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SLU-Madrid Hosts Scholarly Conference on Iberian History

by Katie Gortz on 12/14/2021


SLU-Madrid's Division of Humanities hosted the international history conference, "The Republic of Letters and the Formation of Transoceanic Empires across Renaissance Iberian Worlds," bringing together scholars from across the United States, Latin America, and Europe to discuss the history of Iberian Worlds. 

The conference was the result of a Transatlantic collaboration between SLU-Madrid and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Department of History at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Republic of Letters History Conference

Alfredo Alvar Ezquerra (IH-CSIC, Madrid) presents, "The Global Education of the Princes of the Royal House of Habsburg." Conference participants  attended  sessions in San Ignacio Hall, or connected remotely. 

Organized by SLU-Madrid history professor Francisco García-Serrano, Ph.D., and Fabien Montcher, Ph.D., from SLU-St. Louis, the two-day event was characterized by a groundbreaking, respectful and profoundly multifarious focus. With participants from Italy, France, the U.K., Portugal, Germany and the U.S., the diversified atmosphere echoed the very identity of SLU’s Madrid Campus.

Topics covered varied widely, from discourses including Iberian Monarchies and the Empire's Mission to Knowledge Agents and the Concept of Iberia as a Global Republic of Letters. The full conference program is available online

García-Serrano, whose fields of research and expertise align with the topics covered at the conference, commented, "The papers were of a high level and erudition. They discussed topics of great relevance related to the concept of The Republic of Letters in a globalized Iberian world, from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century. Professor Montcher and I plan to publish an edited volume with the various contributions that will hopefully have a great impact. SLU-Madrid has been a great host and now the participants know better our scholarly activities. They were impressed and very grateful."

Both the SLU-Madrid Division of Humanities and the conference organizers extend their thanks to the sponsors and participants who contributed to making this conference a success.