Nuevas de Indias. Call for papers 2022


       The widespread presence of the studia humanitatis in Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did not involve only substantial innovations in terms of culture, rhetoric or education. The project of humanism was in itself strongly ideological, aimed towards the improvement of society and of institutions and intending to have a long-term effect upon social practices. Inevitably, the vast colonial enterprise of the early modern period was also deeply immersed, from its early conceptions and all through its multi-sided developments, in humanistic thought and discourse, and these elements had a key importance in the actual life of the colonies.    

      The humanist colloquium was perhaps, in its tendency towards inclusiveness and dialectics, the literary genre in which political and educational debates could find the widest ground for discussion, contrast and debate in the early modern period. The various European projects of colonisation were consequently promoted, interrogated and examined in vernacular humanist dialogues, in vibrant and deeply controversial texts that were sometimes addressed not only to the learned intellectuals, but also to a more popular audience.

      In spite of the recent rise of scholarship on the Renaissance humanist dialogue as a literary genre, its role in the processes of colonisation and in the cultural debates on (and in) the New World has been relatively unexplored. This new issue of NUEVAS DE INDIAS will attempt to redress this situation by focusing on the various ways in which humanist dialogues contributed significantly not only to Early Modern interventions in the Americas, but to defining and establishing (as well as contesting) the actual societies, institutions and cultural practices of the newly-established American settlements.  

      The subjects addressed in this issue will include the following (bearing in mind that we will be discussing not only dialogues authored within Europe, but also within the recently colonised spaces):

- The humanist colloquium and the promotion/ interrogation of imperialist agendas.

-Literary settings and physical enclaves: dialogues, geography and politics.

-Humanistic ideals and missionary aims in the colloquium.

-Dialogue and early anthropological perspectives.

-The colloquium and the natural New Worlds: humanist and scientific perspectives.

-Dialogue and cultural projections on/in the New Worlds.

-The wilderness and the city in the New Worlds.

-Debating investments: economic and infrastructural discussions. 

-The colloquium and the history of the book in the New Worlds.


NUEVAS DE INDIAS is an annual review published for the CEAC - Centre of Studies of Colonial America, at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. This issue will be coordinated by Dr. Joan Curbet (CEAC, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Please send your proposals for research articles in English or Spanish to NUEVAS DE INDIAS before May 31, 2022.