Graduate Student Conference: From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires: Spain, Portugal, and the New World, 1250–1700

Location: McKenna Hall

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.

For more information and a complete schedule of events and speakers, visit the conference’s website.