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Liang, “Where Is Barbarossa?” at the UCLA CMRS, Nov 1, 2017

‘¿Where is Barbarossa?’: Spanish Sensory Perception in North Africa”

Wednesday, November 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Spanish forces swept into North Africa and conquered a series of coastal towns from Morocco to Libya. Historians have seen this as a kind of mirror image of Muslim conquests in the Iberian Peninsula, and the subsequent occupation seemed to take place in the familiar context of Christian-Muslim relations in the western Mediterranean. As such, Spaniards are presumed to almost have a pre-knowledge of a land that was an overnight sail from Andalusian ports; of topography that resembled Iberian landscapes; and of a climate, flora, and fauna that nestle comfortingly within a Braudelian belt of olive trees. How well do these measures indicate Spanish sensory perceptions in North Africa?

In this talk, Yuen-Gen Liang (History, National Taiwan University) takes a close look at the evidence of what Spaniards saw, touched, heard, and felt in their contact with the Maghrib, focusing in particular on experiences of geography. Soldiers, officials, clerics, captives, redeemers, and writers who traveled to North Africa left behind administrative correspondence, maps, travelers accounts, captives’ tales, chronicles, and literature. Literary sources include formulaic and fantastical renderings of Africa. Provisioning ledgers document the imperial and trade networks that connected Spanish, North African, Italian, and Maltese lands. Candid remarks betray sensory responses to the sights, masses, textures, and tastes of the material world as well as expressions of bewilderment, unease, and peril. Overall, these experiences provide a rich description of Spanish engagement with western Mediterranean geography. They also point out that human subjectivities conditioned experiences of physical geography and that human activities directly altered the way that objectively measured spaces were experienced.

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of History. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Advance registration is requested. Please click here to complete the short registration form.

No fee. Limited seating. Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, and 4. Parking information at

Registration for Yuen-Gen Liang Lecture on November 1, 2017


Symposium: “Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean,” UConn, Thurs, Oct 27, 2017

“Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Student Union, Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268

Please join us at this inaugural symposium to launch UConn’s Abrahamic Programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region.


8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks

Daniel WeinerVice President for Global Affairs and Professor of Geography, University of Connecticut, USA
Zaid Eyadat, Department of Political Science, University of Jordan; Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA
Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Doris & Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA, University of Connecticut, USA

9:30 AM  Session I – Intercultural Encounters

Mohammed Abattouy, Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, Mohammed V University, Morocco
Ronald Kiener, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College, USA
Daniel Lasker, Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values, Ben Gurion University, Israel

10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM Session II – Sciences: Reception & Translation

Nader El-Bizri, Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Brian Long, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Canada
Nicola Carpentieri, Assistant Professor and Chair of Arabic & Islamic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Joseph Ziegler, Associate Professor of History and Director of the School of History, University of Haifa, Israel

12:15 PM   Lunch Break

2:00 PM  Session III – Revelations: Polemics & Prophesies

Alexander Fidora, Research Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Andrea Celli, Assistant Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, University of Connecticut, USA
Mayte Green-Mercado, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University
Ahmed Chahlane, Professor Emeritus, Mohammed V University, Morocco

3:15 PM  Coffee Break

3:30 PM  Session IV – Geographies & Mobilities

Daniel Hershenzon, Assistant Professor of Early Modern Spanish & Mediterranean History, University of Connecticut, USA
Seth Kimmel, Assistant Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Cultural Studies, Columbia University, USA
Benjamin Liu, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of California – Riverside, USA
Pier Tommasino, Assistant Professor of Italian, Columbia University, USA

4:45 PM  Concluding Remarks

Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Doris & Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut, USA, University of Connecticut, USA
Zaid Eyadat, Department of Political Science, University of Jordan; Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA

5:00 PM  Reception

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
20 de octubre de 2017 Poster_workshop

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

Roundtable at Columbia: After Al-Andalus, Oct 20, 2017

Attend: After Al-Andalus (20 October, NYC)

“After Al-Andalus: New Interdisciplinary Approaches to Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain,” a roundtable discussion with:
Borja Franco (UNED)
Daniel Hershenzon (UConn)
Seth Kimmel (Columbia)
Pamela Patton (Princeton)
Elena Paulino Montero (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence)
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez (Iowa)
Antonio Urquízar Herrera (UNED)
Amanda Wunder (CUNY)

Facilitated by:
Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo (Columbia)
Rachel Stein (Columbia)

will be held on Friday, 20 October, 3-6pm at
Casa Hispánica 201
612 West 116th St.
New York, NY 10027

Project supported by the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University and a 2016 BBVA Foundation Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators

Source: Borja Franco

SCSC Milwaukee, 2017

We here at Early Modern Spanish History Notes read through the program so you don’t have to. Here are the panels at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Milwaukee, Oct 26-29, 2017, that are of interest to us (sorry, I can’t track all down the individual papers that might be interesting to us):

Please note especially the events honoring Alison Weber on Friday and Sunday!

Thursday, Oct 26, 1:30-3:00

Room: Lakeshore C 3.
From Synods to Slavery: Catholic Theology in Colonial Latin America
Sponsor: Journal of Early Modern Christianity
Organizer: Rady Roldán-Figueroa
“Obligación de restituir la libertad e indemnizar”: Slavery as Crime in the Work of Francisco José de Jaca, OFM cap., John Parker, Boston University
The “Lost” Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico, the Windward Islands, and the Province of Cumaná, Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Boston University.

Room: Milwaukee A 7.
Reading the Sources: In Search of Marginalized Peoples
Organizer: Janis M. Gibbs
Chair: Grace E. Coolidge
Slave Labor, Wage Labor Revisited through Archival Documents at the NYPL: A Methodology for Legal Records on Slaves, Maher Memarzadeh, Independent Scholar
Refugees, Opportunists, or Agents of Empire: Conceptions of Conversos in Early Modern Spain and France, Gayle Brunelle, California State University, Fullerton

Thursday, Oct 26, 3:30-5:00

Room: Gilpatrick C.
Strategies for Networking in Early Modern Europe
Organizer: Janis M. Gibbs
Chair: David Papendorf
From Rome to Gandía: Family Networks and Family Loyalty in the Early Modern Mediterranean World, Alexander Mizumoto-Gitter, University of Kansas
Responsible Fathers or Deadbeat Dads?: Noblemen and Their Illegitimate Children in Early Modern Spain, Grace Coolidge, Grand Valley State University
Melanchthon Weaves a Web, Rebecca Peterson, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Room: Executive A 23.
Oral and Writing Societies: Documenting, Record-keeping, and Information-gathering in Early Modern Spain
Organizer: Elvira Vilches
Chair: Emilie L. Bergmann
Male Virgins: Purity and Danger in Early Modern Military Life Writing, Faith Harden, University of Arizona
The Role of Language in Accusations of Witchcraft in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain, Eva Mendieta, Indiana University Northwest
Eating One’s Words: The Ends of Textual Consumption in the Spanish Empire, Heather Allen, University of Mississippi.

Room: Executive D 26.
Family, Gender, and Reformation in 16th-Century Europe
Organizer: Rady Roldán-Figueroa
Chair: Jeffrey A. Fisher
An Indecent Proposal: Clandestine Marriage, Deviance, and Family in Reformation Germany, Michael Hammett, Columbia University
Reformist Masculinity and Lady Church in Early Modern England, Lora Walsh, University of Arkansas
Catalina de Erauso: A Seventeenth-Century Cross-Dressing Catholic, Jenni Shelton, John Carroll University

Fri, Oct 27, 8:30-10:00 am

Room: Crystal 37.
Women’s Leadership and Las Casas’s Legacy in the Low Countries of Charles V
Organizer: Anne J. Cruz
Chair: Heather J. Allen; Commentator: Anne J. Cruz
The Rule of Gender in the Low Countries: Charles V’s Reliance on his Female Relatives, Anne Cruz, University of Miami
Charles V’s Shadow Cast Abroad in Word and Image I: The First French Translation of Las Casas’ Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias, Colt Segrest, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Charles V’s Shadow Cast Abroad in Word and Image II: The First European Visual Renderings of Las Casas’ Account of the Spanish Conquests, Rolena Adorno, Yale University

Room: Executive C 42.
Marian Devotion in the New World: Reflections about Frontiers, Poetic Festivals, and the Maternal
Organizer: Elvira Vilches
Chair: Stacey Schlau
Hybrid Maternity: Transatlantic Women’s Health in the 16th-Century Iberian World, Millie Gimmel, University of Tennessee
Mary in Spain and Across the Atlantic: The Transmigration of Devotion, Laura Ammon, Cheryl Claassen, Appalachian State University
Mary’s Mexican Oracle: The Immaculate Conception in the Literature of New Spain, Teresa Clifton, Brown University

Friday, Oct. 27, 10:30-Noon

Room: Executive C 59.
The Production of Space: Architecture, Texts, Dramatic Design, and Classical Allegory
Organizer: Elvira Vilches
Chair: Luis R. Corteguera
The Murals at Casa del Deán: A Humanist Renaissance Studiolo in Sixteenth Century Mexico, Juan Luis Burke, State University of New York
The Architectonics of Reading: Architecture, Interpretation, and Interiority in Alfonso de Valdés’ Diálogo de las cosas acaecidas en Roma, Katherine Brown, Yale University

Room: Regency A 61.
Holiness and Popular Religion, in Honor of Susan C. Karant-Nunn and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Organizer: Ute Lotz-Heumann
Chair: Raymond A. Mentzer
From Holy Theft to Sacred History: Two Spanish Cities Remember John of the Cross (1542-91), Jodi Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Distinguishing between Saints and Spirits. Or, How to Tell the Difference between the Virgin Mary and Mary the Ghost?, Kathryn Edwards, University of South Carolina
How to Make a Holy Well: Popular Religious Practices and Official Responses in Early Modern Germany, Ute Lotz-Heumann, University of Arizona

Room: Pere Marquette 64.
The Medieval Heritage, Humanism, and the Understanding of History
Organizer: Janis M. Gibbs
Chair: Richard C. Cole
Vincenzio Borghini and Medieval Studies in the Sixteenth Century, Ann Moyer, University of Pennsylvania
22 Romancing Clio: François Hotman’s Franco-Gallia and the Reinvention of the Late Valois Monarchy, Jason Sager, Wilfrid Laurier University
Humanist History, Truth, and Polemics: The Artes historicae of Philip II’s Official Historians, Kira von Ostenfeld-Suske, Columbia University

Friday, Oct. 27, 1:30-3:00pm

Room: Executive C 76.
Examining Emotions and the Intellect: Music, Myth, and Numbers in the Comedia
Organizer: Elvira Vilches
Chair: Sherry Velasco
Re-Defining Ganymede: Ana Caro’s Interpretation of an Ancient Myth, Felipe Rojas, University of Chicago
Divine Harmonies: Musical Performance in Lucas Fernandez’s El auto de la pasión, Ivy Walters, North Central College
Figures of Arithmetic: Numeracy and Calculation in Tirso’s Celos con celos se curan, Elvira Vilches, Duke University

Friday, Oct. 27, 3:30-5:00pm

Room: Lakeshore C 84.
ROUNDTABLE: A Tribute to Alison Weber on her Retirement
Organizer: Allyson M. Poska
Chair: Allyson M. Poska
Participants: Anne J. Cruz, Jodi E. Bilinkoff, Jennifer E. Barlow, Elizabeth Lehfeldt

Room: Milwaukee B 90.
Art and Politics in Sacred Spaces and Texts
Organizer: James Clifton
Chair: Tracy C. Cosgriff Imaging the Reconquest in Old Castile: The Choir Stalls of Toledo Cathedral, Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University, Denver
“Get my Good Side”: Triumphant Images of Defeat in Early Modern Armenia, Erin Pinon, Princeton University
Sacred Space at the Spanish Court: Margarita de la Cruz and Images of the Child Christ in the Descalzas Reales, Tanya Tiffany, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Room: Executive B 92.
Early Modern Women, Religion, Theology, and Spirituality I: Women’s Spirituality and Religious Patronage
Sponsor: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Organizer: Anne Larsen 30
Chair: Julie D. Campbell, Commentator: Julie D. Campbell
Liberation and Exterior Legibility in Teresa of Ávila’s Las moradas (1588), Molly Elizabeth Borowitz, University of California, Berkeley
“If the devil did this to deceive me”: Teresa of Ávila and the Problem of Deception, Ana Maria Carvajal, Purdue University
“Under the Shield of Your Sacred Virtues”: Katherine Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon as Puritan Patroness, Catherine Medici, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Saturday Oct 28, 10:30-Noon

Room: Executive B 126.
Physicality, Senses, and the Body in Early Modern Europe
Organizer: Scott K. Taylor
Chair: Joel F. Harrington Commentator: Joel F. Harrington
Embodied Exemplars: Whole-Body Catacomb Saints as Models for Christian Behavior in Baroque Bavaria, Noria Litaker, University of Pennsylvania
In Wilderness and Darkness: Sacred Space and Embodiment in Anabaptist Piety, Erin Lambert, University of Virginia
Coffee and the Body in Western Europe, Scott K Taylor, University of Kentucky

Saturday Oct 28 1:30-3:00pm

Room: Regency A 147.
Performing Loyalty in the Early Modern World I: The Spanish World
Organizer: Jennifer Mara DeSilva
Chair: Jennifer Mara DeSilva
Ambassadorial Agency and Performing Loyalty to the Spanish Prince in Rome, Rachael Ball, University of Alaska Anchorage
Communities of Color Vie to Perform Their Loyalty to the Crown in Rodrigo de Carvajal y Robles’ Fiestas de Lima (1632), Mark Evan Davis, Christopher Newport University
Constructing Portuguese Loyalties in Colonial Spanish America, 1560-1620, Brian Hamm, University of Central Florida

Saturday Oct 28 3:30-5:00

Room: Executive B 161.
The Classical Age and the Colonial Worlds: Ancient Texts, Classical Myths, and New Peoples
Organizer: Elvira Vilches
Chair: Rolena Adorno
Peter Martyr of Anghiera and the Advent of a New World: Continuity and Discontinuity with the Past, Elena Daniele, Tulane University
The Design of Part Three of La Araucana: Ercilla’s Retelling of the Dido Story, Bryce Maxey, Yale University
Peaceful People or Plague? Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Late Regret for his Early Support of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Ruben Sánchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University

Sunday Oct 29, 8:30-10:00am

Room: Lakeshore C 171.
ROUNDTABLE: Feminism in the New Millennium
Sponsor: Sixteenth Century Journal
Organizer: Whitney Leeson; Chair: Kathryn Brammall
Participants: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Allyson M. Poska, Karen L. Nelson, and Bronagh McShane

Room: Executive A 176.
The Material World of Teresa of Ávila: Gender, the Holy Female Body, and Encounters with Royalty. Studies in Honor of Alison Weber
Organizer: Jennifer E. Barlow
Chair: Jodi E. Bilinkoff
Gendered Gestures in Lope de Vega’s Santa Teresa de Jesús, Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California
Teresa of Avila, Friendship, and the Holy Female Body, Jennifer Barlow, Longwood University
Royal Encounters with Teresa of Ávila, Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas

Sunday Oct 29, 10:30-Noon

Room: Executive A 188. Grace, Piety, and Prayer: Studies in Honor of Alison Weber
Organizer: Jennifer E. Barlow
Chair: Faith Harden; Commentator: Anne Jacobson Schutte
Toward a Cervantine Conception of Grace, Timothy McCallister, Auburn University
Pilgrimage, Piety, and Travel: Alternative Paths to the Convent, Sarah Owens, College of Charleston
Forgotten Best-Sellers of the Reformation: Luis de Granada in Translation, Daniel Wasserman-Soler and Daniel Cheely, University of Pennsylvania


ASPHS New York, 2017

This is very late – I had a busy spring semester! – but to try to offer a more or less complete picture of the current landscape of early modern Spanish history I’m post the early modern panels of this past March’s ASPHS conference in New York:

Circumscribing the Supernatural: Superstitions, Demons, and Miracles in Early Modern Iberia (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Toward a Cognitive Approach to Late Medieval and Early Modern Anti-Superstition Discourse”
Mark Cooper Emerson, Sul Ross State University: “Demonic Possession or Misdirection? A Tale from the Secret Jails of the Portuguese Inquisition”
George Klaeren, University of Kansas: “’A World Full of Miracles:’ Occasionalism and the Debate over Divine Action in Eighteenth-Century Spain”

Authority, Knowledge, and Difference in Eighteenth-Century Brazil (East Room)
Chair: Barbara Weinstein, New York University
Kirsten Schultz, Seton Hall University: “Royal Authority, Social Order, and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Brazil”
Lisa Voight, Ohio State University: “Diplomatic Missions, Missives, and Mistakes: The Dahomean Embassy to Brazil in 1750”
Hal Langfur, SUNY Buffalo: “Indians, Territorial Consolidation, and Improvised Justice in the Forests of Southeastern Brazil, 1750 – 1800”

Iberian Enlightenments and Utopias (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mark Molesky, Seton Hall University: “The Lisbon Earthquake and the Enlightenment”
Phillip Fox, Wayne State College: “Royal Flexibility and Legal Reform: The Preservation of Regional Civil Law in Bourbon Spain”
Liana Ewald, Independent Scholar: “Urbis et orbis: Utopia, Philanthropy, and the Contingencies of Merit in Nineteenth-Century Spain”

Iberia and the East (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Timothy Schmitz, Wofford College
Christina Lee, Princeton University: “The Cult of the Snake Devil in the early Spanish Philippines”
Ana Ribeiro, Universidade de Évora: “Informal Iberian Commercial Partnerships in the East (1580-1640)”

Spanish Diplomacy in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Avery Room)
Chair/Comment: Dan Crews, University of Central Missouri
Michael Levin, University of Akron: “The Spanish Diplomatic System in SixteenthCentury Italy: How Systematic Was It?”
Xavier Tubau, Hamilton College: “Spanish Ambassadors at the Council of Trent: Between Politics and Religion”
Miles Pattenden, Oxford University: “Spanish Diplomacy and the Conclave during the reign of Philip II”

Art and Culture in Early Modern Spain (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas
Taryn Chubb, East Central University: “Recontextualizing the Retable of the Trinity Adored by All Saints from the Valencian Cartuja of Valldecrist”
Mercedes Llorente, Universidade Nova de Lisboa: “The retinue in Las Meninas and Mariana in Mourning”
Carmen Saen de Casas, Lehman College: “La cena del rey Baltasar, un desengaño sobre las tablas en la corte de Felipe IV”

Los límites de la Reforma Católica en la España moderna: tolerar, resistir
Chair/Comment: Doris Moreno, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Ricardo García Carcel, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: “Las fronteras entre catolicismo y protestantismo en España antes de 1559”
Rosa María Alabrus, Universidad Abad Oliva-CEU: “La influencia española en el tránsito del protestantismo al catolicismo en el sur de Francia a comienzos del siglo XVII”
Eliseo Serrano, Universidad de Zaragoza: “Los límites a la santidad en la España Contrarreformista”

The Uses of the Past in Iberian History (Avery Room)
Chair: Clinton D. Young, University of Arkansas at Monticello
Lauri Tähtinen, Harvard University: “Freitas between Camões and Alexandrowicz: Locating the Law of Nations”
Andrew Keitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Medical Martyrs: A Nineteenth-Century Representation of Inquisitorial Persecution of Early Modern Spanish Physicians”
Jennifer Speed, University of Dayton: “Joaquín Costa’s Reimagining of the Origins of Civil Liberties in Nineteeth-Century Spain”

New Approaches to the Early Modern Spanish World (West Room)
Chair/Comment: Kirsten Schultz, Seton Hall University
Marta Vicente, University of Kansas: “Confessions of the Flesh: Transgender Narratives in the Early Modern Spanish World”
José Martínez Torrejón: City University of New York: “En el mapa político del Inca Garcilaso”

New Perspectives on Teresa of Avila (Avery Room)
Chair/Comment: Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington
Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas: “Saint Teresa of Avila as Courtier”
Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California: “Staging Vision, Vulnerability, and the Evil Eye in Lope de Vega’s Santa Teresa de Jesus”
Arlette de Jesús, Anderson University: “Lucha de poderes en la Reforma Carmelita: los Calzados y Descalzos a través de las cartas de Teresa de Jesús”

Peacemakers, Swordsmen, and Poets: Adventures in Portuguese History (East Room)
Chair/Comment: Mark Molesky, Seton Hall University
Carolina Esteves Soares, Universidade de Lisboa: “Imaginação cuidou nunca, senhor, o que hoje se está vendo com os olhos! (…) que Espanha havia de pedir as pazes, e que estas se haviam de pactear em Lisboa: the Path towards the Peace Treaty between Portugal and Castile (1665-1668)”
Catalina Pereira: “The Noble Art of Mastering the Blade: Masters and Students in Portugal 16th-19th centuries”

Keynote Address by Carla Rahn Phillips “Arriving (way beyond) Where We Started”

RSA Chicago, April 2017

So I did not get the panels about Spanish history at the Renaissance Society of America Conference this past month up in time – sorry, extremely busy spring semester. But in the interest of being comprehensive about new work on early modern Spain for those using internet searches, here they are. Note that not all the Spanish papers presented are here, only the most obviously relevant to early modern Spanish history. And there are a few non-Spanish papers here that slipped into a panel mostly about Spain.

Jesuit Visual Culture I
Organizers: Alison C. Fleming, Winston-Salem State University; Robert Aleksander Maryks, Boston College
Chair: Alison C. Fleming, Winston-Salem State University
Rachel Miller, California State University, Sacramento, “Luca Giordano’s Saint Francis Xavier Baptizing Indians and the Creation of a Neapolitan “Indies”
Andrew Horn, University of Edinburgh, “Andrea Pozzo and the Jesuit “Theatres” of the Seventeenth Century”
Pamela M. Jones, University of Massachusetts, “Boston The Jesuits and the Discalced Carmelites in Goa: Celebrating New Saints, 1623–24”

Antiquarianism and Ethnography in the Early Modern World I
Organizer: Richard Calis, Princeton University
Chair: Valeria Lopez Fadul, University of Chicago
Respondent: Adam G. Beaver, Harvard University
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, “Converso Catholic and Amerindian Ethnographies and Classical Antiquities”
Guy Lazure, University of Windsor, “Learning from Italy, Culture from Spain: The Collection and Circulation of Knowledge in Renaissance Europe”
Madeline McMahon, Princeton, “University Mapping Religious Practices, Past and Present: The Bishop as Antiquarian and Ethnographer, ca. 1560–1630”

Jesuit Visual Culture II
Organizers: Alison C. Fleming, Winston-Salem State University; Robert Aleksander Maryks, Boston College
Chair: Thomas W. Worcester, College of the Holy Cross
Christa Irwin, Marywood University, “Catholic Presence and Power: Jesuit Painter Bernardo Bitti at Lake Titicaca in Peru”
Katherine McAllen, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, “Jesuit Winemaking and Art Production in Northern New Spain”

Captivity and Culture: Relations between Europe and the Arab Countries in the Early Modern Period
Sponsor: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
Organizer and Chair: Daniel K. Gullo, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Oumelbanine N. Zhiri, University of California, San Diego, “Translation and Captivity Between Europe and North Africa in the Early Modern Period”
Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut, “Ransoming Muslims: North African Captives and their Ransom in the Early Modern Period”
Eric R. Dursteler, Brigham Young University, “Bond or Free? Establishing Slave Identity in Early Modern Malta”

Jewish Intermediaries in Early Modernity
Sponsor: Hebraica, RSA Discipline Group
Organizer: Dana E. Katz, Reed College
Chair: Mark Jurdjevic, York University
Nathan Ron, University of Haifa, “Erasmus on Marranos and Converts: Jews in Disguise as “half-Jews half-Christians”
Piergabriele Mancuso, Medici Archive Project, “Ubiquitous Subjects and Malleable Identities: The Role of the Jews in the European Information System”
Flora Cassen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Philip II of Spain and his Italian Jewish Spy”

Atlante’s Palace: Culture, Enchantment, and Politics in European Palaces, 1600–1700 II: Madrid, Lisbon, and Naples
Organizers: Francesca Cappelletti, Università degli Studi di Ferrara; Francesco Freddolini, Luther College, University of Regina
Chair: Patrizia Cavazzini, British School at Rome
David García Cueto, Universidad de Granada, “Madrilenian Aristocratic Palaces Interiors around 1660: Competing with the King”
Susana Flor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “The Return of Queen Catherine of Braganza: Palaces, Architecture and the City of Lisbon, 1693–1705”
Filomena Viceconte, Independent Scholar, “The Palazzo Reale of Naples’ Galleria: Roman Features for an Ephemeral Display of Art”

Poetry and Music in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Sponsor: Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
Organizers: Elizabeth B. Davis, Ohio State University; Lorena Uribe Bracho, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Chair: Lorena Uribe Bracho, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ignacio López Alemany, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Courting the Sonnet: Music and Poetry at the Valencian Palace of the Duke of Calabria”
Andrew A. Cashner, University of Southern California, “Christ as Singer and Song: Poetry, Music, and the Divine Word in Seventeenth-Century”
Villancicos Joseph Roussiès, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, “The Iberian Madrigal: Harmony and Disharmony between Poetic Form and Musical Genre (1552–1624)
Mary B. Quinn, University of New Mexico, “With Resounding Words”: Soundscapes of Celebration in the Hapsburg Empire”

Visual/Textual Encounters with the Tomb: Ekphrasis and Death in Early Modern Hispanic Poetry
Sponsor: Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
Organizers: Elizabeth B. Davis, Ohio State University; Leticia Mercado, Boston College
Chair: Elizabeth B. Davis, Ohio State University
Paul Carranza, Dartmouth College, “Art and Text in the Pastoral Tomb”
Mary E. Barnard, Pennsylvania State University, “Quevedo’s Speaking Tombs”
Leticia Mercado, Boston College “’Esta Máquina y Pompa’: Villamediana’s Tomb and Vaenius’s Theatro Moral de la Vida Humana (1607)”

Literature and Love in Renaissance and Early Modern Spain
Organizer: Renaissance Society of America
Chair: Rosilie Hernández, University of Illinois at Chicago
Holly Elise Sims, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Reading, Writing, and Politics: Álvaro de Luna and the Formation of Literary Networks at Court”
Ewa Chmielewska, New York University, “Ethics of Love, Nature, Animals, and Natural Law in Spanish Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Love Treatises”
Maria C. Willstedt, Hamilton College, “From Fairy Tale to Novella: The Substitute Bride Motif in Maria de Zayas”
Amy Elizabeth Sheeran, Johns Hopkins University, “Mary, Literarily: The Immaculate Conception as a Literary Problem”

Printing and Networking in Venice, Madrid, and Cracow
Organizer: Renaissance Society of America
Chair: Lauren A. Jacobi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Angela Fritsen, The Episcopal School of Dallas, “Bartolomeo Merula and the Power of Print”
Pablo Alvarez, University of Michigan, “Liberal or Mechanical? The Status of Printing According to Alonso Víctor de Paredes”
Michał Czerenkiewicz, Independent Scholar, “Intercultural Dialogue in the Schedels’ Printing Office Literary Production”

The Matter of Sculpture in Southern Italy, Spain, and the New World
Organizers: Johannes Röll, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte; Joris van Gastel, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Chair: Fernando Loffredo, CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Johannes Röll, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, “Possibilities and Limitations of Different Sculptural Materials in Renaissance Spain”
Roberto Alonso Moral, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, “Neapolitan Polychrome Sculpture in Spain, 1580–1630: Demand, Taste, Prestige”
Joris van Gastel, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, “Carved with a Knife: Continuities and Disruptions in the Materiality of Lecce’s Early Modern Sculpture”
Regina Deckers, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, “For Rulers of the Whole World: The Personifi cations of the Four Continents by Lorenzo Vaccaro (1655–1706)”

Colonial Rhetoric in Spain and New Spain
Organizer: Renaissance Society of America
Chair: Nicole D. Legnani, Princeton University
Timothy F. Johnson, Monmouth College, “Dazzling the Empire: Bernardo de Vargas Machuca’s Kaleidoscopic Paratext Pablo Abascal”
Sherwell Raull, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, “The New Colonial Society and the Evangelization of New Spain (End of the Sixteenth Century)”
Maria Giulia Genghini, University of Notre Dame, “Colonial Influences Revisited: Jesuit Preaching in the New World”
Amy Huras, New York University, “Andean Re-Creations of Spanish in the Seventeenth-Century Viceroyalty of Peru”

Material Culture and Early Modern Women in Spain I
Sponsor: Grupo de estudios sobre la mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) (GEMELA)
Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Díaz, Mount Holyoke College
Borja Gama de Cossío, Colorado College, “The Double Meaning of Material Goods in Sor María de Santo Domingo’s Austere Life”
Almudena Vidorreta, The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Dangerous Carriages in Spanish Poetry: Women, Politics, and Social Mobility”

Cervantes and Violence in Text
Organizer: Christine Garst-Santos, South Dakota State University
Chair: Ana M. Rodriguez-Rodriguez, University of Iowa
Stephen Walter Hessel, Ball State University, “’¿Es poco trabajo hinchar un perro?’ Challenging Intentio Operis and Intentio Auctoris in Don Quixote”
Brian M. Phillips, Jackson State University, “Heterotopias and Utopias in the Marcela Grisóstomo Intercalated Story: Female Voice and the Pharmakos”
Christine Garst-Santos, South Dakota State University, “#RapeCultureIsWhen: Sexual Violence in Cervantes’s Don Quijote and La fuerza de la sangre”
Diana Galarreta-Aima, James Madison University, “Crossing, Transgression, and Violence in Cervantes’s La gran sultana”

Representing Blackness in Golden Age Spain: Stage and Sculpture
Sponsor: Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe
Organizer: Erin Kathleen Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
Chair: Paul H. D. Kaplan, Purchase College, SUNY
Erin Kathleen Rowe, Johns Hopkins University, “The Problem of Representing Black Saints in Iberian Baroque Sculpture”
Emily Weissbourd, Lehigh University, “Staging the Unrepresentable: Black Female Characters in Early Modern Drama”
Nicholas Jones, Bucknell University, “Feasting on Blackness, Performing Linguistic Blackface”

Critics of Spain
Organizer: Renaissance Society of America
Chair: Thomas C. Devaney, University of Rochester
Nicole D. Legnani, Princeton University, “’Like Rabbits’: Following the Money in the Historia de las Indias (1559) by Las Casa”
Jonathan Edward Greenwood, European University Institute, “Girolamo Benzoni and the Black Legend in Spanish Translation”
Cassidy Reis, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Grotesque Style and the Impossibility for Empathy in El buscón”
David Reher, University of Chicago, “Inverting Tropes of Power: Spanish Captivity and Resistance in Constantinople”

Material Culture and Early Modern Women in Spain II
Sponsor: Grupo de estudios sobre la mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) (GEMELA)
Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Díaz, Mount Holyoke College
Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, University of Colorado Boulder, “The Material Culture of Grieving in Castile and Portugal: The Case of Isabel of Aragon”
Sabena Kull, University of Delaware, “Painted Threads in the Hands and Eyes of Women in Early Modern Spain and Peru”
Maria-Isabel Martinez-Mira, University of Mary Washington, “Women’s Self-Representation in Legal Documents in Early Modern Spain”

Traveled Routes between Spain and Italy: Cooperation and Rivalry
Sponsor: Hispanic Literature, RSA Discipline Group
Organizer: Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Chair: Miguel Martinez, University of Chicago
Respondent: Valeria Lopez Fadul, University of Chicago
Monserrat Bores Martínez, Princeton University, “Meta-Discourses in Francisco Imperial’s Dezires and Early Renaissance on the Iberian Peninsula”
Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, “’Is Castilian as Elegant as Tuscan?’: On Learning and Reading Spanish in the Italian Peninsula”
Javier Patino Loira, Independent Scholar, “Hunting for Books: Juan Páez de Castro in Italy (1545–53)”

Emblematic Culture in the Iberian World
Sponsor: Society for Emblem Studies
Organizer: Pedro Germano Moraes Cardoso Leal, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Chair: John T. Cull, College of the Holy Cross
Carme López Calderón, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, “Mary as the Shield of Myrtillus: Iberian Applied Emblems, Classical Borrowings, and Catholic Propaganda”
Luís Gomes, University of Glasgow, “Vasco Mousinho de Quevedo Castelo Branco: Portuguese Early Emblems in the Affirmation of a Nation”
Pedro Germano Moraes Cardoso Leal, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, “The ‘Pictorial Dispute’ in the New World: From Hieroglyphic Catechisms to Emblematic Culture”

Theological-Political Thought in the Iberian Peninsula: Jews, Conversos, and the Reconfiguration of the Body Politic
Sponsors: Hebraica, RSA Discipline Group; Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) at Queen Mary
Organizer: Dana E. Katz, Reed College
Chair: Theodor W. Dunkelgrün, University of Cambridge
Cedric Cohen-Skalli, University of Haifa, “The Iberian Context of Abravanel’s Theological-Political Thought: A New Approach”
Rosa Vidal Doval, Queen Mary University of London, “Juan Luis Vives and Jewish Conversion: Individual and Christian Community in Early Modern Spain”
Claude Stuczynski, Bar-Ilan University, “Importing French Absolutism to Catholic Portugal: A Frustrated Pro-Converso Theological-Political Paradigm Shift (after 1640)”
Felipe Pereda, Johns Hopkins University, “Hic est: The Titulus Crucis Debate or the Evidence of Sacred Images in Baroque Spain”

Women and Music in Early Modern Spain and the New World
Sponsor: Grupo de estudios sobre la mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) (GEMELA)
Organizer: Clara E. Herrera, Independent Scholar
Chair: Jelena Sánchez, North Central College
Catalina Andrango-Walker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “Sor Getrudes de San Yldefonso: Music and Institutional Politics in Colonial Quito”
Clara E. Herrera, Independent Scholar, “The Discreet Musical Charm of the Neogranadine Woman”

Early Modern Anglo-Spanish Relations: Cultural Translation, Representation, and Conflict
Sponsor: Center for Early Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Organizer: Ullrich Langer, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Chair: Mercedes Alcalá Galán, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Deborah Forteza, University of Notre Dame, “Ingrate Harpy or Fairy Godmother? Elizabeth Tudor Imagined by Lope de Vega and Cervantes”
Kelsey Ihinger, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Philip II and Mary Tudor: A Window into the Early Modern Anglo-Spanish Relationship”
Alexander Samson, University College London, “Hispanic Worlds in the English Renaissance”
Ernesto Eduardo Oyarbide, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, “A State Matter and a Conflict for the Soul: Ribera’s Views against Peace with England”

Conversion and Heterodoxy in Early Modern Europe
Sponsor: Religion, RSA Discipline Group
Organizer: Tamar Herzig, Tel Aviv University
Chair: Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut
Respondent: Laura Patricia Stokes, Stanford University
Yanay Israeli, University of Michigan, “Defining Converts: Collectivity and Heterodoxy in the Crown of Castile”
Yonatan Glazer-Eytan, Johns Hopkins University, “Sacrilege to Heresy: Judeoconversos, Moriscos, and Inquisitorial Process in Cuenca, 1580–1620”
Diego Pirillo, University of California, Berkeley, “The Embassy as a Space of Conversion: Diplomacy and Heterodoxy in Early Modern Venice”

Aging Women in Early Modern Spain: Providers, Performers, Poets, and Foundresses
Sponsor: Grupo de estudios sobre la mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) (GEMELA)
Organizer: Bárbara Mujica, Georgetown University
Chair: Emily Francomano, Georgetown University
Ross Karlan, Georgetown University, “Grandma’s Galletas: Older Women and Food Culture in Early Modern Spain”
Elizabeth Marie Cruz Petersen, Florida Atlantic University, “Reinventing Herself: María Álvarez’s Legacy as Actor, Director, Mentor”
Bárbara Mujica, Georgetown University, “Over Sixty and Still Going Strong: Older Women in the Carmelite Reform”

The Social Dynamics of Medicine in Early Modern Spain
Sponsor: Hispanic Literature, RSA Discipline Group
Organizers: David A. Boruchoff, Independent Scholar; Susan Byrne, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chair: Mary B. Quinn, University of New Mexico
Julia Dominguez, Iowa State University, “La medicina política en Cervantes: El gobierno del cuerpo en Don Quijote”
Philippe Rabaté, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, “El discurso sobre la generación de las criaturas en la medicina renacentista española”
Carolyn Nadeau, Illinois Wesleyan University, “Treating the Mentally Ill in Don Quijote: ‘Discursos Medicinales’ and Women’s Domestic Manuals”

The Malleable Body: Humans, Animals, and Environment in the Early Modern Iberian World
Sponsor: Medicine and Science, RSA Discipline Group
Organizer: Kathryn Renton, University of California, Los Angeles
Chair: Surekha Davies, Western Connecticut State University
Janice Gunther Martin, University of Notre Dame, “Unburdening the Beasts: Healing and Understanding the Equine Body”
Kathleen M. Kole de Peralta, Idaho State University, “Curing and Care in Sixteenth-Century Hospital San Andrés in Lima, Peru”
Kathryn Renton, University of California, Los Angeles, “Conserving the Casta and Raza of the Spanish Horse: Theory and Practice”

Scenes of Reading in Early Modern Spain
Organizer and Chair: Eli Cohen, Swarthmore College
Guillermo M Jodra, Temple University, “Sola Scriptura: Public and Private Reading in Early Modern Hispanic Religious Orders”
Sophia Blea Nuñez, Princeton University, “Competing Proof of Identity: Reading Bodies, Texts, and Objects in Early Modern Spain”
David Souto Alcalde, Trinity College, “Reading, Acting, Deciding: A Baroque Ethics Of Reading (Gracian, Tesauro, Quevedo)”

Models and Modern Forms of Friendship in Cervantes
Sponsor: Cervantes Society of America
Organizers: David A. Boruchoff, Independent Scholar; Susan Byrne, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chair: Ana María G. Laguna, Rutgers University, Camden
Magdalena Altamirano, San Diego State University, Imperial Valley, “Contesting Ballads: Cervantes’s Don Quijote and the Romancero”
Michael S. Scham, University of St. Thomas, “Law, Affect, and Understanding: Friendship in Cervantes”
Marsha S. Collins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “A Foundation for Friendship in Don Quijote”

Hispanic Sovereignties
Organizer: Xavier Tubau, Hamilton College
Chair: Harald E. Braun, University of Liverpool
Respondent: Susan Longfield Karr, University of Cincinnati
Darcy Kern, Southern Connecticut State University, “Sovereignty, Conciliarism, and the Cortes in Fifteenth-Century Castile”
Xavier Tubau, Hamilton College, “Charles V’s Imperial Sovereignty and the Spanish Juristic Thought”

Priests Behaving Badly: Clerical Misconduct in Counter-Reformation Europe
Sponsor: Religion, RSA Discipline Group
Organizer: Tamar Herzig, Tel Aviv University
Chair: Stefano Villani, University of Maryland, College Park
David C. Rosenthal, University of Edinburgh, “Unholy Communion? Priests and Taverngoing in the Counter-Reformation City”
Celeste I. McNamara, University of Warwick, “’I Only Say Dirty Words When I’m Drunk’: Reforming the Unfit Priest”
John Christopoulos, University of British Columbia, “Giovanni Giuseppe da Sicolo: Franciscan, Exorcist, Abortionist”
Amanda Lynn Scott, Washington University in St. Louis, “Tridentine Reform in the Afternoon: Bullfighting and the Navarrese Clergy”

Spanish Comedia and Its Cognate Arts
Sponsor: Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT)
Organizer: Noelia Sol Cirnigliaro, Dartmouth College
Chair: Juan Vitulli, University of Notre Dame
John Slater, University of California, Davis, “Visualizing The Arts of Geometry in the Comedia”
Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, Arizona State University, “Privanza con Arte”
Noelia Sol Cirnigliaro, Dartmouth College, “Pedagogies of Dance and Spectatorship in the Comedia”

Deixis and Iberian Empire
Organizer: Elizabeth Spragins, Stanford University
Chair: Dale Shuger, Tulane University
Elizabeth Spragins, Stanford University, “Mediated Witnessing and the Indexing of Portuguese Empire”
Rachel Stein, Columbia University, “In This and This Place: Itinerant Composition and the Global Iberian Book”
Ana Garriga Espino, Brown University, “’Acá y allá hay harta desaventura’: Deixis and Iberian Expansion in Teresa of Ávila’s Letters”

Reformation in the Spanish Empire
Organizer and Chair: Ana Valdez, CIDEHUS, University of Évora
Respondent: Ruth MacKay, Independent Scholar
Thomas C. Devaney, University of Rochester, “Countering the ‘Heretics’: Miracle Books and Marian Devotion in Early Modern Spain”
Luna Najera, Eastern Connecticut State University, “A Pilgrimage to Rome: The Reformation in Cervantes’s The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda”
Dan Crews, University of Central Missouri, “Lazarillo de Tormes and the Purge of Purgatory in the Spanish Reformation”

On the Value of Literary Arts and Artists in Early Modern Spain
Sponsor: Hispanic Literature, RSA Discipline Group
Organizers: David A. Boruchoff, Independent Scholar; Susan Byrne, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chair: Marsha S. Collins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Paul Michael Johnson, DePauw University, “Lies of Love, Truth of Blood: The Curious Case of María Riquelme”
Valeria Lopez Fadul, University of Chicago, “Juan Páez de Castro, Language, and the History of New World Natives and Ancient Iberians”
Patricia W. Manning, University of Kansas, “The Rhetorical Impact of the Debate Between the Arts in the Hermandad de San Jerónimo’s Litigation”

Iberian Orientalism: Turks, Corsairs, and Moriscos against a Shifting Spain
Sponsor: Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT)
Organizer: David Reher, University of Chicago
Chair: Christina H. Lee, Princeton University
Felipe Rojas, University of Chicago, “Queer Ekphrasis: Cervantes, Algiers, and Michelangelo”
Neringa Pukelis, Lewis University, “Orientalism and Magic in Moorish Toledo”
James Nemiroff, University of Chicago, “Iconographic Judaizing and Orientalist Reason of State in El Otomano Famoso”


Workshop on Art & Court Cultures in the Iberian World – Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard

International workshop on Arts and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

by Jorge Sebastian

Arts and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

An international workshop in Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University
Friday, April 28, 2017, 9:00am to 5:00pm…

Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Mediterranean dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories, such as southern Italy. Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography. The advent of a Monarchia Hispanica under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national, religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of multilingual and multiethnic populations. This workshop aims to highlight some of these strategies, and to create a forum for discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of scholars from Spanish and American universities. It is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and the University of Valencia, with additional support from the Fulbright Commission and the BBVA Foundation.

Speakers: Prof. Mercedes Gómez-Ferrer (Universitat de València); Prof. Jorge Sebastián (Universitat de València); Dr. Borja Franco (UNED, Madrid); Prof. Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University); Prof. Felipe Pereda (Harvard University).

Location: RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

More information:

(Spanish version follows)

El arte y la cultura cortesanas en el mundo hispánico (1400-1650)

Simposio en el Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University
Viernes 28 de abril, de 9 a 17 h.…

Durante la Edad Media tardía y la Edad Moderna, las monarquías ibéricas emplearon de forma creciente diversas estrategias visuales de legitimación. Sus empresas dinásticas, diplomáticas y militares en el ámbito mediterráneo se acompañaron de formas eficaces de propaganda, en la metrópoli y en los virreinatos, por ejemplo en la Italia meridional. Tales esfuerzos abarcaron, entre otros medios, la arquitectura, tanto efímera como permanente, la decoración palacial, el retrato de corte, y la historiografía. Bajo el dominio de la Casa de Austria, la implantación de la Monarchia Hispanica conllevó la construcción de identidades nacionales, religiosas, raciales y de género, a lo largo y ancho de un mosaico de poblaciones multilingües y multiétnicas. Este simposio pretende analizar algunas de estas estrategias, y crear un foro para la discusión de próximas líneas de investigación, de la mano de investigadores de universidades españolas y norteamericanas. Es resultado de la colaboración entre el Real Colegio Complutense en Harvard University y la Universitat de València, con el apoyo de la Comisión Fulbright y la Fundación BBVA.

Ponentes: Prof. Mercedes Gómez-Ferrer (Universitat de València); Prof. Jorge Sebastián (Universitat de València); Dr. Borja Franco (UNED, Madrid); Prof. Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University); Prof. Felipe Pereda (Harvard University).

Sede: RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

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Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Palaography: Carla Rahn Phillips at the Newberry

2017 Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography

At the Newberry Library
Monday, June 12, 2017Friday, June 30, 2017

9 am to 12:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, plus 1:30-3:30 Monday afternoons

Room B-91

Directed by Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, Emerita
Application Deadline: March 1

The institute will provide participants with practical training in reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in early forms of Spanish.

Learn more about the institute’s director: Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota.

Schedule: The institute will meet in the mornings Monday through Friday, plus two hours on the Monday afternoons, for three weeks.

Eligibility: Each institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, but applications will also be accepted from associate and full professors at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Advanced language skills are required.

Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $970; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to defray travel and housing expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.

Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught in English, but participants will do extensive reading in early forms of Spanish; advanced language skills are required.

Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography, and check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Funded by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Download a printable flyer.

Cost and Registration Information

The application deadline is March 1.

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Conference: “Out/Lines: Boundary Conditions of the Early Modern Iberian World,” Penn, Jan 6, 2017


January 6, 2017 — 3:00–7:00pm
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street


The expansive contours of the Iberian world in the 16th and 17th centuries, expressed in the imperial motto plus ultra or “further beyond,” can at times obscure the aporias (of ecologies, ethnicities, and epistemologies) at its fringes. Recent scholarship on the material cultures, political economies, and discourses of gender of imperial Spain has worked to address these gaps and contradictions. Responding to the MLA 2017 presidential theme of Boundary Conditions, this afternoon symposium gathers students and scholars of the early modern Iberian world for interdisciplinary roundtable discussions that aim to bring forth the spaces, bodies, and practices that exceeded—and in doing so, defined—the limits of this ostensibly “boundless” empire.


3:00–3:30 — Coffee

3:30–4:30 — Session 1: Mare nostrum / Terra ignota

Christina Lee (Princeton), Miguel Martínez (Chicago), Ricardo Padrón (Virginia), Sherry Velasco (USC)

4:30–4:45 — Break

4:45–5:45 — Session 2: Corpus delicti / Hortus deliciarum

Israel Burshatin (Haveford), Jill Ross (Toronto), Felipe Valencia (Utah State), Sonia Velázquez (Indiana)

6:00-7:00 — Reception @ Zavino University City, 3200 Chestnut St.


burshatin_picIsrael Burshatin is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Haverford College. His research focuses on discourses of “Orientalism,” religion, and on the articulations of gender, sexuality, and race in Medieval and early modern Spain. His current project is concerns the poetics of biopower, and traces the emergence of subjects empowered or subdued by the government of life, from captives in Alfonsine law to medical representations of bodies of pleasure, illness, and disorder.

img_2924Christina Lee is a tenured research scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain, the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age, and Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (with José Luis Gastañaga). Her current book project examines the sacred world of the Spanish Philippines during the early colonial period.

newfaculty_042Miguel Martínez is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Chicago, where his research describes the cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America. He is the author of Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World, which explores the writing and reading practices of Spanish popular soldiery in both the Old and the New World. He is currently working on a second book project on Spanish colonial discourse in and about Southeast Asia.

Ricardo with Marx.jpgRicardo Padrón is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia specializing in the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world. His first book, The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature and Empire in Early Modern Spain, examines the joint contribution of sixteenth century literature and cartography to the transformation of European world views. His most recent work emphasizes the transpacific dimensions of Spain’s concept of “the Indies.”

jill-ross-photo-img_8123Jill Ross is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies and Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Figuring the Feminine: The Rhetoric of Embodiment in Medieval Hispanic Literature, and co-editor (with Suzanne Conklin Akbari) of The Ends of the Body: Identity and Community in Medieval Culture. She is currently working on a project on comparative poetics in the late medieval Crown of Aragon.

felipe-valencia-august-2014-picture-by-alex-savothFelipe Valencia is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Utah State University. His book project, The Melancholy Void: The Problem of Lyric in the Age of Góngora, interprets the transformation of Hispanic poetry at the turn of the seventeenth century in light of two interconnected developments: the interest in melancholy as the condition of the poet and the emergence of lyric as a category in poetic theory. He has published articles on sixteenth-century Spanish lyric and epic poetry, and neo-Senecan tragedy.

velasco-photoSherry Velasco is Professor of Spanish literature and culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Gender Studies Program (and currently Chair of the Department of French and Italian) at the University of Southern California. Her publications include: Lesbians in Early Modern Spain and Male Delivery: Reproduction, Effeminacy, and Pregnant Men in Early Modern Spain. Her current book project is tentatively titled: Quixotic Obscenities: Sexual Knowledge in the Age of Cervantes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASonia Velázquez is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, specializing in religion and aesthetics in the early modern Iberian world. She is co-editing with William Egginton a critical cluster for MLN on Agamben’s theopoetics and early modern Spanish poetry, and hopes to complete the manuscript of a monograph, Promiscuous Grace: Rethinking Beauty and Holiness with St Mary of Egypt, this spring thanks to a grant from the College of Arts and Humanities Institute at IU.