Iberian Studies

Iberian Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of Iberia about their new books

Ariel Mae Lambe, "No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War" (UNC Press, 2019)

February 25, 2024

No Barrier Can Contain It

Ariel Mae Lambe
Hosted by Rachel Newman

Ariel Mae Lambe’s new book No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) is a hist…

Diego Javier Luis, "The First Asians in the Americas: A Transpacific History" (Harvard UP, 2024)

February 15, 2024

The First Asians in the Americas

Diego Javier Luis
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

There’s a popular folk hero in Puebla, Mexico—Catarina de San Juan, who Mexicans hailed as a devoted religious figure after her death in 1688. She’s c…

Matthew Carr, "Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614" (Hurst, 2017)

January 8, 2024

Blood and Faith

Matthew Carr
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

A centuries-old story with remarkable contemporary resonance, Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614 (Hurst, 2017) is celebrated jour…

Marcy Norton, "The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492" (Harvard UP, 2024)

January 4, 2024

The Tame and the Wild

Marcy Norton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492 (Harvard University Press, 2024), Dr. Marcy Norton offers a dramatic new interpretation of the…

Max Deardorff, "A Tale of Two Granadas: Custom, Community, and Citizenship in the Spanish Empire, 1568–1668" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 2, 2024

A Tale of Two Granadas

Max Deardorff
Hosted by Ethan Fredrick

In 1570's New Kingdom of Granada (modern Colombia), a new generation of mestizo (half-Spanish, half-indigenous) men sought positions of increasing pow…

Elena Schneider, "The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World" (UNC Press, 2018)

December 27, 2023

The Occupation of Havana

Elena Schneider

Histories of the British occupation of Havana in 1762 have focused on imperial rivalries and the actions and decisions of European planters, colonial …

António Costa Pinto, "An Authoritarian Third Way in the Era of Fascism: Diffusion, Models and Interactions in Europe and Latin America" (Routledge, 2021)

December 19, 2023

An Authoritarian Third Way in the Era of Fascism

António Costa Pinto
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

António Costa Pinto's book An Authoritarian Third Way in the Era of Fascism: Diffusion, Models and Interactions in Europe and Latin America (Routledge…

Genealogies of Modernity Episode 6: A Medieval Anti-Racist

December 10, 2023

A Medieval Anti-Racist

Hosted by Zachary Davis

What if racism shared an origin with opposition to racism? What if the condemnation of injustice gave rise both to an early form of anti-racism and t…

Our Lady of Guadalupe and Aztec True Myth

December 9, 2023

Our Lady of Guadalupe and Aztec True Myth

Joseph Gonzalez and Monique González

It turns out that our familiar narrative of the Virgin of Guadalupe, when Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and left her ima…

Genealogies of Modernity Episode 5: Picturing Race in Colonial Mexico

December 9, 2023

Picturing Race in Colonial Mexico

Hosted by Zachary Davis

Race is sometimes treated as a biological fact. It is actually a modern invention. But for this concept to gain power, its logic had to be spread – an…

Abigail Agresta, "The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia" (Cornell UP, 2022)

December 6, 2023

The Keys to Bread and Wine

Abigail Agresta

How did medieval people think about the environments in which they lived? In a world shaped by God, how did they treat environments marked by religi…

Roslyn Weiss, "Hasdai Crescas: Collected Writings" (Library of the Jewish People, 2023)

November 27, 2023

Hasdai Crescas: Collected Writings

Roslyn Weiss
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Today I talked to Roslyn Weiss, editor of Hasdai Crescas: Collected Writings (Library of the Jewish People, 2023). Hasdai Crescas spent his life in p…

Dalia Kandiyoti, "The Converso's Return: Conversion and Sephardi History in Contemporary Literature and Culture" (Stanford UP, 2020)

November 14, 2023

The Converso's Return

Dalia Kandiyoti
Hosted by Ari Barbalat
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Five centuries after the forced conversion of Spanish and Portuguese Jews to Catholicism, stories of these conversos' descendants uncovering long-hidd…

Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez, "Cultural Representations of Piracy in England, Spain, and the Caribbean" (Routledge, 2023)

October 23, 2023

Cultural Representations of Piracy in England, Spain, and the Caribbean

Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez
Hosted by Jana Byars
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Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez's book Cultural Representations of Piracy in England, Spain, and the Caribbean: Travelers, Traders, and Traitors, 1570 to 16…

Kevin Passmore, "Fascism: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford UP, 2014)

October 22, 2023

Fascism

Kevin Passmore

What is fascism? Is it revolutionary? Or is it reactionary? Can it be both? Fascism is notoriously hard to define. How do we make sense of an ideol…

Elena Serrano, "Ladies of Honor and Merit. Gender, Useful Knowledge, and Politics in Enlightened Spain" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2022)

October 18, 2023

Ladies of Honor and Merit

Elena Serrano

In this episode I interview Elena Serrano, a research member of the Project Cirgen at the Universitat de València and Ramón y Cajal researcher at the …

Javier Garcia Oliva and Helen Hall, "Constitutional Culture, Independence, and Rights: Insights from Quebec, Scotland, and Catalonia" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

October 17, 2023

Constitutional Culture, Independence, and Rights

Javier Garcia Oliva and Helen Hall
Hosted by Miranda Melcher
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In Constitutional Culture, Independence, and Rights: Insights from Quebec, Scotland, and Catalonia (University of Toronto Press, 2023), Dr. Javier Gar…

A. Katie Harris, "The Stolen Bones of St. John of Matha: Forgery, Theft, and Sainthood in the Seventeenth Century" (Pennsylvania State UP, 2023)

October 16, 2023

The Stolen Bones of St. John of Matha

A. Katie Harris
Hosted by Jana Byars
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On the night of March 18, 1655, two Spanish friars broke into a church to steal the bones of the founder of their religious institution, the Order of …

Making Sense of the 2023 Spanish Election: A Discussion with Patricia Correa

October 11, 2023

Making Sense of the 2023 Spanish Election

Patricia Correa
Hosted by Manoel Gehrke
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What were the key factors shaping the 2023 Spanish general election? How did the progressive government of Pedro Sánchez defy expectations and secur…

Andrea Celli, "Dante and the Mediterranean Comedy: From Muslim Spain to Post-Colonial Italy" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)

October 11, 2023

Dante and the Mediterranean Comedy

Andrea Celli
Hosted by Akash Kumar
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In Dante and the Mediterranean Comedy: From Muslim Spain to Post-Colonial Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), Andrea Celli explores the complex ways in …