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CFP: “Knowledge & Governance in the Early Modern Spanish Empire,” Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Nov 29-30, 2018

Knowledge and Governance in the Early Modern Spanish Empire

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Call for Papers
November 29, 2018 to November 30, 2018

The relationship between knowledge production and governance has been at the centre of research on the Spanish Empire for some years. Recent works by Arndt Brendecke, Antonio Barrera-Osorio and Daniela Bleichmar, among others, show the productivity of such approaches. One consensus reached by many recent works seems to be that information was produced and collected by various actors and institutions within the empire, but not necessarily put to use by the governing bodies in Spain. More often than not, the surveys, maps, geographical descriptions, ethnographic studies, plants and specimens, and other data collected were archived without ever becoming the basis of governmental decisions.

However, even with a recent and growing interest in matters of knowledge production and imperial governance, there is still room for further questions. The relation between knowing and not-knowing, recently taken into focus by Cornel Zwierlein, and the connection of knowledge and government practices on a local colonial level are such areas.

This workshop is interested in both of these – and related – questions. It aims at bringing together recent work on governance, administration, and knowledge production from all parts of the Spanish Empire and Spain itself. Possible paper topics could be, but should not be limited to, the influence of knowing and not-knowing on governmental decision-making processes, government strategies and practices and their relation to knowledge and knowledge production, and the influence of specific local colonial contexts on government practices and knowledge production processes.

The workshop will take place on November 29th–30th, 2018 at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. It will be organised by Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr, professor of Early Modern History at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, and Marie Schreier, PhD candidate and research associate at the same university, in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress” at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. Marie Schreier’s work at the CRC focuses on late 17th century Panama, with a particular interest in Spanish governmental practices and reactions to dealing with outside threats.

To apply: 
Submissions should include an abstract of about 300 words for a 15-20-minute paper as well as a brief CV. Please include your name, affiliation and current position, and the title of your paper. The deadline for abstracts is July 31st, 2018. Accommodation and travel costs will be covered through funding available through the CRC.

Contact Info:

Marie Schreier
Universität Tübingen, SFB 923 „Bedrohte Ordnungen“
Keplerstr. 2
72074 Tübingen


New Podcast: Edward Collins, “Kingdom, Empire, and Plus Ultra: Conversations on the History of Portugal & Spain” – Most Recently: Stephanie Cavanaugh

Stephanie M Cavanaugh, “Moriscos, Enslaved Children, and Litigating for Liberty in Sixteenth-Century Spain” is the most recent episode of Kingdom, Empire, and Plus Ultra: Conversations on the History of Portugal and Spain, hosted by Edward Collins on HistoryHub.

Okay it’s not that new of a podcast – two years running now – but it’s new to me!

Some Changes: Twitter!

So I’ve finally taken the time to get a twitter feed for this website: @em_notes

Also, from now on I won’t be providing links to articles or people – you can google them yourself! It’s so much easier to find people, journals, etc. now than it was ten years ago when I started this site, and it takes me a lot of time to look things up, cut-and-paste, etc. The time I’ll save doing that I’ll use to send links to the posts via twitter.

Essays in the SCJ Winter 2017

The Sixteenth Century Journal 43/4 (2017) features a series of smaller essays this issue, plus book reviews.

Allyson Poska, “The Pedagogical is Political: Feminism as a Pedagogical and Political Choice in the Classroom.”

Rocio G. Sumillera, “Conference: ‘Protestantism and Political Rebellion in Early Modernity,’ Granada, Spain.”

Rachael Ball reviews Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán, Ana Caro Mallén, and Sor Marcela de San Félix: Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain, Nieves Romero-Díaz and Lisa Vollendorf, eds. Trans. Harley Erdman.

George A. Klaren reviews Scott Hendrickson, Jesuit Polymath of Madrid: The Literary Enterprise of Juan Eusebio Nierenberg (1595-1658).

Freddy C. Dominguez reviews Antonio Feros, Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World.

Steven F. Ostrow reviews The Spanish Golden Age: Painting and Sculpture in the Age of Velázquez, ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstalle München, and Amanda Wunder, Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis.

Albrecht Classen reviews Pierre Emonet, SJ, Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality, ed. Thomas M. McCoog, SJ. Trans. Jerry Ryan.

Donald J. Kagay reviews, Javier Irigoyen-García, Moors Dressed as Moors: Clothing, Social Distinction and Ethnicity in Early Modern Iberia.


Reviews in SCJ Fall 2017

The Sixteenth Century Journal 48/3 (2017):

Stuart B. Schwartz reviews The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches, Kimberly Lynn and Erin Kathleen Rowe, eds.

Fabiana Ambrosi reviews Cristian Berco, From Body to Community: Veneral Disease and Society in Baroque Spain.

Job Ad: 1-Year Instructor at Western Carolina, World/LA History

My understanding is that they really want an Iberian Atlanticist or Latin Americanist:
Full Time

Position Summary:

The Department of History is seeking three qualified faculty for the 2018-2019 academic year. 4/4 teaching load. Preference for sub-fields that complement current department offerings, including: World History, Latin American History, Early American (US) History, and Legal History. All full-time faculty in our department teach lower-level liberal studies courses as well as upper-level/graduate courses

Applicants must apply on-line at (Position #002052). Online submissions must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references with full contact information. In addition, please submit sample teaching materials (philosophy of teaching and relevant syllabi) to Dr. Mary Ella Engel, Department Head, History Department, 225 McKee, 286 Central Drive, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Engel at 828-227-3838 or