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Book Chapters in “Merchant Cultures,” Antunes & Bethencourt, eds

Merchant Cultures: A Global Approach to Spaces, Representations and Worlds of Trade, 1500-1800, Cátia A.P. Antunes and Francisco Bethencourt (Brill, 2022).

3. Commercial Practices by New Christian/Jewish Groups and Their Sense of “Cultural Identity,” “Loyalties” and “Belonging” by David Graizbord.

13. Doing Business with One’s Sovereign: Merchant-Banking and Portfolio Management in Habsburg Portugal and the Empire (1580-1640), by Edgar Pereira.

CFP: “1762 British Invasion of Philippines,” SOAS University of London, Sept 16-17, 2022; Deadline June 30

The 1762 British Invasion of Spanish-Ruled Philippines: Beyond Imperial and National Imaginaries

British Invasion of Spanish-Ruled Philippines

Date: 16 September 2022Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 17 September 2022Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Conference

The historiographies of the British occupation of Manila and Cavite often inhabit two types of imaginaries. One is tethered to the narrow, inter-imperial wranglings between Great Britain and Spain, with their competing explorations of might or blame, haggling over unpaid ransoms and valuations over winning and losing. In the case of the Filipinos, this singular event is linked to a vague yet powerful sense of plunder and loss. Philippine websites, textbooks, historical markers of many of the churches in Luzon, persistently, and almost exclusively present the British occupation only as a culprit for the loss of beautiful architectural structures, precious religious art, rare artefacts, and objects of knowledge like maps, and manuscripts.

This year’s iteration of the SOAS Annual Philippine Studies Conference hopes to move beyond narrow or mythologizing narratives of this singular event. With an emphasis on the analysis and critical use of primary source materials, the conference will explore productive ways of historicizing the occupation by centering on issues of Philippine agency and resistance, non-European trans-imperial conditions and contexts, and on-the-ground repercussions, specially in relation to Philippine material culture, socio-economies, and local and pan-Asian histories. Through roundtable discussions, we also hope to shift towards more reparative approaches to dealing with the indisputable loss of lives and material culture that resulted from the British occupation.

With these shifts in methodology and focus, the conference hopes to contribute to a body of discourse that transcends the prevailing socio-historical and mythic narratives of power and loss.

Call for Abstracts

Topics relating to the British Invasion may include:

• Local histories of collaborations or resistances
• Key players – from the British and Spanish soldiers, officers, the religious orders, native militiamen, the Chinese and Indian sepoys.
• Effect of the event on Philippine material, architectural and visual cultures
• Philippine objects of knowledge and their dispersal
• Analysis of primary sources
• Inter-imperial realignments leading to and after the invasion
• Socio -economic reversals and new opportunities
• Transregional underpinnings and effects of the Invasion in relation to South and South East Asia
• The place of the Invasion in global history and the history of ideas

Proposals for presentations should include a title, an abstract (200 words), institutional affiliation, a bio sketch (100 words).

Call for Exhibitions

If you have creative work on or about the 1762 Invasion, send a sample or preview of your work with a 200 word description and a bio sketch (max. 100 words) Accepted works will be exhibited at the conference.

Deadline: 30 June 2022 for abstracts and art proposals

Please upload through the google form here.

Guests are welcome and may register for free via this google form.

**Photo Credit: Detail from Alegoría de la defensa de Filipinas por el alavés Don Simón de Anda y Salazar. 1762-1763
Museo del Prado. Deposited in the Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. Vitoria-Gasteiz. Used with permission.

Organiser: Dr Maria Cristina Juan with Prof William Gervase Clarence-Smith and Dr Christina Lee

Contact email:

Sponsor: Philippine Stuides at SOAS with Princeton University

New Book: Jiménez-Montes, “A Dissimulated Trade”

Germán Jiménez-Montes, A Dissimulated Trade: Northern European Timber Merchants in Seville (1574-1598) (Brill, 2022).

Precioso-Izquierdo, “Cultura y memoria de nobleza,” JSCS 23/2, 2022

Francisco Precioso-Izquierdo, “Cultura y memoria de nobleza en España a finales del siglo XVIII: reflejos del individualismo noble en la laudatio funebris de José Álvarez de Toledo, duque de Alba y marqués de Villafranca,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 23/2 (2022).

Lopes de Carvalho, “Mapmaking & Sovereignty Building,” HAHR May 2022

Francismar Alex Lopes de Carvalho, “Mapmaking and Sovereignty Building: Francisco Requena and the Late Eighteenth-Century Boundary Demarcation Commissions,” Hispanic American Historical Review 102/2 (2022).

Simmons, “African Adoption of the Portuguese Crusade,” Historical Journal, June 2022

Adam Simmons, “The African Adoption of the Portuguese Crusade during the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries,” The Historical Journal, 65/3 (2022).

New Book: Le Jumel de Barneville, “Travels into Spain”

Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, baronne d’Aulnoy, Travels into Spain, ed. and trans. Gabrielle Verdier (Iter, 2022).

University of Chicago Awards Honorary Doctorate to García-Arenal, June 2022

From the University of Chicago:

Mercedes García-Arenal, one of Europe’s most eminent historians and a leading scholar of religion in post-Franco democratic Spain, will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

She has studied the Muslim inhabitants of Europe in the late medieval and early modern period; the Spanish Inquisition; and Iberian-North African history, opening new areas of inquiry in historical analysis and the study of religious minorities. She is currently a research professor at the Spanish National Research Council’s Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East. 

A major area of focus in García-Arenal’s scholarship has been the study of the Moriscos—people whom the Spanish Crown forced to convert from Islam to Christianity—and their descendants. Her work on the history of Iberia and North Africa also has been transformational, examining how the flows of people and ideas changed both Islam and Christianity in the West.

With nearly 40 authored or co-authored books and hundreds of articles, she also serves as the sole historian and humanist on the scientific committee of the European Research Council. She is a recipient of Spain’s highest honor for academic research, the Premio Nacional de Investigación Ramón Menéndez Pidal.

Chapters in “Relations of Power: Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages”

Relations of Power: Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages, Emma O. Berat, Rebecca Hardie, and Irina Dumitrescu, eds (Bonn University Press, 2021).

Lucy K. Pick, “Networking Power and Gender at Court: An Eleventh-Century Diploma and ‘Las Meninas.'”

Mercedes Pérez Vidal, “Female Aristocratic Networks: Books, Liturgy and Reform in Castilian Nunneries.”

1-Year Art History Job: University of Lincoln

Lecturer in Early Modern European Art History

School of History & Heritage

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £34,304 per annum
This post is a full time and fixed term for 12 months.
Closing Date:   Sunday 26 June 2022
Interview Date:   Monday 18 July 2022
Reference:  COA415

The School of History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln is looking to appoint a Lecturer in the history of European art and architecture of the early modern period. 

The applicant should have the ability to teach Renaissance art and architectural history with a focus on the Spanish Empire, with the expertise necessary to convene the module Art and Power: Projecting Authority in the Renaissance World, as well as demonstrating evidence of wide experience in teaching visual and material culture. The ability to take a geographically expansive and de-centred approach to the period is desirable. The successful candidate may be asked to teach in other areas of art history as required and will be expected to contribute to Open Days and other recruitment activities.

The School of History and Heritage has a strong collaborative culture. We take teaching, research, and student experience very seriously, and have a history of performing well in the NSS. We form part of the College of Arts and are located at the University’s main Brayford campus beside a natural pool in the River Witham. The school offers well-established programmes in History and Conservation and a range of newer programmes in Modern History, Philosophy, and Classical Studies.

The University of Lincoln was named Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021 and in the same year, named one of the world’s greatest young universities in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings. The University has been awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

This post is full time, fixed term for 12 months.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact the Head of School, Professor Amy Livingstone (

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