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New Abridged & Revised Book: Parker, “Global Crisis”

Geoffrey Parker, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century, abridged version (Yale, 2017).

CFP: Francisco Suárez, Seville, June 1-2, 2018

Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville, June 1–2, 2018

by Kathleen Comerford


Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity

Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville 

June 1–2, 2018




Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and the Departamento de Humanidades y Filosofía de la Universidad Loyola Andalucía


Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity.

Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?


Francisco Suárez,  S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad.

¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa?

¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?


These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos ( and Robert Aleksander Maryks ( before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

New Book: Dangler, “Edging toward Iberia”

Jean Dangler, Edging toward Iberia (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

ASPHS New York, 2017

This is very late – I had a busy spring semester! – but to try to offer a more or less complete picture of the current landscape of early modern Spanish history I’m post the early modern panels of this past March’s ASPHS conference in New York:

Circumscribing the Supernatural: Superstitions, Demons, and Miracles in Early Modern Iberia (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Toward a Cognitive Approach to Late Medieval and Early Modern Anti-Superstition Discourse”
Mark Cooper Emerson, Sul Ross State University: “Demonic Possession or Misdirection? A Tale from the Secret Jails of the Portuguese Inquisition”
George Klaeren, University of Kansas: “’A World Full of Miracles:’ Occasionalism and the Debate over Divine Action in Eighteenth-Century Spain”

Authority, Knowledge, and Difference in Eighteenth-Century Brazil (East Room)
Chair: Barbara Weinstein, New York University
Kirsten Schultz, Seton Hall University: “Royal Authority, Social Order, and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Brazil”
Lisa Voight, Ohio State University: “Diplomatic Missions, Missives, and Mistakes: The Dahomean Embassy to Brazil in 1750”
Hal Langfur, SUNY Buffalo: “Indians, Territorial Consolidation, and Improvised Justice in the Forests of Southeastern Brazil, 1750 – 1800”

Iberian Enlightenments and Utopias (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mark Molesky, Seton Hall University: “The Lisbon Earthquake and the Enlightenment”
Phillip Fox, Wayne State College: “Royal Flexibility and Legal Reform: The Preservation of Regional Civil Law in Bourbon Spain”
Liana Ewald, Independent Scholar: “Urbis et orbis: Utopia, Philanthropy, and the Contingencies of Merit in Nineteenth-Century Spain”

Iberia and the East (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Timothy Schmitz, Wofford College
Christina Lee, Princeton University: “The Cult of the Snake Devil in the early Spanish Philippines”
Ana Ribeiro, Universidade de Évora: “Informal Iberian Commercial Partnerships in the East (1580-1640)”

Spanish Diplomacy in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Avery Room)
Chair/Comment: Dan Crews, University of Central Missouri
Michael Levin, University of Akron: “The Spanish Diplomatic System in SixteenthCentury Italy: How Systematic Was It?”
Xavier Tubau, Hamilton College: “Spanish Ambassadors at the Council of Trent: Between Politics and Religion”
Miles Pattenden, Oxford University: “Spanish Diplomacy and the Conclave during the reign of Philip II”

Art and Culture in Early Modern Spain (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas
Taryn Chubb, East Central University: “Recontextualizing the Retable of the Trinity Adored by All Saints from the Valencian Cartuja of Valldecrist”
Mercedes Llorente, Universidade Nova de Lisboa: “The retinue in Las Meninas and Mariana in Mourning”
Carmen Saen de Casas, Lehman College: “La cena del rey Baltasar, un desengaño sobre las tablas en la corte de Felipe IV”

Los límites de la Reforma Católica en la España moderna: tolerar, resistir
Chair/Comment: Doris Moreno, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Ricardo García Carcel, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: “Las fronteras entre catolicismo y protestantismo en España antes de 1559”
Rosa María Alabrus, Universidad Abad Oliva-CEU: “La influencia española en el tránsito del protestantismo al catolicismo en el sur de Francia a comienzos del siglo XVII”
Eliseo Serrano, Universidad de Zaragoza: “Los límites a la santidad en la España Contrarreformista”

The Uses of the Past in Iberian History (Avery Room)
Chair: Clinton D. Young, University of Arkansas at Monticello
Lauri Tähtinen, Harvard University: “Freitas between Camões and Alexandrowicz: Locating the Law of Nations”
Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Medical Martyrs: A Nineteenth-Century Representation of Inquisitorial Persecution of Early Modern Spanish Physicians”
Jennifer Speed, University of Dayton: “Joaquín Costa’s Reimagining of the Origins of Civil Liberties in Nineteeth-Century Spain”

New Approaches to the Early Modern Spanish World (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Kirsten Schultz, Seton Hall University
Marta Vicente, University of Kansas: “Confessions of the Flesh: Transgender Narratives in the Early Modern Spanish World”
José Martínez Torrejón: City University of New York: “En el mapa político del Inca Garcilaso”

New Perspectives on Teresa of Avila (Avery Room)
Chair/Comment: Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington
Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas: “Saint Teresa of Avila as Courtier”
Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California: “Staging Vision, Vulnerability, and the Evil Eye in Lope de Vega’s Santa Teresa de Jesus”
Arlette de Jesús, Anderson University: “Lucha de poderes en la Reforma Carmelita: los Calzados y Descalzos a través de las cartas de Teresa de Jesús”

Peacemakers, Swordsmen, and Poets: Adventures in Portuguese History (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Mark Molesky, Seton Hall University
Carolina Esteves Soares, Universidade de Lisboa: “Imaginação cuidou nunca, senhor, o que hoje se está vendo com os olhos! (…) que Espanha havia de pedir as pazes, e que estas se haviam de pactear em Lisboa: the Path towards the Peace Treaty between Portugal and Castile (1665-1668)”
Catalina Pereira: “The Noble Art of Mastering the Blade: Masters and Students in Portugal 16th-19th centuries”

Keynote Address by Carla Rahn Phillips “Arriving (way beyond) Where We Started”

New Book: Irigoyen-García, “Moors Dressed as Moors”

Javier Irigoyen-García, Moors Dressed as Moors: Clothing, Social Distinction, and Identity in Early Modern Iberia (Toronto, 2017).

Job Ad: 1-Year Position in Judaic Studies at Brown

Judaic Studies Visiting Scholar 2018-19

The Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University is seeking applications for the Hirschfeld Presidential Scholar in Comparative Studies for the 2018-2019 academic year. (Applications for one semester will also be considered.) The successful candidate will receive $50,000 for the year (or $25,000 for a semester), a health insurance subsidy, and access to university library, athletic, and computing services.  She/he will be expected to participate in the regular intellectual activities of the Program and teach one course.  In addition, the successful candidate will be available to meet with and advise graduate and undergraduate students, lead a faculty research seminar meeting, and give a public lecture. Only applications from senior scholars will be considered.  Preference will be given to applicants who work on Jews and Judaism in the Medieval and/or Early Modern periods. We welcome applications from scholars in any academic discipline.  Applications should be made at Interfolio ( and include a cover letter, the applicant’s research agenda for the year, brief descriptions of courses she/he would be prepared to teach, a CV, and a recent article or book chapter.  Applicants should also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted at Interfolio ( of applications will begin on October 16, 2017.  Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.  For further information, contact