Author Archives: Silvia Z. Mitchell

About Silvia Z. Mitchell

Silvia Z. Mitchell specializes in early modern European history with a particular focus on the history of the Spanish Monarchy in the later seventeenth century (1665–1700) from national and international perspectives. Fascinated by queenship as a history of female political power and the influence of royal courts on political, cultural, and diplomatic history, Mitchell emphasizes the role of women of the royal House of Habsburg in shaping European international politics.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers


April 17, 2020—Department of History, Purdue University,
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Ibero-Dutch Entanglements in the Seventeenth Century: Conflict and Collaboration in Global Perspective

Ibero-Dutch entanglements during the seventeenth century are critical to understand regional histories in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and Southeast Asia. The political, military, and commercial conflicts among Spain, Portugal, and the United Provinces in the late sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries have been well studied, including the intricacies of the Iberian Union (1580) and the way the Dutch Revolt (1568) against the Spanish Habsburgs extended overseas. While historians have examined these dynamics, they have paid less attention to the military, commercial, and diplomatic shifts that took place in the middle decades of the seventeenth century. At the center of this change was the end of the Iberian Union—a process that began in 1640 with the establishment of the Braganza dynasty in Portugal and ended in 1668, with Spain’s recognition of Portugal’s independence. This event brought significant changes in trans-imperial and inter-imperial dynamics. In 1648, Spain also recognized the United Provinces’ independence, gradually transforming Spanish-Dutch rivalry into a type of diplomatic and military collaboration that would have been unthinkable in the first half of the century. At the same time, Portugal ended the United Provinces’ temporary rule of Brazil (1630-1654) and regained its prized possession. The Portuguese victory over the Dutch further altered the diplomatic and political contours of their metropoles and overseas colonies. Entanglements between the Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch Empires thus contributed to major geopolitical shifts in the various geographic regions in which they operated.

We are seeking papers that explore different aspects of these shifting Ibero-Dutch relations in the seventeenth century. While political events serve as a breaking point, we are interested in papers that tease out transitions, transformations, and collaboration. In addition, we invite papers that consider the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and Southeast Asia or the connections between these regions.

The closing remarks will be delivered by Professor Wim Klooster, author of the award-winning monograph, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World (Cornell University Press, 2016).

Topics for the one-day symposium may include but are not limited to:

Cultural and political diplomacy
War: military and naval conflicts
Finance and sovereignty
Religion and prophecy
Women and empire
Slave labor and captivity
Indigenous perspectives
Legal and illegal trade
Privateering and piracy
Knowledge and governance
Law and legal narratives
Migration and settlement

Submit abstracts with a short CV to Silvia Z. Mitchell and Erica Heinsen-Roach and to no later than October 1, 2019. Abstracts should be approximately 500 words with a clear statement of the paper’s relationship to the general themes of the symposium, sources, and chronological and geographic scope.

Purdue University Position Announcement, Head, History Department

HEAD, Department of History

We welcome applications for the position of Head of the Department of History at Purdue University at the level of tenured full professor. Field of specialization is open.

Purdue University is a leading research-intensive public university ( with a land grant mission and a strong international reputation. The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue ( includes ten academic units across the social sciences, humanities and arts. The Department of History is well-positioned at Purdue with four named chairs, 30 award-winning faculty, a robust graduate program and undergraduate History Honors program, as well as over 125 majors and minors and 156 course offerings. The department is a leader in interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the broader university campus with multiple faculty members serving as directors of these programs. (

The Department of History also supports and promotes the College of Liberal Arts’ innovative program for all Purdue undergraduates, Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts. Faculty in the History Department regularly teach in Cornerstone’s first-year sequence for incoming students, Transformative Texts I and II. For more information on Cornerstone, please see,

The Head of the Department of History has leadership responsibility for the entire unit, including recruiting and retaining departmental personnel, overseeing the process of promotion and tenure, allocating the budget, and representing the department to the Office of the Dean and the council of department heads. The Head regularly teaches a course in his/her field of specialization. The Head is appointed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and reports to the Dean. The 12-month appointment begins on July 1, 2019, is initially for five years, and is renewable.

QUALIFICATIONS: an earned doctorate in history, with the area of specialization open; a distinguished scholarly record; evidence of excellent teaching; faculty experience in a program granting advanced degrees; qualifications for appointment at the rank of full professor; leadership ability, as well as prior administrative experience.

SALARY: competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should electronically submit a letter of application indicating relevant experience and qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of administrative philosophy, and three letters of reference to:

Professor Jennifer William
Chair of the History Head Search Committee
Questions: Please contact Kristen Hunt at

Purdue University’s Department of History is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2018, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Special Journal Issue, “The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)”


The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)

Special Journal Issue—The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies

Despite a growing body of revisionist literature on the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700), his court remains one of the lesser known of the Habsburg period. Carlos II’s court, however, holds major allure for scholars. The court’s organization and its ceremonies were adapted to the needs of a child-king thus becoming a testing ground for existing etiquette traditions and institutional development. The presence of three queens—Carlos’s mother and regent during his minority, Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), and his two consorts, Marie Louise of Orleans (r. 1679-1689) and Mariana of Neuburg (r. 1690-1700)—stimulated the production of art, festivals, royal entries, theater, literature, and music. Several important administrative measures associated with the reign and its political circumstances are of particular interest for court studies specialists. For example, women—queens, aristocrats, ambassadresses, and nuns—played a preeminent role in court politics. Most importantly, the court of Carlos II became a hub of international diplomacy during his minority and the rest of the reign, particularly in the waning decades of the seventeenth century when the question of the Spanish succession dominated European affairs.

This special journal issue will showcase research on the court of Carlos II from cultural, gender, political, and diplomatic perspectives in order to further advance revisionist scholarship of the reign and deepen understandings of the Spanish Habsburg court from longue durée perspectives. Topics for articles may include:

1. Royal entries, festivities, travels, and processions during Carlos II’s reign
2. Literary and performing arts
3. Scientific and mathematical knowledge
4. The function of satellite courts and other centers of influence
5. Practice and representations of kingship in ceremonies, festivals, or royal portraiture
6. The politics of court fashion
7. The roles of women at court
8. Diplomatic practices at court

For essays (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication please submit by December 15, 2017.

Contributors are encouraged to contact the editors prior to submitting full articles. For this and additional queries, contact Jonathan Spangler, general editor,, and Silvia Z. Mitchell, guest editor,