Iberian History Seminar: Term Card Released for Hilary Term 2023!

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The convenors of the Iberian History Seminar are pleased to announce the term card for Hilary Term 2023. The programme reflects the seminar's aim to range widely across the premodern history of the Iberian peninsula and beyond, with world-leading scholars and talented early career researchers presenting and discussing cutting-edge research.


The seminar will meet every fortnight. A fantastic set of Iberian historians will come in succession this term. We will begin in Week 2 with the world-leading historian Nancy van Deusen (Queen's University) who will comment on her current research on the early modern archive of indigenous slavery. The meeting will consist of an informal conversation with the participants, who will have the chance to ask questions to Nancy as well as to speak about their own research and the extent to which it entails a reflection upon the early modern archive as historical subject. In Week 4, the literary scholar and acclaimed author Edward Wilson-Lee (University of Cambridge) will reflect on how to turn Iberian history in a subject for the general readership. The following meeting will focus on a Portuguese inquisitorial trial for witchcraft, which Alexandra Cook (University of Durham) will carefully explore from a material culture point of view in order to reconstruct the meanings of evidence when it comes to west African objects in early modern Europe. The series will conclude in Week 8 with the internationally renowned scholar Joan Pau Rubiés (ICREA & Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) who will offer a comparative exercise on the circulation of the chronicles of conquest in the sixteenth century as opposed to how we read them today.