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Spanish Panels at the ASECS Conference: Denver, March 21-23 2019

These are the panels of interest to us at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, held in Denver, March 21-23, 2019:

Thursday 11:30 am-1:00 pm

36. The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century I [Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies] Mt. Oxford
Chair: Catherine JAFFE, Texas State University
1. Jonathan CRIMMINS, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, “The Black Legend and British Abolitionism”
2. Emmeline FERNANDEZ, The Ohio State University, “Identity, Empire, and the Black Legend in Paul and Virginia”
3. Reva WOLF, SUNY New Paltz, “The Victim as Martyr: The Black Legend and Eighteenth-Century Representations of Inquisition Punishments”
4. Bridget ORR, Vanderbilt University, “The Black Legend in Eighteenth-Century Ireland”

Saturday, 2:00-3:30

175. Art and Material Culture from the Ibero-American Realms
Chair: Jeffrey SCHRADER, University of Colorado, Denver Mt. Harvard
1. Rachel ZIMMERMAN, Colorado State University, Pueblo, “Sacred, Secular, Exotic, European: Imitation Lacquer Chinoiserie in Colonial Minas Gerais, Brazil”
2. Sabena KULL, University of Delaware, “Floral Garland Paintings in Eighteenth-Century Peru: Circumscribing the Sacred from Europe to the Colonial Andes”
3. James MIDDLETON, Independent Scholar, “Dress and Trade in a Mid-Eighteenth-Century New Spanish Topographical Painting”
4. Gustavo FIERROS, University of Denver, “Toward an Equinoctial Landscape during the Eighteenth Century”

Saturday, 3:45-5:15

187. The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century II [Ibero-American
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies] Mt. Columbia
Chair: Karen STOLLEY, Emory University
1. Kevin SEDEÑO-GUILLÉN, Colorado College, “The Enlightened Side of the Black Legend: American Thinkers in the Enlightenment/ Modernity Global Debate”
2. Gabriela Villanueva NORIEGA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Through the Obsidian Looking Glass: The Black Legend and Mexican Culture”
3. Michael VINCENT, University of Florida, “‘He knew no music other than his own’: Boccherini, the Black Legend, and Continental Cosmopolitanism”
4. Catherine JAFFE, Texas State University, “Rewriting the Black Legend: María Rosario Romero Translates Graffigny”


New Book: Kagan, “The Spanish Craze”

Richard L. Kagan, The Spanish Craze: America’s Fascination with the Hispanic World, 1779-1939 (Nebraska, 2019).

New Book: “Mirando desde el puente: Estudios en homeaje al Profesor James S. Amelang”

Congratulations, Jim!!!

Mirando desde el puente: Estudios en homenaje al Profsor James S. Amelang, Fernando Andrés Robres, Mauro Hernández Benítez, & Saúl Martínez Bermjeo, eds (Madrid: UAM Ediciones, 2019).

And here was the event they had for him at the UAM: Homenaje a James Amelang.

Contributors include: Mónica Bolufer, Fernando Andrés Robres, Antonio Castillo Gómez, Xavier Gil Pujol, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Saúl Marínez Bermejo, Juan Gomis, Darina Martykánová, Fernando Bouza, Roberto López Vela, Mercedes García Arenal, Stefania Pastore, José Luis Loriente Torres, Álvaro Sánchez Durán, José Manuel Pedrosa, Ma. Cruz de Carlos Varona, Xavier Torres i Sans, María Tausiet, María José del Río Barredo, Isabel Burdiel, José Miguel López García, Josep Ma. Fradera, Bartolomé Yun Casalilla, Elena Sánchez de Madariaga, Juan Luis Pan-Montojo, David J. Amelang, Richard L. Kagan, Stephen Jacobson, José U. Bernardos Sanz, Juan Eloy Gelabert, Carloa Martínez Shaw, Marina Alfonso Mola, José Ignacio Fortea Pérez, Tomás A. Mantecón, and Pablo Fernández Albaladejo (wow!).

Mediterranean Seminar: Symposium on Moriscos, Syracuse University, March 2

Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos (2 March: Syracuse University)

The conference “Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos”  will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 9:30am. to 5:00pm, at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY).

Conference Program:
Lisette Balabarca (Siena College), “Moriscos en el exilio y la polémica anticristiana: El caso de Ibrahim Taybili y Muhammad Alguazir”
Respondent: Fernando Plata (Colgate U)

Melissa Figueroa (Ohio U), “Fear and Magic in Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’sQuien mal anda en mal acaba
Respondent: Thomas Devaney (U of Rochester)

Ana Méndez-Oliver (Syracuse U), “Re-conceptualizing the Spanish Christian Flock in Pérez de Chinchón’s Antialcorano
Respondent: Henry Berlin (SUNY Buffalo)
Andrew Russo (U of Rochester), “The Memory of al-Andalus: History Writing among the Moriscos”
Respondent: Pablo García (Cornell U)

Sherry Velasco (USC Dornsife), “The Gendered Soundtrack of Moriscas and the Women from Spain to Algiers”
Respondent: Kathy Everly (Syracuse U)

All are welcome to attend. Feel free to share this event with colleagues that may be interested.

Contact Info:
Lisette Balabarca, Associate Professor of Spanish, Siena College (
Ana Méndez-Oliver, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Syracuse University ( – If you’re driving, please contact Ana Méndez-Oliver to be added to a parking list at Syracuse University.

Melissa Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Ohio University (

Article & Reviews in the JEMH 22/6

The Journal of Early Modern History 22/6 (2018):

Fabrizio D’Avenia, “From Spain to Sicily after the Expulsion: Conversos between Economic Networks and the Aristocratic Elite.”

Jessica Fowler reviews Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World, Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, eds (Cambridge, 2017).

Colloquium at NYU, Feb 19: “Linguistic Heresies”

The NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese Presents:

Linguistic Heresies: Race, Nation, and the Archive in the Ibero-Atlantic World.

Lunch colloquium with:

Dr. Nicholas Jones & PhD candidates Rafael Cesar and Erica Feild.

Feb. 19: 12:30-2:00 pm. Room 223, University Place.

SCSC Nov 2018: Chicago

After the AHA, my shameful tour of conferences that have already passed continues with the Sixteenth Century Conference in Chicago this past November. I’ll include panels that focus on Iberian concerns, but not single papers.

Sponsor: The Sixteenth Century Journal
Chair: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Tatiana Seijas, The Pennsylvania State University
Suzanne Schadl, University of New Mexico
Michael A. Ryan, University of New Mexico
Abel A. Alves, Ball State University


Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Chair: Susan C. Karant–Nunn, University of Arizona
Christopher Carlsmith, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington
Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University

7. Unstable Orthodoxies: Religion and Politics in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America 
Organizer: Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles
Chair: Stefano Gulizia, California State University, Sacramento
Bernardino López de Carvajal and the Remaking of Hispania under Millenaris Auspices
Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University
Forms of Private Dissent in Counter-Reformation Spain: Antonio Augustín
Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles
Reading Religious Transformation, Orthodoxy, and Heterodoxy from the Huarochirí Manuscript
Sophia B. Nuñez, Princeton University

8. The Power of Languages and Images in Colonial Latin America
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Marianna C. Zinni, Queens College, City University
The Quipus, Stories between the Ancestral Legacy and the Supremacy of Knowledge: Memories of Ancestral Culture in Latin America
Eduardo E. Erazo Acosta, Researcher Group Curriculum and University
Ascent of the Aztec Sun: Power and Might in the “Raising of the Banners” Festival
Catherine DiCesare, Colorado State University
Unsanctioned Speech: Interactions between Castilianizing Andeans and the Spanish of Ofcialdom
Amy L. Huras, New York University

24. Between Voice and Print: Women’s Discursive Authority in the Iberian Atlantic 
Organizer: Heather J. Allen, University of Mississippi
Chair: Catalina Andrango-Walker, Virginia Tech
“Bloody, painful are the words of the women”: Indigenous Women’s Backtalk in Early Mexican Histories
Martin Vega Olmedo, Scripps College
“Publication is the crucible in which the purity of genius is tested”: Textual Authority in María de Zayas’s Novellas
Heather J. Allen, University of Mississippi
Under the Aegis of Ágreda: The Publications of the Imprenta de la Causa de la Venerable Madre Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda
Anna Nogar, University of New Mexico
Discursive Authority and Criollo Pride in the Hagiography of Juana de Jesus
Catalina Andrango-Walker, Virginia Tech

28. Empowered Women in Spain and Italy 
Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyhoke College
Fates Sealed by Deception: Teresa of Avila and Francisca de los Apóstoles before the Inquisition
Ana Maria Carvajal, Purdue University
Disembodied Friendship: Death, Apparitions, and the Holy Female Body in the Discalced Carmelite Convent
Jennifer E. Barlow, Longwood University
Proto-Feminist Women Writers in Italy and Spain: Common Objections to Misogynistic Culture in Arcangela Tarabotti and María de Zayas
Francesca Silva, City University of New York

31. Prints and Cultural Transfer in the Early Modern World 1: Europe and Latin America 
Organizer and Chair: Stephanie S. Dickey, Queen’s University at Kingston
The Nuremberg Map (1524) and Traditions of Cartography in Aztec Mexico and Early Modern Europe
Shannah M. Rose, Tulane University
The Passion of Christ in New Spain: The Shadow of Rubens
Alena Robin, Western University
The Ceilings of Tunja, Colombia, at the Intersection of Europe, Asia, and the New World
Barnaby R. Nygren, Loyola University Maryland

32. Christian Visual Culture and Emotional Communities in Italy, Spain, and Mexico 
Organizer: Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
Chair: Lisa Boutin Vitela, Cerritos College
Women on the Edge: Emotions, Gender, and Agency in the Orsini Chapel
Heather Graham, California State University, Long Beach
To Weep with Mary and Mourn for Christ: Luis de Morales and the Emotional Community of Badajoz, Spain
Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
Collective Crises, Miraculous Advocates, and Emotional Communities in Colonial Mexico
Derek S. Burdette, University of Oregon

33. Gendered Exempla and Expectations in Early Modern England and Spain 
Organizer: Walter S. Melion, Emory University
Chair: Maryanne C. Horowitz, Occidental College & University of California, Los Angeles
The Reception of Gender Stereotypes in the Collectanea Moralis Philosophiae (1571) of Fray Louis of Grenade
Ana C. Martins, University of Coimbra
The Fortunate Unhappy: Ladies and Stewards in the Drama of Early Modern England and Spain
Julia B. Griffin, Georgia Southern University
On Needlework and Needing God: Balancing Handcraft and Prayer in Mary Ward’s Communities
Laura F. Brown, Converse College

47. New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Popular Cultures 
Organizer, Chair, And Comment: Katrina Olds, University of San Francisco
Pop Baroque: Ways of the “Vulgo” in Seventeenth-Century Spain
Javier Castro-Ibaseta, Rutgers University–Newark
Rethinking the “Popular” and Negotiating Diference in Sixteenth-Century Neapolitan Song
Nathan K. Reeves, Northwestern University
The Popularization of Columbus’s Letter: Giuliano Dati’s Cantari della India
Elena Daniele, Tulane University

54. Shaping their World: New Christians in Portugal and its Empire 
Organizer and Chair: Susannah Ferreira, University of Guelph
Commercial Litigation and the Governance of Trade between Portugal, Brazil and the Netherlands in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century
David Strum, Universidade de Sao Paulo
The Portuguese National Church of Sant’Antonio in Rome as a Safe Haven for New Christians
James W. Nelson Novoa, University of Ottawa
Converts, Captives, and Ransoms: Portuguese New Christians and the Foundation of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia
Susannah Ferreira, University of Guelph

80. Moors, Moriscos, Mexica: Atlantic and Mediterranean Colonialisms 
Organizer: Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University
Chair: Jeffrey Schrader, University of Colorado, Denver
Comment: Elizabeth A. Horodowich, New Mexico State University
The Urban Performance of Empire in Sicily and New Spain
Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Case Western Reserve University
From the Templo Mayor to the Kunstkammer: Collections/Collecting in New Spain and Europe
Eulogio Guzman, Tufts University
Moorish Tears: The Ramón Folch de Cardona Tomb between Naples and Catalonia
Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University

84. Town and Country: Late Medieval Iberian Urban Experience and the Sixteenth-Century Colonization of the Americas
Organizer, Chair, And Comment: Sean Perrone, Saint Anselm College
Changing Relations between Madrid and Country during the Sixteenth Century: A Proposal of Study
David Alonso García, Complutense University of Madrid
Town and Country in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: The Castilian Concejo as an Urban Model
María Asenjo-González, Complutense University of Madrid
Mesoamerican Cities and Spanish Foundations in New Spain: A Necessary Coexistence
Jose Luis de Rojas Gutierrez Gandarilla, Complutense University of Madrid

137. Spanish Artists and Their Patrons
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Chair: Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
His and Hers Patronage: Isabel of Castile, Fernando of Aragon, and Their Competing Artistic Identities
Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University, Denver
Deafness and the Fame of a Spanish Painter
Jefrey Schrader, University of Colorado Denver
Francisco de Zurbarán’s Saint Serapion for the De Profundis Chapel
Jennifer Olson, Tacoma Community College

140. Captivity in the Spanish Mediterranean: Between Literature and the Archive 
Organizer And Chair: Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut
Comment: Paul M. Johnson, DePauw University
Stories of Loss and Failure: Writing the Spanish Empire from the Bagnios of Istanbul
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, University of Iowa
Functions of Maurophilia in Jorge Toledano, a Captivity Play by Lope de Vega
Natalio Ohanna, Western Michigan University
Religious Artifacts and Slaves in the Early Modern Western Mediterranean
Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut

141. Jesuits and Their Families 1: Familial Detachment in Jesuit Precept and Practice 
Sponsor: Journal of Jesuit Studies
Organizer: Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
Chair: Patricia W. Manning, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Comment: Jodi E. Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“What the eyes cannot see cannot break the heart”: The Challenges of Familial Detachment
Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
“Always outdone by your little brother”: María Beltran de Loyola and the Seroras of Azpeitia
Amanda L. Scott, US Naval Academy
When Father Doesn’t Know Best: Interpreting Jesuit Vocational Standards
Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College

150. Woodcuts and Other Pictorial Traditions in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America 
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Catherine Dicesare, Colorado State University
The Reshaping of the Natural World of the Indies in the Writings of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478–1557)
Elizabeth Gansen, Grand Valley State University
Fallen Bodies: The Woodcuts of Celestina’s Burgos 1499(?) Edition in Their European Context
Loreto Romero, University of Virginia
Statue Painting in Colonial Andes: “Indian” Virgins and Resacralization of the Sacred Landscape
Mariana C. Zinni, Queens College, City University of New York

169. Indigenous Representation and Agency in Colonial Latin America
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Martin Vega Olmedo, Scripps College
Rewriting the Altepetl: Tribute and the Search for Justice in Huexotzinco (mid-1500s)
Tania L. Garcia-Pina, University of Texas at Austin Reasonable Indians and Monsters of Nature: The imago dei in the Apologética historia sumaria of Bartolomé de las Casas
Timothy A. McCallister, Auburn University
Translation and Representation in “Ciertas peticiones e informaciones hechas a pedimento de don Francisco Tenamaztle” by Bartolomé de Las Casas (1555)
Ruben A. Sanchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University

190. Gender and Race Tensions in Early Modern Spain 
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Stephanie Kirk, Washington University in St. Louis
Women and Domestic Space in the Spanish Representation of the Ottoman Empire: Against a Humanistic Vision of Gender Roles
Mar Martinez Góngora, Virginia Commonwealth University
Creating Conversos: The Carvajal-Santa Maria Family in Early Modern Spain
Roger L. Martinez-Davila, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

194. The “Other Other”: Animals on the Margins of the Early Modern Iberian World 
Organizer and Chair: Abel A. Alves, Ball State University
An Elephant and a Rhinoceros: Asian Othering in Imperial Spain
John Beusterien, Texas Tech University
Adulterous and Sterile Monsters: Mules in Early Modern Castile
Kathryn Renton, University of California, Los Angeles
Iberia’s Imagined Elephant: Eforts at a Comprehensive Natural History in theSixteenth Century
Abel A. Alves, Ball State University

Iberian Panels at the AHA, Jan 2019

Okay this is two months too late, but just to have it on the record I want to include the panels that focus on early modern Iberian concerns (as always, I am excluding panels from the Conference on Latin American History because you can find their program here) (and excluding single papers on panels because that would be too much work tbh).

Imperial Entanglements in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the 17th Century: Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish Perspectives
Chair: Wim Klooster, Clark University
Practices and Representations of Material Exchanges across the Mediterranean: Conflict and Loyalty, Cooperation and Communication
Chair: Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study
Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study
Loyalty, Rights, Slavery, and Power in Europe’s New World Empires, 16th-18th Centuries
Chair: Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon
Renegades, Turncoats, and Converts in the Pre- and Early Modern Mediterranean
Chair: Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado Boulder