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Faculty Scholarship in Focus: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, a Year in Review

Fri, May 25, 2018
Faculty Scholarship in Focus: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, a Year in Review
Left: Prof. Cañizares-Esguerra. Photo by Chloe Ireton. Right: Book jacket, "Encounters," forthcoming from Brill in June 2018.

In addition to producing an impressive array of book publications in 2017-18, Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, delivered ten invited endowed lectures and keynote addresses at international conferences and universities. He also received two distinguished professorships.

The distinguished lecture circuit began in Lisbon, Portugal, and will soon conclude in Santiago, Chile; points in-between include Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, and the U.S. (University of Kentucky, Binghamton University, DePauw University, and University of Notre Dame in Indiana).

  • 2017, Keynote. 4th International Conference Medieval Europe in Motion. Nova University of Lisbon. Portugal.
  • 2017, Social Theory, Annual Spring Lecture. University of Kentucky.
  • 2017, Keynote. "From Resistance to Convergence: Everyday Politics in the Early Modern Portuguese Monarchy" Conference. University of Évora. Portugal.
  • 2017, Invited Distinguished Lecture. “El Archivo Colonial Márgenes y Materialidades” Annual Lecture series. Casa de America. Madrid.
  • 2017-2018, Endowed Shriber Lecturer. Binghamton University. New York.
  • 2018, Keynote. “New World of Knowledge: Lost Footprints of Theory and Critique,” IV Conference of  LAGLOBAL. FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador.
  • 2018, Keynote. Second Undergraduate Conference on Science, Technology, Medicine and Society. DePauw University. Indiana.
  • 2018, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and National Endowment for the Humanities Lecture.  Notre Dame.
  • 2018, Keynote Address. 7th Annual International Conference on Colonial History (VII EIHC) in Natal, Brazil.
  • 2018, Keynote Address. 11th Annual National Conference of Colonial History in Chile, in Santiago de Chile.

The same year, Cañizares-Esguerra was honored with two distinguished faculty appointments, one visiting and another permanent:

  • 2017, Myrle E. and Verle D. Nietzel Visiting Distinguished Faculty. University of Kentucky.
  • 2018, Distinguished Professor. History. FLACSO (Latin American School  of Social Sciences)

In addition, Prof. Cañizares-Esguerra was highly active in the department. He co-convened, along with Prof. Sumit Guha, a symposium on “The Early- Modern Catholic Invention of ‘Oriental’ ‘Religions,’” playing host to five early-modernists from Europe and the U.S. who specialize in Portuguese India. He contributed an in-depth book review to Not Even Past on Professor Kelly Donahue-Wallace’s Jerónimo Antonio Gil and the Idea of the Spanish Enlightenment (University of New Mexico Press, 2017), examining how the life of an artisan who specialized in punchcutting and engraving helps us shed light on “the idea of the Spanish Enlightenment.” Prof. Cañizares-Esguerra continues to promote and contribute to the department's #1-ranked, highly-esteemed Latin American History program.

Looking ahead for 2018, Dr. Cañizares-Esguerra's co-edited volume Encounters Between Jesuits and Protestants in Asia and the Americas is forthcoming from Brill this June. The book includes two of his contributions: “José de Acosta, a Spanish Jesuit–Protestant Author: Print Culture, Contingency, and Deliberate Silence in the Making of the Canon,” and “Jesuit Liminal Spaces and Protestant Modernity.” He has also three articles forthcoming:

  • “Categories as Archives: from Silence to Social Justice” in disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, 26 (2018), forthcoming.
  • “Envoy: Whose Classical Traditions?" Bulletin of Latin American Studies, 37 (2018): 3: 188-193.
  • “Bartolome Inga’s Mining Technologies: Indians, Science, Cyphered Secrecy, and Modernity in the New World." History and Technology (forthcoming).

Read more about Prof. Cañizares-Esguerra's work on his Academia.edu site, and History Faculty profile page.

See also: Not Even Past
has featured Prof. Cañizares-Esguerra’s research on several occasions, including a video interview on Puritan Conquistadors, original essays that dispel the myth that Latin America has no classical tradition, and examine some of the artifacts he uses to teach the history of Latin America in his popular class, "Colonial Latin America Through Objects." as well as a tv series review, and over a half-dozen book reviews.

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