Iberian Atlantic Research Seminar Programme 2008-9

Iberian Atlantic Research Seminars and Symposia are open to all staff and students across disciplines. We welcome you warmly.

Negotiating and Imagining Power in the Early Modern Hispanic World

A One-Day Symposium at the School of History, University of Liverpool

The Boardroom, Wednesday, 19 November 2008, 10 – 5pm

This one-day-symposium will interest scholars from a wide range of disciplines within Early Modern and Religious Studies as well as Iberian and Latin-American studies. Speakers will investigate some of the diverse ways in which power was imagined, negotiated and perceived in the early modern Hispanic world and beyond. A particular emphasis will be on the place of religion in early modern Hispanic political debate, conflict and identity. 

  • 10:00  Coffee and Welcome (Arthur West Room)
  • 10:30  Dr. Glyn Redworth (Manchester): ‘Imagining Power:  Holy Relics in the Politics of Early Modern Spain.’
  • 11:30  Dr. Fernando Cervantes (Bristol): ‘Unity in Diversity: the Ties of Religious Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’
  • 12:30  Lunch (Arthur West Room)
  • 14:00  Dr. Harald E. Braun (Liverpool): ‘Bookish Guidance for Pious Kings: Negotiating the Treacherous Waters of Politics in El governador christiano’
  • 15:00  Dr. Alexander Samson (UCL): 'Imagining the Hispanic World in Early Modern England’
  • 16:00 Coffee and Concluding Discussion

 This event is jointly hosted by the Early Modern European Research Group and the Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic and Cultures of Political Counsel Research Clusters at Liverpool. We gratefully acknowledge the support from our sponsors, the School of History, University of Liverpool and the Research Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool.

 If you wish to attend (also indicating whether you would like to join us for lunch and/or dinner), please contact Dr. Harald E. Braun (h.e.braun@liv.ac.uk) or 0151 794 2381.

Past Seminars

Monday, 19 November 2007

Iberian Atlantic Research Seminar, 5pm, Boardroom, School of History

Men, Women, and the Transatlantic Journey: Gender and the Spanish Colonization of Patagonia, 1778-1800. Speaker: Professor Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Allyson Poska will explore the ways in which large scale Atlantic migration transformed the lives and the gender perceptions of early modern Galician men and women. This seminar will appeal to all those interested in peoples and ideas crossing the Atlantic.

Allyson M. Poska is a historian of religion, gender and migration in the Atlantic world. Her many publications include her books 'Regulating the People: The Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Spain' (Brill, 1998) and 'Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia' (OUP, 2006). She is currently working on a project examining the relationship between gender and migration in the early modern Atlantic world. Professor Poska is the author of many articles in peer-reviewed journals and collections. She is the editor of the new Ashgate monograph series on 'Women and Gender in the Early Modern World'.


Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Postgraduate Research Workshop, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Sponsored by AHRC / Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic / The University of Liverpool

Globalisation and the Decolonial Option. Speaker: Professor Walter Mignolo, Duke University

Postgraduate students and faculty will have the opportunity to attend a research workshop led by Professor Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. Professor Mignolo is one of the foremost scholars in the history and theory of globalisation, colonialism, cosmopolitanism and Latin-American studies, and his work is relevant to postgraduates and colleagues in many humanities and social sciences disciplines.


The Second Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic Conference
13-15 September 2007, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Beyond Slavery in the Iberian Atlantic

Keynotes by:

  • Francisco Bethencourt (King's London)
  • Walter Mignolo (Duke)
  • James Sweet (Wisconsin)

Speakers included:

Omar H. Ali (Towson), David Aworawo (Lagos), Margaret Brehony (Galway), Damian Costello, Bob Goodwin, Tobias Green (Birmingham), Tom Harrington (Trinity Dublin), Kirsty Hooper (Liverpool), Evelyn Jennings (Saint Lawrence), José Lingna Nafafé (Birmingham), Christopher Paetzold, Gabriel Paquette (Trinity Cambridge), Anne-Marie Pouchet (Ohio State), William A. Morgan (Texas), Andrew Redden (Bristol), Raquel Ribeiro (Liverpool), Filipa I. Ribero da Silva (Leiden), Linda M. Rupert (UNC Greensboro), Gerhard Seibert (IICT Lisbon), Lisa Surwillo (Stanford), Carmen Ramos Villar (Sheffield), Claire Williams (Liverpool).


Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Iberian Atlantic Research Seminar, 5.30pm, Boardroom, School of History

The Hispanic Baroque. Complexity in the First Atlantic Culture

Professor Juan Luis Suárez, University of Western Ontario

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about and discuss a major international collaborative research project in the history and cultures of the Iberian Atlantic. The Hispanic Baroque project investigates the baroque as a transatlantic cultural system. It draws on the expertise of scholars in the fields of history, literature, anthropology, music, archaeology, philosophy and sociology at leading universities in Canada, the US, Spain, Latin America and the University of Liverpool.


Monday 12 March 2007

Iberian Atlantic Research Seminar, 4pm, SCR (5th floor, Modern Languages Building)

The individual and the afterlife: The notion of immortality in Borges and Unamuno

Mr Gorka Bilbao, PhD Student in the School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies, University of Liverpool

The aim of my research is to investigate the relationship between Jorge Luis Borges and Miguel de Unamuno. Until now, the majority of critics have overlooked the strong influence Unamuno had on Borges in a variety of topics, such as existential doubt, the role of the author, and human beings’ inability to comprehend the universe. It is also my belief that one can garner a deeper understanding of Unamuno’s works by reading Borges’. In this relationship, one of the most important aspects is each writer’s respective view on immortality. While they both subscribe to the same system of beliefs regarding immortality, Unamuno and Borges approach this system from opposite ends of the spectrum. The main focus of this seminar will be to address this issue of immortality and how it is represented in their literature.


Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Iberian Atlantic Research Seminar, 5.30pm, Boardroom, School of History

Making Italian Food in the Atlantic

Professor Donna Gabbacia, Rudolph J. Vecoli Professor of Immigration History, University of Minnesota