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CFP: “Health & Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective” – Essay Collection

We are seeking submissions for an interdisciplinary collection of essays tentatively titled

Health and Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective.


This edited volume seeks to put into conversation a range of historical, literary, and cultural texts and objects related to the theory, practice, and experience of health and healing from an Iberian-Global and gendered perspective, between 1500-1700. We invite papers that broadly interrogate the concepts of “health” and “healing” from all geographical areas within early modern Iberia and its global kingdoms. We encourage innovative responses to the topics that include but are not limited to: interactions between healer and patient; health status, belief and spiritual (religious and magical) practices; creation and circulation of drugs, herbal remedies, and the status and representation of herbalists and apothecaries; the professionalization of medicine and gendered divisions of labor and care; recipe books, diet practices and access to food. We are also interested in the ways early modern health discourse intersected with the sensory world: how were health care decisions shaped by sight, smell, touch, sound, taste as well as feeling, believing, remembering and knowing?


We anticipate publishing this volume in paperback with a university press, with the potential for classroom adoption. Essays from practitioners of all disciplines are welcome. This volume aims to reach across the fields of Iberian and global early modern studies, history of science and medicine, and gender, sexuality and women’s studies.


Please send a 250 to 300-word proposal and CV to Margaret E. Boyle ( and Sarah E. Owens ( by January 15, 2018.  Authors will be notified no later than January 30, 2018. If the proposal is accepted by the press, completed essays would be expected approximately 6 months after acceptance date.





Margaret E. Boyle  |  Associate Professor 
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine 04011
T: 207-798-4296


New Book: Murillo: The Self Portraits

Murillo: The Self Portraits, Xavier F. Salomon and Letizia Treves; With essays by María Álvarez-Garcillán, Silvia A. Centeno, Jaime García-Máiquez, Larry Keith, Dorothy Mahon, and Nicole Ryder (Yale, 2017).

New Book: Owens, “Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire”

Sarah E. Owens, Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire (University of New Mexico Press, 2017).

New Book: Tutino, The Mexican Heartland

John Tutino, The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000 (Princeton, 2017).

Concert, “La música en tiempos de José de Gálvez (1720-1787), VI” – Málaga, Nov, 2017


CFP: Typography, Illustration & Ornamentation in the Early Modern Iberian Book World, Dublin, May 24-25, 2018

Typography, Illustration and Ornamentation in the Early Modern Iberian Book World, 1450-1800

Dublin, 24- 25 May 2018

Like their manuscript forebears and counterparts, early-modern printed books incorporated ornamentation such as decorative head and tailpieces, ornate borders and initial letters. They also often included woodcut and later engraved illustrations. These elements formed an essential part of the aesthetics of the book and helped frame meaning for their readers. As well as offering cultural insight, this seam of evidence also offers a formidable scholarly tool to assist in the identification of anonymous imprints and to help in the dating of works. Yet – with only a few notable exceptions – these graphic components, and those who crafted them, have remained under-researched. To better understand this world, and its development, a cross-disciplinary conference will be held in Dublin in May 2018 to reflect on the broad themes of typography, illustration, and ornamentation in early-modern Spain, Portugal and the New World between 1450 and 1800. Papers are invited from both established and younger researchers which might shed light on any aspect of the conference theme, or which help situate the Iberian experience within a broader European or global context. Papers on manuscript or printed books are welcome. The conference will coincide with the launch of the latest phase of Iberian Books covering the period 1651-1700. It will also see the launch of Ornamento, an online repository of ornaments and illustrations.

Proposals can be submitted to Professor Sandy Wilkinson, by Friday 15 December 2017

Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford

University of Oxford

Sir John Elliott Junior Research Fellowship in Spanish History (1400-1900)

University of Oxford – Exeter College

Fixed-Term Contract

Salary: £32,331 per annum (inclusive of College Housing Allowance of £8,723 per annum) (plus other benefits)

Exeter College (part of the University of Oxford) invites applications for the Sir John Elliott Junior Research Fellowship in Spanish History (1400-1900). The Fellowship, which is strictly temporary, will be tenable for a period of up to 36 months (with effect from 1 October 2018).

The main duties of the post are to engage in advanced study and research in the area of Spanish History – specifically, into some aspect of the internal history of Spain between 1400 and 1900, and/ or of the history of Spanish activity in Europe in the same period – with a view to building an international research profile through innovative original research, preparing work for publication (in monographs and/ or journals), and participating in international conferences. The post holder will also be a member of the Governing Body at Exeter College, with associated administrative and Trustee duties.

There will be no teaching obligation attached to the Fellowship, although the post holder will be welcome to do a limited amount of teaching within the collegiate University if they wish to do so, and especially where such teaching experience will enhance the career development of the post holder.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A research record of international standing, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, with evidence of, or evidence of potential for producing, research of international standing in History;
  • The ability to undertake College administration and duties; and
  • A completed PhD, or equivalent, in History, or will be close to completion of a PhD in History (candidates must have submitted their PhD thesis for examination (i.e. in advance of their defence / viva voce examination) between 01 October 2014 and 30 September 2018 (inclusive)).

The Lecturer will be appointed on a salary of £32,331 per annum, inclusive of the College Housing Allowance (currently £8,723 per annum). In addition to salary, a range of other generous benefits are available, as set out in the Further Particulars.

Further Particulars may be obtained from the Exeter College website at:

How to Apply
General guidance for candidates applying for positions in History can be found on our website, at:

Candidates are encouraged to submit all application materials by email, to the HR Officer at If possible, applications should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Candidates should ask their referees to write directly to the HR Officer,, and should supply each referee with a copy of the further particulars.

The closing date for applications, and the last date for receipt of references direct from referees, is 12pm midday (GMT) on Friday 12 January 2018. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that her or his application, and references, arrive before the deadline.

Exeter College is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity.


New Book: Guerrero, “Silver by Fire, Silver by Mercury”

Saul Guerrero, Silver by Fire, Silver by Mercury: A Chemical History of Silver Refining in New Spain and Mexico, 16th to 19th Centuries (Brill, 2017).