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New Book: “Nuevas perspectivas de investigación en Historia Moderna,” Pérez Samper & Bertán Moya, eds

Nuevas perspectivas de investigación en Historia Moderna: Economia, Política y Cultura en el Mundo Hispánico, María Ángeles Pérez Samper and José Luis Bertán Moya, eds (Madrid: Fundación Española de Historia Moderna, 2018).


CFP: Art History Conference at Durham University, UK, June 20-21, 2019

Canons and Repertoires: Constructing the Visual Arts in the Hispanic World

20th June 2019, 10:00 to 21st June 2019, 18:00, Senate Suite, Durham University Castle, Durham

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, in association with CVAC, invites specialists of Spanish arts, artistic communication and exchange, as well as experts of other regions, to discuss the role and definition of Spain in their own disciplines. Presentations may be delivered in English or Spanish. Please send paper titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words, together with a CV and 150-word biography, to Professor Stefano Cracolici ( and Dr Edward Payne ( by 31 March 2019.

The visual arts in Spain have long been haunted by the spectres of six giants: El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya and Picasso. Still today, these canonical figures tower over all others and continue to shape the story of Spanish art, which has been traditionally told in monographic form. Although the strength of the Spanish canon has informed different disciplines (literature, aesthetics, performing arts), given the recent ‘material turn’, the prosopographical dimension of the visual arts in Spain poses a disciplinary challenge. Similarly, following the ‘global turn’, the visual arts of Iberia pose a geographical challenge, intersecting with the Mediterranean, Arabic, Latin American, British and continental European worlds. The notions of ‘Spain’ and ‘Spanish art’, therefore, are necessarily nebulous and problematic, raising a host of questions: To what extent does Spanish art exist before the establishment of Spain as a nation state? To what extent is the art of the Habsburg and Bourbon empires a Spanish art outside Spain? What is the role of Spain in the wider canon of European art? Who has exploited the visual arts of the Hispanic world, geographically, politically and intellectually? These questions ultimately point to a tension between canons and repertoires; between centres and peripheries; and between consolidating the ‘core’ and expanding the ‘remit’ of the so-called Spanish school.

This conference will explode the disciplinary, material and geographical limits of Spanish art, inaugurating the Zurbarán Centre as a critical and innovative research institution for the study of Spanish and Latin American art in the twenty-first century. Papers may challenge the canonical construction of Spanish art, which can be traced back to writings from Palomino’s Lives of the Eminent Spanish Painters and Sculptors (1724) to Stirling Maxwell’s Annals of the Artists of Spain (1848), to more recent publications by scholars in the field. Papers may also probe the chronological, geographical and material boundaries of the ‘El Greco to Goya’ survey, interrogating the ways in which academics, curators, scholars and teachers narrate this material through various platforms, including publications, museum displays, exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks and academic courses. Speakers are encouraged to address the various ‘terrains’ of Spanish art, from geographical constructions of Iberia as Europe’s frontier or edge, to exchange with all that lies beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • What is ‘Spanish art’?
  • Who are the cultural stakeholders of Spanish art?
  • What are the discords between regional, national, anti-national and transnational narratives of Spanish art, for example in museum collections and displays?
  • How does Spanish art feature in diplomatic exchanges?
  • Collections of Spanish art as an ‘imprint’ of Spain, and the role of foreign collections in disseminating Spanish art as a distinct school
  • Spain at the intersection of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures
  • Copies, quotations and appropriations of Spanish art
  • Languages and literatures: strategies of describing, narrating and translating Spain in word and image
  • Performing ‘Spanishness’ in the arts, including music, theatre and film
  • Spanish discourses in aesthetics
  • Spanish art beyond Iberia
  • Mobility and portability of Spanish art
  • Travel and discovery: geographies, centres, peripheries and liminal spaces
  • Legacies: textual and visual responses to Spain abroad
  • Eschewing binaries: high and low, sacred and secular, medieval and renaissance
  • Writing againstthe canon: filling gaps, promoting underdogs, navigating uncharted territories

Contact Info: 

Dr Edward Payne
Assistant Professor (Research): Pemberton Fellowship for the Study of Spanish Art
Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside, New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT

Contact Email:


Reviews in the JMH, March 2019

The Journal of Modern History 91/1 (2019):

Alexandra Irigoin reviews Rafael Torres Sánchez, Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 2016).

Allan J Kuethe reviews Mónica Ricketts, Who Should Rule? Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire (Oxford, 2017).

Sara T. Nalle reviews Marta V. Vicente, Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge, 2017).

Cohen Reviews Ball in the JMH, Dec 2018

The Journal of Modern History 90/4 (2018):

Walter Cohen reviews Rachael Ball, Treating the Public: Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World (LSU, 2016).

Post-doc: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Post-doc: Cultural and religious history of Muslims and Christians in the Iberian Peninsula and/or the Maghreb (9th to 16th centuries) (Barcelona)

Professor Linda G. Jones, established at the Humanities Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), is interested in receiving Expressions of Interest of potential candidates for the Marie Sklodowska – Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA – IF) 2019 call.

Professor Jones has an interdisciplinary background in Religious Studies and Comparative Religions; Islamic Studies; Medieval History, and Religion and Gender studies. She applies these interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the religious and cultural history of medieval Iberia and the Maghreb; (trans)cultural interactions between Muslims and Christians in these regions and the broader Mediterranean; and the study of Islamic masculinities and comparative gender studies in the pre-modern period. She has published her research findings in numerous internationally renowned publishing houses and journals. She is also the PI of the research project, “Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies in Religious, (Trans)cultural, and Gendered Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and the Mediterranean.”

Professor Jones would like to sponsor two post-doctoral researchers on any topic related to any one of her current and future lines of investigation focused on the pre-modern Iberian Peninsula and/or the Maghreb, which include the following: expressions of masculine identity and the relationality of gender in medieval Islamic texts; the relation between gender and religious identity and alterity; Mudejar religiosity, religious identity, and relations with Christians, Jews, and other Muslims; and the relationship between medieval Islamic preaching and culture, and the poetics of medieval Islamic oratory.


The annual budget includes funding for salary, research costs and a contribution to the overhead costs of the host organisation. Salary is not negotiable and based on H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie rates. Fellows will have their offices at the UPF main campus (Ciutadella). The campus offers libraries and IT services, language training and cultural/sports services. From their office, fellows will have remote access to the UPF libraries, to inter-library lending, IT Services and to an extensive range of electronic resources including journals.

Eligibility criteria according to the call:

At the deadline for the submission of proposals researchers:

  • shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or 4 years of full-time equivalent experience;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the above mentioned deadline.

Selection process

Proposals will be pre-selected on the basis of internal evaluation. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection a week after the deadline.

Researchers willing to apply should check that they fulfil the elegibility criteria and then send an expression of interest, consisting of:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (cv europass);
  • A summary presentation of their research proposal (max. 3 pages long);
  • A motivation letter (1 page);
  • The contact information of two referees.

Specific Requirements

At the deadline for the submission of proposals researchers:

  • shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or 4 years of full-time equivalent experience;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the above mentioned deadline.

Further information:

New Book: Bravo Lozano, “Spain and the Irish Mission”

Cristina Bravo Lozano, Spain and the Irish Mission, 1609-1707 (Routledge, 2018).

Panels at the RSA, Toronto, March 17-19, 2019

We go through the RSA program so you don’t have to. Here are all the panels that relate to early modern Iberia (Single papers on papers won’t make it here because I don’t have time to go through every one, sorry.)

Sunday, 9:00-10:30 am

Books, Transmissions, and Transformations in Renaissance & Early Modern Spain I: Books in Women’s Epistles

Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: María Morrás, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University of Oxford

Vanessa de Cruz Medina, Pompeu Fabra University


Patricia Marín Cepeda, Universidad de Burgos, Burgos, Spain

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio, Wheaton College

Pirates and Spies in the Caribbean and Beyond in Early Modern Spanish Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington
Chair: Valerie Billing, Central College

Timothy F. Johnson, University of Nebraska at Kearney


Jesus-David Jerez-Gomez, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino


Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Sunday, 11:00-12:30
Bodies and Body Parts in Hispanic Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington

Chair: Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College

Mia A Prensky, Princeton University


Sophia Blea Nuñez, Princeton University


Christie Cole, Indiana University


Books, Transmissions, & Transformations in Renaissance & Early Modern Spain II: Minorities and/in the Book
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: María Morrás, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University of Oxford
Respondent: Jeremy Lawrance, University of Oxford

Rosa Vidal Doval, Queen Mary University of London


Sacramento Rosello, Syddansk Universitet

The Old Man and the Sea: Oceanic Studies and Cervantes
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Grand West

Chair: Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Steven Wagschal, Indiana University


Paul Michael Johnson, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Stephen Walter Hessel, Ball State University

Sunday 2:00-3:30
Cervantes and Masculinity
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Grand West

Chair, Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Israel Burshatin, Haverford College

Mar Martínez Góngora, Virginia Commonwealth University

David Reher, University of Chicago

Stacey Parker Aronson, University of Minnesota Morris


The Rhetoric of Gender and the Body in Seventeenth-Century Hispanic Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington


Loreto Romero, University of Virginia

Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles

Cristian Berco, Bishop’s University

Monday, 9:00-10:30 am
Casuistry in Early Modern Spanish Literature I
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Huron

Chair: Sergius Kodera, Universität Wien

Anita Traninger, Freie Universität Berlin

William P Childers, Brooklyn College, CUNY

David Alvarez, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France

Skill, Method, and Art Theory in Early Modern Spain & Colonial Spanish America I
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Churchill Room

Chair: Livia StoenescuTexas A&M University

Benito Navarrete-Prieto, Universidad de Alcalá

Luis Javier Cuesta Hernández, Universidad Iberoamericana

Raffaele Casciaro, Università degli Studi di Lecce, Lecce, Italy

The Black Renaissance: Early Modern Afro-Hispanic Cultures
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Sheraton Hall C

Chair: Valeria Lopez FadulWesleyan University

Larissa Brewer-García, University of Chicago

Andrea Guerrero Mosquera, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Nicholas Jones, Bucknell University

Elizabeth R. Wright, University of Georgia

Monday 11:00-12:30
Becoming Visible: Women Writers’ Strategies of Dissemination in Early Modern Spain and the New World
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: Anne J. CruzUniversity of Miami

Nieves Baranda, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Jacobo Sanz Hermida Sr., Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Jelena Sanchez, North Central College

Casuistry in Early Modern Spanish Literature II
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Huron

Chair: Ariadna García-Bryce, Reed College

Hilaire Kallendorf, Texas A&M University

Elena del Rio Parra, Georgia State University

Marlen Bidwell-Steiner, Universität Wien

Michael S. Scham, University of St. Thomas

Monday 2:00-3:30

Netherlandish Art and Artists in Spain, 1400–1600
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Civic Ballroom South

Chair: Michiko Fukaya, Kyoto City University of Arts

Josefina Planas, Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sumiko Tamada Imai, Osaka Ohtani University


Writing Life, Truth, Honor, and Official History in Early Modern France and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Wentworth

Chair: Annalisa Nicholson, University of Cambridge

Stephen Murphy, Wake Forest University

Luke Nicholas O’Sullivan, King’s College London

Cynthia Skenazi, University of California, Santa Barbara

Kira von Ostenfeld-Suske, Columbia University

Monday, 4:00-5:30
Art beyond Spanish Italy, 1500–1700
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Civic Ballroom South

Chair: Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, University of Vermont

Marcello Calogero, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Francesca Mavilla, Independent Scholar, Città di Castello, Italy

Maria Vittoria Spissu, Università di Bologna


Early Modern Courts and Monarchs: Germany and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut West

Chair: Jennifer Welsh, Lindenwood University–Belleville

Maximilian Miguel Scholz, Florida State University

Regine Maritz, Universität Bern

Alejandro García-Reidy, Universidad de Salamanca

Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 am
Food, Feast, and Famine in Early Modern Iberia and Latin America
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York

Chair: Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago

Keith H. Budner Jr., University of California, Berkeley

Daniela Gutierrez Flores, University of Chicago

Min Ji Kang, Purdue University

Carolyn Nadeau, Illinois Wesleyan University


Implicit Epistemologies and Visual Regimes in New Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Iris Montero, Brown University

David Horacio Colmenares, Columbia University

Nydia Pineda De Avila, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Vanessa Alvarez Portugal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Nicole T. Hughes, Stanford University

Tuesday 11:00-12:30

Popular Readers in Early Modern Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York

Chair: Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago

Pablo García Piñar, Cornell University

Daniel Holcombe, Georgia College & State University

Sarah Elizabeth Parker, Jacksonville University


Representations of Death in New Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Alena Robin, University of Western Ontario
Respondent: Alena Robin, University of Western Ontario

Jason Dyck, Western University

Maria Laura Flores Barba, Western University

Pamela Bastante, University of Prince Edward Island

Tuesday 2:00-3:30
Constructing Identity, Race, and Religion in Italy, Spain, and North Africa
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Patricia E. Grieve, Columbia University

Isidro J. Rivera, University of Kansas

Anne Maltempi, University of Akron

Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Tuesday 4:00-5:30

Roundtable: Storytelling and the Spanish Comedia: Adapting Classical Theater for Modern Audiences
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Sheraton Hall C


In a world where, paradoxically, increased communication via social networks has caused an increase in physical isolation, stories can bring us back together. The theatre, which allows us to partake in a shared experience, is one of the few places where this can happen. This roundtable consists of two academics and two theatre practitioners, all of whom wish to see the theatre, and particularly that of Spain’s “Golden Age”, flourish among modern audiences. To this end Teatro inverso has created a theory of Bodily Poetics: the understanding of how the actor’s body creates the space on stage in connection with the poetry of the words and their actions, which they have used to create Rosaura, an adaptation of the classic La vida es sueño by Calderón de la Barca. Rosaura focuses on the female characters and their connections to each other, the action of the play, and their raw emotions.

Chair: Bruce R. Burningham, Illinois State University

Glenda Y. Nieto-Cuebas, Ohio Wesleyan University
Erin Cowling, MacEwan University
Sandra Arpa Neila, Teatro Inverso
Paula Rodríguez, Teatro Inverso


Beyond the Black Legend: Textual and Cultural Warfare across the Global Anglo-Iberian World
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Silvia Z. Mitchell, Purdue University

Freddy Dominguez, University of Arkansas

Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami

Ernesto Eduardo Oyarbide, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Deborah R. Forteza, Grove City College


Islam, Literature, and the Stage in England and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Simcoe


Thomas Richard Henry Collins, University of Sussex

Corinne M Zeman, Washington University in St. Louis

Catherine Infante, Amherst College


Watersheds of Empire: Seascapes, Seafaring, and Ports in Iberian Culture (1500–1700)
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York


Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo, Columbia University

Antonio J. Arraiza-Rivera, Wellesley College

Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez, University of Nevada, Reno

Alexandra McNabb Cook, Columbia University, New York, NY

New Book: Portuondo, “The Spanish Disquiet”

María Portuondo, The Spanish Disquiet: The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano (Chicago, 2019).

New Book: Paquette, “European Seaborne Empires”

Gabriel Paquette, The European Seaborne Empires from the Thirty Years’ War to the Age of Revolutions (Yale, 2019).

New Book: Sosa Mayor, “El noble atribulato”

Igor Sosa Mayor, El noble atribulado, Nobleza y teología moral en la Castilla moderna (1550-1650) (Marcial Pons, 2018).