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Straddling Seas and Straddling Faiths. Religious Identity and Networks in the Hispanic World in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Centuries

Posted By Fabrizio D'Avenia, Thursday, May 25, 2017

In collaboration with the Laboratorio de Estudios Judeoconversos of the University of Córdoba, Spain (LEJ-UCO)

The hitherto unknown mobility which the Hispanic World, with its encounters with new places and interests allowed for manifold possibilities of the working out of religious identity. The panel seeks to explore how mercantile networks in particular, grounded in the worlds which the Hispanic crown was in contact with in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, which brought together people whose ties of kinship had tainted” origins, such as Jewish and Moorish ancestry, allowed for the playing out of complex and ambiguous religious adherence. Whether it was lax religious surveillance, the inability to enact it or through ways of curtailing it, commercial networks allowed for individuals to embrace and practice a variety of religious experiences.  The different papers will present cases in which, within these networks that spanned the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds, religious identity could be negotiated and lived out in a variety of ways through a constant interplay between center and periphery.

Submissions should be sent by 2 June to Fabrizio D'Avenia (fabrizio.davenia@unipa.it) and should include the following information in a separate email attachment:

Tags:  Early modern Hispanic World  Mercantile Networks  New Christians  Religious identity 

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