninsula.  In the chronicles, these comparisons were abundant and it is not surprising that the soldier Bernal Díaz del Castillo referred to the Aztec pyramids as Mosques. Historians like Francisco López de Gómara or Pedro Mártir de Anglería, who had written about the East, used their erudition to reflect upon the new continents.  In that regard, the generalized European’s incomprehension towards Islam translates into their incomprehension towards the Americas. Although the complex and ambivalent views regarding these two groups led to stereotypes, we believe that they can shed light on the role that Moriscos and Amerindians played in the construction of Spanish empire.


Therefore, this edited volume seeks to draw parallels and points of contact between Spain and America based on the Spanish Empire’s point of view: How is the “Other” seen? How does the “Other” react and confront that view? How are Peninsular politics adjusted to the New World? How is the idea of America defined based on the mental model of the Reconquista? It also aims to expand on the works of Mercedes García-Arenal, Miguel Ángel de Bunes, and, more recently, Karoline P. Cook.


Please send a 500-word abstract, in English, outlining topic and approach, along with a CV, to by March 15, 2017. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is November 15, 2017. Papers from accepted abstracts will undergo a peer-review process before final acceptance. The final volume will be published in English.


This project is a collaboration between Lisette Balabarca (Siena College) and Melissa Figueroa (Ohio University). Questions can be directed to



Lisette Balabarca, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern Languages & Classics

Siena College

515 Loudon Rd.

Loudonville, NY 12211

Reviews in JWH, Dec 2015

Journal of World History 26/4 (2015):

James B Tueller reviews Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia by William D. Phillips Jr, and: The Disappearing Mestizo: Configuring Difference in the Colonial New Kingdom of New Granada by Joanne Rappaport, and: Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Islamic Iberia by Janina M. Safran.


Victor K Stoll reviews Iberian Visions of the Pacific Ocean, 1507–1899 by Rainer F. Buschmann, and: Navigating the Spanish Lake: The Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521–1898 by Rainer F. Buschmann, Edward R. Slack Jr., and James B. Tueller.

López-Peláez Casellas, “Sherley’s Spanish Writings and the Global Early Modern,” JWH, Sept 2015

Jesús López-Peláez Casellas, “Anthony Sherley’s Spanish Writings and the Global Early Modern,” Journal of World History 26/3 (2015).

Chaturvedula, “Consumption, Sumptuary Laws, and Decadence in EM Portuguese India,” JWH, June 2015

Nandini Chaturvedula, “On the Precipice of Ruin: Consumption, Sumptuary Laws, and Decadence in Early Modern Portuguese India,” Journal of World History 26/2 (2015).

Job Opening: Exeter, Lecturer in Naval History

University of Exeter:

THE POST College/Service: College of Humanities

Post: Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History (Education and Research) Reference No: P56050 Grade: F HERA: LEC

Reporting to: Head of History The above full time post is available from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2020 in the College Humanities on a fixed term basis.

Job Description

Main duties and accountabilities 1. To fulfil research, teaching and administration duties as a lecturer in Naval and Maritime History. 2. To extend the research profile of History and related areas, especially in the area of Naval and Maritime History, attracting and supervising postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate research students. 3. To collaborate with colleagues both within the College and the University of Exeter as a whole in order to develop and support Naval and Maritime History research programmes and the College’s research programme. 4. To contribute to the general operation of the College as a member of its academic team.

Research 1. To conduct independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader, and in so doing: Enhance the College’s international reputation through research publications of appropriate quantity and quality, and contribute to worldwide debate at national and international conferences, and Win research earnings through carefully prepared and successful grant applications as well as identifying potential income-generating programmes and collaborative partnerships. 2. To supervise research projects, managing any dedicated research staff and postgraduate research students, and provide the mentorship to enable staff and students to develop their skills and academic careers. 3. To help promote a collegiate working atmosphere and stimulating environment that will attract further research staff of the highest quality as well as good postgraduate research students. 4. To contribute to the further and ongoing development of History research at Exeter, especially the area of Naval and Maritime History.

Teaching To deliver mainly undergraduate courses to appropriate academic standards such that: 1. Knowledge acquired from research translates to teaching 2. Students are challenged but also tutored and supported with individual care 3. Teaching and learning techniques are innovative and inspiring 4. Students are supervised appropriately 5. Assessment criteria are appropriate, and fairly applied with results fed back to students appropriately 6. Module content is continuously reviewed to identify areas for improvement

General To contribute to the overall general and academic management in the College by undertaking activities that may be required such as: 1. Developing overall academic content and structure of modules with colleagues 2. Developing ideas for generating income and promoting both the College in general and History in particular. 3. Supporting admissions processes and procedures 4. Supporting examinations processes and procedures 5. Contributing to the work of College committees 6. Contributing to accreditation and quality control processes 7. Contributing to strategic planning This job description summarises the main duties and accountabilities of the post and is not comprehensive: the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties of similar level and responsibility.

Person Specification The successful applicant will have an independent research programme that will strengthen and complement the existing team at the University. He/she will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics: 1. PhD or equivalent in Naval and Maritime History. 2. Sufficient knowledge of Global and Imperial History (particularly in areas related or complementary to the Mediterranean and maritime trade in the Early Modern period) to develop teaching and research programmes 3. A strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding. 4. Teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members 5. An active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally with other educational bodies, professional institutions and employers 6. The attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development 7. The aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning 8. Enthusiasm for delivering undergraduate programmes

Informal Enquiries Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Richard Toye, e-mail or telephone (01392) 723296.

Additional Information Relating to the Post Salary The starting salary will be on Grade F, £33,943 to £38,183 per annum, points 32 to 36, subject to knowledge, skills and experience. Progression beyond point 36 is subject to performance in the role. An increment will be payable on 1 August each year until the top of the scale is reached (subject to being in post for 6 months and satisfactory performance). The scale will be subject to a cost of living review each year.

Hours of work There are no specific hours of work but staff are required to work such hours as are necessary to carry out the duties associated with the appointment. Annual Leave The annual leave entitlement for full-time appointments is 41 days per calendar year (pro rata for part-time appointments). For further information see our website

Professional Development Programme New Lecturers at the University of Exeter are appointed to a Professional Development Programme providing for • confirmation of appointment within three years (probation) and • progression to Senior Lecturer within a further two/three years after confirmation of appointment.

For further details of the probation and progression criteria and process see the Exeter Academic website On confirmation of appointment you will receive an additional increment within grade F and you will proceed to grade G on progression to Senior Lecturer. The PDP applies to both open-ended Lecturer appointments and fixed term appointments, to ensure that the progress and performance of fixed term Lecturers is assessed against the same standards and expectations which apply to open ended Lecturers. An extension to your fixed term appointment, or appointment to an open-ended Lectureship, will only be considered if you are making progress consistent with these PDP targets. There will be accelerated incremental progression after three and five years subject to satisfactory performance.. References & Medical Clearance All appointments are subject to satisfactory reference and medical checks and individuals will be required to complete a medical assessment form before appointment is confirmed. Applicants should note that the University normally contacts referees for short-listed applicants without further advice to applicants. When advising of referees, if they are resident overseas, please ensure you supply fax numbers and/or email addresses enabling us to contact them (if necessary) without delay. Right to Work in the United Kingdom If you do not have the right to work in the UK, this appointment will be subject to the University successfully obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship under the UK’s Points Based System for migrant workers and to you obtaining Entry Clearance/Leave to Remain. For further information, see the Home Office website at In particular you are encouraged to undertake a self assessment of your eligibility to work in the UK using the link to Terms & Conditions The Terms and Conditions of Employment can be viewed on line by visiting Pensions Membership of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) is automatic provided that you meet the qualifying criteria for membership. For details on the scheme please go to the Staff automatically become members and employee contributions will be taken from your pay unless you opt out in accordance with the current rules of the scheme. More information about the USS scheme can be found at The University, as your employer, contributes such sums as will be required to maintain the full benefits of the scheme. You may opt out of the scheme and if you wish to do so, you should contact the Pensions and Reward Advisor, Mrs Alison Rose (01392 723088/email for further information. Page 4 of 4 Relocation You may be able to claim relocation expenses in accordance with the University’s Relocation Assistance Scheme. The maximum allowance that you can reclaim under the Relocation Assistance Scheme, if eligible, is 10% of salary. Short-listing Information We will acknowledge your application by email. The University of Exeter recognises the time and effort taken to apply for a position and will contact you by email to inform you of results of shortlisting Application Procedure and Interview Information The closing date for completed applications is 14th February 2017. Data Protection Act (1998) The information contained within your application is being requested to enable the University to make employment decisions and meet statutory obligations. Any information provided to the University in this context will be treated confidentially and used only by manager(s), member of the University, Human Resources, Superannuation and Payroll during the course of your employment. Where the application relates to a post which is externally funded this information may be passed onto the relevant funding body.

CFP: Spain & the American Revolution, June 2018, at Johns Hopkins

Call for Papers: “Spain and the American Revolution” Conference (June 2018)

Call for Papers

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution

Spain and the American Revolution

The Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

June 8-10, 2018

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain—France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies—is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Proposals should explore an aspect of the involvement of Spain in the American Revolution and may consider, secondarily, Spain’s (and Spanish America’s) interactions with the United States in the early republican period. All approaches and historiographical orientations will be considered, whether diplomatic, cultural, military, economic, social, imperial or intellectual.

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a short (maximum 2-page) CV. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 to, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2017.

Publication of accepted papers, following revisions, in an edited volume with a major university press is anticipated soon after the conference itself. It is therefore required that participants submit their full-length (c. 6,000 words), relatively polished papers for pre-circulation two months prior to the conference itself (i.e. by April 8, 2018).

The SAR will cover presenters’ travel and lodging expenses and, in addition, offer a $500 honorarium.

The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution will honor the notable contributions to the study of the international history of the American Revolution made by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) and Professor Sylvia Hilton (La Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

New Book: Pimentel, “Rhinoceros & the Megatherium”

Juan Pimentel, The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History, trans. Peter Mason (Harvard, 2017).

Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Palaography: Carla Rahn Phillips at the Newberry

2017 Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography

At the Newberry Library
Monday, June 12, 2017Friday, June 30, 2017

9 am to 12:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, plus 1:30-3:30 Monday afternoons

Room B-91

Directed by Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, Emerita
Application Deadline: March 1

The institute will provide participants with practical training in reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in early forms of Spanish.

Learn more about the institute’s director: Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota.

Schedule: The institute will meet in the mornings Monday through Friday, plus two hours on the Monday afternoons, for three weeks.

Eligibility: Each institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, but applications will also be accepted from associate and full professors at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Advanced language skills are required.

Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $970; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to defray travel and housing expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.

Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught in English, but participants will do extensive reading in early forms of Spanish; advanced language skills are required.

Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography, and check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Funded by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Cost and Registration Information

The application deadline is March 1.

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