History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: “The Devil’s Rodeo: The Logistics of the Spanish Imperial Petitioning System” by Adrian Masters, University of Texas at Austin (New Work in Progress Series)

Tue, March 27, 2018 | GAR 4.100

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The sixteenth century Spanish Empire was a logistical nightmare - how could vassals maintain contacts with the Crown across vast oceans, mountains, rivers, and deserts? This paper looks at legal communications as material objects, explaining how Indian relay runners, Afro-descendant boatmen, Spanish couriers, sovereign Mapuches, British pirates, and countless others sought to either overcome or destroy the New World's paper bonds to Europe.

Adrian Masters is a seventh-year graduate student at UT Austin's Department of History. His dissertation explores the petition-and-response system in the sixteenth century Spanish Empire's Council of the Indies. He shows that any vassal - Indian leaders and laborers, enslaved men and women, free Afro-descendants, and others could propose the Empire's legislation, including racial laws. His research has taken him to Mexico, Quito, Peru, Argentina, Vatican City, Spain, Providence, New York, and Texas, thanks to funding from the History Department, the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, the College of Liberal Arts, LLILAS, Harvard, and Cambridge. He will be publishing an article in the Hispanic American Historical Review in August, and is currently co-authoring a monograph with Professor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra,Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History,  (Harvard University Press, 2018) tentatively entitled The Radical Spanish Empire.

Read more about Adrian Masters and his work at:

Susan Deans-Smith
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Chair and Coordinator, New Work in Progress Series:
Eyal Weinberg
Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to sign-up to attend and received the pre-circulated paper. Refreshments provided.

View the complete New Work in Progress Series for 2017-2018:

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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