University of Warwick: Spanish America in the Eighteenth Century

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 16, 2011

Spanish America in the Early 18th Century: New Perspectives on a Forgotten Era
University of Warwick, Coventry, 15-16 April 2011

A day and a half workshop, to take place at the University of Warwick on 15 and 16 April 2011, will bring together a group of scholars working on Spanish America during the first half of the eighteenth century from different disciplines and perspectives. Until recently, the years between the accession of the house of Bourbon to the Spanish throne in 1700 and the coronation of Charles III in 1759 had failed to attract the interest of scholars of the Spanish world in the way that the latter part of the century had. Over the past few years, however, a growing number of scholars have begun to explore the early Bourbon period from innovative perspectives challenging the traditional view of the period as a largely inconsequential sequel to the later years of Habsburg rule. The workshop is an opportunity for a new generation of scholars, and for those well established academics that spearheaded these new developments, to talk about the directions in which research is moving and to discuss what the period looks like from our different perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on discussing the different ways in which the Bourbon succession, international competition over access to Spanish American resources, and war affected the region in the short and medium term. Participants include Rebecca Earle (Warwick), Allan Kuethe (Texas Tech), Anthony McFarlane (Warwick), Adrian Pearce (KCL), Christoph Rosenmuller (MTSU), Nuria Sala (Girona), Christopher Storrs (Dundee). Conference fee £20 (£12 for graduate students/unwaged). For further details please visit the conference website.