Co-investigators and their institutions:
Ivonne Del Valle, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley
Anna More, Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA
This interdisciplinary group, consisting initially of specialists from the fields of history, art history, and literature, examines the place of the Iberian imperial experience in the emergence of global modernity and its consequences. The group will focus on the following areas, among others, in a dialogue with theories developed in other centuries and other languages: How the presuppositions of classical antiquity and Medieval Christianity provide the first racial, political and evangelical paradigms for global empires in the 16th century; the theoretical and practical changes these paradigms underwent when they incorporated the experiences of the colonizers and evangelists in Asian and American colonies; the particular challenges posed to the establishment of a universal empire by responses of the African, Asian, and Amerindian peoples who were first subjected to models of universalization and the ongoing influence of local forms upon global processes spurred by Iberian colonization; the differences between the administration of transatlantic colonies and European colonies (Flanders, Portugal, Italy) and between the politics and practices carried out within European nations and in transatlantic and transpacific contexts; and the adaptations to political, aesthetic, scientific and social ideas generated in American and Asian colonies and their repercussions for both the history of these regions and the history of transatlantic and transpacific exchange.