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CFP: “1762 British Invasion of Philippines,” SOAS University of London, Sept 16-17, 2022; Deadline June 30

The 1762 British Invasion of Spanish-Ruled Philippines: Beyond Imperial and National Imaginaries

British Invasion of Spanish-Ruled Philippines

Date: 16 September 2022Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 17 September 2022Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Conference

The historiographies of the British occupation of Manila and Cavite often inhabit two types of imaginaries. One is tethered to the narrow, inter-imperial wranglings between Great Britain and Spain, with their competing explorations of might or blame, haggling over unpaid ransoms and valuations over winning and losing. In the case of the Filipinos, this singular event is linked to a vague yet powerful sense of plunder and loss. Philippine websites, textbooks, historical markers of many of the churches in Luzon, persistently, and almost exclusively present the British occupation only as a culprit for the loss of beautiful architectural structures, precious religious art, rare artefacts, and objects of knowledge like maps, and manuscripts.

This year’s iteration of the SOAS Annual Philippine Studies Conference hopes to move beyond narrow or mythologizing narratives of this singular event. With an emphasis on the analysis and critical use of primary source materials, the conference will explore productive ways of historicizing the occupation by centering on issues of Philippine agency and resistance, non-European trans-imperial conditions and contexts, and on-the-ground repercussions, specially in relation to Philippine material culture, socio-economies, and local and pan-Asian histories. Through roundtable discussions, we also hope to shift towards more reparative approaches to dealing with the indisputable loss of lives and material culture that resulted from the British occupation.

With these shifts in methodology and focus, the conference hopes to contribute to a body of discourse that transcends the prevailing socio-historical and mythic narratives of power and loss.

Call for Abstracts

Topics relating to the British Invasion may include:

• Local histories of collaborations or resistances
• Key players – from the British and Spanish soldiers, officers, the religious orders, native militiamen, the Chinese and Indian sepoys.
• Effect of the event on Philippine material, architectural and visual cultures
• Philippine objects of knowledge and their dispersal
• Analysis of primary sources
• Inter-imperial realignments leading to and after the invasion
• Socio -economic reversals and new opportunities
• Transregional underpinnings and effects of the Invasion in relation to South and South East Asia
• The place of the Invasion in global history and the history of ideas

Proposals for presentations should include a title, an abstract (200 words), institutional affiliation, a bio sketch (100 words).

Call for Exhibitions

If you have creative work on or about the 1762 Invasion, send a sample or preview of your work with a 200 word description and a bio sketch (max. 100 words) Accepted works will be exhibited at the conference.

Deadline: 30 June 2022 for abstracts and art proposals

Please upload through the google form here.

Guests are welcome and may register for free via this google form.

**Photo Credit: Detail from Alegoría de la defensa de Filipinas por el alavés Don Simón de Anda y Salazar. 1762-1763
Museo del Prado. Deposited in the Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. Vitoria-Gasteiz. Used with permission.

Organiser: Dr Maria Cristina Juan with Prof William Gervase Clarence-Smith and Dr Christina Lee

Contact email:

Sponsor: Philippine Stuides at SOAS with Princeton University

Seminar: “New Spain & the Early Globalization of Knowledge,” April 28, 2022, 10 am

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Western Oregon University is hosting a free public seminar, “New Spain and the Early Globalization of Knowledge” in person in Austin and online

Participants include Ralph Bauer, Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, Paula DeVos, Diana Magaloni, Jaime Marroquin A., Ricardo Padron, and Adela Pineda Franco.

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 10:00-12:30 (Austin TX time).


Online Conference: SLU-Madrid, “Republic of Letters across Renaissance Iberian Worlds,” Dec 3-4, 2021

Papers & Panels for Us at the SCSC San Diego 2021

Here’s what just happened in San Diego, both panels and some stray papers I found:

  1. Representing the Margins in Colonial Latin America Indigo C
    Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Díaz, Mount Holyoke
    Chronicling the Other through Displacement and Exclusion: The Cases of
    Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and Jean de Léry
    Juan Manuel Ramírez Velázquez, Washington University in St. Louis
    Black Sanctity and Servitude in the Spiritual Diary of Afro-Peruvian Mystic,
    Úrsula de Jesús
    Jason M. Stinnett, Southern Utah University

Ecclesiastical Law and the Regulation of Dress in the 1645 Provincial Synod
of San Juan Puerto Rico: Sources of Mulatto Catholicism
Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Boston University

  1. Art of Iberia and the Spanish Empire Indigo A
    Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer
    Chair: Emily A. Engel, Independent Scholar
    Saints and Relics for Jesuits: Devotion, Legitimacy and Artistic Patronage
    Through Relics Cult. Mexico City, 16th–17th Centuries
    Luis Javier Cuesta, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
    “Precious Stones in Divers Colors”: Mexica Small Stonework and the
    European Response
    Aliza M. Benjamin, Independent Scholar
    Jusepe de Ribera’s Otherness: Identity and Difference in Early Modern
    Spanish Art
    Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University
    New Hospitals, New Buildings: The Reform of Assistance in Portugal
    in the 16th Century
    Joana Pinho, University of Lisbon, School of Arts and Humanities
  1. Power and Gender in Early Modern Spain Indigo D
    Organizer and Chair: Nieves Romero-Díaz, Mount Holyoke
    “Malos sirvientes y falsas mujeres hechiceras”: Fernando de Rojas’ Allegory
    of Isabeline Rule
    Erik A. Alder, Brigham Young University
    Women and the End of Tyranny
    Margaret Herland, Hamilton College
    Transatlantic Feminism as Theory and Praxis: Loquacious Women in the
    Works of María de Zayas and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
    Horacio Sierra, Bowie State University

Habsburg Women as Power Brokers: Hans Ungnad’s Correspondence with
Anna and Maria Habsburg
Benjamin Esswein, Liberty University

  1. Land and Its Representation in the Spanish New World Indigo D
    Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer
    Chair: Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University
    Landscape and Conquest in Early Modern South America
    Emily A. Engel, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Whose Land?: Representing Colonial Power in an Indigenous Map of
    New Spain
    Arianna Ray, Northwestern University
    Marking Territory: European Explorers and Place-Attachment in Early Modern Visual Culture
    Jillianne Laceste, Boston University
  1. Seventeenth-Century Marriage Ceremonies and Cultural
    Politics in the Atlantic World Panel Cancelled
    Organizer: Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, University of Nevada, Reno
    Chair: Deborah Forteza, Covenant College
    Sixteenth-Century Spanish Conquistadors and Their Indigenous Brides in
    Eighteenth-Century European Operas
    Aaron Olivas, Texas A&M International University
    The Art of Marriage: Indigenous Marriage Policy and the 17th-Century
    Genre of Marriage Paintings in Mexico
    Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, University of Nevada, Reno
    An Imperfect Union: Representation, Rejection, and the Spanish Match at
    the Jacobean Court
    Jennifer Ng, University of Nevada, Reno
  1. On the Uses and Abuses of Early Modern Spanish Culture 1 Indigo C
    Organizer, Chair, and Comment: Chad Leahy, University of
    Remembering the Comuneros: Modern Legacies of the Comunero
    Revolution (1521–2021)
    Miguel Martinez, University of Chicago
    “La letra con sangre entra”: Literacy and Education in Lope de Vega’s and
    Elena Garro’s La Dama Boba Plays
    Alani R. Hicks-Bartlett, Brown University
    The “Tongue of Cervantes” in a Global Key
    Victor Sierra Matute, New York University
  1. Gender Matters: Women in the Public Square Cobalt 502B
    Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
    Organizer: Amy Nelson Burnett, University of Nebraska–
    Chair: Jeffrey R. Watt, University of Mississippi
    “Of Incalculable Value”: Actresses and Charitable Networks in Early Modern
    Rachael Ball, University of Alaska Anchorage
    Did Her Gender Matter?: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Culture of the Royal
    Kathryn A. McDonald-Miranda, University of Akron
    Women as Information Managers: Female Printers in the European Jesuit
    Libraries Provenance Project
    Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University
  1. Representing the Margins in the Iberian World Indigo D
    Organizer: Marta Vicente, University of Kansas
    Chair: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
    Sensory Tales of Gender and Race in Sixteenth-century Spain
    Marta Vicente, University of Kansas
    Sounds of the Other: The Music of Moriscas and Women from Spain to
    Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California
    Desperate Times and Desperate Crimes in the Pilgrim Hospitals on the
    Camino de Santiago
    Amanda L. Scott, The Pennsylvania State University
  1. On the Uses and Abuses of Early Modern Spanish Culture 2 Indigo C
    Organizer, Chair, and Comment: Chad Leahy, University of
    In Defense of The Spanish Golden Age, qua Spanish Pachakuti, per Guaman
    Poma de Ayala
    Nicole D. Legnani, Princeton University
    Analogue and Digital Don Quijotes: Reimagining Early Modern Interactive
    Amy Sheeran, Otterbein University
    American Caste Through Iberian Multiculturalism
    Elizabeth Spragins, College of the Holy Cross

As the World Turns: Teaching the Global Turn in Graduate Education
Andrew Devreux, University of California San Diego

Talk: Gharala, “Money & Mobility among Enslaved People in 17th-Cent New Spain”

Accounts of Slavery: Money and Mobility among Enslaved People in Seventeenth-Century New Spain

DATE: Sep 21, 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


  • Norah L. A. Gharala, Assistant Professor of History, University of Houston
  • Moderator: Trent Barnes, PLAS Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University


Trent Barnes event
Joaquín OTERO ÚBEDA, “Palacio de los Virreyes de México” (c. 1676-1700) held in Museo de América


The transpacific galleon trade enriched Mexican merchants, who relied on enslaved and free dependents to manage merchandise and cash. Hundreds of pesos routinely moved in the pockets of enslaved people as they traversed baroque Mexico City. This talk examines lawsuits among merchants to extract fragmentary data on enslaved people trafficked through Asia to Mexico and their involvement in merchant networks. Entrusting sums of money to certain members of their households, enslavers structured hierarchies of dependents. Men from East Africa and South and Southeast Asia received money and mobility in exchange for their service. The process of distributing funds became one of making dependents and bolstering the power of enslavers to determine the prestige and compensation of particular tasks. For enslaved men, handling money on behalf of a merchant represented a mark of both autonomy and unfreedom.

Nora L. A. Gharala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Houston and holds a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. Professor Gharala is the author of Taxing Blackness: Free Afromexican Tribute in Bourbon New Spain (University of Alabama Press, 2019). Dr. Gharala’s current work explores how people with East African origins experienced slavery and formulated ideas about freedom as they moved among the ports and cities of the early modern Iberian empires. With Dr. Guillermo de los Reyes, Dr. Gharala leads a digital project focused on people enslaved on the properties of Hernando Cortés. Dr. Gharala serves as a faculty mentor in the Mellon Research Scholars Program and other initiatives to promote undergraduate research at the University of Houston.

Pre-registration is required.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Conference: “The Matter of Silver,” Online July 26-28, 2021

International, inter-disciplinary conference convened by Professor Helen Hills (University of York), supported by the British Academy

About this event

About the conference

Join us for this three-part international conference to be held online over three afternoons 26 to 28 July 2021. All are welcome; please book each afternoon separately.

A link will be sent out the day before for each afternoon booked, along with a pdf of the programme and speaker bios.

Conference tech provided by Simon Malone (Freelance Vision Mixer)

		The Matter of Silver: Substance, Surface, Shimmer, Trauma image


How and why did silver, more widespread than gold, extracted by force from the Andes, marked by trauma, become par excellence marker of and substance of social, political and spiritual refinement in Europe? This conference investigates silver as more than means or measure of empire, more than mere currency of emergent capitalism, more than inert matter from which luxury objects were fashioned, to ask how might these disparate stories, these two sides to the same coin, be brought together. What happens when we think them in relation?

This conference brings together scholars and practitioners from across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and institutions beyond the academy, including museums and galleries, to explore silver as an extraordinarily productive site of exchange and transformation in the early modern world and beyond.

Diverse expertise, currently siloed in institutional and disciplinary terms, examines silver and its impact politically, socially, ecologically, territorially, technically, artistically, and economically and yet that expertise has not been brought together in cross-fertilization. Economic experts tend to view silver in quantitative terms; Latin Americanists concerned with silver’s role in colonialism on one side of the Atlantic ignore entirely its role in Spanish colonialism in Europe; curators tend to approach individual objects without reference to the new materialism or recent historical research in artisanal knowledge; art historians explore silver high-end objects without reference to silver’s extraction; mining specialists ignore silver’s convulsive impact on the commodity frontier and its ecological and social impact across the world. The time is ripe to bring together disparate expertise and to think about silver outside and across traditional formations.


Monday 26 July 2021

13:30: Introduction: Helen Hills (University of York)

Panel 1: Silver and Power: Questions of values

13:40: Chair: Helen Hills (University of York)

13:45: Allison Bigelow (University of Virginia): ‘Gold, Silver, Power, and Abuse: The incorporation and erasure of indigenous knowledges in the colonial Americas’

14:15: Thomas B. F. Cummins (Harvard University): ‘The Atocha’s Silver ca.1622: Ingots, aquillas, and the intersection of values’

14:45: Discussion

15:15-16:00: Break

Panel 2: The Silver Moon

16:00: Chair Kris Lane (Tulane University)

16:05: Timothy Ingold (University of Aberdeen): ‘How the world shines silver in the moonlight’

16:35: Spike Bucklow (University of Cambridge): ‘Silver: The lunar metal’

17:05: Discussion

17:30–17:45: Musical interlude for silvery reflections (Part 1): pianist David Hammond

Tuesday 27 July 2021

14:00: Welcome to Afternoon 2: Helen Hills (University of York)

Panel 3: Deceptive reflections: silver objects and colonialism

14:05: Chair: Timothy Schroder (Goldsmiths’ Company)

14:10: Jane Mangan (Davidson College): ‘Reflections in Silver: Colonial identities and material culture in the silver city of Potosí’

14:40: Sergius Kodera (University of Vienna): ‘Counterfeit Silver: Recipes in 16th-century books of secrets and assayers’ manuals’

15:10: Discussion

15:35-16:00: Break

Panel 4: Scintillating Silver

1600: Chair: Lisa Voigt (The Ohio State University)

16:05: Elena Phipps (UCLA/Metropolitan Museum of Art): ‘Weaving Silver: Brilliance and sheen in Andean colonial textile traditions’

16:35: Marlen Bidwell-Steiner (University of Vienna): ‘Sparkling Casuistry: Silver, greed and penitence in early modern Spain’

17:05: Discussion

17:30–17:45: Musical interlude for silvery reflections (Part 2): pianist David Hammond

Wednesday 28 July

14:00: Welcome to Afternoon 3: Helen Hills (University of York)

Panel 5: Rethinking Artisanal Knowledge

14:05: Chair: Claire Farago (University of Colorado)

14:10: Wim Nys (DIVA Museum, Antwerp): ‘Designing Silver in the Southern Netherlands in the 18th century’

14:30: Michele A. Feder-Nadoff (Artist and anthropologist, Mexico): ‘Coppersmithing in Mexico and Silversmithing Amongst Yemeni Jews’

14:50: Brief break

15:00: Margaret Bolton (University of Aberdeen): ‘Flowing Silver and Ephemeral Cities: Working in the ruins of colonial silver mines in southern Bolivia’

15:20: Discussion

15:45: Sparkling Reflections

16:00: Pianist David Hammond closes the conference with music for silvery reflections (Part 3)

Workshop: “Art of Dissent in the Iberian World,” Oxford, June 24-25 2021

International Workshop: The Art of Dissent in the Iberian World, 1500-1700

Oxford, June 24-25, 2021 (postponed from last year)

Jorge Flores
Giuseppe Marcocci

Marisa Bass
Harald Braun
Alejandro Caneque
Stephanie M. Cavanaugh
Karoline Cook
Luis Cortugera
Jorge Flores
Emily Floyd
Xavier Gil
Yonatan Glazer-Eytan
Nicole T. Hughes
Ebba Koch
Giuseppe Marcocci
Glyn Redworth
Simon Park
Laura E. Parodi
Michael Schreffler
Andrew Spicer
Jonathan Tacker

Conference Series: “500 Years of Asian-Iberian Encounters,” June 23-July 23, 2021, Ateneo de Manila (via Zoom)

Contacts & Continuities:
500 Years of Asian-Iberian Encounters

International Conference Series
Hosted by the School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
June 23 to July 23, 2021


Please note that all times indicated are in Philippine Time and Zoom invitations will reflect the host institution’s
timezone as GMT +8:00. We advise speakers and participants from other timezones to be mindful of DST

adjustments when converting to local time.

June 23, 2021 4:00–5:30 pm

Jose M. Cruz, SJ
Vice President for University and Global Relations, Ateneo de Manila University

Jonathan Chua
Dean, School of Humanities,
Ateneo de Manila University

Cristina Brito
Director of the Board, CHAM,
FCSH, Universidade NOVA de

Rene R. Escalante
Chairman, National
Historical Commission of the

Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto / CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa /

Magellan opened a new connecting link between Europe, Asia, and America, paving the
way for the formation of a global world. But it was also a point of arrival of a long
process that went back to Antiquity. For many centuries, Europe and Asia had a
fragmentary and distorted image of each other. In Europe, confusing notions of “East,”
“Asia,” or “India” crossed Antiquity and the Middle Ages and mixed fabulous tales with
real data about what was beyond the Persian Empire or, later, the Muslim World. The

information circulated mainly through land trade routes. In the fifteenth century,
Iberian geopolitics determined a new approach: to reach Asia directly by sea. It was the
Portuguese who successfully achieved this goal, sailing eastward around Africa and
reaching, not Marco Polo’s mysterious “Cathay,” but the real Maritime Asia, putting a
wide range of goods, trade routes, peoples, cultures and civilizations within their range.
In 1521, Magellan crossed an unknown Ocean and reached Asia sailing westward. The
final dot of a secular process was finally connected. As the Italian Francesco Carletti
noticed later, “We never heard of anyone sailing around the world in the Ancient times
as we do today, thanks to the value and virtue of the two crowns of Castile and Portugal
(…): one, sailing east, allows us to reach China and Japan; through the other, to the west,
we reach the Philippine Islands (…). With these two ways, the two Crowns have drawn a
circle around the world (…).”

Nikki Carsi Cruz
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, ADMU
Part 1: Legacies of the Encounter in Seafaring & Trade — June 24 to 29, 2021
This sub-theme revisits cartography, navigation, maritime trade, infrastructure,
transportation, technology transfer, the rise of cities, and establishment of trade
routes. It also takes a look at aspects of environmental history, or human interaction
with the natural world be it through the use of meteorological knowledge in seafaring
or the dissemination of plants and products through tropical commodity chains.
Part 2: Legacies of the Encounter in Ideas & Identity Formation — June 30 to July 6, 2021
In what ways have Asian and European encounters brought about new kinds of
thinking? This sub-theme examines aspects of culture in the symbolic sphere of
existence in domains such as religion and ideology, language and discourse, science
and cosmology. It traces how new concepts, norms, values, beliefs and subjectivities
came into being, particularly in relation to gender, class, race, and ethnicity.
Part 3: Legacies of the Encounter in Institutions — July 7 to 13, 2021
How have social structures been transformed by Asian-European encounters? This
sub-theme takes a look at the evolution of forms of government, laws, schools and
education, systems, as well as at religious and other social institutions.
Part 4: Legacies of the Encounter in Forms of Expression — July 14 to July 22, 2021
How have Asian-European encounters left their mark on our cultural forms and
cultural expressions? What traces of contact and negotiation between Asia and Europe
can we find in the arts, literature, music, dance, theater, festivals, performances, food,
architecture, sport, fashion, and popular culture and so on? How do these
demonstrate hybridity and complex cultural flows?


July 23, 4:00–6:30 pm
Roberto C. Yap, SJ
Ateneo de Manila University
Prof. Ambeth Ocampo / Ateneo de Manila University / Manila
Maria Luz C. Vilches, PhD
Vice President for the Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University

Seminar: Schwartz, “Blood & Boundaries,” Grupo PAI HUM 1000

The Seminario permanente Mundos Ibéricos y globalización temprana is hosting a seminar April 16, 2021 (on Zoom) to mark the publication of Stuart B. Schwartz, Blood and Boundaries: The Limits of Religious and Racial Exclusion in Early Modern Latin America (Brandeis University Press, 2020).

Here is the program:

La próxima actividad online del seminario permanente los mundos ibéricos y la globalización temprana girará en torno a la presentación y debate del último libro de Stuart B. Schwartz, Blood and boundaries: the limits of religious and racial exclusion in early modern Latin America (Brandeis University Press). Para ello contaremos con la presentación de la obra por parte de Mercedes García Arenal (ILC, CSIC, Madrid) David Nirenberg (University of Chicago), seguida de un turno de réplica a cargo del propio autor. A continuación tendrá lugar un debate abierto con el público.

El programa detallado es el siguiente:

18:00 | Bienvenida/ Welcome

18:05 | Mercedes García-Arenal David NirenbergStuart Schwartz and Race in The Iberian Empires/Stuart Schwartz y raza en los imperios ibéricos

18:35 | Stuart B. Schwartz (Yale University): Reply to comments

18:45 | Discusión/Debate

19:30 | Cierre/Conclusion

La sesión estará presentada y moderada por Bartolomé Yun Casalilla (UPO y miembro del grupo PAI HUM-1000).

Esta actividad se realiza online y en abierto mediante la plataforma zoom. 

Link directo a la reunión Zoom. 

ID de reunión: 927 9480 0559

Código de acceso:  743532

Webinar: “Mudéjars to Moriscos” with Brian Catlos, Dec 22

From Religion to Race? Mudéjars to Moriscos and the End of the Middle Age 

Speaker: Prof. Brian Aivars Catlos (University of Colorado) 

Date: Dec. 22, 2020, 18:00 in Tunisia (GMT+1:00) 

Registration link: 

This series of online seminars (Webinar) entitled: “Moriscos without borders” aims to study the Moriscos history from different points of view, through the various topics that we are going to deal with, or the speakers who are going to present their works, specialists are from all over the world, and have various specialties and approaches. 

Abstract: The experience of Muslims of the pre-Modern Iberian Peninsula reflects larger transformations in European culture and society. In the 1300s Mudéjares represented a secondary but legitimate community in the Christian kingdoms of the peninsula. Yet by the early 1500s they were forced to convert, and in the early 1600s were expelled from Spain despite their official status as Christians. This talk examines the transformation from mudejar to Morisco, the impact it had on their status as a minority and the relation of this to new notions of nation and race that were developing in the Early Modern Age. 

Organizer: Laboratoire Régions et Ressources patrimoniales de Tunisie-LR99ES23 (University of Manouba) 

Coordinador: Dr. Houssem Eddine Chachia 

PS: The talk will be in English, but the questions can be in Spanish, French, or Arabic.