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The Consolidated Medieval Research Group “Space, Power and Culture” of Lleida University is currently organising the fourth International Medieval Meeting Lleida, which will be held at Lleida’s Facultat de Lletres on 25, 26, 27 June 2014. Like the last IMMLleida, this event will featurefour different conferences, each of them focusing on a different aspect of "POTESTAS" and different papers on a different aspects of medieval studies (i.e. history, art history, archaeology, philology and literature).
Furthermore, there will be sessions about research management, as well as sessions introducing the activities of research institutions,
presentations by companies dedicated to the management and promotion of heritage, and other activities related to the Middle Ages.

Anyone interested in any aspect of Medieval History is welcome to participate in the IMMLleida! We would like to encourage you to present a paper or organise a session or, if applicable, introduce your research group, your publications, or simply come along to enjoy the conference and take part in the free cultural events we have organised for those summer nights.

To enrol, simply fill in the relevant form on our website: www.internationalmedievalmeetinglleida.udl.cat If you have any queries at all, please contact us: immlleida@historia.udl.cat

“The Global Early Modern Caribbean”
A Residential Seminar at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Monday 30 June –Friday 18 July 2014

The Huntington Library, UCLA, and the USC Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) will run a pilot in the summer of 2014 for a West Coast equivalent to the Folger Institute and the Center for Renaissance Studies Program at the Newberry Library. This will be a collaborative project involving the Huntington, UCLA's Clark Library, USC EMSI, and other universities in the area, and will be formally entitled the Huntington-Clark Summer Institute in Early Modern Studies.

We envisage that our Summer Institute will place a particular emphasis on early modernity in its broadest spatial context; that is to say, it will cover the British and European territory on which the Folger and the Newberry libraries also focus, but will go beyond it to embrace our very considerable faculty strengths in other areas, especially the Americas.

The pilot Institute next summer will be held at the Huntington Library between Monday 30 June and Friday 18 July, and will have space for approximately twelve faculty and graduate student participants. We have agreed that we should launch with a UCLA faculty member at the helm and are delighted that Professor Carla Pestana has agreed to teach the Institute seminar on “The Global Early Modern Caribbean.”

During an era that witnessed an increasingly interconnected world, in which Europeans sought trade and dominion in distant lands, the Caribbean occupied a key situation. The location of Columbus’ landfall and the first place that the natives of the Americas felt the full force of European dominance, the West Indies became from the middle of the sixteenth century a locus of contestation among European, American, and African peoples. Initially the Spanish monarchy defined the Greater Caribbean as an exclusively Iberian Sea. Despite such prohibitions on their presence, various Europeans infiltrated the sea first as occasional visitors, trading illegally, raiding and harvesting natural resources such as salt, logwood, and turtle. From the early seventeenth century the English, French, and Dutch established settlements of their own, against Spanish proscriptions and despite occasional military incursions aimed at clearing out intruders. Over the next century, the West Indies functioned as a watery borderland. Encounters, peaceful coexistence, frequent violent clashes, oppression, collusion, and betrayal shaped this space, as various peoples carved out lives and livelihoods for themselves.

This seminar will consist of three three-hour a.m. meetings in each of the three weeks beginning Monday 30 June, to a total of twenty-seven hours contact time. The sessions will consider the evidentiary base and conceptual frameworks for the study of the early modern global Caribbean during this formative period. Scholars, including advanced graduate students and faculty at any level, working on an aspect of the Greater Caribbean (from any relevant discipline and researching in any language) prior to the turn of the eighteenth century, are invited to participate.

Those selected will receive a stipend of $3000, but will be expected to use that sum to meet their living costs (including accommodation) and to cover their transportation to and from the Huntington. Participation for the full three weeks is mandatory. Outside the formal sessions of the seminar, participants will be welcome to use the collections in the Library’s reading rooms during their regular opening hours.

Seminar convener Carla Gardina Pestana, Professor of History and Joyce Appleby Chair of America in the World at UCLA, is the author of a number of works on early American and Atlantic history. She is currently writing a book on the English conquest of Jamaica. In 2010 she co-convened (with David Shields) a seminar on the Early English Caribbean at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.
Application Procedure
There is no application form. An application consists of:
1. Cover sheet with the following information: Name; mailing address; email address; telephone number; present rank and institution name; date PhD received or expected; citizenship status.
2. A two-page statement of research interests which explains why they are cognate with the themes of the seminar.
3. A current CV of no more than three pages.
4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the selection committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact referees who will write on their behalf. Please do not send letters from your job dossier.
Please do not submit any materials in excess of the items listed above.
Submission Guidelines
1. The APPLICATION must be submitted as a single document in PDF file format only to fellowships@huntington.org. Please reference “Caribbean Seminar” in SUBJECT line.
2. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION—in PDF file format only—must be submitted directly from the recommender to letters@huntington.org. The applicant’s name should be referenced in the SUBJECT line. Letters should be no more than three pages in length.
APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 7, 2014.

Please direct questions about the application process to Dr. Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at the Huntington Library, at shindle@huntington.org. (Do not send applications or letters to UCLA.)

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