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CFP: Art History Conference at Durham University, UK, June 20-21, 2019

Canons and Repertoires: Constructing the Visual Arts in the Hispanic World

20th June 2019, 10:00 to 21st June 2019, 18:00, Senate Suite, Durham University Castle, Durham

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, in association with CVAC, invites specialists of Spanish arts, artistic communication and exchange, as well as experts of other regions, to discuss the role and definition of Spain in their own disciplines. Presentations may be delivered in English or Spanish. Please send paper titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words, together with a CV and 150-word biography, to Professor Stefano Cracolici ( and Dr Edward Payne ( by 31 March 2019.

The visual arts in Spain have long been haunted by the spectres of six giants: El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya and Picasso. Still today, these canonical figures tower over all others and continue to shape the story of Spanish art, which has been traditionally told in monographic form. Although the strength of the Spanish canon has informed different disciplines (literature, aesthetics, performing arts), given the recent ‘material turn’, the prosopographical dimension of the visual arts in Spain poses a disciplinary challenge. Similarly, following the ‘global turn’, the visual arts of Iberia pose a geographical challenge, intersecting with the Mediterranean, Arabic, Latin American, British and continental European worlds. The notions of ‘Spain’ and ‘Spanish art’, therefore, are necessarily nebulous and problematic, raising a host of questions: To what extent does Spanish art exist before the establishment of Spain as a nation state? To what extent is the art of the Habsburg and Bourbon empires a Spanish art outside Spain? What is the role of Spain in the wider canon of European art? Who has exploited the visual arts of the Hispanic world, geographically, politically and intellectually? These questions ultimately point to a tension between canons and repertoires; between centres and peripheries; and between consolidating the ‘core’ and expanding the ‘remit’ of the so-called Spanish school.

This conference will explode the disciplinary, material and geographical limits of Spanish art, inaugurating the Zurbarán Centre as a critical and innovative research institution for the study of Spanish and Latin American art in the twenty-first century. Papers may challenge the canonical construction of Spanish art, which can be traced back to writings from Palomino’s Lives of the Eminent Spanish Painters and Sculptors (1724) to Stirling Maxwell’s Annals of the Artists of Spain (1848), to more recent publications by scholars in the field. Papers may also probe the chronological, geographical and material boundaries of the ‘El Greco to Goya’ survey, interrogating the ways in which academics, curators, scholars and teachers narrate this material through various platforms, including publications, museum displays, exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks and academic courses. Speakers are encouraged to address the various ‘terrains’ of Spanish art, from geographical constructions of Iberia as Europe’s frontier or edge, to exchange with all that lies beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • What is ‘Spanish art’?
  • Who are the cultural stakeholders of Spanish art?
  • What are the discords between regional, national, anti-national and transnational narratives of Spanish art, for example in museum collections and displays?
  • How does Spanish art feature in diplomatic exchanges?
  • Collections of Spanish art as an ‘imprint’ of Spain, and the role of foreign collections in disseminating Spanish art as a distinct school
  • Spain at the intersection of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures
  • Copies, quotations and appropriations of Spanish art
  • Languages and literatures: strategies of describing, narrating and translating Spain in word and image
  • Performing ‘Spanishness’ in the arts, including music, theatre and film
  • Spanish discourses in aesthetics
  • Spanish art beyond Iberia
  • Mobility and portability of Spanish art
  • Travel and discovery: geographies, centres, peripheries and liminal spaces
  • Legacies: textual and visual responses to Spain abroad
  • Eschewing binaries: high and low, sacred and secular, medieval and renaissance
  • Writing againstthe canon: filling gaps, promoting underdogs, navigating uncharted territories

Contact Info: 

Dr Edward Payne
Assistant Professor (Research): Pemberton Fellowship for the Study of Spanish Art
Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside, New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT

Contact Email:



Panels at the RSA, Toronto, March 17-19, 2019

We go through the RSA program so you don’t have to. Here are all the panels that relate to early modern Iberia (Single papers on papers won’t make it here because I don’t have time to go through every one, sorry.)

Sunday, 9:00-10:30 am

Books, Transmissions, and Transformations in Renaissance & Early Modern Spain I: Books in Women’s Epistles

Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: María Morrás, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University of Oxford

Vanessa de Cruz Medina, Pompeu Fabra University


Patricia Marín Cepeda, Universidad de Burgos, Burgos, Spain

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio, Wheaton College

Pirates and Spies in the Caribbean and Beyond in Early Modern Spanish Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington
Chair: Valerie Billing, Central College

Timothy F. Johnson, University of Nebraska at Kearney


Jesus-David Jerez-Gomez, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino


Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Sunday, 11:00-12:30
Bodies and Body Parts in Hispanic Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington

Chair: Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College

Mia A Prensky, Princeton University


Sophia Blea Nuñez, Princeton University


Christie Cole, Indiana University


Books, Transmissions, & Transformations in Renaissance & Early Modern Spain II: Minorities and/in the Book
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: María Morrás, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University of Oxford
Respondent: Jeremy Lawrance, University of Oxford

Rosa Vidal Doval, Queen Mary University of London


Sacramento Rosello, Syddansk Universitet

The Old Man and the Sea: Oceanic Studies and Cervantes
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Grand West

Chair: Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Steven Wagschal, Indiana University


Paul Michael Johnson, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Stephen Walter Hessel, Ball State University

Sunday 2:00-3:30
Cervantes and Masculinity
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Grand West

Chair, Eduardo Olid, Muhlenberg College

Israel Burshatin, Haverford College

Mar Martínez Góngora, Virginia Commonwealth University

David Reher, University of Chicago

Stacey Parker Aronson, University of Minnesota Morris


The Rhetoric of Gender and the Body in Seventeenth-Century Hispanic Literature
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Kensington


Loreto Romero, University of Virginia

Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles

Cristian Berco, Bishop’s University

Monday, 9:00-10:30 am
Casuistry in Early Modern Spanish Literature I
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Huron

Chair: Sergius Kodera, Universität Wien

Anita Traninger, Freie Universität Berlin

William P Childers, Brooklyn College, CUNY

David Alvarez, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France

Skill, Method, and Art Theory in Early Modern Spain & Colonial Spanish America I
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Churchill Room

Chair: Livia StoenescuTexas A&M University

Benito Navarrete-Prieto, Universidad de Alcalá

Luis Javier Cuesta Hernández, Universidad Iberoamericana

Raffaele Casciaro, Università degli Studi di Lecce, Lecce, Italy

The Black Renaissance: Early Modern Afro-Hispanic Cultures
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Sheraton Hall C

Chair: Valeria Lopez FadulWesleyan University

Larissa Brewer-García, University of Chicago

Andrea Guerrero Mosquera, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Nicholas Jones, Bucknell University

Elizabeth R. Wright, University of Georgia

Monday 11:00-12:30
Becoming Visible: Women Writers’ Strategies of Dissemination in Early Modern Spain and the New World
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Rosedale

Chair: Anne J. CruzUniversity of Miami

Nieves Baranda, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Jacobo Sanz Hermida Sr., Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Jelena Sanchez, North Central College

Casuistry in Early Modern Spanish Literature II
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Huron

Chair: Ariadna García-Bryce, Reed College

Hilaire Kallendorf, Texas A&M University

Elena del Rio Parra, Georgia State University

Marlen Bidwell-Steiner, Universität Wien

Michael S. Scham, University of St. Thomas

Monday 2:00-3:30

Netherlandish Art and Artists in Spain, 1400–1600
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Civic Ballroom South

Chair: Michiko Fukaya, Kyoto City University of Arts

Josefina Planas, Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sumiko Tamada Imai, Osaka Ohtani University


Writing Life, Truth, Honor, and Official History in Early Modern France and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Wentworth

Chair: Annalisa Nicholson, University of Cambridge

Stephen Murphy, Wake Forest University

Luke Nicholas O’Sullivan, King’s College London

Cynthia Skenazi, University of California, Santa Barbara

Kira von Ostenfeld-Suske, Columbia University

Monday, 4:00-5:30
Art beyond Spanish Italy, 1500–1700
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Civic Ballroom South

Chair: Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, University of Vermont

Marcello Calogero, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Francesca Mavilla, Independent Scholar, Città di Castello, Italy

Maria Vittoria Spissu, Università di Bologna


Early Modern Courts and Monarchs: Germany and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut West

Chair: Jennifer Welsh, Lindenwood University–Belleville

Maximilian Miguel Scholz, Florida State University

Regine Maritz, Universität Bern

Alejandro García-Reidy, Universidad de Salamanca

Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 am
Food, Feast, and Famine in Early Modern Iberia and Latin America
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York

Chair: Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago

Keith H. Budner Jr., University of California, Berkeley

Daniela Gutierrez Flores, University of Chicago

Min Ji Kang, Purdue University

Carolyn Nadeau, Illinois Wesleyan University


Implicit Epistemologies and Visual Regimes in New Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Iris Montero, Brown University

David Horacio Colmenares, Columbia University

Nydia Pineda De Avila, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Vanessa Alvarez Portugal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Nicole T. Hughes, Stanford University

Tuesday 11:00-12:30

Popular Readers in Early Modern Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York

Chair: Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago

Pablo García Piñar, Cornell University

Daniel Holcombe, Georgia College & State University

Sarah Elizabeth Parker, Jacksonville University


Representations of Death in New Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Alena Robin, University of Western Ontario
Respondent: Alena Robin, University of Western Ontario

Jason Dyck, Western University

Maria Laura Flores Barba, Western University

Pamela Bastante, University of Prince Edward Island

Tuesday 2:00-3:30
Constructing Identity, Race, and Religion in Italy, Spain, and North Africa
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Patricia E. Grieve, Columbia University

Isidro J. Rivera, University of Kansas

Anne Maltempi, University of Akron

Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Tuesday 4:00-5:30

Roundtable: Storytelling and the Spanish Comedia: Adapting Classical Theater for Modern Audiences
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Sheraton Hall C


In a world where, paradoxically, increased communication via social networks has caused an increase in physical isolation, stories can bring us back together. The theatre, which allows us to partake in a shared experience, is one of the few places where this can happen. This roundtable consists of two academics and two theatre practitioners, all of whom wish to see the theatre, and particularly that of Spain’s “Golden Age”, flourish among modern audiences. To this end Teatro inverso has created a theory of Bodily Poetics: the understanding of how the actor’s body creates the space on stage in connection with the poetry of the words and their actions, which they have used to create Rosaura, an adaptation of the classic La vida es sueño by Calderón de la Barca. Rosaura focuses on the female characters and their connections to each other, the action of the play, and their raw emotions.

Chair: Bruce R. Burningham, Illinois State University

Glenda Y. Nieto-Cuebas, Ohio Wesleyan University
Erin Cowling, MacEwan University
Sandra Arpa Neila, Teatro Inverso
Paula Rodríguez, Teatro Inverso


Beyond the Black Legend: Textual and Cultural Warfare across the Global Anglo-Iberian World
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Chestnut East

Chair: Silvia Z. Mitchell, Purdue University

Freddy Dominguez, University of Arkansas

Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami

Ernesto Eduardo Oyarbide, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Deborah R. Forteza, Grove City College


Islam, Literature, and the Stage in England and Spain
Sheraton Centre Toronto – Simcoe


Thomas Richard Henry Collins, University of Sussex

Corinne M Zeman, Washington University in St. Louis

Catherine Infante, Amherst College


Watersheds of Empire: Seascapes, Seafaring, and Ports in Iberian Culture (1500–1700)
Sheraton Centre Toronto – York


Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo, Columbia University

Antonio J. Arraiza-Rivera, Wellesley College

Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez, University of Nevada, Reno

Alexandra McNabb Cook, Columbia University, New York, NY

Spanish Panels at the ASECS Conference: Denver, March 21-23 2019

These are the panels of interest to us at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, held in Denver, March 21-23, 2019:

Thursday 11:30 am-1:00 pm

36. The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century I [Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies] Mt. Oxford
Chair: Catherine JAFFE, Texas State University
1. Jonathan CRIMMINS, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, “The Black Legend and British Abolitionism”
2. Emmeline FERNANDEZ, The Ohio State University, “Identity, Empire, and the Black Legend in Paul and Virginia”
3. Reva WOLF, SUNY New Paltz, “The Victim as Martyr: The Black Legend and Eighteenth-Century Representations of Inquisition Punishments”
4. Bridget ORR, Vanderbilt University, “The Black Legend in Eighteenth-Century Ireland”

Saturday, 2:00-3:30

175. Art and Material Culture from the Ibero-American Realms
Chair: Jeffrey SCHRADER, University of Colorado, Denver Mt. Harvard
1. Rachel ZIMMERMAN, Colorado State University, Pueblo, “Sacred, Secular, Exotic, European: Imitation Lacquer Chinoiserie in Colonial Minas Gerais, Brazil”
2. Sabena KULL, University of Delaware, “Floral Garland Paintings in Eighteenth-Century Peru: Circumscribing the Sacred from Europe to the Colonial Andes”
3. James MIDDLETON, Independent Scholar, “Dress and Trade in a Mid-Eighteenth-Century New Spanish Topographical Painting”
4. Gustavo FIERROS, University of Denver, “Toward an Equinoctial Landscape during the Eighteenth Century”

Saturday, 3:45-5:15

187. The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century II [Ibero-American
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies] Mt. Columbia
Chair: Karen STOLLEY, Emory University
1. Kevin SEDEÑO-GUILLÉN, Colorado College, “The Enlightened Side of the Black Legend: American Thinkers in the Enlightenment/ Modernity Global Debate”
2. Gabriela Villanueva NORIEGA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Through the Obsidian Looking Glass: The Black Legend and Mexican Culture”
3. Michael VINCENT, University of Florida, “‘He knew no music other than his own’: Boccherini, the Black Legend, and Continental Cosmopolitanism”
4. Catherine JAFFE, Texas State University, “Rewriting the Black Legend: María Rosario Romero Translates Graffigny”

New Book: “Mirando desde el puente: Estudios en homeaje al Profesor James S. Amelang”

Congratulations, Jim!!!

Mirando desde el puente: Estudios en homenaje al Profsor James S. Amelang, Fernando Andrés Robres, Mauro Hernández Benítez, & Saúl Martínez Bermjeo, eds (Madrid: UAM Ediciones, 2019).

And here was the event they had for him at the UAM: Homenaje a James Amelang.

Contributors include: Mónica Bolufer, Fernando Andrés Robres, Antonio Castillo Gómez, Xavier Gil Pujol, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Saúl Marínez Bermejo, Juan Gomis, Darina Martykánová, Fernando Bouza, Roberto López Vela, Mercedes García Arenal, Stefania Pastore, José Luis Loriente Torres, Álvaro Sánchez Durán, José Manuel Pedrosa, Ma. Cruz de Carlos Varona, Xavier Torres i Sans, María Tausiet, María José del Río Barredo, Isabel Burdiel, José Miguel López García, Josep Ma. Fradera, Bartolomé Yun Casalilla, Elena Sánchez de Madariaga, Juan Luis Pan-Montojo, David J. Amelang, Richard L. Kagan, Stephen Jacobson, José U. Bernardos Sanz, Juan Eloy Gelabert, Carloa Martínez Shaw, Marina Alfonso Mola, José Ignacio Fortea Pérez, Tomás A. Mantecón, and Pablo Fernández Albaladejo (wow!).

Mediterranean Seminar: Symposium on Moriscos, Syracuse University, March 2

Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos (2 March: Syracuse University)

The conference “Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos”  will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 9:30am. to 5:00pm, at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY).

Conference Program:
Lisette Balabarca (Siena College), “Moriscos en el exilio y la polémica anticristiana: El caso de Ibrahim Taybili y Muhammad Alguazir”
Respondent: Fernando Plata (Colgate U)

Melissa Figueroa (Ohio U), “Fear and Magic in Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’sQuien mal anda en mal acaba
Respondent: Thomas Devaney (U of Rochester)

Ana Méndez-Oliver (Syracuse U), “Re-conceptualizing the Spanish Christian Flock in Pérez de Chinchón’s Antialcorano
Respondent: Henry Berlin (SUNY Buffalo)
Andrew Russo (U of Rochester), “The Memory of al-Andalus: History Writing among the Moriscos”
Respondent: Pablo García (Cornell U)

Sherry Velasco (USC Dornsife), “The Gendered Soundtrack of Moriscas and the Women from Spain to Algiers”
Respondent: Kathy Everly (Syracuse U)

All are welcome to attend. Feel free to share this event with colleagues that may be interested.

Contact Info:
Lisette Balabarca, Associate Professor of Spanish, Siena College (
Ana Méndez-Oliver, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Syracuse University ( – If you’re driving, please contact Ana Méndez-Oliver to be added to a parking list at Syracuse University.

Melissa Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Ohio University (

Colloquium at NYU, Feb 19: “Linguistic Heresies”

The NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese Presents:

Linguistic Heresies: Race, Nation, and the Archive in the Ibero-Atlantic World.

Lunch colloquium with:

Dr. Nicholas Jones & PhD candidates Rafael Cesar and Erica Feild.

Feb. 19: 12:30-2:00 pm. Room 223, University Place.

SCSC Nov 2018: Chicago

After the AHA, my shameful tour of conferences that have already passed continues with the Sixteenth Century Conference in Chicago this past November. I’ll include panels that focus on Iberian concerns, but not single papers.

Sponsor: The Sixteenth Century Journal
Chair: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Tatiana Seijas, The Pennsylvania State University
Suzanne Schadl, University of New Mexico
Michael A. Ryan, University of New Mexico
Abel A. Alves, Ball State University


Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Chair: Susan C. Karant–Nunn, University of Arizona
Christopher Carlsmith, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington
Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University

7. Unstable Orthodoxies: Religion and Politics in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America 
Organizer: Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles
Chair: Stefano Gulizia, California State University, Sacramento
Bernardino López de Carvajal and the Remaking of Hispania under Millenaris Auspices
Marta Albala Pelegrin, California State Polytechnic University
Forms of Private Dissent in Counter-Reformation Spain: Antonio Augustín
Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles
Reading Religious Transformation, Orthodoxy, and Heterodoxy from the Huarochirí Manuscript
Sophia B. Nuñez, Princeton University

8. The Power of Languages and Images in Colonial Latin America
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Marianna C. Zinni, Queens College, City University
The Quipus, Stories between the Ancestral Legacy and the Supremacy of Knowledge: Memories of Ancestral Culture in Latin America
Eduardo E. Erazo Acosta, Researcher Group Curriculum and University
Ascent of the Aztec Sun: Power and Might in the “Raising of the Banners” Festival
Catherine DiCesare, Colorado State University
Unsanctioned Speech: Interactions between Castilianizing Andeans and the Spanish of Ofcialdom
Amy L. Huras, New York University

24. Between Voice and Print: Women’s Discursive Authority in the Iberian Atlantic 
Organizer: Heather J. Allen, University of Mississippi
Chair: Catalina Andrango-Walker, Virginia Tech
“Bloody, painful are the words of the women”: Indigenous Women’s Backtalk in Early Mexican Histories
Martin Vega Olmedo, Scripps College
“Publication is the crucible in which the purity of genius is tested”: Textual Authority in María de Zayas’s Novellas
Heather J. Allen, University of Mississippi
Under the Aegis of Ágreda: The Publications of the Imprenta de la Causa de la Venerable Madre Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda
Anna Nogar, University of New Mexico
Discursive Authority and Criollo Pride in the Hagiography of Juana de Jesus
Catalina Andrango-Walker, Virginia Tech

28. Empowered Women in Spain and Italy 
Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyhoke College
Fates Sealed by Deception: Teresa of Avila and Francisca de los Apóstoles before the Inquisition
Ana Maria Carvajal, Purdue University
Disembodied Friendship: Death, Apparitions, and the Holy Female Body in the Discalced Carmelite Convent
Jennifer E. Barlow, Longwood University
Proto-Feminist Women Writers in Italy and Spain: Common Objections to Misogynistic Culture in Arcangela Tarabotti and María de Zayas
Francesca Silva, City University of New York

31. Prints and Cultural Transfer in the Early Modern World 1: Europe and Latin America 
Organizer and Chair: Stephanie S. Dickey, Queen’s University at Kingston
The Nuremberg Map (1524) and Traditions of Cartography in Aztec Mexico and Early Modern Europe
Shannah M. Rose, Tulane University
The Passion of Christ in New Spain: The Shadow of Rubens
Alena Robin, Western University
The Ceilings of Tunja, Colombia, at the Intersection of Europe, Asia, and the New World
Barnaby R. Nygren, Loyola University Maryland

32. Christian Visual Culture and Emotional Communities in Italy, Spain, and Mexico 
Organizer: Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
Chair: Lisa Boutin Vitela, Cerritos College
Women on the Edge: Emotions, Gender, and Agency in the Orsini Chapel
Heather Graham, California State University, Long Beach
To Weep with Mary and Mourn for Christ: Luis de Morales and the Emotional Community of Badajoz, Spain
Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
Collective Crises, Miraculous Advocates, and Emotional Communities in Colonial Mexico
Derek S. Burdette, University of Oregon

33. Gendered Exempla and Expectations in Early Modern England and Spain 
Organizer: Walter S. Melion, Emory University
Chair: Maryanne C. Horowitz, Occidental College & University of California, Los Angeles
The Reception of Gender Stereotypes in the Collectanea Moralis Philosophiae (1571) of Fray Louis of Grenade
Ana C. Martins, University of Coimbra
The Fortunate Unhappy: Ladies and Stewards in the Drama of Early Modern England and Spain
Julia B. Griffin, Georgia Southern University
On Needlework and Needing God: Balancing Handcraft and Prayer in Mary Ward’s Communities
Laura F. Brown, Converse College

47. New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Popular Cultures 
Organizer, Chair, And Comment: Katrina Olds, University of San Francisco
Pop Baroque: Ways of the “Vulgo” in Seventeenth-Century Spain
Javier Castro-Ibaseta, Rutgers University–Newark
Rethinking the “Popular” and Negotiating Diference in Sixteenth-Century Neapolitan Song
Nathan K. Reeves, Northwestern University
The Popularization of Columbus’s Letter: Giuliano Dati’s Cantari della India
Elena Daniele, Tulane University

54. Shaping their World: New Christians in Portugal and its Empire 
Organizer and Chair: Susannah Ferreira, University of Guelph
Commercial Litigation and the Governance of Trade between Portugal, Brazil and the Netherlands in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century
David Strum, Universidade de Sao Paulo
The Portuguese National Church of Sant’Antonio in Rome as a Safe Haven for New Christians
James W. Nelson Novoa, University of Ottawa
Converts, Captives, and Ransoms: Portuguese New Christians and the Foundation of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia
Susannah Ferreira, University of Guelph

80. Moors, Moriscos, Mexica: Atlantic and Mediterranean Colonialisms 
Organizer: Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University
Chair: Jeffrey Schrader, University of Colorado, Denver
Comment: Elizabeth A. Horodowich, New Mexico State University
The Urban Performance of Empire in Sicily and New Spain
Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Case Western Reserve University
From the Templo Mayor to the Kunstkammer: Collections/Collecting in New Spain and Europe
Eulogio Guzman, Tufts University
Moorish Tears: The Ramón Folch de Cardona Tomb between Naples and Catalonia
Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University

84. Town and Country: Late Medieval Iberian Urban Experience and the Sixteenth-Century Colonization of the Americas
Organizer, Chair, And Comment: Sean Perrone, Saint Anselm College
Changing Relations between Madrid and Country during the Sixteenth Century: A Proposal of Study
David Alonso García, Complutense University of Madrid
Town and Country in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: The Castilian Concejo as an Urban Model
María Asenjo-González, Complutense University of Madrid
Mesoamerican Cities and Spanish Foundations in New Spain: A Necessary Coexistence
Jose Luis de Rojas Gutierrez Gandarilla, Complutense University of Madrid

137. Spanish Artists and Their Patrons
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Chair: Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Pepperdine University
His and Hers Patronage: Isabel of Castile, Fernando of Aragon, and Their Competing Artistic Identities
Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University, Denver
Deafness and the Fame of a Spanish Painter
Jefrey Schrader, University of Colorado Denver
Francisco de Zurbarán’s Saint Serapion for the De Profundis Chapel
Jennifer Olson, Tacoma Community College

140. Captivity in the Spanish Mediterranean: Between Literature and the Archive 
Organizer And Chair: Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut
Comment: Paul M. Johnson, DePauw University
Stories of Loss and Failure: Writing the Spanish Empire from the Bagnios of Istanbul
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, University of Iowa
Functions of Maurophilia in Jorge Toledano, a Captivity Play by Lope de Vega
Natalio Ohanna, Western Michigan University
Religious Artifacts and Slaves in the Early Modern Western Mediterranean
Daniel Hershenzon, University of Connecticut

141. Jesuits and Their Families 1: Familial Detachment in Jesuit Precept and Practice 
Sponsor: Journal of Jesuit Studies
Organizer: Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
Chair: Patricia W. Manning, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Comment: Jodi E. Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“What the eyes cannot see cannot break the heart”: The Challenges of Familial Detachment
Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
“Always outdone by your little brother”: María Beltran de Loyola and the Seroras of Azpeitia
Amanda L. Scott, US Naval Academy
When Father Doesn’t Know Best: Interpreting Jesuit Vocational Standards
Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College

150. Woodcuts and Other Pictorial Traditions in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America 
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Catherine Dicesare, Colorado State University
The Reshaping of the Natural World of the Indies in the Writings of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478–1557)
Elizabeth Gansen, Grand Valley State University
Fallen Bodies: The Woodcuts of Celestina’s Burgos 1499(?) Edition in Their European Context
Loreto Romero, University of Virginia
Statue Painting in Colonial Andes: “Indian” Virgins and Resacralization of the Sacred Landscape
Mariana C. Zinni, Queens College, City University of New York

169. Indigenous Representation and Agency in Colonial Latin America
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Martin Vega Olmedo, Scripps College
Rewriting the Altepetl: Tribute and the Search for Justice in Huexotzinco (mid-1500s)
Tania L. Garcia-Pina, University of Texas at Austin Reasonable Indians and Monsters of Nature: The imago dei in the Apologética historia sumaria of Bartolomé de las Casas
Timothy A. McCallister, Auburn University
Translation and Representation in “Ciertas peticiones e informaciones hechas a pedimento de don Francisco Tenamaztle” by Bartolomé de Las Casas (1555)
Ruben A. Sanchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University

190. Gender and Race Tensions in Early Modern Spain 
Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Stephanie Kirk, Washington University in St. Louis
Women and Domestic Space in the Spanish Representation of the Ottoman Empire: Against a Humanistic Vision of Gender Roles
Mar Martinez Góngora, Virginia Commonwealth University
Creating Conversos: The Carvajal-Santa Maria Family in Early Modern Spain
Roger L. Martinez-Davila, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

194. The “Other Other”: Animals on the Margins of the Early Modern Iberian World 
Organizer and Chair: Abel A. Alves, Ball State University
An Elephant and a Rhinoceros: Asian Othering in Imperial Spain
John Beusterien, Texas Tech University
Adulterous and Sterile Monsters: Mules in Early Modern Castile
Kathryn Renton, University of California, Los Angeles
Iberia’s Imagined Elephant: Eforts at a Comprehensive Natural History in theSixteenth Century
Abel A. Alves, Ball State University

Iberian Panels at the AHA, Jan 2019

Okay this is two months too late, but just to have it on the record I want to include the panels that focus on early modern Iberian concerns (as always, I am excluding panels from the Conference on Latin American History because you can find their program here) (and excluding single papers on panels because that would be too much work tbh).

Imperial Entanglements in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the 17th Century: Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish Perspectives
Chair: Wim Klooster, Clark University
Practices and Representations of Material Exchanges across the Mediterranean: Conflict and Loyalty, Cooperation and Communication
Chair: Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study
Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study
Loyalty, Rights, Slavery, and Power in Europe’s New World Empires, 16th-18th Centuries
Chair: Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon
Renegades, Turncoats, and Converts in the Pre- and Early Modern Mediterranean
Chair: Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado Boulder

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.