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CFP: Slave Subjectivities in the Iberian Worlds, Lisbon, July 2-3, 2018


2-3 JULY 2018








Convenors: Ângela BARRETO XAVIER (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa), Michel CAHEN (EHEHI – Casa de Velázquez / Sciences Po Bordeaux), António CORREIA DA SILVA (University of Cap-Vert), Cristina NOGUEIRA DA SILVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Organisation: Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa « Research Group Empires, Colonialism and Post-Colonial Societies» /École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid)

Working languages: English, Portuguese; Spanish
An abstract of not more than 250 words, along with a brief description of the applicant’s current project and research interests may be sent by email to:
Selection of paper proposals and communication to participants: 20 November 2017
Pre-circulation of summary papers to discussants: 30 May 2018
Registration required (more information soon)

I have been a slave, I have felt what a slave feels and I know what a slave knows … hear from a slave what a slave has felt and suffered‘, wrote Mary Prince in 1831, describing what it was like to be enslaved. Prince was not the only former slave to recount her experiences, between 1760 and 1860, when roughly sixty-five to seventy first-person narratives of former slaves were published in North America or England. Not surprisingly, these narratives of the enslaved are considered privileged sites (albeit not the only) to enquire into slave subjectivities, that is, the consciousness of former slaves of their condition – in the words of Frederick Douglas, in 1845, “my wretched condition, without the remedy”. These narratives – some of them representing slavery as a benign institution – as well as interviews of former slaves and their descendants have been windows to access slave subjectivities, attracting scholarly attention for the last decades. These texts provided crucial material for understanding religious beliefs, affective worlds, worldviews, modes of resistance, everyday experiences, post-slavery memories, especially to the scholar working on Caribbean and American slavery, where most of these documents have been produced. This process converted the private experiences of the enslaved into public memory.

The scholarly focus that marks the study of experiences of the enslaved in the North Atlantic does not, however, obtain in the Iberian worlds, i.e. the transcontinental regions and societies that have been under Iberian political and/or cultural domination from the 15th up to 20th centuries, and which, since the 19th century onwards, experienced a post-colonial condition. One of the reasons that explains this lack is the rarity of first-person accounts by the enslaved, whether narratives or interviews. Does this absence relate to the political cultures and cultural structures that characterized Iberia, and the forms of colonization these produced? What are the differences between the experiences of those under Portuguese and the Spanish hegemony? How can this discussion on the subjectivity of the enslaved in the Iberian context help us to compare experiences within and beyond the Iberian worlds?

To this first set of questions we may add a second one: How can scholars working on Iberian forms of slavery, where first person narratives of the enslaved are rare, access their experiences, viewpoints, and voices? How can we access memory of the enslaved? Which are the “archives” and historical sources that can be used to recover these crucial dimensions of history of those enslaved?

Shifting away from classical approaches to the experiences of the enslaved , such as traditional histories on slave revolts or experiences of slaves as described in hegemonic narratives, Slave Subjectivities in the Iberian World (15th-20th centuries) aims at addressing these questions and discussing ways of studying “subjectivities of enslaved peoples” in the Iberian worlds. We consider “slave subjectivities” an open heuristic notion, that we take as a pathway to understanding the manifold ways through which enslaved people perceived themselves, individually and collectively, within structures of enslavement, including how they strategically managed their political, cultural, social, and economic condition as ‘slaves’.

We would like to discuss issues such as the perceptions, feelings, dreams, fears, memories, beliefs, strategies, utopias and dystopias, as well as, take into account the different positions slaves could have, as well as their self-perceptions of identity in the context of the Iberian worlds.

Through the conference we want to open ourselves up to sensibilities and consciousness of the enslaved, seeing these historical processes from the viewpoint of slaves and the ways they understood and defined themselves. As such, we invite students of colonialism to analytically address these multiple expressions of slave experience, in Iberian metropolitan, colonial, and post-colonial territories, by engaging with empirical material and theoretical explorations.

The conference has two main purposes. On the one hand, it will seek to cross-fertilize the study of experiences of the enslaved as a historical phenomenon across the different geographies and temporalities of the Iberian colonialism, comparing it with other colonialisms and imperialisms (European and other). On the other hand, it will reassess the potential and limitations of the study of slave experiences in the Iberian worlds, inviting scholars to think about the conditions of knowledge production, and creative methodological alternatives.

Seeking to learn from, and create a multi-disciplinary framework, the conference invites historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and other humanities scholars and social scientists. Additionally, it encourages a comparative examination of experiences of the enslaved in relation to diverse places and historical periods. We particularly welcome students working on any historical situation and spatial location within the Iberian worlds, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. We invite paper proposals from senior scholars, early career researchers, and post-graduate students that draw on concrete and specific empirical materials whilst reflecting conceptually and analytically on slave experiences and subjectivities related with:

1) The theoretical and methodological conditions for the study of slave subjectivities in the Iberian worlds. Our aim is to engage in a discussion on archives, sources and methodologies, finding new archives and sources apt to access these dimensions of slave experience. In particular, we would like to map autobiographies and post-slavery memories, or equivalent sources, for the Iberian worlds, and the ways they “present” and “speak for” slave subjectivities.

2) The different dimensions of slave subjectivities. It is our goal to identify how slaves experienced their life paths, from beliefs to middle passage, from affectivity to labor, from consent to disaccord.

The following topics will be welcomed:.

Worldviews, beliefs, dreams, and religious imagination. How did the enslaved see the world? What were their understandings of transcendency and alterity? What did they understand by religion? Which were their utopias and dystopias?


Fears, anxieties and religious practices. Middle passage was, in the specific case of Atlantic slaving, a traumatic experience for slaves, since many of them died during the voyage. It is possible that the same happened with slaves coming from, or settled in other territories of the Iberian worlds. How did slaves cope with this experience? How did the survivors deal with the memory of middle passage? Which were the practices that helped the slaves to deal with these anxieties? What was the role of religious institutions – especially Catholic – as a means of dealing with these and other anxieties?


Perceptions of the self, affectivity, social identities, internal social hierarchies.Anglophone enslaved narratives reveal that the enslaved frequently did not see their primary identity as that of “slaves”. How did the enslaved see themselves in different contexts? How did they interact with free people? How did micro-societies of the enslaved operate? How can the social hierarchies internal to enslaved groups be assessed?


Forms of slave resistance. A widely studied topic, in this conference we would like to approach the resistance and revolts of the enslaved not from their outcomes, but from a consideration of the experience and consciousness of resistance of the enslaved, both in everyday life, as well as in violent outbursts.


Freed slaves and forced labor. Our aim is to understand the experiences of slaves that were freed, but continued to live like slaves, namely by being engaged in forced labor situations.


The conference will be designed in order to encourage discussion and debate.

Prior to the conference, participants are expected to submit a piece of written work, which will be pre-circulated to discussants and among all paper presenters.

This piece will consist of a substantial executive summary of the research paper, up to 4,000 words. So as to stimulate discussion we will invite discussants to comment on individual essays. A general discussion will follow the discussants’ comments.





Contact Info: 

Ângela BARRETO XAVIER (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa)

Michel CAHEN (EHEHI – Casa de Velázquez / Sciences Po Bordeaux)

António CORREIA DA SILVA (Université du Cap-Vert)

Cristina NOGUEIRA DA SILVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Contact Email:


CFP: Francisco Suárez, Seville, June 1-2, 2018

Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville, June 1–2, 2018

by Kathleen Comerford


Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity

Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville 

June 1–2, 2018




Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and the Departamento de Humanidades y Filosofía de la Universidad Loyola Andalucía


Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity.

Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?


Francisco Suárez,  S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad.

¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa?

¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?


These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos ( and Robert Aleksander Maryks ( before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

CFP: Anglo-Iberian Relations: From the Medieval to the Modern, Zafra, Oct 19-21, 2017

Anglo-Iberian Relations: From the Medieval to the Modern
19-21 October 2017
Zafra (Badajoz), Spain

Having had a flurry of requests for an extended deadline, we are happy to oblige! We have now extended the deadline to midnight on 30 June 2017.

We are therefore continuing to accept individual papers, panels and roundtables by academics and heritage professionals for the second conference in this vibrant field of Anglo-Iberian studies, including colonial and Latin American studies. Since our inaugural meeting in 2015 (Mértola, Portugal) we have extended our timeframe from beyond the early modern period, to include papers from the medieval to the modern.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. English is the preferred language of the conference, but papers will be considered in Portuguese and Spanish, if a detailed summary can be provided in English. Panelists may talk only on England or Portugal or Spain if so desired; organisers will team them up with panelists covering the other countries on a similar timeframe or topic. We aim to facilitate researchers wishing to communicate and collaborate with those outside of their present research network.

Abstracts and panel/roundtable descriptions (plus a brief CV/biography)

should be sent no later than by midnight on 30 June 2017 to:

If you are intending to submit in June, please kindly drop us a line to let us know that you plan to do so; our venues would very much like to have a sense of numbers asap. Thanks!

If you would like to be considered for one of our Student Bursaries, please let us know when you submit your abstract.

For further information please contact:

Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon (

CFP: Spanish Court during Carlos II



The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)


Special Journal Issue—The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies


Despite a growing body of revisionist literature on the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700), his court remains one of the lesser known of the Habsburg period. Carlos II’s court, however, holds major allure for scholars. The court’s organization and its ceremonies were adapted to the needs of a child-king thus becoming a testing ground for existing etiquette traditions and institutional development. The presence of three queens—Carlos’s mother and regent during his minority, Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), and his two consorts, Marie Louise of Orleans (r. 1679-1689) and Mariana of Neuburg (r. 1690-1700)—stimulated the production of art, festivals, royal entries, theater, literature, and music. Several important administrative measures associated with the reign and its political circumstances are of particular interest for court studies specialists. For example, women—queens, aristocrats, ambassadresses, and nuns—played a preeminent role in court politics. Most importantly, the court of Carlos II became a hub of international diplomacy during his minority and the rest of the reign, particularly in the waning decades of the seventeenth century when the question of the Spanish succession dominated European affairs.


This special journal issue will showcase research on the court of Carlos II from cultural, gender, political, and diplomatic perspectives in order to further advance revisionist scholarship of the reign and deepen understandings of the Spanish Habsburg court from longue durée perspectives. Topics for articles may include:


  1. Royal entries, festivities, travels, and processions during Carlos II’s reign
  2. Literary and performing arts
  3. Scientific and mathematical knowledge
  4. The function of satellite courts and other centers of influence
  5. Practice and representations of kingship in ceremonies, festivals, or royal portraiture
  6. The politics of court fashion
  7. The roles of women at court
  8. Diplomatic practices at court

For essays (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication please submit by December 15, 2017.


Contributors are encouraged to contact the editors prior to submitting full articles. For this and additional queries, contact Jonathan Spangler, general editor,, and Silvia Z. Mitchell, guest editor,

CFP: New Journal: Historiografías, revista de historia y teoría

Call for papers

Historiografías, revista de historia y teoría is an on-line biannual
publication in three languages devoted to historiographical studies and
theory of history. With the backing of worldwide specialists and
professors from various universities, Historiografias was created in
2010 as the brainchild of the research group assembled by Professor
Gonzalo Pasamar at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), where its server
is located:

As indicated in its Editorial Manifesto (see, Historiografías regards the study
of historical writings as a field without boundaries, ranging across
such disparate viewpoints as cultural and intellectual history,
political history and biography, as well as epistemology and social
theory, anthropology, sociology and history of science. Hence, the
objective of the journal is twofold: 1) to examine all the forms the
writing of history has adopted, without any geographical, chronological
or cultural restrictions, from historiography in Antiquity to forms
memories have adopted in other civilizations, including medieval and
Renaissance writers, and modern ways of writing history all over the
world, as well as current trends; 2) to give importance to historical
epistemology and theory in general.

Historiografías calls for original papers to be included under its three
headings: 1) “Historia y teoría”; 2) “Varia historiográfica”; and 3)
“Crítica”. The content of these sections is as follows: “Historia y
teoría” includes essays on historiography and theory and, where
appropriate, may also cover single subjects. “Varia historiográfica”
contains analyses of institutions, projects, debates, interviews, and
scientific events relating to theory and historiographic reflection, in
addition to a range of other articles (when the History and Theory
section is devoted to a single issue). “Crítica” contains reviews of
books and journals devoted to a single topic.

The journal accepts manuscripts in Spanish, English and French, with
documents being formatted in Word. Works must be original, that is, not
previously published, nor should they be committed for publication
elsewhere. Authors must indicate at the beginning of the text the
institution they work for, along with their professional address and
email. Some key-words (no more than six) should be included below, in
Spanish and English, along with an abstract in Spanish and English (no
more than 100 words), and a profile (no more than eighty words) in
Spanish and English.

The length of contributions is as follows: “Historia y teoría” and
“Varia historiográfica”: 10,000 words maximum. This includes footnotes,
bibliographic references and appendices. Graphical documents (pictures,
tables, photos, texts, charts, etc.) may also be appended, but only if
they are of good standard. In this case, their source should be
indicated and, where appropriate, permission to publish may also be
required. “Crítica”: 3,000 words, including footnotes and bibliographic
For further information, see “Instructions for Manuscripts Submission”,

Original papers should be sent by email to this address:

Manuscripts will be submitted for external assessment by at least two
accepted experts on the subject.

CFP: Moriscos & Amerindians in the Early Modern Period

This is a call for an EDITED VOLUME on Moriscos and Amerindians during the Early Modern period. The edited volume focuses on historical, anthropological, artistic, religious, literary, linguistic, or comparative approaches relating to Moriscos and Amerindians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain and the Americas.


Since the discovery of the New World, there was a strong desire to equal the process of colonization of America to the long struggle with Islam in the Peninsula.  In the chronicles, these comparisons were abundant and it is not surprising that the soldier Bernal Díaz del Castillo referred to the Aztec pyramids as Mosques. Historians like Francisco López de Gómara or Pedro Mártir de Anglería, who had written about the East, used their erudition to reflect upon the new continents.  In that regard, the generalized European’s incomprehension towards Islam translates into their incomprehension towards the Americas. Although the complex and ambivalent views regarding these two groups led to stereotypes, we believe that they can shed light on the role that Moriscos and Amerindians played in the construction of Spanish empire.


Therefore, this edited volume seeks to draw parallels and points of contact between Spain and America based on the Spanish Empire’s point of view: How is the “Other” seen? How does the “Other” react and confront that view? How are Peninsular politics adjusted to the New World? How is the idea of America defined based on the mental model of the Reconquista? It also aims to expand on the works of Mercedes García-Arenal, Miguel Ángel de Bunes, and, more recently, Karoline P. Cook.


Please send a 500-word abstract, in English, outlining topic and approach, along with a CV, to by March 15, 2017. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is November 15, 2017. Papers from accepted abstracts will undergo a peer-review process before final acceptance. The final volume will be published in English.


This project is a collaboration between Lisette Balabarca (Siena College) and Melissa Figueroa (Ohio University). Questions can be directed to



Lisette Balabarca, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern Languages & Classics

Siena College

515 Loudon Rd.

Loudonville, NY 12211

CFP: Spain & the American Revolution, June 2018, at Johns Hopkins

Call for Papers: “Spain and the American Revolution” Conference (June 2018)

Call for Papers

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution

Spain and the American Revolution

The Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

June 8-10, 2018

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain—France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies—is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Proposals should explore an aspect of the involvement of Spain in the American Revolution and may consider, secondarily, Spain’s (and Spanish America’s) interactions with the United States in the early republican period. All approaches and historiographical orientations will be considered, whether diplomatic, cultural, military, economic, social, imperial or intellectual.

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a short (maximum 2-page) CV. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 to, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2017.

Publication of accepted papers, following revisions, in an edited volume with a major university press is anticipated soon after the conference itself. It is therefore required that participants submit their full-length (c. 6,000 words), relatively polished papers for pre-circulation two months prior to the conference itself (i.e. by April 8, 2018).

The SAR will cover presenters’ travel and lodging expenses and, in addition, offer a $500 honorarium.

The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution will honor the notable contributions to the study of the international history of the American Revolution made by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) and Professor Sylvia Hilton (La Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

CFP: Early Modern Iberia Study Group @ Penn: Graduate Symposium, April 22, 2017

Call for Chapter Proposals: “Confined Women”

Call for Chapter Proposals (Confined Women: Emparedadas, Malcasadas and the Walls of Female Space in Inquisitorial Spain)

by Brian M. Phillips

Chapter proposals are invited for a forthcoming book titled Confined Women: Emparedadas, Malcasadas and the Walls of Female Space in Inquisitorial Spain. The book will focus on the mechanisms of control that women faced in early modern Spain and the different ways that they were venerated through literary, historical, and visual texts. Chapters of 6,000–8,000 words will explore questions such as: how did literary and historical figures become closed-in and monitored?  How did contemporary women interact with ideals of the “virtuous woman” or the “perfect wife”? Conversely, how were figures punished and labelled as subversive and of need of reform? Who were figures that interrupted narratives of virtuosity and of contemporary gendered morality usually determined by men (Juan Luis Vives, Fray Luis de León, Fray Martín de Talavera and Martín Carillo)? Likewise, we look to unveil narratives of voluntary immurement, typically carried out by excessively devout religious women or beatas, but also viewed as a means of escape from an overzealous patriarchy. Some of the themes and authors touched upon in the volume include Cervantes’s portrayal of jealous men and the women they control by means of enclosure, María de Zayas y Sotomayor’s condemnation of an overzealous patriarchy and the popularity and repetition of oral poems of immurement such as La oración de la emparedada.

Contributors are invited to submit a 250 to 300-word chapter proposal for consideration to the editors, Emily Colbert Cairns ( and Brian M. Phillips ( The deadline to receive the proposal is 10 December 2016. Authors of chapter proposals will be notified no later than 10 January 2017, and if accepted a first version of the chapter should be submitted by late April to mid-May of 2017.

CFP: “New Christians & Religious Reform,” University of Alcalá June 14-16 2017



Papers and panels are invited for the Sixth International CONVERSO and MORISCO Studies Conference, organized by Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, in collaboration with the University of Alcalá at Alcalá de Henares.

The Conference, timed to coincide with the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, will examine New Christians as religious reformers, non-conformists, dissidents and irenists in late medieval and early modern Spain and beyond. What are New Christian reform voices? How does the converso/limpieza issue affect religious reform in Spain and Portugal? How important was the converso issue to irenist discourse in Counter-Reformation Spain? These are some of the questions our conference will address.

The conference will be held at the Colegio Mayor of the University of Alcalá from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 June 2017. To ensure we have sufficient time for discussion, we are limiting panels to three panellists and the conference to thirty participants.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in the fourth volume of our series examining Converso and Morisco themes: The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, published by Brill Academic Press.

Send 500-word abstracts in English or Spanish to:

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 6 January, 2017.


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