50th Anniversary Conference – Barcelona 2019
Call for Papers
The 50th Annual Conference of the ASPHS will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10 -13, 2019 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, hosted by the Institut d’Història Jaume Vicens Vives. A welcoming reception will be held on Wednesday evening, July 10, and panels will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The banquet will take place on Friday 12 July.
The ASPHS invites proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers. A typical panel session will include three papers, a chairperson, and a discussant (the chairperson may also double as the discussant). Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and discussants. Please include each participant’s name and e-mail address along with any special requirements. All rooms come equipped with computers, standard software, and projectors.
This year’s conference will feature Paul Preston as the keynote speaker. Preston is the Prince of Asturias Chair and Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics.
A plenary session will be organized by Carla Rahn Phillips and William D. Phillips and will commemorate the “golden” 50th anniversary of the Association. Both prizewinning historians are emeritus professors at the University of Minnesota, corresponding members of Spain’s Academy of History, and founding members of the Association.
The deadline for submission is 1 January 2019. Please submit proposals by email to the program coordinators Vanessa de Cruz and Pol Dalmau at firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference local organizer is Stephen Jacobson (email@example.com).
Conference participants must be members of the ASPHS. Graduate students presenting a paper for the first time at an ASPHS conference will receive a free membership for their first year, but must still submit the necessary paperwork. See the Membership page for more information.
Barcelona is a popular destination, and the coordinators and organizer may not be able to accept all proposals if the number of submissions exceeds logistic capacities, although it is our hope to able to accommodate all feasible and well-presented academic proposals on the history of Iberia and the Iberian world that are submitted on time. Established members and their graduate students will be given priority.
by Graça Almeida Borges
Call for Papers – International Conference
Encounters, Rights, and Sovereignty in the Iberian empires (15th-19thcenturies)
University of Évora, Portugal, 24-25 May 2018
The Call For Papers is now open for the International Conference “Encounters, Rights, and Sovereignty in the Iberian empires, 15th-19th centuries”. Focused on the colonial encounters fostered by the Iberian empire-building processes and on the strategies developed to regulate the rights and lives of native and colonial populations, this conference welcomes proposals that privilege the comparisons and interactions between the Portuguese and Spanish colonizing dynamics, in a timeframe spanning from the early stages of the Iberian colonization to the first outbreaks of independence.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Colonization models and empire-building strategies; Representations of native populations; Race relations and debates on race; Juridical regulations of colonial interactions; Colonial origins of human rights; Integration/ exclusion of native populations within colonial societies; Missionaries as political and cultural brokers; Active and passive dynamics of resistance; Political communication and circulation of information; Trade and commercial interactions; Portuguese and Spanish written cultures regarding colonial endeavours; Scales of power: centres versus peripheries; Violence and justice; Borders and frontiers.
Keynote Speaker: Professor António Manuel Hespanha (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
We are seeking submissions for an interdisciplinary collection of essays tentatively titled
Health and Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective.
This edited volume seeks to put into conversation a range of historical, literary, and cultural texts and objects related to the theory, practice, and experience of health and healing from an Iberian-Global and gendered perspective, between 1500-1700. We invite papers that broadly interrogate the concepts of “health” and “healing” from all geographical areas within early modern Iberia and its global kingdoms. We encourage innovative responses to the topics that include but are not limited to: interactions between healer and patient; health status, belief and spiritual (religious and magical) practices; creation and circulation of drugs, herbal remedies, and the status and representation of herbalists and apothecaries; the professionalization of medicine and gendered divisions of labor and care; recipe books, diet practices and access to food. We are also interested in the ways early modern health discourse intersected with the sensory world: how were health care decisions shaped by sight, smell, touch, sound, taste as well as feeling, believing, remembering and knowing?
We anticipate publishing this volume in paperback with a university press, with the potential for classroom adoption. Essays from practitioners of all disciplines are welcome. This volume aims to reach across the fields of Iberian and global early modern studies, history of science and medicine, and gender, sexuality and women’s studies.
Please send a 250 to 300-word proposal and CV to Margaret E. Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah E. Owens (email@example.com) by January 15, 2018. Authors will be notified no later than January 30, 2018. If the proposal is accepted by the press, completed essays would be expected approximately 6 months after acceptance date.
Margaret E. Boyle | Associate Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Typography, Illustration and Ornamentation in the Early Modern Iberian Book World, 1450-1800
Dublin, 24- 25 May 2018
Like their manuscript forebears and counterparts, early-modern printed books incorporated ornamentation such as decorative head and tailpieces, ornate borders and initial letters. They also often included woodcut and later engraved illustrations. These elements formed an essential part of the aesthetics of the book and helped frame meaning for their readers. As well as offering cultural insight, this seam of evidence also offers a formidable scholarly tool to assist in the identification of anonymous imprints and to help in the dating of works. Yet – with only a few notable exceptions – these graphic components, and those who crafted them, have remained under-researched. To better understand this world, and its development, a cross-disciplinary conference will be held in Dublin in May 2018 to reflect on the broad themes of typography, illustration, and ornamentation in early-modern Spain, Portugal and the New World between 1450 and 1800. Papers are invited from both established and younger researchers which might shed light on any aspect of the conference theme, or which help situate the Iberian experience within a broader European or global context. Papers on manuscript or printed books are welcome. The conference will coincide with the launch of the latest phase of Iberian Books http://iberian.ucd.ie covering the period 1651-1700. It will also see the launch of Ornamento, an online repository of ornaments and illustrations.
Proposals can be submitted to Professor Sandy Wilkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15 December 2017
De Canciones y Cancioneros: Music and Literary Sources of the Luso-Hispanic Song Tradition
Princeton University, April 7-8, 2018
A conference organized by Ireri Chávez-Bárcenas (Music) and Sophia Blea Nuñez (Spanish and Portuguese) with the generous support from the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies
This conference hopes to bring together musical, literary and cultural historians from the US, Latin America, and Europe that are interested in exploring various aspects of the early song tradition in the Hispanic World. It seeks to investigate the varied intersections of literary and musical sources of the Iberian song in the vast Spanish empire—from early poetic anthologies and songbooks, to villancicos’ manuscripts, chapbooks, printed vihuela and guitar tutor books, Iberian songs in manuscripts and printed collections of neighboring countries, early anthologies, catalogues and library collections, music and poetic treatises, and songs in dramas, novels and other literary genres by authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Góngora or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. This conference also hopes to bring attention to early manifestations of musical globalization with discussions that reveal the circulation and transmission of Iberian musicoliterary genres in the Spanish empire, including Portugal, Europe, the New World, and Asia, as well as other cultural exchanges facilitated by diplomats in the service of the Spanish and Austrian branches of the Habsburgs. Other topics of interest relate to issues of race, religion, gender, and identity.
In celebration of the six first editions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz recently donated to Firestone Library, the conference will include a discussion panel on Villancicos and Sor Juana, and the participation of Early Music Princeton.
Keynote Speaker: Tess Knighton (ICREA, Spain)
Special Guests: Martha Lilia Tenorio (El Colegio de México, Mexico) and Álvaro Torrente (Universidad Complutense, Spain)
Concert by: Eduardo Egüez and Nell Snaidas, with the participation of Early Music Princeton
More information at https://decanciones.princeton.edu
Call for Papers
Please send your proposal with an abstract not exceeding 300 words to the program committee at email@example.com by November 30, 2017. The email should include a Word or PDF document with only the title and abstract. Please paste your abstract into the body of the email and include your name, institutional affiliation or city, contact information and audio-visual needs. Notifications of accepted proposals will be sent by December 15.
Possible topics related to the Luso-Hispanic song tradition may include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Methodological and historiographical issues
- Sources for the study of the song tradition in the Spanish empire
- Function and ceremonial context in religious festivities
- Politics, propaganda, patronage, and representation
- Imperial and Court Culture
- Poetical forms, literary styles, authorship, print, chapbooks, and books
- Musical forms, formal issues, musical styles, composers, text-music relation
- Circulation and transmission
- Oral, manuscript, and print sources
- Early modern anthologies, catalogues, and library collections
- Archives and libraries
- Private and public practices
- Intersections between the sacred and the secular
- Social and cultural contexts and issues of race, class, gender, language and identity
- Affect and Theatricality
- Performance and listening practices
This conference is also possible by the generous support of our co-sponsors: the Departments of Music, Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature, and the University Center for Human Values, the Center for the Study of Religion, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the Committee for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.
SLAVE SUBJECTIVITIES IN THE IBERIAN WORLDS (15TH-20TH CENTURIES)
2-3 JULY 2018
LISBON – INSTITUTO DE CIÊNCIAS SOCIAIS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE: 31 OCTOBER
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
STRUCTURE OF THE CONFERENCE
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.
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)
by Kathleen Comerford
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON JESUIT STUDIES
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity
Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville
June 1–2, 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS
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 (email@example.com) and Robert Aleksander Maryks (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 (email@example.com)