Lecture: "Bible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence” with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 • 12:30PM - 1:30PM • Hesburgh Center C103

The Spanish Monarchy once spanned the world, from Manila to Ceuta, from Benguela to Goa. Was this the universal monarchy Daniel's dreams once prophesied? Seeking to purge the Reformation from our understanding of the past, this lecture reckons with the Old Testament as a formidable cultural force in shaping the early-modern Catholic empire and the multiple and contested understandings of time, space, gender, race, and political power vying within.
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison) is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A Kellogg visiting fellow for the 2014–15 academic year, his research encompasses early modern Atlantic history, history of science and colonialism, history of knowledge, and colonial Spanish and British America.
At Kellogg, Cañizares-Esguerra will work on the book manuscript, “Bible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence,” which explores how the Old Testament shaped the culture of the global Spanish monarchy, impacting understandings of empire, gender, race, and religion. The work seeks to resurrect cultural dimensions of Spanish America that radically challenge many of our assumptions about the colonial legacy.
His award-winning books include Puritan Conquistadors (2006) and Nature, Empire, and Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World (2007), both from Stanford University Press, and The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade (coedited, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). How to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Stanford University Press, 2001) received two American Historical Association awards—the James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Prize for Spanish and Latin American History—and was cited among the best books of the year by The Economist.