CFP: Encounters, Rights, and Sovereignty in the Iberian Empires (15th–19th c.)

The organizers of the Encounters, Rights, and Sovereignty in the Iberian Empires (15th–19th Centuries) international conference, to be held 24–25 May 2018 at the Universidade de Évora in Portugal, have issued a call for papers. The deadline for paper or panel proposals is 10 February 2018; proposals are accepted in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Focused on the colonial encounters fostered by the Iberian empire-building processes and on the strategies developed to regulate the rights and lives of native and colonial populations, the conference welcomes proposals that privilege the comparisons and interactions between the Portuguese and Spanish colonizing dynamics, in a timeframe spanning from the early stages of the Iberian colonization to the first outbreaks of independence. Topics may include, but are not limited to: colonization models and empire-building strategies; representations of native populations; race relations and debates on race; juridical regulations of colonial interactions; colonial origins of human rights; integration/exclusion of native populations within colonial societies; missionaries as political and cultural brokers; active and passive dynamics of resistance; political communication and circulation of information; trade and commercial interactions; Portuguese and Spanish written cultures regarding colonial endeavours; scales of power: centres versus peripheries; violence and justice; and borders and frontiers.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be the legal historian António Manuel Hespanha of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.