“I alone am given understanding of things:” Mystical Experience and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish World

Hayley R. Bowman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation project explores the early modern Spanish world through the eyes of Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, a Franciscan nun who came to influence not only her confessors and her king, but also peoples and places across a trans-oceanic,Continue reading ““I alone am given understanding of things:” Mystical Experience and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish World”

An Unnamed Tahirid Sultana’s Legacy in Yemeni Tradition and the Early Modern Western Male Gaze

Lily Filson is a Renaissance historian whose work seeks to include Yemen into the emerging view of a global sixteenth century. She received her PhD from Ca’ Foscari in 2018 and has held fellowships from Syracuse University, the European Research Council, and the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. This blog post draws from her researchContinue reading “An Unnamed Tahirid Sultana’s Legacy in Yemeni Tradition and the Early Modern Western Male Gaze”

Immigrants, Cunning Women, and the Othering of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Dr. Anna Bennett specializes in the history of material culture, gender, magic, and society in premodern Europe. Her first peer-reviewed article, “Bagatelle or Stregamenti: The Spiritual Potential of Material Objects and Spaces in Late Rinascimento Venice, 1580-1630,” received the 2017 Journal of Women’s History Graduate Student Article Prize, the 2018 University of Miami Center forContinue reading “Immigrants, Cunning Women, and the Othering of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Venice”

Making Glass Malleable: Female Face-Fashioning and Specular Agency in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

Valentina Finger is a doctoral candidate at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, currently working on her dissertation project, Specular Shakespeare: Mirrors in Ear­ly Modern Plays and Playhouses (working title). She studied Fashion Journalism and Media Communication, and Comparative Lite­r­a­ture in Munich and at King’s College London. Mainly focussing on Shakespeare and English Renaissance drama, her research interests includeContinue reading “Making Glass Malleable: Female Face-Fashioning and Specular Agency in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’”

Gender and Diplomacy: The Assembly of the Spanish Ambassadress in London

Laura Guinot Ferri is a postdoctoral researcher at the ERC Project CIRGEN (ERC AdG 787015). She received her PhD at the University of Valencia in 2019. Her current research is focused on the representation of the female reader during the 18th century from a transnational perspective. She is interested in the circulation of books “forContinue reading “Gender and Diplomacy: The Assembly of the Spanish Ambassadress in London”

The Political and Cultural Role of Ambassadresses

Carolina Blutrach works as Postdoctoral Researcher at the ERC Project CIRGEN (ERC AdG 787015). She received her Ph.D. in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence (2009). She works on the social and cultural history of the European aristocracy from a gender perspective in the Early Modern period, with a particular interestContinue reading “The Political and Cultural Role of Ambassadresses”

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