If you wish to attend (also indicating whether you would like to join us for lunch and/or dinner), please contact Dr. Harald E. Braun (firstname.lastname@example.org) or +44 151 7942381.
Harald Braun is Lecturer in European History at the University of Liverpool. He is a historian of political thought with a particular interest in late medieval and early modern Spain and the Americas. He is the author of Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought (Ashgate, 2007) and co-edited (with Edward Vallance) Contexts of Conscience in the Early Modern World (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004). He is currently co-editing special issues on The Renaissance Conscience (for Renaissance Studies) and on the Atlantic as a conceptual framework for the interdisciplinary study of the Iberian world.
Fernando Cervantes is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Bristol. He specialises in the intellectual, cultural and religious history of early modern Spain and Spanish America. He is the author of The Devil in the New World: the Impact of Diabolism in New Spain (1994) and co-editor of Spiritual Encounters: Interactions between Christianity and Native Religions in Colonial America (1999). With Andrew Redden he is currently completing The Celestial and the Fallen: Angels and Demons in the Hispanic World and, as co-editor, Angels, Demons and the New World.
Glyn Redworth read history at Cambridge and took a doctorate in Tudor history at Oxford. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, and is currently the holder of the British-Hispanic Foundation Chair at the Complutense University in Madrid. Among his publications are The Prince and the Infanta: The Cultural Politics of the Spanish Match and, in September 2008, The She-Apostle: The extraordinary Life and Death of Luisa de Carvajal, published by Oxford University Press.
Alexander Samson lectures in Spanish Golden Age literature, culture and history and is the editor of a volume on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles's Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), as well as publishing articles on among other topics the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in 16th century Spain, Lope de Vega, firearms, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Cervantes. He has just co-edited A Companion to Lope de Vega for Tamesis and his first book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553-1557 is due later this year. His research interests include intercultural relations and translation between Spain and England from 1500 to 1640, European festival texts, Cervantes, the Habsburg empire under Charles V, and New World prose narrative.
This one-day-symposium will interest scholars from a wide range of disciplines within Early Modern and Religious Studies as well as Iberian and Latin-American studies. Speakers will investigate some of the diverse ways in which power was imagined, negotiated and perceived in the early modern Hispanic world and beyond. A particular emphasis will be on the place of religion in early modern Hispanic political debate, conflict and identity.10:00: Coffee and Welcome (Arthur West Room)10:30: Dr. Glyn Redworth (Manchester): «Imagining Power: Holy Relics in the Politics of Early Modern Spain».11:30: Dr. Fernando Cervantes (Bristol): «Unity in Diversity: the Ties of Religious Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World».12:30: Lunch (Arthur West Room)14:00: Dr. Harald E. Braun (Liverpool): «Bookish Guidance for Pious Kings: Negotiating the Treacherous Waters of Politics in El governador christiano».15:00: Dr. Alexander Samson (UCL): «Imagining the Hispanic World in Early Modern England».16:00 Coffee and Concluding DiscussionThis event is jointly hosted by the Early Modern European Research Group and the Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic and Cultures of Political Counsel Research Clusters at Liverpool. We gratefully acknowledge the support from our sponsors, the School of History, University of Liverpool and the Research Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool.