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New Book: Altman, “Contesting Conquest”

Ida Altman, Contesting Conquest: Indigenous Perspectives on the Spanish Occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524-1545 (Penn State, 2017).


New Book: Afinoguénova, “The Prado”

Not strictly speaking early modern, but I bet it helps frame our understanding of early modern Spanish art:

Eugenia Afinoguénova, The Prado: Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939 (Penn State, 2017).

Liang, “Where Is Barbarossa?” at the UCLA CMRS, Nov 1, 2017

‘¿Where is Barbarossa?’: Spanish Sensory Perception in North Africa”

Wednesday, November 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Spanish forces swept into North Africa and conquered a series of coastal towns from Morocco to Libya. Historians have seen this as a kind of mirror image of Muslim conquests in the Iberian Peninsula, and the subsequent occupation seemed to take place in the familiar context of Christian-Muslim relations in the western Mediterranean. As such, Spaniards are presumed to almost have a pre-knowledge of a land that was an overnight sail from Andalusian ports; of topography that resembled Iberian landscapes; and of a climate, flora, and fauna that nestle comfortingly within a Braudelian belt of olive trees. How well do these measures indicate Spanish sensory perceptions in North Africa?

In this talk, Yuen-Gen Liang (History, National Taiwan University) takes a close look at the evidence of what Spaniards saw, touched, heard, and felt in their contact with the Maghrib, focusing in particular on experiences of geography. Soldiers, officials, clerics, captives, redeemers, and writers who traveled to North Africa left behind administrative correspondence, maps, travelers accounts, captives’ tales, chronicles, and literature. Literary sources include formulaic and fantastical renderings of Africa. Provisioning ledgers document the imperial and trade networks that connected Spanish, North African, Italian, and Maltese lands. Candid remarks betray sensory responses to the sights, masses, textures, and tastes of the material world as well as expressions of bewilderment, unease, and peril. Overall, these experiences provide a rich description of Spanish engagement with western Mediterranean geography. They also point out that human subjectivities conditioned experiences of physical geography and that human activities directly altered the way that objectively measured spaces were experienced.

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of History. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Advance registration is requested. Please click here to complete the short registration form.

No fee. Limited seating. Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, and 4. Parking information at

Registration for Yuen-Gen Liang Lecture on November 1, 2017

CFP: “Music & Literary Sources of the Luso-Hispanic Song Tradition,” Princeton University, April 7-8, 2018

De Canciones y Cancioneros: Music and Literary Sources of the Luso-Hispanic Song Tradition

Princeton University, April 7-8, 2018

A conference organized by Ireri Chávez-Bárcenas (Music) and Sophia Blea Nuñez (Spanish and Portuguese) with the generous support from the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies

This conference hopes to bring together musical, literary and cultural historians from the US, Latin America, and Europe that are interested in exploring various aspects of the early song tradition in the Hispanic World. It seeks to investigate the varied intersections of literary and musical sources of the Iberian song in the vast Spanish empire—from early poetic anthologies and songbooks, to villancicos’ manuscripts, chapbooks, printed vihuela and guitar tutor books, Iberian songs in manuscripts and printed collections of neighboring countries, early anthologies, catalogues and library collections, music and poetic treatises, and songs in dramas, novels and other literary genres by authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Góngora or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. This conference also hopes to bring attention to early manifestations of musical globalization with discussions that reveal the circulation and transmission of Iberian musicoliterary genres in the Spanish empire, including Portugal, Europe, the New World, and Asia, as well as other cultural exchanges facilitated by diplomats in the service of the Spanish and Austrian branches of the Habsburgs. Other topics of interest relate to issues of race, religion, gender, and identity.

In celebration of the six first editions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz recently donated to Firestone Library, the conference will include a discussion panel on Villancicos and Sor Juana, and the participation of Early Music Princeton.


Keynote Speaker: Tess Knighton (ICREA, Spain)

Special Guests: Martha Lilia Tenorio (El Colegio de México, Mexico) and Álvaro Torrente (Universidad Complutense, Spain)

Concert by: Eduardo Egüez and Nell Snaidas, with the participation of Early Music Princeton

More information at 


Call for Papers 

Please send your proposal with an abstract not exceeding 300 words to the program committee at by November 30, 2017. The email should include a Word or PDF document with only the title and abstract. Please paste your abstract into the body of the email and include your name, institutional affiliation or city, contact information and audio-visual needs. Notifications of accepted proposals will be sent by December 15.

Possible topics related to the Luso-Hispanic song tradition may include, but are by no means limited to, the following:


  • Methodological and historiographical issues
  •  Sources for the study of the song tradition in the Spanish empire
  •  Function and ceremonial context in religious festivities
  •  Politics, propaganda, patronage, and representation
  • Imperial and Court Culture
  • Poetical forms, literary styles, authorship, print, chapbooks, and books
  • Musical forms, formal issues, musical styles, composers, text-music relation
  • Circulation and transmission
  • Oral, manuscript, and print sources
  • Early modern anthologies, catalogues, and library collections
  • Archives and libraries
  • Private and public practices
  • Intersections between the sacred and the secular
  • Social and cultural contexts and issues of race, class, gender, language and identity
  • Affect and Theatricality
  • Performance and listening practices


This conference is also possible by the generous support of our co-sponsors: the Departments of Music, Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature, and the University Center for Human Values, the Center for the Study of Religion, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the Committee for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Job Ad: University of Chicago, 18th-Century Spain, Tenure-track

From H-Net:

The University of Chicago, History

Assistant Professor


Institution Type: College / University
Location: IllinoisUnited States
Position: Assistant Professor


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, but all research topics will receive serious consideration.

The appointment may begin as early as July 1, 2018. Candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin on November 20, 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, 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.

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s research and teaching; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a research statement addressing current research and plans for future 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.

Symposium: “Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean,” UConn, Thurs, Oct 27, 2017

“Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Student Union, Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268

Please join us at this inaugural symposium to launch UConn’s Abrahamic Programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region.


8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks

Daniel WeinerVice President for Global Affairs and Professor of Geography, University of Connecticut, USA
Zaid Eyadat, Department of Political Science, University of Jordan; Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA
Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Doris & Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA, University of Connecticut, USA

9:30 AM  Session I – Intercultural Encounters

Mohammed Abattouy, Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, Mohammed V University, Morocco
Ronald Kiener, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College, USA
Daniel Lasker, Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values, Ben Gurion University, Israel

10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM Session II – Sciences: Reception & Translation

Nader El-Bizri, Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Brian Long, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Canada
Nicola Carpentieri, Assistant Professor and Chair of Arabic & Islamic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Joseph Ziegler, Associate Professor of History and Director of the School of History, University of Haifa, Israel

12:15 PM   Lunch Break

2:00 PM  Session III – Revelations: Polemics & Prophesies

Alexander Fidora, Research Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Andrea Celli, Assistant Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Mayte Green-Mercado, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University
Ahmed Chahlane, Professor Emeritus, Mohammed V University, Morocco

3:15 PM  Coffee Break

3:30 PM  Session IV – Geographies & Mobilities

Daniel Hershenzon, Assistant Professor of Early Modern Spanish & Mediterranean History, University of Connecticut, USA
Seth Kimmel, Assistant Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Cultural Studies, Columbia University, USA
Benjamin Liu, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of California – Riverside, USA
Pier Tommasino, Assistant Professor of Italian, Columbia University, USA

4:45 PM  Concluding Remarks

Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Doris & Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA, University of Connecticut, USA
Zaid Eyadat, Department of Political Science, University of Jordan; Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA

5:00 PM  Reception

Workshop: Distributive Struggle and the Self in the Early Modern Iberian World; Freie Universität Berlin, Oct 20-21, 2017

Workshop: Distributive Struggle and the Self in the Early Modern Iberian World

Oct 20, 2017 – Oct 21, 2017
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Organisers: Nikolaus Böttcher and Nino Vallen (Freie Universität Berlin).

People tell different stories about themselves and the world to express what they believe are or ought to be their rightful privileges. With global integration and growing inequality fuelling tensions between competing claims of entitlement, it is necessary to understand how these narratives are produced, interact and contribute toward the shaping of social realities. This workshop examines this nexus between distributional struggle, self-fashioning and the making of the world in the context of Iberian globalisation.

Bringing together scholars of the Spanish and Portuguese empires, the workshop explores the following questions. How did the ongoing Spanish and Portuguese expansion in Africa, Asia and the Americas change or contribute to the development of new social categories defining peoples’ claims to rewards, offices and honours? What strategies did actors adopt to present themselves as worthy of certain privileges, and what role did these actors’ mobility or immobility play? How did people’s experiences in or knowledge of the world help them to influence discussions about who merited what share of the community’s benefits?

Presentations and discussions will be held in English and Spanish.

The programme is available here.

Time & Location

Oct 20, 2017 – Oct 21, 2017

Institute for Latin American Studies, room 201

New Book: Bleichmar, “Visual Voyages”

Daniela Bleichmar, Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin (Yale, 2017).

New Book: Giménez López, La Compañía de Jesús, del exilio a la restauración

Enrique Giménez López, La Compañía de Jesús, del exilio a la restauración (Universidad de Alicante, 2017).

Early Modern Iberia/Latin American Opening: University of Florida

The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in early modern Iberian and colonial Latin American history at the rank of assistant professor, effective August 16, 2018. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in history by the starting date.

The successful candidate will be expected to 1) maintain an active research agenda, 2) apply for and obtain external research funding, 3) teach four courses per academic year at the undergraduate and graduate level in Early Modern Iberian History, Colonial Latin American History, and other areas of expertise of interest to the department, and 4) provide service to the department, the university, and the profession.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of culture, music, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activity, and social opportunities, including organizations that support the interests of people from varied backgrounds.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a dissertation and/or sample publications, and (4) representative teaching evaluations if available. In addition, names and email address for three references must be provided on the application. An email will be sent automatically to your references, requesting them to upload their letters. Initial review of applications will begin by or before November 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please address questions to Professor Jeffrey Needell at

We expect to invite and interview a select group of the applicants at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, January 4-7, 2018.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.