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Coin Hoard


Followed by wine and discussion More...

Starts: Nov 19, 2015 5:15:00 PM


'A Strong Barbaric Accent': America's Dutch-Speaking Black Community from Seventeenth Century New Netherland to Nineteenth Century New York and New Jersey

Professor Jeroen Dewulf from UC Berkeley will be visiting the Centre in December 2015. As visiting scholar, Professor Dewulf will give this year's annual lecture.

6.30pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT

Followed by a reception in the IAS Common Ground. RSVP via Eventbrite

The Centre's First Edited Volume

Due for publication by the end of this year a selection of some of the best work arising from the Centre's activities from Ashgate. See advert...

Black Legend

The Black Legend is the perception/theory that Spaniards were especially tyrannical, cruel, intolerant, lustful and greedy. These powerful stereotypes prevent an accurate understanding of early modern and even contemporary Spain. This project seeks to study the Black Legend as an early modern cultural dialogue, one in which Spanish intellectuals saw foreign prejudices as challenges that they needed to answer. We will approach the Black Legend from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining literary studies with theories on nation building, propaganda, and identity formation in the period. In particular, we examine how the Black Legend influenced Spain's self-conception during the Golden Age: how did Golden Age Spanish writers receive these ideas and how did they use theatre in particular to respond to them, how did commercial and court plays contribute to the process of nation building, and how did a nation like Spain, adapt, adopt and appropriate foreign perceptions to reshape its own self-image?