History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "Silencing the Past: Whose Republic and Whose Letters?" by Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, January 28, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 AM

Please note: This event date has changed. Formerly on Feb. 11, it is now taking place on Jan. 28.

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of How to Write the History of the New World (won two book prizes form the AHA and was listed as 2001 book of the year by The Economist, The Independent, and TLS); Puritan Conquistadors (won book award by Southern Historical Association) and Nature, Empire, and Nation (one of the chapters won a prize by the History of Science Society). He  has co-edited, with Erik Seeman, The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000, and, with Jim Sidbury and Matt Childs, The Black Urban Atlantic (forthcoming). He is working on a book entitled Bible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence.

Writes Canizares-Esguerra of the paper, "This  is an essay in which I explore how traditional historiographical categories such as "The Reformation" and "The Republic of Letters" have rendered invisible the complex intellectual history of Hispanic colonial societies. I suggest, for example, that the category of the "Republic of Letters" needs dismantling in light of very different definition of "republic" and "letters" among religious women in charge of the political economy of purgatory, litigant indigenous peoples addressing the king in writing or in person, and priests tapping into Old Testament text to question the legitimacy of colonial rule in the Indies."

Link to Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra's faculty homepage

Dr. Alison Frazier, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Link to Dr. Frazier's faculty profile

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, February 8.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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