Ricardo Padrón

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Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia) is a Professor of Spanish who studies the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world, particularly questions of empire, space, and cartography. His recently published monograph, The Indies of the Setting Sun: How Early Modern Spain Mapped the Far East as the Transpacific West (Chicago 2020) examines the place of Pacific and Asia in the Spanish concept of “the Indies.”  His research for this book has taken him to China, Japan, and the Philippines, and has been sponsored by U.Va.’s Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Arts & Sciences at U.Va., and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also published on early modern poetry and historiography, and on the mapping of imaginary worlds in modern times. Prof. Padrón is an active member of the Renaissance Society of America, and is currently serving as a member of its Board of Directors. He is also serving as Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish. During the Spring of 2022, Prof. Padrón will be on research leave, and will be spending part of that time as a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Ricardo Padrón participe au Programme Professeurs invités de l’EHESS, sur proposition de Antonella Romano (EHESS, CAK) et Jean-Marc Besse (EHESS, Géographie-Cités).

CONFÉRENCES

Conférences en anglais.

Race and Geography in the Early Modern World

Dans le cadre de "Nouvelles recherches nord-américanistes. Séminaire du CENA" de Romain Huret, Nicolas Barreyre et Cécile Vidal.

Recent events have brought race and its history to the forefront of scholarly discourse in many disciplines, particularly in the United States.  This course examines the relationship between early racial thinking and global geography, focusing on the tension between climate theory and the architecture of the continents as competing methods for understanding human difference.

  • 16 mai 2022, 14h-16h / Campus Condorcet, Bâtiment de recherche nord, salle 0.09

 

Space, Place, and Hispanic Narrative

Dans le cadre du séminaire "Savoirs et productions du monde au 16e siècle" de Antonella Romano, Jean-Marc Besse, Rafael Mandressi et Elisa Andretta.

An ever-growing body of scholarship has brought issues of space and place to the forefront of the study of narrative, both fictional and nonfictional. This class surveys major theoretical analyses of space and place, and asks how they can be used to understand narrative in Spanish from a variety of periods.

  • 18 mai 2022, 16h30-18h30 / Campus Condorcet, Bâtiment de recherche sud, salle 0.031

 

Geography Lessons

Conclusion de la journée d’études "Les mondes ibériques : sciences et savoirs de la première modernité. Problèmes, approches, objets... encore nouveaux, toujours ignorés ?", organisée par Antonella Romano, en présence de Leo Carrio Cataldi (LMU, Munich), Iris Monteiro (Brown University), José Pardo Tomas (CSIC, Barcelone), Juan Pimentel (CSIC, Madrid), Neil Safier (Brown University).

Early modern European expansion introduced a wide range of non-European societies to western ways of imagining the world.  Sometimes that introduction came in the form of colonialist impositions.  Sometimes it came in the form of diplomatic or evangelical dialogue.  Invariably, however, non-Europeans responded by assimilating, rejecting, or in some way adapting western cosmovisions and their preferred form of representation – maps, atlases, globes. This course looks at these non-European responses to western “Geography Lessons” in comparative terms.

  • 25 mai 2022, 17h30 / Campus Condorcet, Bâtiment de recherche sud, salle 0.031

 

Hispanic Asianography

Dans le cadre du séminaire "Savoirs et productions du monde au XVIe siècle" de Antonella Romano, Jean-Marc Besse, Rafael Mandressi et Elisa Andretta.

Surveys early modern Spanish writing about East and Southeast Asia produced in the context of Spain’s initial conquest of the Philippine Islands and the immediate aftermath. Explores this bibliography in relation to Hispanic Americana, i.e. writing from the same period that deals with the New World.

  • 1er juin 2022, 16h30-18h30 / Campus Condorcet, Bâtiment de recherche sud, salle 1.023