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Reviews in the JMH, March 2019

The Journal of Modern History 91/1 (2019):

Alexandra Irigoin reviews Rafael Torres Sánchez, Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 2016).

Allan J Kuethe reviews Mónica Ricketts, Who Should Rule? Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire (Oxford, 2017).

Sara T. Nalle reviews Marta V. Vicente, Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge, 2017).


New Book: Paquette, “European Seaborne Empires”

Gabriel Paquette, The European Seaborne Empires from the Thirty Years’ War to the Age of Revolutions (Yale, 2019).

New Book: La Parra, “Fernando VII”

Emilio la Parra, Fernando VII: Un rey deseado y detestado (Tusquets, 2018).

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

New Book: A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance

A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance, Hilaire Kallendorf, ed (Brill, 2018).

Part 1 Politics and Government

1 Laying the Foundations for a Spanish Renaissance: Late Medieval Politics and Government   Harald E. Braun

2 Politics and Government in the Spanish Empire during the 16th Century   Fabien Montcher

Part 2 Empire and Ethnicity

3 The Spanish Colonial Empire in the Renaissance: Establishing the First Global Culture   Beatriz de Alba-Koch

4 Ethnic Groups in Renaissance Spain   Mayte Green-Mercado

Part 3 Culture and Society

5 Daily Life and the Family in Renaissance Spain   Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

6 Birth and Death in the Spanish Renaissance   Stephanie L. Fink

7 Religion   Henry Kamen

8 Fashioning Disease: Narrative and the Sick Body in the Spanish Inquisition   Cristian Berco

Part 4 ‘High’ and ‘Low’

9 Nobles and Court Culture   Ignacio Navarrete and Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry-Roisin

10 Popular Culture, Spanish Law Courts, and the Early Modern State   Edward Behrend-Martínez

11 Civic Ritual, Urban Life   Enrique García Santo-Tomás

12 Community and the Common Good in Early Modern Castile   Ruth MacKay

Part 5 Humanists and Their Legacy

13 Intellectual Life   Lía Schwartz and Susan Byrne

14 Ladies, Libraries and Literacy in Early Modern Spain   Elizabeth Teresa Howe

15 Philosophy, Law and Mysticism in Renaissance Spain   Bernie Cantens

Part 6 Artistic Production

16 The Literature of the Spanish Renaissance   J.A. Garrido Ardila

17 Painting and Sculpture   Jeffrey Schrader

18 Visual Culture: Art and Ekphrasis in Early Modern Spain   Frederick A. de Armas

Part 7 Currents and Currency

19 Spanish Science in the Age of the New   William Eamon

20 Doing Things with Money in Early Modern Spain   Elvira Vilches

21 Historiographyand European Perceptions of Spain   Michael J. Levin

New Book: Catlos, Kinoshita, “Can We Talk Mediterranean?”

Can We Talk Mediterranean? Conversations on an Emerging Field in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita, eds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

New Book: Urquizar-Herrera, “Admiration & Awe: Morisco Buildings & Identity Negotiations”

Antonio Urquizar-Herrera, Admiration and Awe: Morisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations in Early Modern Spanish Historiography (Oxford, 2017).

Chapters in “Cultures of Communication: Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe & Beyond”

Cultures of Communication: Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond, Helmut Puff, Ulrike Strasser, and Christopher Wild, eds (Toronto, 2017).

Andrew Redden, “Divine Messengers and Divine Messages: Angelic Media in Early Modern Hispanic America.”

Markus Friedrich, “On Reading Missionary Correspondence: Jesuit Theologians on the Spiritual Benefits of a New Genre.”

Renate Dürr, “Early Modern Translation Theories as Mission Theories: A Case Study of José de Costa: De procuranda indorum salute (1588).”

Susanna Burghartz, “Apocalyptic Times in a ‘World without End’: The Straits of Magellan around 1600.”

Historias Podcast: Rowe, “Black Saints in the Early Modern Spanish World”

Historias: The Spanish History Podcast features Erin Rowe in episode 14: “Black Saints in the Early Modern Spanish World.”

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