Apr 5, 2024, 9:00 am5:00 pm
East Pyne 010


Event Description

See tentative schedule below

The early modern Spanish Pacific is the space located in Southeast and East Asia that the Spanish Crown and her subjects imagined as a transpacific extension of Spain’s empire in the Americas, a region that included the Philippines and the Marianas, where Spain effectively established itself as a colonial power, but also parts of China, Japan, and the Moluccas that Spain mapped as part of the hemisphere assigned to it by the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas. This imaginary was fueled by the project of evangelization that translated into the imposition of Spanish moral codes and laws in officially conquered territories, such as the Philippines, and into differing levels of cultural and religious accommodation in unconquerable areas such as China and Japan.

This one-day workshop is titled The Word and the Sword: Early Modern Spanish Pacific Studies and its Challenges, Opportunities, and Outlook will bring together fifteen scholars, emerging and more established, who have been shaping the field of early modern Spanish Pacific studies in the Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States. The main purpose of the workshop is to expose scholars from all stages and from a diverse range of disciplines to concrete ways in which they can intervene and advance this field of research at the intersection of Latin American studies, Early Modern Studies, Philippine Studies, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies.

With this objective in mind, rather than showcasing individual papers, the event will be focused on the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, and the outlook afforded in this interdisciplinary field. We will have four roundtable panels, each composed by a Princeton moderator and four invited panelists. Each panelist will have 10 minutes to address the topic of the roundtable after which we will move to a discussion with the attendees.

Preliminary Schedule

9:00-9:15: Welcome

9:15-10:45am -- Roundtable 1: Situating the Philippines in Early Modern Iberian Studies.

Moderator: Cloe Cavero de Carondelet

  • David R. M. Irving --Research Professor at the ICREA & Institució Milà i Fontanals de Recerca en Humanitats (IMF), CSIC
  • Giuseppe Marino – Ramón y Cajal Fellow at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • David Salomoni –Assistant Professor at the University for Foreigners of Siena
  • Jean-Noël Sánchez –Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures of the University Strasbourg, France

10:45-11:00: Coffee break

11:00am-12:30pm -- Roundtable 2: Situating the Philippines in Colonial Latin American Studies.

Moderator: David Rivera Mosquera

  • Natalie Cobo – DPhil Student in History, Oxford University
  • Diego Javier Luis – Assistant Professor of History, Tufts University
  • Ricardo Padrón—Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00pm -- Roundtable 3: Situating Europe and Colonial Latin America in Philippine Studies.

Moderator: Clariza Macaspac

  • Jodi Blanco – Professor of Literature, UC San Diego
  • Ernest Hartwell – Assistant Professor of Spanish, Western Washington University
  • Jorge Mojarro – Professor of Literature and Humanities, University of Santo Tomás
  • Marlon Sales – Associate Professor of European Languages, University of the Philippines

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00pm -- Roundtable 4: At the Juncture of Spanish Pacific Studies and East Asian Studies.

Moderator: You-Jin Kim

  • Guillaume Gaudin – Professor of History, Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès
  • Yangyou Fang— Princeton Latin American Studies Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Spanish and Portuguese
  • Noemí Martín Santo – Assistant Professor of Spanish, Central Connecticut State University
  • Guillermo Ruiz Stovel – Postdoctoral Researcher, KU Leuven

6:00-9:00: Dinner for participants and invited guests - RSVP required by April 2 

  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Program in Latin American Studies
  • East Asian Studies Program
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Center for Cultural Society and Religion

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