Author Archives: Jodi Campbell

About Jodi Campbell

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, TCU

The Art of Power: Habsburg Women in the Renaissance

Special exhibition, 14th June to 7th October 2018 daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The large-scale special exhibition in summer 2018 at Ambras Castle Innsbruck focuses on three remarkable Renaissance women, rulers and collectors of the House of Habsburg engaged in the arts: Margaret of Austria, Mary of Hungary, and Catherine of Austria. For the first time in an exhibition, not only by the Kunsthistorisches Museum but generally, a comparative analysis of courtly female patronage will be undertaken.

This high-calibre exhibition presents some one hundred works from important European collections, including objects from Ambras Castle, Innsbruck and outstanding pieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.

This major special exhibition is curated by Dagmar Eichberger and Annemarie Jordan Gschwend and will be accompanied by a catalogue in German/English.

For more information: www.schlossambras-innsbruck.at

CFP: Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource?

Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource? Transmission, Reception, and Interaction of Global and Local Knowledge between Europe and the Americas, 1492-1800 (texto en español a continuación)

September 10-11, 2018 in Tuebingen, Germany

Since antiquity, knowledge has often been juxtaposed with opinion. Whereas opinion referred to subjective perceptions and viewpoints, knowledge was intended to represent objective and verifiable propositions. On this view, knowledge per se had a universal dimension in that it pretended to be approvable through the reason of everyone, everywhere. This universal aspect of the occidental concept of knowledge stands in marked contrast to cultures of local knowledge, where the generation of knowledge was dependent on specific times and places.

One such example is the validity of indigenous knowledge contested by Europeans and likewise, indigenous challenges to European knowledge. Based on religious, linguistic, demographic, and cultural disparities, knowledge operative in one context was adapted, manipulated, reframed, or dismissed, as spurious or heretical in another framework. Focusing on the early modern period, this multidisciplinary workshop will focus on specific examples of global and local knowledge transmission, reception, and interaction between Europe and the Americas, including the Canary Islands and the Philippines. Among the broad range of possible topics and textual/pictorial/material sources are bi-lingual and pictorial catechisms, archive inventories, European natural histories, maps, commodity money, sources on indigenous medicine and nutrition, child-specific knowledge, and climate and the environment.

We also encourage comparative perspectives on the knowledge dynamics and policies in the territories dominated by the Spanish and the Portuguese, such as from the English, French, Dutch and Nordic (e.g. Russian, Danish, Swedish) colonies in the Caribbean, North America, and the Guianas. In addition, ways in which indigenous knowledge was preserved or included in archives, libraries or manuals allows for further angles of inquiry. Last, historiographical discussions on ‘indigenous knowledge’ will examine to what extent the concept was manifested in early modern societies, or whether the concept is exclusively a modern analytical tool.

Possible thematic questions:
• In which ways was local knowledge a fragile resource?
• When and how was local knowledge valued; when was it contested?
• How were European epistemologies challenged by indigenous knowledge?
• Can we reconstruct assumptions of global knowledge by Meso- and South American empires?
• To what extent did indigenous groups manipulate information fed to European conquerors, missionaries, traders, and settlers?
• Which material objects were integral to local knowledge?
• How did creole and mestizo Americans mediate between European and indigenous knowledge?
• How do archives in the Americas reflect the circulation and transmission of information between Europe and the wider world? In which ways was information sorted out?

Organizers: Laura Dierksmeier (laura.dierksmeier@uni-tuebingen.de), Fabian Fechner (fabian.fechner@fernuni-hagen.de), Kazuhisa Takeda (ktakeda@meiji.ac.jp)

Submission: Historians, linguists, archeologists, art historians, ethnologists and anthropologists of the Americas are cordially invited to submit an abstract of 250 words in English or Spanish with a narrative C.V. of 100 words to fabian.fechner@fernuni-hagen.de for a presentation (in English or Spanish) of 15 minutes.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018

Notification Deadline: April 15, 2018

Workshop Dates: September 10 – 11, 2018

Location: University of Tuebingen in the medieval town of Tuebingen, Germany
Closest airport: Stuttgart (33 km / 20 miles); Trains from Frankfurt am Main airport (221 km / 137 miles / 2-hour high speed train) and Munich airport (249 km / 154 miles / 4 hours) also possible.

Included: Workshop fees and catering will be covered for all accepted participants through the generous funding of the German Research Council (DFG) and the research group: SFB1070 “Resource Cultures.”

Travel Grants: Very limited funds are available to assist participants who otherwise could not attend. Please contact Laura Dierksmeier for further information.

¿Conocimientos indígenas como un recurso? Transmisión, recepción e interacción del conocimiento global y local entre Europa y las Américas, 1492-1800

10-11 de septiembre de 2018 en Tubinga, Alemania

Desde la antigüedad, el conocimiento a menudo se ha yuxtapuesto con la opinión. Aunque la opinión se refería a percepciones y puntos de vista subjetivos, el conocimiento tenía la intención de representar proposiciones objetivas y verificables. En esta vista, conocimiento per se tenía una dimensión universal en el sentido de que pretendía ser aprobada por la razón de todos, en todas partes. Este aspecto universal del concepto occidental de conocimiento contrasta notablemente con las culturas de conocimiento local, donde la generación de conocimiento dependía de tiempos y lugares específicos.

Un ejemplo de ello es la validez del conocimiento indígena impugnado por los europeos y, asimismo, los desafíos indígenas al conocimiento europeo. Con base en disparidades religiosas, lingüísticas, demográficas y culturales, el conocimiento operativo en un contexto fue adaptado, manipulado, reformulado o descartado, como falso o herético en otro marco. Centrándose en el período colonial, este taller multidisciplinario se centrará en ejemplos específicos de transmisión, recepción e interacción del conocimiento global y local entre Europa y las Américas, incluidas las Islas Canarias y Filipinas. Entre la amplia gama de temas posibles y fuentes textuales/pictóricas/materiales se encuentran los catecismos bilingües y pictóricos, los inventarios de archivos, las historias naturales europeas, los mapas, dinero-mercancía y las fuentes sobre medicina y nutrición indígena, conocimiento específico de niños, así como el clima y el medio ambiente.

También fomentamos perspectivas comparativas sobre las dinámicas y políticas de conocimiento en los territorios dominados por los españoles y portugueses, como las colonias inglesas, francesas, holandesas y nórdicas (por ejemplo, rusa, danesa, sueca) en el Caribe, América del Norte y las Guayanas. Además, las formas en que el conocimiento indígena se conservaba o se incluía en los archivos, bibliotecas o manuales permite nuevos ángulos de investigación. Por último, las discusiones historiográficas sobre el “conocimiento indígena” examinarán en qué medida el concepto se manifestó en las sociedades de la época o si el concepto es exclusivamente una herramienta analítica moderna.

Posibles preguntas temáticas:
• ¿De qué maneras fue el conocimiento local un recurso frágil?
• ¿Cuándo y cómo se valoró el conocimiento local y cuándo fue disputado?
• ¿Cómo fueron desafiadas las epistemologías europeas por el conocimiento indígena?
• ¿Podemos reconstruir los supuestos del conocimiento global por los imperios mesoamericano y sudamericano?
• ¿En qué medida manipularon los grupos indígenas la información alimentada a los conquistadores, misioneros, comerciantes y colonos europeos?
• ¿Qué objetos materiales fueron esenciales para el conocimiento local?
• ¿Cómo median los criollos y mestizos entre el conocimiento europeo y el indígena?
• ¿Cómo reflejan los archivos en las Américas la circulación y transmisión de información entre Europa y el resto del mundo? ¿De qué maneras se clasificó la información?

Organizadores: Laura Dierksmeier (Universität Tübingen, laura.dierksmeier@uni-tuebingen.de), Fabian Fechner (FernUniversität Hagen, Alemania, fabian.fechner@fernuni-hagen.de), Kazuhisa Takeda (Universidad de Meiji, Japón, ktakeda@meiji.ac.jp)

Presentación: los historiadores, lingüistas, arqueólogos, historiadores del arte, etnólogos y antropólogos de las Américas están cordialmente invitados a enviar un resumen de 250 palabras en inglés o español con un CV narrativo de 100 palabras a fabian.fechner@fernuni-hagen.de para una presentación (en inglés o español) de 15 minutos.

Fecha límite de presentación: 1 de marzo de 2018

Fecha límite de notificación: 15 de abril de 2018

Fechas del taller: 10 – 11 de septiembre de 2018

Ubicación: Universidad de Tubinga en la ciudad medieval de Tubinga (Tübingen), Alemania. Aeropuerto más cercano: Stuttgart (33 km / 20 millas); trenes del aeropuerto de Fráncfort del Meno (221 km / 137 millas / 2 horas en tren de alta velocidad) y del aeropuerto de Múnich (249 km / 154 millas / 4 horas en tren) también posibles.

Incluido: las tarifas de los talleres y la restauración se cubrirán para todos los participantes aceptados a través de la generosa financiación del Fundación Alemana para la Investigación Científica (DFG) y el grupo de investigación: SFB1070 “Resource Cultures.”

Subvenciones para viajes: fondos muy limitados están disponibles para ayudar a los participantes que de otro modo no puedan asistir. Póngase en contacto con Laura Dierksmeier para más información.

Roundtable on Catalan Nationalism

In light of recent events in Spain, the ASPHS leadership and conference organizers are seeking discussants for a roundtable exploration of Catalan nationalism at the 49th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. This roundtable will be held on Saturday April 7th 2018. Participants should anticipate offering 10-15 minutes of commentary on relevant historical aspects of Catalan nationalism, including the referendum and its international implications. The General Secretary, Sandie Holguín, will act as moderator. Roundtable participants must be members of the ASPHS. Please submit a 250-word abstract and short c.v. to sholguin@ou.edu by the conference’s panel deadline of December 4, 2017.

Visitorships, Institute for Advanced Study

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Princeton. Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019.  The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.   Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required.  Further information can be found in the announcement on the web athttps://www.hs.ias.edu/mem_announcement, or on the School’s web site, www.hs.ias.edu.  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu).  Deadline: November 1 2017.

CFP: New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.  

CFP: Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies

The Association will hold its 39th Conference, organised jointly by the University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham, from 4 to 6 September 2017. The conference will take place at the University of East Anglia.

You are cordially invited to offer a paper, panel, or workshop presentation. Proposals for individual papers as well as panels on specific themes (max. four papers per panel) are encouraged. Any proposed panel should be organised by one convenor who will be responsible for inviting the speakers and chairing the session.

See the ACIS website for more information.

CFP: Links Between Spain and North America

Third International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America: Hispanic Roots and Heritage Yesterday and Today. Extended deadline for proposals: January 23, 2017.

The presence of Hispanic culture in America is an intrinsic part of the true identity of the American people from their roots. America is Hispanic, it is European, it is African, it is Asian and that is what make it America. These roots take us on a trip back and forth from medieval Spain, crossing the ocean carrying conquistadors, crosses, language and culture to the New World and returning after the nineteenth century in science, technology, culture, democracy and English; thanks to this reciprocal influence born of the same tree. Hispanic America makes us aware of a common past, of belonging to the same group joined by two languages and also a shared historical destiny.

The Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá, the City College of New York – Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Instituto Cervantes de New York, join for the third year in organizing this conference through this call for papers in different disciplines and areas of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the historical links between Spain and North America.

The primary aim of the conference is to provide a meeting place for academics and professionals with an interest in other disciplines related to this subject as well as to interact with other members within and outside their own disciplines in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information and a link to submit proposals, click here.

Spagna contemporanea’s 25th anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, in the spring of 1992, the first issue of “Spagna contemporanea” – the first and only Italian journal devoted to Spanish history – came to press. Of perhaps more lasting significance, the project was also eagerly embraced by one of Torino’s most prestigious cultural institutions, the Istituto di Studi Storici Gaetano Salvemini, with the journal becoming the voice of the Istituto’s newly founded Spanish studies section.

The mission of the project was to publish a bi-annual journal on what we might call late modern and contemporary Spanish history and culture, covering roughly the period from 1750 to today. It began with two guiding principles: a journal planned and written in Italy, on the Spanish history of the last two and a half centuries, could be neither just another Italian historical journal, nor a Hispanic studies publication among others.

“Spagna contemporanea” was thus envisioned as a publication-conduit that could help identify interlocutors across diverse academic, disciplinary and geographical fields. In so doing, the Journal implicitly employed the comparative approach in establishing a connection between the historical processes in the two countries rather than between individual events, thereby contributing to the increase of the scientific and cultural relationships and to the strengthening of personal ties between scholars of both Spain and Italy.

The Journal deals with Spanish contemporary history in a very broad sense, including every aspect of civilization (culture, literature, cinema, social and political problems, etc.), so we are not strictly bound to a limited view of Spain or “historical” fields. Additionally, we were, if not the first the first historical journal, then one of the first Humanities journals in Italy to adopt double-blind peer reviewing of our texts.

“Spagna contemporanea” thus set a standard common elsewhere and recently garnering the top classification (“A”) by the Ministry of Education’s Commission for the Contemporary History Journals. A few days ago we published our 50th issue, with articles and essays on every aspect of contemporary Spanish history and society. While we give voice mainly to Italian and Spanish scholars (about 50% of every issue is in Spanish), the publication does also provide a forum for scholars from other countries (France, UK, Germany, USA etc.) engaged in Spanish studies.

The Journal has also fostered more direct international scholarly exchanges among hispanist historians. Since the year 2000 the Journal has organized a series of international historical conferences, many of whose proceedings have been published. In 2014, the Journal hosted the ASPHS’s annual conference in Modena, with the as yet unsurpassed record of 120 panels for 427 participants from all over the world.

Even as this important anniversary prompts us to reflect upon our past, we continue to look forward, and an important piece of news about the future of the Journal that may be especially interesting for ASPHS members is that, as of issue 51 the Journal will now accept submissions in English, which shall be judged and eventually published according to our standing double-blind referee system.

In this way we hope to increase the Journal’s accessibility and the exchange of scientific knowledge about Spanish history on both sides of the Atlantic – hopefully to deepen the already existing good relationships between historians located in very distant places. We may perhaps differ in our respective approaches to the subject, and in the treatment of the matter, but we remain eager to widen the boundaries of our shared knowledge.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Confined Women

Chapter proposals are invited for a forthcoming book titled Confined Women: Emparedadas, Malcasadas and the Walls of Female Space in Inquisitorial Spain. The book will focus on the mechanisms of control that women faced in early modern Spain and the different ways that they were venerated through literary, historical, and visual texts. Chapters of 6,000–8,000 words will explore questions such as: how did literary and historical figures become closed-in and monitored?  How did contemporary women interact with ideals of the “virtuous woman” or the “perfect wife”? Conversely, how were figures punished and labelled as subversive and of need of reform? Who were figures that interrupted narratives of virtuosity and of contemporary gendered morality usually determined by men (Juan Luis Vives, Fray Luis de León, Fray Martín de Talavera and Martín Carillo)? Likewise, we look to unveil narratives of voluntary immurement, typically carried out by excessively devout religious women or beatas, but also viewed as a means of escape from an overzealous patriarchy. Some of the themes and authors touched upon in the volume include Cervantes’s portrayal of jealous men and the women they control by means of enclosure, María de Zayas y Sotomayor’s condemnation of an overzealous patriarchy and the popularity and repetition of oral poems of immurement such as La oración de la emparedada.

Contributors are invited to submit a 250 to 300-word chapter proposal for consideration to the editors, Emily Colbert Cairns (emily.colbertcairns@salve.edu) and Brian M. Phillips (brian.m.phillips@jsums.edu). The deadline to receive the proposal is 10 December 2016. Authors of chapter proposals will be notified no later than 10 January 2017, and if accepted a first version of the chapter should be submitted by late April to mid-May of 2017.

CFP: “La internacionalización de España”

En relación con el próximo Congreso “La España actual: cuarenta años de historia (1976-2016)” de la Asociación de Historia Actual y la Asociación de Historiadores del Presente, que se celebrará en Cádiz del 10 al 12 de mayo de 2017, os invitamos a presentar propuestas de comunicación para la mesa que coordinamos sobre “La internacionalización de España (1976-2016): actores y redes transnacionales”.

Las propuestas deberán enviarse por email antes del 15 de enero de 2017, simultáneamente, a los coordinadores de la mesa (carlos.sanz@ghis.ucm.es y clopezgo@nebrija.com)y a la organización (geha@uca.es), indicando el nombre, filiación y direcciones de contacto (postal y electrónica) de los comunicantes, así como un breve resumen de las mismas (300 palabras).