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Regional Meeting of ASPHS: UCSD, Jan 19

The regional meeting of the ASPHS will be held at UC San Diego on Jan 19. The speakers will be:

Allyson Gonzalez (Post-doc Yale): “Who is a Jew?  The Lost Library of Rafael Cansinos and the Politics of the Modern Marrano.”

Renee Jennifer (Prof, UCI), “Municipal Bureaucracy and Enterprising Miners: Documenting Technical Innovation in 16th Century Potosi.”

Taylor Gray (UCSD PhD student): “Art Education under Construction: The Case of the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Madrid.”

Ruth Oropeza (UA Ph.D. student): “Sanitation in the time of Cholera.”

Katie Harris (Prof, UCD): “Forgery and Sainthood in the 17th Century: Making St. John of Matha.”


CFP: ASPHS Barcelona, July 10-13, 2019


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 VivesA 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 The conference local organizer is Stephen Jacobson (

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.

Conference: “Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the World,” UCLA, Oct 11-13, 2018

This conference centers on different historical themes (culture, religiosity, languages, politics, encounters) and addresses the “connectivity” between Iberia, North Africa and other Mediterranean lands and the nature of the global Mediterranean.“Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the World in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods” is organized by Thomas Barton (USD), Marie Kelleher (CSULB), Antonio Zaldivar (CSUSM), Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA), and Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA).


No fee. Limited seating. Please register here to attend the conference.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Saturday , October 13, 2018

CFP: “Knowledge & Governance in the Early Modern Spanish Empire,” Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Nov 29-30, 2018

Knowledge and Governance in the Early Modern Spanish Empire

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Call for Papers
November 29, 2018 to November 30, 2018

The relationship between knowledge production and governance has been at the centre of research on the Spanish Empire for some years. Recent works by Arndt Brendecke, Antonio Barrera-Osorio and Daniela Bleichmar, among others, show the productivity of such approaches. One consensus reached by many recent works seems to be that information was produced and collected by various actors and institutions within the empire, but not necessarily put to use by the governing bodies in Spain. More often than not, the surveys, maps, geographical descriptions, ethnographic studies, plants and specimens, and other data collected were archived without ever becoming the basis of governmental decisions.

However, even with a recent and growing interest in matters of knowledge production and imperial governance, there is still room for further questions. The relation between knowing and not-knowing, recently taken into focus by Cornel Zwierlein, and the connection of knowledge and government practices on a local colonial level are such areas.

This workshop is interested in both of these – and related – questions. It aims at bringing together recent work on governance, administration, and knowledge production from all parts of the Spanish Empire and Spain itself. Possible paper topics could be, but should not be limited to, the influence of knowing and not-knowing on governmental decision-making processes, government strategies and practices and their relation to knowledge and knowledge production, and the influence of specific local colonial contexts on government practices and knowledge production processes.

The workshop will take place on November 29th–30th, 2018 at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. It will be organised by Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr, professor of Early Modern History at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, and Marie Schreier, PhD candidate and research associate at the same university, in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress” at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. Marie Schreier’s work at the CRC focuses on late 17th century Panama, with a particular interest in Spanish governmental practices and reactions to dealing with outside threats.

To apply: 
Submissions should include an abstract of about 300 words for a 15-20-minute paper as well as a brief CV. Please include your name, affiliation and current position, and the title of your paper. The deadline for abstracts is July 31st, 2018. Accommodation and travel costs will be covered through funding available through the CRC.

Contact Info:

Marie Schreier
Universität Tübingen, SFB 923 „Bedrohte Ordnungen“
Keplerstr. 2
72074 Tübingen

Conference: “The Iberian World and the East,” Oxford, July 2-3, 2018

The Iberian World and the East: Go-betweens and meditations, 16th-18th centuries

Coord.: Óscar RECIO MORALES (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Cecilia TARRUELL (University of Oxford), Thomas GLESENER (Aix-Marseille Université, Institut Universitaire de France)

Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Maison Française d’Oxford, UMR 7303 Telemme (Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS), EUROEST: MINECO / FEDER Research project ‘The Other Europe: Eastern Europeans Communities in Spain and Its Wider World’, HAR2015-64574-C2-1-P (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), ‘Trans-Imperial Life Trajectories. Safavid Communities and Individuals in Early Modern Spain and Portugal’, HAR2015-64574-C2-2-P (Universidad de Alicante)

Coll.: Institute of Iranian Studies (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Instituto Polaco de Cultura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Alicante

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The relations between the Early Modern Iberian monarchies and the Euro-Mediterranean East have generally been studied from the perspective of war and religious confrontation. The Catholic societies which emerged from the Reconquest seemed, indeed, to be located at the antipodes of these regions dominated by ‘schismatics’, ‘heretics’ or ‘infidels’. However, over the past years, this perspective has been revised in particular thanks to the renewal of Mediterranean studies and the history of the Portuguese Empire in Asia. The attention paid to certain social groups placed in situations of intermediation (political, economic or cultural) has been one of the vectors of this change. The border areas, in the Maghreb or in the South of Italy, have particularly interested historians, but more discreet trajectories have shown that the Mediterranean was also a place of passage between Asia and the Americas. From the shores of the Baltic in the North, through the Caucasus to the Persian Gulf in the South, the rise of the Iberian monarchies and their new maritime routes seem to have left no one indifferent. In line with this cycle’s previous seminar, organized in Madrid in 2017, this one seeks to measure the eastern ramifications of the Iberian kingdoms and their Atlantic extensions by following the path of the individuals and communities that travelled through them.


Les relations entre les monarchies ibériques et l’Orient euro-méditerranéen à l’époque moderne ont généralement été étudiées sous l’angle de la guerre et de l’affrontement religieux. Les sociétés catholiques issues de la Reconquête semblaient en effet situées aux antipodes de ces régions dominées par les « schismatiques », les « hérétiques » ou les « infidèles ». Pourtant, depuis plusieurs années, cette perspective a été révisée grâce notamment au renouvellement des études méditerranéennes et de l’histoire de la présence portugaise en Asie. L’attention portée à certains groupes sociaux placés en situation d’intermédiation (politique, économique ou culturelle) a été l’un des vecteurs de ce changement. Les espaces frontaliers, au Maghreb ou dans le sud de l’Italie, ont particulièrement retenu l’attention des historiens, mais des trajectoires plus discrètes ont montré que la Méditerranée était également un lieu de passage entre l’Asie et les Amériques. Des rivages de la Baltique, au nord, jusqu’au Golfe persique, au sud, en passant par le Caucase, l’essor des monarchies ibériques et de leurs nouvelles routes maritimes semble n’avoir laissé personne indifférent. Ce séminaire dans la lignée de celui organisé à Madrid en 2017, cherche à prendre la mesure des ramifications orientales des royaumes ibériques et de leurs prolongements atlantiques en suivant la trace des individus et des communautés qui les ont parcourues.

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gobierno de espana


Cecilia TARRUELL, University of Oxford
Óscar RECIO MORALES, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Session 1
Giuseppe MARCOCCI, University of Oxford

Joan Pau RUBIÉS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Imperial Agency and Cultural Mediations: Re-assessing the Portuguese Loss of Ormuz in 1622

Christian WINDLER, Universität Bern
Serving the Pope or Serving the King? Members of the Regular Clergy of Spanish and Portuguese Origin in Safavid Persia

Session 2
John-Paul GHOBRIAL, University of Oxford

Anna KALINOWSKA, Instytut Historii PAN, Warsaw
The Unlikely Triangle: Spain, Poland-Lithuania and the Ottoman Empire in Activities of English Diplomacy in the Late 16th and Early 17th Century

Mediating with Infidels: the Problems of Inter-confessional Communication with Muslim Ambassadors at the Seventeenth Century Spanish Court

Pablo HERNÁNDEZ SAU, European University Institute, Florence
Mediating ‘Distance’: Diplomatic Correspondence and Agents in the Process of Spanish-Ottoman Peace Negotiations (1778-1782)

Session 3
Thomas GLESENER, Aix-Marseille Université / Institut universitaire de France

Cesare SANTUS, École française de Rome
Between East and West: Eastern Christian Mobility and the Roman Hub (17th-18th Century)

Feras KRIMSTI, University of Oxford
‘They are all like the Bedouins back home… but Christians!’ The Iberian Travel Journal of the Maronite Monk and Alms-collector Arsāniyūs (1754-55)

Salam RASSI, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Counter-Reformation Literature in Ottoman Lands: Some Preliminary Notes on Arabic Translations of Spanish Catholic Texts from the Monastery of Bzummār, Lebanon

Session 4
Óscar RECIO MORALES, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Joanna PARTYKA, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Gdansk, Nicolaus Volckmar and Juan Luis Vives

Ernest KOWALCZYK, Instituto Polaco de Cultura, Madrid
Between Poland, Italy and Spain: Nicolaus Secovius and his ‘Brief Description of Poland’


Session 5
José CUTILLAS, Universidad de Alicante

Emrah SAFA GÜRKAN, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
À la recherche d’une famille perdue: Conversion, Memory and the Cigalas between Rome, Messina and Istanbul

Giorgio ROTA, Institut für Iranistik, Wien
On the Road: Ordinary People between Safavid Persia and Western Europe

Session 6
Glyn REDWORTH, University of Oxford

Jorun POETTERING, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
The Inquisition, the Portuguese Monarchy and its Go-Betweens in the North Sea and Baltic Regions

Étienne BOURDEU, Université François Rabelais de Tours
From the Shores of the Mediterranean to the Woods of Bohemia. The Role of Baltasar Marradas as a Mediator between the Spanish Monarchy and the Holy Empire

Closing remarks
Sir John ELLIOTT, University of Oxford

Conference: The Military Revolution in Portugal & Its Empire, May 29-30, 2018, University of Évora


Welcome to the website of the congress “The Military Revolution in Portugal and its Empire (15th-18th centuries)“. The aim of this event, which will take place at the University of Évora (Portugal), during 29th-30th May 2018, is to insert Portugal and its early modern overseas empire into the general debate that has been taking place in the field of military history at a global level during the last decades. More than ever, it is relevant to discuss the application of the military revolution concept to the Portuguese case due to the fact that Portugal has been a poorly studied case in the field when compared to other cases. In the same vein, its primacy in early modern European overseas expansion process makes it an interesting case, given the demands in material and human resources required to support prolonged conflicts against extra-European and European powers outside Europe.

Besides exploring and debating the concept of military revolution itself, this two-day event will allow scholars to attempt comparisons between Portugal and other political units. We also wish to focus on the impact of the military revolution on overseas empires, particularly on how European and extra-European powers reacted to this period of change and what political, social, economical, and cultural consequences emerged from this process.

It is expected that the event shall give occasion to academic discussion of a high level and produce a set of significant contributions to the state of art within the area, combined with a healthy and salutary environment among all participants. The official language of the event will be English. On the behalf of the organizing commission, we urge potential speakers and audience to learn more in the call for papers area or by reaching us using specified contacts.

MRP 2018 PDF Download

Early Modern Panels at ASPHS, Portland, April 5-7, 2018

The Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies is holding its conference in Portland, OR, this April 5-7, 2018. Here are the early modern panels:

Thursday, April 5, 2:00

2.Forging Identity: Language, Texts, and Society Elowah Ballroom
DeLys Ostlund, Portland State University Prologues to Chivalric Novels and The Quixote
Xabier Granja, University of Alabama Converging Gender Identities: The Conflictive Early Modern Masculine Persona
Alba Fernández, Western Michigan University Desempolvando la escuela franquista
Chair/Commentator: Carmen Saen de Casas, Lehman College

3. Scientific Cultures I: Early Modern Andalucía Wahkeenah Falls
Margaret Boyle, Bowdoin College Recipes from Cádiz to England: The Granville Collection
John Slater, University of California, Davis Plague, Power and Parody in Early Modern Cádiz: The Case of Duarte Núñez de Acosta
Isabel Jaén Portillo, Portland State University Early Modern Spanish Science and the Complexity of the Mind: Human Development in the Examination of Men’s Wits
Chair/Commentator: Carmen Ripollés, Portland State University

Thursday April 5, 3:45

4. Cognitive Approaches to Early modern Spanish Literature Coos Bay
Julien Jacques Simon, Indiana University East Negative Emotions and the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea (1502): Anatomy of a Literary Success at the Dawn of the Printing Press
Darryl Dedelow Jr., University of Kentucky Engañosas e Ingeniosas: Mujeres empoderadas en Don Quijote
Elizabeth Cruz Petersen, Florida Atlantic University The Art of Somatic Expression in the Works of Renaissance Rhetoricians: Lope de Vega, López Pinciano, and Gildon
Chair/Commentator: Isabel Jaén Portillo, Portland State University

6. Spain’s Colonial History through a Sociolinguistic Perspective Elowah Falls
Jesse Nichols, Portland State University, Preserving Spanish American Oral History: The Louisiana Isleño Dialect
Lyndsie Compton, Portland State University A Study of the Colonial History of Uruguay through a Linguistic Lens: Tracing History and Modernization through the Linguistic Landscape of Uruguay’s Northern Border Region
Eva Núñez, Portland State University, Spain’s Birth and Colonial History through the Lens of the Spanish Sibilant Merger
Chair/Commentator: Eva Núñez, Portland State University

Thursday, April 5, 5:30

Special Event Gallery Talk Portland Art Museum
Dawson Carr, PhD., Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art on the newly acquired Felipe Diriksen’s Infanta María de Austria (1630)

Friday, April 6, 8:30 am

7. Social Bonds in Spanish Religious Communities Coos Bay
A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis ‘Laudemus viros gloriosos, & Patriarchas nostros in generationibus suis’: Writing the Medieval History of the Trinitarian Order in the Seventeenth Century
Jane Tar, University of Saint Thomas Early Modern Spanish Women Religious and Confraternities
Rowena Múzquiz, Broward College Feeding the Poor in Medieval Spain: The Sacred and the Secular Converge
Chair/Commentator: John Ott, Portland State University

Friday, April 6, 10:15

10. Reveal/Conceal: Early Modern Clothing and Identities Coos Bay
Rachael Ball, University of Alaska at Anchorage Recreating the Court: Costume and Representational Publicity on the Spanish Stage
Theresa Earenfight, Seattle University Fashion and Nation: Spanishness and Englishness Embodied in a Hooped Skirt
Thomas Abercrombie, New York University Dandyism and the Anxieties of Self-Conscious Modernity: Hábitos, Currutaquería, and Social Climbing in the 1790s
Chair: Jodi Campbell, Texas Christian University
Commentator: David Ringrose, University of California, San Diego

Friday, April 6, 2:00

13. Crossing Religious Boundaries in Early Modern Spain Coos Bay
Carmen Saen de Casas, Lehman College Las tres ccoronaciones del emperador Carlos V o la reescritura de la historia de un judeoconverso español
Sara Nalle, Emerita, William Paterson University Converge and Diverge: The cristãos novos of Portugal
Ashley Ellington, University of Oxford Spanish Correspondence and the Council of Trent
Chair/Commentator: Katrina Olds, University of San Francisco

14. Scientific Cultures II: Natural History Elowah Falls
Paula DeVos, San Diego State University Economic Botany and the Investigation of New World Medicines in the Reign of Philip II
Carmen Ripollés, Portland State University Natural History, Empire, and the Origins of Spanish Still Life
Nicolás Fernández Medina, The Pennsylvania State University Beyond Reason: Jovellanos and the Study of Living Nature
Chair/Commentator: Millie Gimmel, University of Tennessee

Friday, April 6, 3:45

16. Visions of Rural Spain Coos Bay
Foster Chamberlin, San Diego Miramar College A Riffian Stronghold: Empire and Honor in the Aftermath of the Castilblanco Incident
David Henderson, University of California San Diego The Science of Landscape: Eduardo Hernández-Pacheco, Badajoz and Empire
Elizabeth Penry, Fordham University Commoner-Created Towns in Early Modern Spain and the New World
Chair/Commentator: Charles Nicholas Saenz, Adams State University

17. Slavery and Unfreedom in the Empire and at Home Elowah Falls
Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University Spiritualizing Slavery in the Early Modern Iberian World
Kristina Soric, Purdue University “A Discrepancy in Word and Deed”: Abolition, National Honor, and Humanitarianism in O Escravo and Uma Familia Inglesa
Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California Morisco/Muslim Soundscapes in Early Modern Algiers
Chair/Commentator: Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon

18. Hard and Soft Power Under the Habsburgs Wahkeenah Falls
Denice Fett, Calvin College Protestant Coalitions and Spanish Intelligence Networks: Philip’s Diplomacy in the Wars of Religion
Michael J. Levin, University of Akron Charles V and Genoa: Choosing Diplomacy over Force
Edward Tenace, Lyon College Agenda of Imperialism: The Mental World of Don Juan del Aguila and Spanish Officers during the Wars of Religion, 1590-1598
Chair: James Boyden, Tulane University
Comment: Rachael Ball, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Saturday, April 7, 8:30 am

20. Religion and Material Culture before 1700 Elowah Falls
Mark C. Emerson, University of California, Berkeley Behind Locked Doors: An Archival-Archaeological Investigation into the Material World of a Seventeenth-Century Popular Mystic in Portugal and Brazil
Rachel Miller, California State University, Sacramento The Making of a New Portuguese Saint in André Reinoso’s St. Francis Xavier Cycle in the Church of São Roque, Lisbon
Mathew Kuefler, San Diego State University The Holy Chalice of Valencia as a Shifting Cultural Artifact
Chair/Commentator: Jesse Locker, Portland State University

21. Boundaries, Knowledge and Power in the Eighteenth Century Wahkeenah Falls
George A. Klaeren, Mansfield College Revising the Skeptical Renaissance: Medical Arts and Contested Knowledge in Spain, 1722-1734
Philip Fox, Wayne State College Revisiting the Myth of Declining Spain: An Alternative Definition of State Success in the Eighteenth-Century
Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, Emerita Life and Death on Spanish Galleys: A Fresh Look
Eva Maria Mehl, University of North Carolina, Wilmington Expanding and Raveling Political and Ecclesiastical Boundaries: Spanish Augustinian Missionaries in Southern China in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
Chair/Commentator: David Garrett, Reed College

Saturday, April 7, 10:15

22. Secular and Sacred: Early Modern Spanish Painting Coos Bay
Jennifer Olson, Pierce College A Contextual Interpretation of the Paintings by Pacheco and Vázquez for the Grand Cloister of the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy in Seville
Vanessa de Cruz Medina, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Women and Portraits in Early Modern Spain
Jesse Locker, Portland State University, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan Do, and the Assimilation of Spanish Artists in Early Modern Naples
Chair/Commentator: Dawson Carr, Portland Art Museum

25. Nationalism and Persecution: Early Modern to Modern Astoria
Eugenia Afinoguenova, Marquette University Looking at Picasso’s Guernica after the Catalan Revolution: The Transgressive ‘Left’ and the End of History
Paul Cahill, Pomona College “Eran los tiempos de Auschwitz”: Knowing and Not Knowing in Spanish Holocaust Poetry of the 1960s
Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas The Rebels of 1640: The Making of a Catalan Myth of Independence
Chair/Commentator: Jesus Cruz, University of Delaware

Saturday, April 7, 2:00

27. Scientific Cultures III: Atlantic and Colonial Cultures Coos Bay
Millie Gimmel, University of Tennessee Conflicting Agendas: Genre and the Early Natural Histories of Mexico
Patricia Martins Marcos, University of California, San Diego Framing the Soil, Harvesting New Natures: Science and Empire in the Portuguese Atlantic
Randall Meissen, University of Southern California Ecclesiastical Habitats: Fray Francisco Ximenez’s La Historia Natural del Reino de Guatemala
Chair/Commentator: John Slater, University of California, Davis

Saturday, April 7, 6:30 Banquet & 7:30 Keynote Address

“Voyagers” Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California Wahkeenha Falls-Elowah Falls

Workshop: The Spanish Transpacific, at Princeton, April 6, 2018

Princeton University will be hosting a workshop entitled, “The Spanish Transpacific, 1521-1815” on Friday, April 6, 2018.

The Spanish Transpacific

Fri, Apr 6, 2018, 9:00 am

Organized by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Christina Lee, Spanish and Portuguese

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Latin American Studies


John Blanco, University of California San Diego
Ryan Crewe, University of Colorado Denver
Leo Garofalo, Connecticut College
Carmen Hsu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Regalado José, University of Santo Tomas
Christina Lee, ‘Princeton University
Nicole Legnani, ‘Princeton University
Victorino Manalo, National Archives of the Philippines
Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago
Stuart McManus, University of Chicago
Jorge Mojarro, University of Santo Tomas
Ricardo Padrón, University of Virginia
Vicente Rafael, University of Washington
Ana Rodriguez-Rodriguez, University of Iowa
Kathryn Santner, University of London
Tatiana Seijas, Pennsylvania State University


Location: 144 Louis A. Simpson Building

Spanish History at the RSA, March 22-24, 2018, New Orleans

Here are some panels of interest to us at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018. I am only including full panels devoted to Spanish history and allied fields, not single papers in a thematic panel. So, think of this as a guide to the highlights, not as comprehensive.

Thursday, March 22
9:00-10:30 am

Early Hispanic Patronage
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, Organizer
Kimberly Borchard, Chair
Amy Williamsen, Respondent

Emil Volek, “Patronage and Sor Juana de la Cruz.”
Barbara A. Simerka, “Privanza in Imperial Rome and Lerma’s Spain.”
Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, “Tiro de Molina and Patronage.”

The Gendering of Theology and Catholic Polemics by Early Modern Spanish Women Writers
Hilton Riverside, Royal Room

Rosalie Hernández, Organizer
Nieves Romero-Díaz, Chair

Deborah R. Forteza, “‘A Priest in Woman’s Clothing’: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza among Catholic Polemicists.”
Anne J. Cruz, “The Theology of Pain: Women’s Imitation of Christ in Early Modern Spain.”
Rosalie Hernández, “Concepción maravillosa: Women Theologians and the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.”

Thursday, 11:00-12:30


Sacred Geography
Hilton Riverside, Grand Salon Breakout 22

Jessica Weiss, Organizer
Kelley Clark Magill, Chair

Catherine Rachel DiCesare, “In Search of Jades and Quetzal Plumes: The Aztec Feasts of the Lords.”
Jessica Weiss, “Creating an ‘Iberian Holy Land’ in the Wake of the Reconquista”
Payton Philips Quintanilla, “The Cornerstone of Copacabana: Mary and Zion in the Andes”

Mimesis and Fantasy in Early Modern Spanish Art
Hilton Riverside, Jefferson Ballroom

Elizabeth Gansen & Alejandra Giménez-Berger, Organizers
Eli Cohen, Chair

Elizabeth Gansen, “Limits of the Visible in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo’s Sumario (1526) and Historia general (1535)
Andreas Gehlert, “Imitation and Imagination in Velázquez”

Writing Space in Habsburg Spain
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Mary E. Barnard, Organizer
Christopher B. Weimer, Chair

María Cristina Quintero, “Negotiating Feminine Places and Spaces in Early Modern Religious Poetry”
Frederick A. de Armas, “Windows in Don Quixote I: From Place to Space”
Mary E. Bernard, “Góngora’s Polifemo and the Spatial Turn”

The Brothers Valdés and Charles V
Hilton Riverside, Port Room

Susan Byrne and David A Boruchoff, Organizers
Susan Byrne, Chair
Marta Albala Pelegrin, Respondent

Timothy McCallister, “The Disenchanted Church: Miracles in the Theology of Juan de Valdés”
Philippe Rabaté, “Semblanzas del emperador en la obra de Juan de Valdés: actualidad histórica y proyección utópica”

Voices of Dissent in Early Modern Spain
Hilton Riverside, Quarter Deck Room B

Miriam Bodian, Organizer
Felipe Pereda, Chair

Mercedes García-Arenal, “Reading Against the Grain: Christian Books by Forced Converts”
Miriam Bodian, “Iberian Inquisitors in the Face of Changing Sensibilities”
James S Amelang, “Private Voices: The Daily Life of Dissent in Early Modern Spain”

Sculpture in Iberia and Beyond II
The Chicory, The Parlor

Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Organizer
Kelley Helmstutler-Di Dio, Chair

William N. Ambler, “The New Emperor’s Clothes: Philip II, the Imperial Title, and His Distate for the Antique”
Cathy Hall-van den Elsen, “Luisa Roldán’s St. Michael: A Reflection of Religious and Secular Contexts”
Luis Javier Cuesta Hernández, “Sculpture and Altarpieces in Mexico’s Cathedral (1667-1710)”

Thursday, 2:00-3:30

Iberia, Italy, and the Other
Hilton Riverside, Grand Salon Breakout 22

Artemis Preeshl, Chair

Carolyn Salomons, “Shifting Thresholds of Tolerance in Fifteenth-Century Ávila”
Kira von Ostenfeld, “Uncivilized Infidels: The Ottoman Threat in Páez de Castro’s Ad Caesarem Imperatorem Optimum Maximum Carolum Quintum (1555)”
Javier Irigoyen-Garcia, “Globalizing Moorishness and the Iberian Encounters with Asia”
Or Hasson, “Representing Arabic and Its Speakers in Early Modern Spanish Lexicography: The Case of Covarrubias’s Tesoro

Ut pictura poesis: Poetry, Painting, and Patronage in the Spanish Baroque at the Quadricentenary of Murillo
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Elizabeth B Davis, Organizer
Elizabeth Rhodes, Chair

Francisco Javier Escobar Borrego, “Tinieblas espirituales y claroscuro del joven Murillo al trasluz de la estela de Góngora”
Mercedes Alcalá Galán, “Art Collections an Ekphrasis in Early Modern Spanish Poetry”
Javier Jiménez Belmonte, “Matching Pearls: Consuming Cleopatra in Golden Age Spain”
Steve Vásquez Dolph, “Fecit ad vivum: Landscape, Community, and the Topographic Gaze in Luis de Góngora’s Soledades

The Normative and Nonnormative in Hispanic Literature
Hilton Riverside, Royal Room

Anna-Lisa Halling, “Normative Marriage Literature in Early Modern Iberia”
Jelena Sánchez, “Fighting Back: Women’s Use of Physical Violence in Early Modern Spanish Cape and Sword Plays”
Glen E Carman, “Odyssean Wanderings in Apuleius’s Metamorphoses and Cervantes’s ‘El coloquio de los perros‘”
Encarnacion Juarez-Almendros, “Disability and Poverty in Early Modern Spain: An Exploration of Discursive Gaps and Representations”

Art in the Hispanic World
Hilton Riverside, Chart Room C

Cristina Muñoz-Delgado, “The III Duke of Alba Images of Power through His Garden of La Abadía”
Adam Jasienski, “Manchas distantes: Style and Orthodoxy in the Early Modern Hispanic World”
Emily Monty, “The Anatomy of Spanish Art: Juan Valverde de Amusco and Emerging Spanish Nationalism”

Pedro de Ribadeneyra and the Counter-Reformation
Hilton Riverside, Quarter Deck Room C

Freddy Dominguez, Organizer
Kathleen M Comerford, Chair

Jonathan Edward Greenwood, “From Byzantium to Spain: Pedro de Ribadeneyra the Metaphrast”
Robert A Maryks & Spencer Weinreich, “St. Augustine of Toledo: Pedro de Ribadeneyra, Augustine of Hippo, and Self-Fashioning as Other”
Freddy Dominguez, “Messianic Failure and Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s Bloody Tears”

Thursday, 4:00-5:30

Roundtable: Ekphrasis, Myth, and Text: Frederick de Armas and Early Modern Hispanism
Hilton Riverside, Grand Ballroom A

Christopher B Weimer & Kerry K Wilks, Organizers
Christopher B Weimer, Chair

Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Kerry K Wilks
Frederick A. de Armas
Mary E Barnard
Anne J Cruz
Benjamin J Nelson

Between Word and Image: Verbal-Visual Representations of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Royal Women
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Noa Yaari, Organizer
Julie D Campbell, Chair

Jorge Sebastián Lozano, “Concocting Beauty: A Dead Empress, a Court Painter, and Some Hagiogrpahers”
Victor Manuel Mínguez, “Iam feliciter omnia: A Political Motto for Elisabeth of Valois”
Immaculada Rodríguez Moya, “Rhetorical Portraits and Visual Constructions of Isabella Clara Eugenia”

Friday, 9:00-10:30 am

Early Modern Sensory and Spatial Thresholds
Hilton Riverside, Magazine Room

Christy Anderson, Organizer
David Karmon, Chair

Jasmine R Cloud, “Transcending Time through Space: The Sacred Underground of the Roman Forum”
Aaron Stamper, “A City of Sound: Granada’s Great Sonic Shift, 1492-1614”
Margaret A Morse, “St. Christopher and the Threshold in the Venetian Domestic Interior”

Loving Violence in Early Modern Hispanic Poetry and Poetics
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Nicole D Legnani & Felipe Valencia, Organizers
Leah Middlebrook, Chair

Paul Joseph Lennon, “The Threat of Contentment: Boscán’s ‘Respuesta a Don Diego de Mendoça'”
Nicole D Legnani, “Waging Marriage: Fresia and Caupolicán in Ercill’a Araucana and Oña’s Arauco domado
Felipe Valencia, “To Dress Her With Spoils: Herrera’s Epic Poetics in the Spanish Lyric”

Women and Their Books: Iberian Networks
Hilton, Chart Room B

Emily Francomano, Organizer
Carolyn Nadeau, Chair

Stacey Parker Aronson, “The ‘Curiosa Xacara’ of Magdalena Gil: A Sorceress and Her Books”
Sacramento Roselló-Martínez, “Álvaro de Luna’s Libro de las claras y virtuosas mujeres: Imagined and Historical Female Networks”
Yoel Castillo Botello, “Cancionero Women Readers and  Literary Networks in Spain (16th Century)”
Jeanne Gillespie, “Of Christians, Cultures, and Comets: The Duchess of Aveiro’s Library and Her Correspondence”

The Captive Mediterranean: Boundary  Crossing and Circulation in Early Modernity
The Chicory, Fulton Room

Fernando Loffredo & Daniel Hershenzon, Organizers
Felipe Pereda, Chair

Erin Kathleen Rowe, “Metaphors of Slavery, Captivity, and Salvation in the Early Modern Lives of Black Saints”
Borja Franco, “Images of Moriscos: Conversion and Multiculturality in the Early Modern Iberia”
Daniel Hershenzon, “Redeeming the Redeemer: Captivity and Ransom of Religious Images in the Early Modern Mediterranean”
Catherine Infante, “A Shared World: Christians, Muslims, and Religious Images in the Western Mediterranean”

Friday, 11:00-12:30

Remapping Influence: New Studies of Lyric and the Iberian Empires
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Juan Vitulli & Anna More, Organizers
Leah Middlebrook, Chair

Christopher D Johnson, “On Sandoval Zapata’s Lyric Invention of ‘materia prima'”
Anna More, “The Poetic Ontology of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”
Juan Vitulli, From Swerve of Shore to Bend of Bay: Hernando Domínguez Camargo Meets El Junarejo”
Amelia R Mañas, “Para una revisión de lo visual en la poesía novohispana”

Maternities and Materialities
Hilton Riverside, Chart Room B

Emily Francomano, Organizer & Chair

Emily Colbert Cairns, “Breastfeeding in Public? Representations of Breastfeeding in Early Modern Spain”
Robin Mary Bower, “Lope’s Figures of Isabel: Sovereignty, Maternity, and the Rescue of History”
Heather Bamford, “The Relics of Teresa of Ávila”

Friday, 2:00-3:30

Understanding Islam through Judaism in Renaissance Iberia and Beyond
Hilton Riverside, Canal Room

Yonatan Glazer-Eytan, Organizer
Miriam Bodian, Chair
Mercedes García-Arenal, Respondent

Davide Scotto, “A Universalist Conversion Program: The Overlapping of Judaism and Islam in Hernando de Talavera’s Evangelization Strategy”
Katarzyna K Starczewska, “The Role of Hebrew in Learning Arabic”
Yonatan Glazer-Eytan, “The Jew, the Moriscos: Sacrilege and Minorities in Early Modern Spain”

Visualizing New Spain
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Rodrigo Cacho, Chair

Nhora Lucia Serrano, “Arresting Andean Visuality: Guaman Poma’s Mappa Mundi”
Jennifer Saracino, “The Other as Author: Cosmographical Innovation in a Sixteenth-Century Map of Mexico City”
Jenny Marie Forsythe, “Translating Lost Texts: Cultural Translations and Indigenous Objects in La Florida del Inca

Defining Gender in Early Modern Iberia I
Hilton Riverside, Quarter Deck Room B

Marina S Brownlee, Organizer
Felipe Valencia, Chair

Michael S Agnew, “Fluid Boundareis: Gender, Religion, and Nationality in Delicado’s ‘Lozano andaluza'”
Marta Albala Pelegrin, “Prostitution and Eroticism in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Rome”
Sophia Blea Nuñez, “Body Borders: The Role of Gender and Sexuality in the Construction of Race and Nation”

Roundtable: Artisanal Practice and Embodied History in Early Modern Spain: In Honor of James Amelang
The Chicory, The Gallery

Laura R Bass & Jesús Escobar, Organizers
Jesús Escobar, Chair

José Luis Gastañega Ponce de León
Margaret R Greer
Marcy Norton
Tanya J Tiffany
Scott K Taylor
Amanda J Wunder

Friday, 4:00-5:30

Reading and Writing New Spain
Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Vanessa Alvarez Portugal, Chair

Lisl Schopflin, “Caciques Making Andean History: Cusco’s Indigenous Elites in the Murúa Manuscripts”
Teresa J Clifton, “Anfriso and Serrano: Fictional Personas and Authorship in the Pastoral Fiction of new Spain”
Nicolas Martin Vivalda, “The Emblematic Tradition in Juan de Palafox y Mendoza: Discurvie Pedagogical Devices across the Atlantic”

Defining Gender in Early Modern Iberia II
Hilton Riverside, Quarter Deck Room B

Marina S Brownlee, Organizer
Susan Byrne, Chair

Paul Carranza, “Commemorating Women in Early Modern Spain”
Marina S Brownlee, “Seventeenth-Century Gender Theory and Zayas’ Baroque Response”
Michael Armstrong-Roche, “Sex and Gender in Madrid and London: Tirso’s Actresses and Shirley’s Boy-Actors”

Roundtable: Citizenship and Religion in Early Modern Spain: In Honor of James Amelang
The Chicory, The Gallery

Laura R Bass & Jesús Escobar, Organizers
Elizabeth R Wright, Chair

Laura R Bass
Adam G Beaver
Javier Castro-Ibaseta
Xavier Gil Pujol
A Katie Harris
Adam Jasienski
Andrew Keitt

Saturday, 9:00-10:30 am

Composers, Convents, and Counterpoint in Early Modern Iberia
Hilton Riverside, Steering Room

David Kidger, Chair

Kelly Huff, “Tomás Luis de Victoria: Businessman and Composer”
Ascension Mazuela-Anguita, “Women in Conventual Spaces and the Music Networks of Early Modern Barcelona”
Margarita Restrepo, “The Madrigal in Catalonia: Pere Alberch Vila and Joan Brudieu”

Saturday, 11:00-12:30

How Do Buildings Man in Early Modern Europe (Spain, England, Italy)?
Harrah’s Hotel, Vieux Carré Salon II

Joseph Connors, Organizer
Cammy Brothers, Chair

Felipe Pereda, “Meaning in El Escorial, Solomonism, and the Problem of Scale”
Christy Anderson, “From ‘Natural Structure’ to Artificial in English Buildings”
Joseph Connors, “Meaning in Baroque Rome: Iter and Emblem”

Saturday, 2:00-3:30

Alonso Cano: Painter, Draughtsman, Sculptor, and Architect
Hilton Riverside, Jackson Room

Livia Stoenescu, Organizer & Chair

Zahira Vélez Bomford, “Alonso Cano’s Symmetries”
Benito Navarrete Prieto, “Alonso Cano and the Classical Tradition”
José Riello, “Alonso Cano in Black and White: An Artist and his First Biographers”

Aspectos antiguos y modernos de la emblemática española
Hilton Riverside, Bridge Room

John T Cull & Elizabeth C Black, Organizers
John T Cull, Chair

Antonio Bernat-Vistarini, “Manifestaciones de lo invisible en los libros de emblamas españoles”
Claudia Mesa, “Mateo Alemán y la cultural emblemática de Sevilla a la Nueva España”
Rafael Zafra, “La técnica emblemática y su pervivencia en la propaganda política y la publicidad comercial”

Early Modern Confraternities: Trans-Global Public Practices
Hilton Riverside, Quarter Deck Room C

Samantha Jane Hughes-Johnson, Organizer & Chair

Miguel Alejandro Valerio, “Afro-Confraternities in the Early Modern Iberian Atlantic”
Suzanne Duff, “Artful Alliances: The Antwerp Saint Luke’s Guild During the Reformation”
Joana Balsa de Pinho, “The Portuguese Confraternities of Mercy: Visual Messages in the Public Spaces”

Saturday 4:00-5:30

Representing Heresy: Luther and Lutheranism in Early Modern Spain
Harrah’s Hotel, Fulton Street Salon II

Francesc Esteve Mestre, Organizer
Lu Ann Homza, Chair

Francisco Bautista Perez, “Letters and Chronicles: Sixteenth Century Spanish Historiography on the Diet of Worms”
Jimena Gamba, “Luther in the Mouths of the People: Popular Representations of Lutheranism in Sixteenth-Century Spain”
Francesc Esteve Mestre, “Enemies of the Church and of History: The Lutheran Chronicler in Hispanic Historiographical Theory”

Straddling Seas and Belief: Religious Identity and Networks in the Hispanic World
Harrah’s Hotel, Satchmo Room

James W Nelson Novoa, Organizer

Bruno Pomara Saverino, “Chamelon-like and without Fear: The Mobility of Morisco Merchants between Christian and Muslim Ports”
Daniel Strum, “Commercial Litigation within the Sephardic-Converso Diaspora: Brazil, Portugual, and the Netherlands”
Fabrizio D’Avenia, “Spanish Bishops in Sicily: Converso Origin, Tridentine Reforms, Mercantile Agency (XVI-XVI c.c.)
James W Nelson Novoa, “Being the New Christian nação between Brazil and Tuscany (1580-1630)”


RSA Roundtables in Honor of Jim Amelang, Fri, March 23, 2018

The Renaissance Society of America Conference this spring has graciously allowed a group of people, let by Laura Bass & Jesús Escobar to set up some roundtables in honor of James S. Amelang. I’ll be posting a more thorough account of the Spanish-related panels at the RSA soon; for now I just want to highlight this unique occasion.

“Artisanal Practice & Embodied History in Early Modern Spain: In Honor of James Amelang”
Friday 2:00-3:30, The Chicory, The Gallery

Chair: Jesús Escobar

José Luis Gastañaga Ponce de León
Margaret R. Greer
Marcy Norton
Tanya J. Tiffany
Scott K. Taylor
Amanda J. Wunder

“Citizenship & Religion in Early Modern Spain: In Honor of James Amelang”
Friday 4:00-5:30, The Chicory, The Gallery

Chair: Elizabeth R. Wright

Laura R. Bass
Adam G. Beaver
Javier Castro-Ibaseta
Xavier Gil Pujol
A. Katie Harris
Adam Jasienski
Andrew Keitt