Conference: From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires: Spain, Portugal, and the New World, 1250-1700 (September 17-18)

Location: McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

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The Nanovic Institute for European Studies announces an interdisciplinary, international conference on the history and literature of the Iberian empires from the High Middle Ages through the conquest of the New World. Although many scholars have acknowledged similarities between late-medieval Iberia and its colonies in the New World, few have offered precise answers to the questions that arise from these similarities. What is the relationship, for example, between “inquisition” in a medieval context and in the New World? Is it meaningful to compare minority Muslim communities in fifteenth-century Spain to indigenous peoples in the New World? How were the legal and political instruments of late medieval kings foundational for early modern Europe and Latin America? Featuring faculty and graduate student presenters, this conference encourages new ways of approaching the topic, based on the conviction that medievalists, early modernists, and Latin Americanists can make meaningful contributions to each other’s fields.

Featured Presenters

A portion of the proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. The journal is committed to publishing high-quality scholarship in all fields of medieval Iberian studies, including work that addresses Iberia in a transatlantic or Latin American frame. Two editors of the journal, Pablo Pastrana-Pérez of Western Michigan University and Simon Doubleday of Hofstra University, will deliver a presentation about the journal and the future of medieval Iberian studies

On Friday, September 17, the Medieval Institute will host a dinner and reception in honor of Jocelyn Hillgarth, Professor Emeritus of History of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto, in celebration of the acquisition of his personal collection by the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame. During the conference the library’s McDevitt Inquisition collection will be on display and Robin Vose of the University of St. Thomas (Canada) will present new online resources based on the collection.”

Faculty Advisors

  • Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute; Professor of History
  • Felipe Fernández-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History
  • Karen Graubart, Associate Professor of History
  • Sabine MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Professor of Arts and Letters; Professor of History and Classics
  • Dayle Seidenspinner-Núñez, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning, Advancement, Infrastructure, and Special Projects; Professor of Spanish

Conference Committee

  • Chair, John Moscatiello, Ph.D. student in History (medieval Spain)
  • Max Deardorff, Ph.D. student in History (Latin America)
  • Kathleen Kole, Ph.D. student in History (Latin America)
  • Víctor Maqque, Ph.D. student in History (Latin America)
  • Anne McGinness, Ph.D. student in History (Latin America, early modern Portugal)
  • Margaret Ringe, Ph.D. student in History (medieval Spain)
  • Bretton Rodriguez, Ph.D. student in Literature (medieval Spanish and English literature)

Additional support provided by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Graduate School, and the Ph.D. in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame.