Stephanie Stepanek

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Early Modern History at ASPHS: Boston, 2012

Obviously you all have access to the ASPHS conference program. But for the record, here are the panels on early modern history. (On a personal note, I will be driving in from Albany, arriving late Saturday morning in time for the 10:30 panel, I hope, and staying through the Sunday panels – I hope to see all my ASPHS friends there, and make some new ones!)

Friday, March 23

8:45-10:15 am:

1. The Cádiz Constitution and its Impact in the Atlantic World and Beyond (Eaton 201)
Chair/Comment: Scott Eastman, Creighton University
“Peru and the Constitution of 1812”
Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, University of Kent
“Envisioning Mediterranean Democracies – the Spanish Constitution and the Italian Revolutions of 1820-1”
John Davis, University of Connecticut
“The 1812 Constitution and the Indians from the New Spain and Perú”
Claudia Guarisco, El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C.

3. The Circulation of Scientific and Medical Knowledge in Early Modern Spain (Eaton 203)
Chair: Jim Tueller, BYU Hawaii
Comment: Audience
“Networks of Knowledge: Seville as Intellectual Center in early modern Europe”
Kristy Wilson Bowers, Northern Illinois University
“Shared Knowledge: Medical Treatment and Training in the early modern Spanish Hospital”
Michele Clouse, Ohio University
“Portuguese pilots at the Casa de la Contratación and the Cátedra de Cosmografía, 1552 – 1580: politics and nationality”
Edward Collins, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

4. Intellectual Currents across Time (Eaton 206)
Chair/Comment: Joshua Goode, Claremont Graduate University
“Early modern Spanish and European Political Thought: Challenging the Whig Interpretation of History”
Xavier Gil, Universidad de Barcelona


1. Incorporating Communities: Adapting Difference in Discourse and Ceremony in Early Modern Spain (Eaton 201)
Chair/Comment: James Amelang, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
“Evangelical Orientalism: Rereading Pedro de Alcalá”
Clare Gilbert, UCLA
“’Por amor y por caridad’: The incorporation of conversos into ‘la masa silenciosa'”
Carolyn Salomons, Johns Hopkins
“’Los Sanctos Reyes’: Celebrations of England’s Absolution and the Anglo-Spanish Alliance of Philip II and Mary Tudor in Toledo, 1555″
Jessica Walker, Johns Hopkins


3. Environment and Society (Eaton 206)
Chair: Maria Ana T. Valdez, Yale University
Comment: The Audience
“The Continuity of Waters: Valencia’s Tribunal de las Aguas”
Julia Hudson-Richards, Penn State Altoona and Cynthia A. Gonzales, Independent Scholar
“The Great Tsunami of 1755”
Mark Molesky, Seton Hall University

3. Colonial Visions and Perspectives in Portugal (Eaton 203)
Chair/Comment: Jim Tueller, BYU Hawaii
“Financing the Portuguese Reconquista in the South Atlantic: Recovering Brazil, Angola and Såo Tomé from the Dutch 1638-1654.”
Anil Mukerjee, US Military Academy, West Point
“Religious elites dreaming of divine empires in the Early Modern Portuguese world”
Maria Ana T. Valdez, Yale University
“The Portuguese Jesuit, the English Puritan, and the Use of Law in post-Westphalia Colonization”
Jennifer Wells, Brown University

Saturday March 24


1. Visual Responses to Urban Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World (Eaton 201)
Chair/Comment: Amanda Wunder, Lehman College
“Rallying the Cities around Miraculous Images: How a King Handles a Difficult Situation”
Jeffrey Schrader, University of Colorado Denver
“San Isidro, Still-Life Painting, and the Realities of Madrid’s Economy”
Carmen Ripollés, Metropolitan State College of Denver
“The Idea of the Royal Palace in the Hispanic World”
C. Cody Barteet, University of Western Ontario


1. New Work on Goya (Eaton 201)
Chair/Comment: Stephanie Stepanek, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
“Luz y Justicia: Law in the Work of Goya”
Julianne Gilland, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
“History and Aesthetics in Goya‟s Disasters of War”
Michael Iarocci, University of California, Berkeley
“Visible Heroines”
Sylvia Hottinger, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

2. The Politics and Economics of Slavery (Eaton 202)
Chair/Comment: Rafael Marquese, Universidade de São Paulo
“Sovereignty and Slavery”
Rodrigo Faustinoni Bonciani , Universidade de São Paulo
“The Bourbon Reform of Slavery”
Elena Andrea Schneider, The College of William & Mary / The Omohundro Institute
“Madeira, Sugar, and the Archaeology of the Recent Past”
Laurie A. Wilkie, University of California, Berkeley


1. The Constitution of Cádiz and the Problem of Slavery I (Eaton 201)
Chair/Comment: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Sorbonne
“A Family Portrait: Imperial Constitutions in the Revolutionary Period, 1780-1830”
Josep M. Fradera, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
“Constitucionalismo atlântico e ideologia da escravidão: a experiência de Cádiz em perspectiva comparada”
Rafael de Bivar Marquese, Universidade de São Paulo
“Abascal, Cádiz, and Slave Politics in Southwestern New Granada”
Marcela Echeverri, CUNY/College of Staten Island

3. Religion and Society in early modern Iberia (Eaton 203)
Chair/Comment: Timothy J. Schmitz, Wofford College
“Back from the Dead: Señor San Lázaro, Lazarillo de Tormes, and the Valdés Family”
Daniel A. Crews, University of Central Missouri
“Charles V, His bankers, and the Church: Some New Insights into Royal Finance Using GIS Technologies”
Sean T. Perrone, Saint Anselm College
“Religious Discontent in Portugal during the Council of Trent”
Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky


1. The Constitution of Cádiz and the Problem of Slavery II (Eaton 201)
Chair/ Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University
“The World of Early Antislavery: the Black Legend and Spain in the British Imagination”
Caroline Spence, Harvard University
“José Blanco White‟s Bosquejo del comercio en esclavos: Re-Mediating Las Casas as Abolitionist Symbol”
Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge, University of Massachusetts
“In the Shadow of Cádiz? Liberalism, Slavery, and Ideologies of Colonial Development in the Portuguese Atlantic World, c. 1815-1845”
Gabriel Paquette, Johns Hopkins University,
“Slaves to Tyrants: Rhetorical Expressions of Despotism and the Spanish Constitution”
Charles Nicholas Saenz, University of California, San Diego

2. Gender, Religion, Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Eaton 202)
Chair: S. Elizabeth Penry, Fordham University
Comment: A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis
“The Emergence of the Converso and Identity Construction in Late Medieval Spain”
Elizabeth Koza, SUNY New Paltz
“Same Sex and Satan in Early Modern Portugal: Lesbianism, Witchcraft and the Inquisition”
Mark C. Emerson, Sul Ross State University
“Judging the Dead: Wife-murder Cases in Early Modern Spain”
Edward Behrend-Martínez, Appalachian State University

Sheraton Commander Hotel, George Washington Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Professor James Amelang, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, “Spanish History and the Crisis: A View from the Bridge”

Sunday, March 25


3. Problems in Holiness: Making Saints in the Early Modern Spanish World (Mt. Vernon Ballroom)
Chair/Comment: Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington
“Testing the Saints: Relic Authentication in the Early Modern Spanish Mediterranean”
A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis
“New Saints and New Histories: The Influence of the Falsos Cronicones”
Katrina B. Olds, University of San Francisco
“Santa Ifigenia: Origins and Circulation of the Cult of an Ancient Ethiopian Princess in the Early Modern Hispanic World”
Erin Kathleen Rowe, University of Virginia


1. Symbols and Acts (Minuteman Room)
Chair: Chad Leahy, Villanova University
Comment: William Phillips, Jr., University of Minnesota
“Mourning Garments in the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages”
Ana del Campo
“The Circular Courtyard of Charles V‟s Palace in Granada: Architecture as Surrogate for Secular and Religious Authority”
Ellen Dooley, University of Southern California
“Medieval Spanish Travel Accounts as Heritage Resources”
Michael Vargas, SUNY New Paltz
2. New Perspectives on the Inquisition (Mt Vernon Ballroom)
Chair/Comment: Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington
“Writing Recommendation Letters, Making the Mediterranean: Captives and Renegades, 1580-1680”
Daniel Hershenzon, European University Institute
“Fray Luis de León’s Inquisitorial Trial (1572-76) and the Tractatus de Sensibus sacrae Scripturae.”
J. Michael Fulton, Whitworth University
“The Inquisition and the unsuccessful background investigations in the South of Portugal (1730-1760)”
Fernanda Olival, CIDEHUS; Universidade de Évora