History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: “Building an Empire of Knowledge: The Sixteenth Century Spanish Imperial Council of the Indies’ Legislative Hermeneutics from Theology to Archive” by Adrian Masters, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, September 24, 2018 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Beginning in 1524, the Spanish imperial Council of the Indies issued legislation almost entirely in response to subjects’ petitions. Until the 1560s, it interpreted the merits of these petitions mainly through theological and legal considerations. This article explores how, when the Council ceased to be an itinerant institution and settled down in 1561, it began to accumulate an archive of legislation and petitions which enabled it to cross-check subjects’ dubious factual claims.

Adrian Masters received his Ph.D. in Atlantic History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. His regional and chronological focus is the sixteenth century Spanish Empire, and his research interests include: state formation, the origins of imperial legislation, the emergence of 'racial' categories, and the power of politically marginal groups (including women and Indians) to shape the Empire from below. He has published in the Hispanic American Historical Review, and has a book contract with Harvard University Press for a monograph he is co-authoring with Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Masters has received a Fulbright-García Robles Student Grant, a Geraldnie Styles Recruitment Fellowship, a UT Austin Continuing Fellowship, as well as other awards from Harvard and the John Carter Brown Library. He is an IHS Fellow this year.

Read more about Dr. Masters and his work at:

Miriam Bodian
Professor of History, and
Director, Institute for Historical Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m., Friday, Sep. 21.

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

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