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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.


Contact Email:

CFP: “Lineage, Loyalty, & Legitimacy in Iberia & North Africa (600-1600),” St. Louis, June 19-21, 2017

CFP: Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­-1600)

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­-1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19-­21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this subconference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:
● How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
● What (in)formal bonds and socio­religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
● How were institutions formed and maintained?
● How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
● What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
● How did the transmission or co­production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co­production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administrative precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20­ minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post­doctoral researchers, and early­ career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (

CFP: Medicine, Literature, and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World, St. Andrew’s, UK, July 3-5, 2017

Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World / Medicina, cultura, y literatura en el mundo hispánico de los siglos XV-XVIII : 3-5 July 2017

Call for Papers:

International Conference on Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World/Medicina, cultura, y literatura en el mundo hispánico de los siglos XV-XVIII

University of St Andrews, Scotland, 3-5 July, 2017

Conference Aims:

To bring together experts in medicine, literature, history, and related or connected disciplines, including the visual arts, to share research and ideas with a focus on medicine and its role in the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The aim is also to foster an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions that have arisen in the research focus stated above, and propose future collaborations.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Dr Alexander Samson, University College London

Dr María Luz López-Terrada, INGENIO (CSIC – Universitat Politècnica de València)

Prof M. Pierre Civil, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Prof Christoph Strosetzki, Universität Münster

To propose a paper:

Topics from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines are welcome, provided they maintain their focus on medicine and the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Papers may be given in English or Spanish. Please send in a 200 word abstract, including title, in Microsoft Word format to Dr Ted Bergman: Panel proposals will also be considered. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution and e-mail address in you proposal. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.

Conference website:

Conference organised by: Dr Ted L L Bergman and Prof María Luisa Lobato.

Sponsoring organisations: University of St Andrews, Grupo PROTEO (Universidad de Burgos), CRES (Centre de Recherche sur l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe Siècles, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
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