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Reviews in the SCJ, Fall 2016

The Sixteenth Century Journal 47/3 (2016):

Ronald H. Fritze reviews Trevor P. Hall, ed. and trans., Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories, 1513-1526 (Ashgate, 2015).

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez reviews Harald E. Braun and Jesús Pérez-Magallón, eds, The Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque: Complex Identities in the Atlantic World (Ashgate, 2014).

Robert E. Scully, SJ, reviews Liam Matthew Brockey, The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia (Harvard, 2014).

Raúl Marreno-Fente reviews Sherwin K. Bryant, Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito (UNC, 2017).


New Book: Clima, desastres y convulsiones sociales en España e Hispanoamérica

Luis Alberto Arrioja Díaz-Viruell and Armando Alberola Romá, eds, Clima, desastres y convulsiones sociales en España e Hispanoamérica, Siglos XVII-XX (Universidad de Alicante-El Colegio de Michoacán, 2017).

New Book: O’Banion, “This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza”

Patrick J. O’Banion, ed., This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569-1611 (Toronto, 2017).

Job Ad: Lecturer in Caribbean, Atlantic History, Cambridge University

University of Cambridge

University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History since c.1500

University of Cambridge – Faculty of History

The Faculty of History is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History in any period since c.1500. Candidates must have exceptional abilities in research and teaching.  The post is based in central Cambridge and is available from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding and developing research profile in early or late modern Caribbean and Atlantic history. The ability to teach in the history of Latin America and south Atlantic history over a wide temporal and geographical range will be an advantage. The incumbent must:  have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills; show a commitment to supporting students academically; and be able and ready to co-operate in Faculty affairs, including undertaking administration.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching Caribbean history as well as contributing to general World history teaching, at all levels from first-year undergraduate to PhD. She or he will be expected to offer a taught course to the MPhil in World History and to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. In due course, the appointee will be expected to design and teach a Part II Specified or Special Subject paper on a Caribbean or Atlantic topic, and to play a part in convening Part I papers and directing the MPhil in World History.

The Faculty welcomes applications from both early-career scholars and those who already have established careers. By the start of the appointment, the successful candidate must hold a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant field.

Please see the Further Particulars for this post.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants seeking further information about the post are invited to contact Dr Lawrence Klein, Chair of the Faculty of History: For further details about the application process, please contact the Faculty’s HR Clerk, Ms Joanne Pearson (e-mail:, telephone: 01223 335350).

Please quote reference JJ11269 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


New Book: Feros, “Speaking of Spain”

Antonio Feros, Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World (Harvard, April 2017).

Chapters in “Conversions: Gender & Religious Change in Early Modern Europe”

Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith, eds, Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017).

2 The quiet conversion of a ‘Jewish’ woman in eighteenth century
Spain – David Graizbord

6 Uneven conversions: how did laywomen become nuns in the
early modern world?- Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

Restall reviews Thomas, “World without End,” in JWH, Sept 2016

Matthew Restall reviews Hugh Thomas, World without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire (Random House, 2015) in The Journal of World History 27/3 (2016).

Corteguera, “Artisans and the New Science of Politics,” in JMEMS, Fall 2013

Luis R Corteguera, “Artisans and the New Science of Politics in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 43/3 (2013).

Job Ad: Chicago Seeks 18th-Cent Spain/Spanish Empire Asst. Prof

The Department of History at the University of Chicago invites applications for a beginning tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of Spain and the Spanish American empire in the eighteenth century. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses questions of Atlantic political economy, policy, and the transnational Enlightenment. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, and therefore encourage applicants who come from racial, ethnic, and social groups that are underrepresented in academia.

The appointment may begin as early as July 1, 2017. Candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in ­hand by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website,

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s research and teaching, as well as any prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic life; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a research statement addressing current research and future plans for research; 4) a teaching statement addressing teaching experience and philosophy; 5) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 6) three letters of reference.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their request.


Contact: Department of History
Primary Category: European History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Posting Date: 02/02/2017
Closing Date 05/02/2017

Fujitani, “Ming Rejection of the Portuguese Embassy of 1517: A Reassessment,” JWH March 2016

James Fujitani, “The Ming Rejection of the Portuguese Embassy of 1517: A Reassessment,” Journal of World History 27/1 (2016).