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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.

Article & Reviews in the Hispanic Review, Spring 2017

Hispanic Review 85/2 (2017):

Or Hasson, “Between Clinical Writing and Storytelling: Alfonso de Santa Cruz and the Peculiar Case of the Man Who Thought He was Made of Glass.”

Claire Gilbert reviews Seth Kimmel, Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (Chicago, 2015).

Hilaire Kallendorf reviews Elizabeth Teresa Howe, Autobiographical Writing by Early Modern Hispanic Women (Routledge, 2015).

2 Articles, Nauta & Westler, in JHI, July 2017

Journal of the History of Ideas 76/3 (2015).

Lodi Nauta, “The Order of Knowing: Juan Luis Vives on Language, Thought, and the Topics.”

Brandon Westler, “Between Tradition and Revolution: The Curious Case of Francisco Martínez Marina, the Cádiz Constitution, and Spanish Liberalism.”

Cassen, “Philip II & His Italian Jewish Spy” in JEMH 22/4 (2017)

Flora Classen, “Philip II and His Italian Jewish Spy,” The Journal of Early Modern History 22/4 (2017).

Reviews in the June 2017 AHR

American Historical Review 122/3 (2017):

Mercedes Camino reviews Allyson M. Poska, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (University of New Mexico Press, 2016).

David Sowell reviews Matthew James Crawford, The Andean Wonder Drug: Chinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016).

Sarah C. Chambers reviews Marcela Echeverri, Indian and Slave Royalists in the Age of Revolution: Reform, Revolution, and Royalism in the Northern Andes, 1780-1825 (Cambridge, 2016).

New Book: Vicente, “Debating Sex & Gender in 18th-Century Spain”

Marta V. Vicente, Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Harvard, 2017).

Leitão & Sánchez, “Zilsel’s Thesis, Maritime Culture, & Iberian Science” in JHI April 2017

Henrique Leitão and Antonio Sánchez, “Zilsel’s Thesis, Maritime Culture, & Iberian Science in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of the History of Ideas 78/2 (2017).