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Reconsidering the Spanish Atlantic: How Womenýs Lives Reframe Spainýs Early Modern Empire. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Reconsidering the Spanish Atlantic:  How Womenýs Lives Reframe Spainýs Early Modern Empire. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Monday, March 27, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

  • Holton Hooker Learning and Living Center » 121A - Multipurpose Room

Description

Dr. Poska’s work demonstrates how new historical knowledge of women's lives in early modern Europe and the Atlantic World changes our understanding of early modern imperialism and the Atlantic World.  Dr. Poska’s "Reconsidering the Spanish Atlantic:  How Women's Lives Reframe Spain's Early Modern Empire" discusses an 18th century project in which the Spanish crown recruited poor women and their families to settle an ill-fated colony in Patagonia.  Dr. Poska’s new book on this topic is riveting -- these women and children brave shipwrecks and other disasters to sail across the Atlantic to settle the crown's newest colony in Patagonia.  It's an adventure story with a really sophisticated analysis of the role of women and gender in the project of empire woven through the adventure. 

Dr. Poska is professor of History and the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Mary Washington.  Her book, Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain:  The Peasants of Galicia won the Roland H. Bainton Prize given by the Sixteenth Century Studies Association in 2006 and her most newest book, Gendered Crossings:  Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire was recently published with the University of New Mexico Press. 

Contact

Grace Coolidge (coolidgg@gvsu.edu) or Paul Murphy (murphyp@gvsu.edu)

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