International Workshop: Coloniality & Global Encounters in Romance Cultural History (Online, Oct.21-22, 2021)

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October 21, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, World History / Studies

Dear H-Net Readers,

Dr. Romana Radlwimmer and I have the pleasure of announcing an upcoming, international and interdisciplinary online workshop on the topic of early modern European globalization, with an emphasis on Iberian conquests and expansion in the early modern period. We are excited to announce the following details concerning this workshop below: 

Coloniality & Global Encounters in Romance Cultural History



For a PDF of the full 2-day program, see

With distinguished guest speakers (in alphabetical order):

Allison Bigelow, Associate Professor of Spanish, Univ. of Virginia

Adma Fadul Muhana, Professor for Portuguese Literature, Univ. of São Paulo

Mark Thurner, Professor of Latin American Studies, Univ. of London

Roberto A. Valdeón, Professor in English Studies, Univ. of Oviedo

Thematic synopsis:

Today's world is largely shaped by the Anglo American order. This predominance has frequently prevented us from grasping the legacies of other dynamics of European globalization. Coloniality and Global Encounters in Romance Cultural History is an interdisciplinary reflection on the epistemological grids which have for centuries structured information and knowledge on early globalization. Its focal point is the so-called 'First Globalization,' in which early-modern Romance-speaking European polities dominated many global economic, political, intellectual, literary and cultural networks. Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and other groups encountered local communities and understandings of the world in what we call today America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. There, Europeans variously combated, erased, integrated, or encouraged non European practices, while local actors correspondingly resisted, accepted, or subverted such endeavors. The ensuing distant negotiations or in-person encounters, cultural and linguistic translations, exchanges, remembering, and forgettings marked emerging world cultures, history, and forms of knowledge in ways scholars are only gradually uncovering. These processes and their legacies are the themes of the conference, whose participants hail from disciplines including literature, anthropology, theology, history, law, area studies, and beyond.

Invited speakers as well as scholars from the University of Tübingen will share their expertise on topics concerning Europe's early modern global engagements. These will include Spanish medical cultures vis-à-vis indigenous botanical practices, knowledge transfers from China to Europe, post-colonial memories of French occupation in African literature, and reflections on the University of Tübingen's own centuries-old entanglements with European overseas conquests and expansions.

This workshop is open to the public, will take place in Central European Time, and will be in English (Romance languages and German also welcome in Q&A, etc.). We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please email Dr. Adrian Masters at

Contact Info: 

Dr. Adrian Masters, University of Tübingen, Special Research Cluster SFB-923

Dr. Romana Radlwimmer, University of Tübingen, Researcher, Romance Literature and Culture

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