This panel explore the scholarly practices and discourses of Iberian communities of knowledge in relation with early modern and global capitals of knowledge such as Lisbon, Rome, Seville and Granada, among many others.
Recent scholarship has reactivated the study of Cities in the Iberian Worlds by underlining their importance in regards to the polycentric organization of its political and economic networks. Nonetheless, the interaction between cities and Iberian intellectual networks, remains is a rich field for further exploration. This panel on Scholarly Practices and Iberin Intellectual Networks through an Early Modern Web of Cities aims to analyze the role that intellectual networks and communities of knowledge played in early modern worlds through the lens of urban space. It is an attempt to use the category of capitales savantes recently developed in the historiographical context of Italian studies, in order to understand how intellectual networks and scholarly practices contributed to the political articulation and projection of the Iberian Empires throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The panel is organized by the Dr. Fabien Montcher (Saint Louis University) and will be chaired by the Dr. Alfredo Alvar Ezquerra (CSIC, Madrid). This panel offers to host four papers. Dr. Claire Gilbert (Saint Louis University) will present her research on "Granada after the Conquest : Arabic Translators as Communities of Knowledge." Dr. Guy Lazure (University of Windsor) will present a paper on "The Culture of Commerce, The Commerce of Culture in Sixteenth-Century Seville", meanwhile Drs. Saul Martinez Bermejo (CHAM) and Fabien Montcher will offer respectively two contributions on « Lisbon, a New Rome » and « Rome as a New Lisbon: Portuguese Intellectual Networks in Barberini's Rome ». Any other contributions are welcome!