As one possible horizon for our conversation, Hussein Fancy’s rereading of the notion of convivencia dislodges it from the binary academic discourse into which it has become locked since the bitter debates between Américo Castro and Claudio Sánchez-Albornoz over Spain’s identity in relation to its medieval Iberian past.
Citizens have the right to form associations freely and without authorization for those ends that are not forbidden by criminal law.
Over the past six years or so, several initiatives have sought to expand the reach of the Antimafia criminal justice project beyond the strictly-defined realm of criminal organizations of the mafia type.
“O my friends, there is no friend.”((Derrida uses this aphorism misattributed to Aristotle by Montaigne. See Jacques Derrida, Politics of Friendship, trans.
(With apologies to friendship, which I will studiously ignore)
Nineteenth-century Europe served as the breeding ground of nationalism in a way that has profoundly shaped our world since.
Repetition of inquiry is useless where there is lack of information…What can be said when a conspiracy of silence is the only response to inquiry?
Manuel Álvares, Etiópia Menor, c.
Born of nineteenth-century nationalist projects, colonial Latin American studies long focused on identifying proto-national subjects and aesthetics to help establish a historical lineage for Latin American national identities.
One of the documents I have been pouring over the past seven years tells of a plot in 1612 by Mexico’s black population to kill all male Spaniards, rape the young, beautiful women, and enslave the native population.
In this position paper, rather than highlighting new corpuses of study or discussing my own particular research, I want to make a more global argument about the position of interdisciplinary fields within today’s academy and open up a discussion about what Mediterranean studies, Iberian Studies, and early modern Hispanism might look like as a set of truly collaborative, intersecting fields.
My research agenda explores the agency, subjectivity, and performance of Black diasporic identities in early modern Iberia (Portugal, Spain, and Valencia) and the Ibero-Atlantic world.