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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


Concert, “La música en tiempos de José de Gálvez (1720-1787), VI” – Málaga, Nov, 2017


Economic Recovery in Today’s Spain?

I hope that Peter S. Goodman is right in this NY Times piece, although unemployment is still very high. But Jim Amelang’s talk to us at ASPHS in Boston a few years ago remains seared into my brain.


Housekeeping: Removing “Historians of Early Modern Spain”

So it’s been almost ten years since I’ve started this blog, and I’m about to make a change: removing the page for “Historians of Early Modern Spain.” It’s outlived its usefulness, since anyone can be easily googled these days, even our colleagues overseas, and it’s the most time-consuming part of maintaining this site (indeed I’ve not kept it up to date for some time). I will still provide links to the authors of books/articles/etc that I post about, but no longer attempt to maintain an exhaustive list.

Chapters in “Conversions: Gender & Religious Change in Early Modern Europe”

Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith, eds, Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017).

2 The quiet conversion of a ‘Jewish’ woman in eighteenth century
Spain – David Graizbord

6 Uneven conversions: how did laywomen become nuns in the
early modern world?- Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

VAP: Dominican University

Dominican University, History

Visiting Faculty, History: expertise in Europe since 1500


Institution Type: College / University
Location: Illinois, United States
Position: Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Temporary, Visiting Assistant Professor


Visiting Faculty, History/Lund-Gill Chair
Full-time, Visiting (one-year appointment)
August 2017
The History Department at Dominican University is seeking a candidate with expertise in Europe since 1500 in the global context to be the Lund-Gill Chair for 2017-2018. The Lund-Gill Chair is a rotating one-year full-time visiting position open to scholars who have completed their Ph.D. and have demonstrated excellence in teaching in their given field.
The department seeks a historian who can offer introductory and upper-level courses which address imperialism, colonization (and decolonization), gender, migrations and ethnicities over both the early modern and modern European periods.  We are also interested in applicants who can address the history of science/medicine in these contexts.  The successful candidate will teach at least one course in the university’s Honors Program and will contribute courses that could be cross-listed with one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs such as Women and Gender Studies, Interfaith Studies, Black World Studies, or Latino/a and Latin American Studies.  The Lund-Gill Chair also would be expected to offer at least one lecture open to the public.
The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity in higher education. Furthermore, Dominican University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. In support of its commitment to inclusive excellence through diversity and equity, the University strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of about 3,500 students. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 56% of undergraduates first generation in college, 67% female, 48% Hispanic of Any Race, and 7% Black/African-American. For more information about Dominican University, see
Please apply online at Candidates will be asked to submit the following materials:
  • a cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the Lund-Gill Chair position as described
  • a curriculum vitae (highlighting teaching experience)
  • a list of three or more references who can speak to the applicant’s teaching excellence (Please submit under “other”.)
  • an unofficial Ph.D. transcript (Please submit under “writing sample”.)
Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide official transcripts. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2017.
Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.


Please apply online at Candidates will be asked to submit the following materials:
  • a cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the Lund-Gill Chair position as described
  • a curriculum vitae (highlighting teaching experience)
  • a list of three or more references who can speak to the applicant’s teaching excellence (Please submit under “other”.)
  • an unofficial Ph.D. transcript (Please submit under “writing sample”.)

For more information about Dominican University, visit


Primary Category: European History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Demographic History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Modern European History / Studies
Posting Date: 12/01/2016
Closing Date 01/01/2017

Job Ad: University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Iberian History

University of Oxford – Exeter College

Exeter College, Oxford

in association with

The Faculty of History, University of Oxford

(European and Extra-European, 1450–1800) and Tutorial Fellowship at Exeter College

Salary within a range £45,562 to £61,179 per annum

(plus Housing Allowance of £8,577 per annum, and other benefits)

Exeter College and the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, propose to make a joint appointment in Iberian History (European and Extra-European, 1450-1800), with effect from 1 October 2017. The postholder will be an Official Fellow and Lecturer in History at Exeter College, and an Associate Professor in Iberian History in the Faculty of History in the University of Oxford.

Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates with expertise in Iberian History, and particularly those with a specialism in the early-modern history of the Spanish and/ or Lusitanian empires.

The person appointed will be expected to undertake the following main duties:

  1. to engage in research at an internationally competitive level in Iberian History (1450–1800);
  2. to give high-quality tutorials, classes, supervision and lectures at both undergraduate and graduate level;
  3. to act as an assessor and/ or examiner to graduate and undergraduate students, as requested;
  4. to undertake a reasonable share of administrative duties for both the College and the Faculty of History (including committee membership (when called upon to do so), taking leadership positions from time to time, and contributing to syllabus development);
  5. to share pastoral duties and participate in the organisation of teaching History and its Joint Schools in the College;
  6. to undertake other normal duties of a college tutor, as described in the Further Particulars; and
  7. to participate in the governance of Exeter College (including exercising the duties of a Trustee, and service on College committees and in College Offices).

Candidates should have completed a doctorate in a relevant field, or be able to provide evidence of a completed doctoral dissertation submitted for examination by the advertised closing date for this position.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate evidence of: distinguished research and/ or research potential in the area of Iberian History 1450–1800; a publication record of international standing (appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career) which will enhance the profile of the History Faculty in this area; the ability to deliver excellent tutorial teaching and to give lectures and classes; successful grant applications, or of the potential to make successful applications; participation in conferences, seminars and other research meetings; experience of, or potential for, participating effectively in the running and development of the subject at Faculty level (including the development of externally-funded research projects); the ability to act as an examiner; the ability to supervise graduate students; and the ability to undertake administration and pastoral responsibilities on behalf of both the College and the University.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Governing Body, and therefore a Trustee, at Exeter College.

In addition to salary, a range of other generous benefits are available, as set out in the Further Particulars.

Associate Professors who are awarded the title of full professor from the University may be entitled to receive an additional salary payment of £2,600 per annum (unless they already receive additional recruitment or retention payments at that level or above).

The closing date for applications is 12pm noon (GMT) on Monday 23 January 2017.

Exeter College and the University of Oxford are equal opportunities employers and value diversity.

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Thanks to François Soyer for bringing this to my attention.

Bolufer, “Sensibility & Balance in 18th-Century Spain”

Mónica Bolufer, “Sensibility and Balance in Eighteenth-Century Spain” in Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and  History, Luisa Elena Delgado, Pura Fernández, and Jo Labanyi, eds (Vanderbilt, 2016).

New Book Series: Connected Histories, at MIP/ARC

ARC HUMANITIES PRESS is the publishing arm of the CARMEN
Worldwide Medieval Network, which brings together the leading
universities, scholars, and national associations from around the world.
This series contributes to our growing understanding of the connectedness of the world during a period in history when an unprecedented number of people—Europeans, Africans, Asians—made transoceanic or other long distance journeys. It explores topics that highlight the cultural impact of the movement of people, animals, and objects at a global scale. The series editors welcome proposals for monographs and collections of essays in English from literary critics, art historians, and cultural historians that address the changes and cross-fertilizations of cultural practices of specific societies. General topics may concern, among other possibilities: cultural confluences, objects in motion, appropriations of material cultures, cross-cultural exoticization, transcultural identities, religious practices, translations and mistranslations, cultural impacts of trade, discourses of dislocation, globalism in literary/visual arts, and cultural histories of lesser studied regions (such as the Philippines, Macau, African societies).
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Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Asia

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New Book: Crawford, “Andean Wonder Drug”

Matthew Crawford, The Andean Wonder  Drug: Chinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016).