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Working Conference Schedule

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

(updated June 13, 2023)

(* presenting remotely)

Below is a working schedule of this year's conference. A full program may be downloaded as well.

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There may be some last minute adjustments, but this will give you a general idea of what to expect when you attend. There will be ample time for conversation outside of the official sessions as well, so even if you will not present, we hope you can attend.

We ask presenters kindly to limit presentations strictly to 20 minutes. This will give your colleagues ample time for their own papers, and for questions and answers.


III Congreso Internacional sobre Bartolomé de Las Casas III International Conference on Bartolome de Las Casas

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

  • 12–6pm Registration, Campus Ministry, Lower-Level St. Dominic Chapel

  • 6–8pm Dinner, Campus Ministry, Lower-Level St. Dominic Chapel

Thursday, June 22, 2023

  • 6:30–8:00 Breakfast in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane Center)

Morning Program (Ruane Center 206)

  • 8:10–8:25 Welcome and opening comments

Panel 1 Las Casas and the Late Medieval Context of Christian Reformation

  • 8:25–9:40 (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Andrew L. Wilson, Japan Lutheran College and Seminary, “The parallel lives and reforms of Martin Luther and Bartolomé de Las Casas.”

    • Cristina Ríos Espinosa, Investigadora independiente, Especialista en Estética y Hermenéutica,“El Espíritu del cristianismo primitivo en las reformas espirituales del siglo XVI: La devotio moderna y Bartolomé de las Casas.”

    • Ian C. Levy, Providence College, “Conscience and Authority in the Later Middle Ages.”

      • Chair: John Allard, O.P., Providence College

Coffee Break

Panel 2 Was there a Lascasian School?

  • 9:50-11:05am (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Luis Andrés Bilbao Escotto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Bartolomé de las Casas: ¿reformador transatlántico o falso testigo?”

    • Mario Ruiz Sotelo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “La Reforma Lascasiana.”

    • *Enrique Téllez Fabiani, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “La Escuela Lascasiana y los Jesuitas.”

      • Chair: Dwight E. R. TenHuisen, Calvin University

Coffee Break

Panel 3 Aristotelian Legacies in Las Casas’s Thought

  • 11:15 am–12:30pm (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Thomas Eggensperger O.P., University of Munich, “Las partes de una ‘buena y ordenada policía’: El traslado de una filosofía clásica de lo político a la situación del mundo indígena.”

    • Michael Schulz, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, “Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Transatlantic Interpretation of Aristotle’s Concept of the ethos.”

    • John Pollock-Parker, Boston University, “Aristotle Burns in Hell”: Bartolome Las Casas and Juan de Quevedo.”

      • Chair: Justin Brophy, O.P., Providence College

12:40 Lunch in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

Afternoon Program in Providence

  • 3:00pm Shuttle to, then presentation at John Carter Brown Library

  • 4:30pm Plenary Speaker

Paola Uparela, University of Florida “Women’s Labor Rights in Las Casas’s Projects: Reforming Working Conditions, Procuring Healthy Pregnancies and Deliveries, Denouncing Sexual Violence.”

Thursday Evening, June 22, 2021

  • 6–9pm dinner on your own in Providence

  • 9pm shuttle back to campus from Federal Hill or Uber on your own

Friday, June 23, 2023

  • 6:30am – 7:50am breakfast in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

Morning Program (Ruane Center 206)

Panel 4 Las Casas and Global Missions

  • 8:00-9:15am (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Dwight E. R. TenHuisen, Calvin University, “A Dutch Reformed Theologian Reads las Casas, Acosta and Calancha on ‘How to convert the heathens’.”

    • Nicole T. Hughes, Stanford University, “Las Casas and Disputed Martyrdom in La Florida.”

    • *Natsuko Matsumori, University of Shizuoka (Japan), “A Legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas in East Asia: Domingo de Salazar and the Affairs of China.”

      • Chair: Ian C. Levy, Providence College

Coffee Break

Panel 5 Legal Reasoning in Lascasian Thought

  • 9:25-10:40am (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Matthew Cavedon, Emory University, “Las Casas’s Use of Legal Rules to Reinterpret Inter caetera (1493).”

    • Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University, “The Analogous Positionality of Jews and Indigenous People in Juan López de Palacios Rubios’s Libellus de Insulis Oceanis (c. 1504/1516)”

    • Víctor Zorrilla, Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), “La reforma tributaria de Fray Domingo de Salazar para las Filipinas fundamento: filosófico e inspiración lascasiana.”

      • Chair: Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine

Coffee Break

Panel 6 Implications of Las Casas’s Legacy

  • 10:50am–12:05pm (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • *Ramón D. Valdivia, Facultad de Teología de San Isidoro de Sevilla, “Una reforma jurídica: del privilegio religioso a la vindicación democrática.”

    • Mariano Delgado, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), “La actualidad del pensamiento de Francisco de Vitoria y Bartolomé de las Casas.”

    • Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine, “The Shelf-Life of Bartolomé de Las Casas' Political and Philosophical Activism: A Tale of Two Enlightenment Legacies.”

      • Chair: Andrew Wilson, Japan Lutheran College and Seminary

12:15 pm lunch in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

Afternoon Program (Ruane Center 206)

Panel 7 Looking Ahead in Lascasian Research

  • 2–3:15 pm (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • Jorge Abril Sánchez, University of New Hampshire-Durham, “The Reformation of the Dominican Friar through the Looking Glass of a Filmmaker.”

    • Lincoln Son Currie, Boston University, “El uso de Ezequiel por parte de Las Casas para la reforma transatlántica.”

    • Samuel Fynewever, Calvin College, “Reparations: From Las Casas’ Doce dudas to Coates’ Case.”

      • Chair: John Pollock-Parker, Boston University

Coffee Break

Panel 8 Literary and Textual Criticism and the Lascasian Corpus

  • 3:30-4:20 pm (2 papers, 10 minutes Q&A)

    • *Vanina M. Teglia, Universidad de Buenos Aires, “Brevísimo archivo extremo del Mal en las Indias.”

    • Alexsandro Menez, Brown University, “Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Reception of the Late Medieval Crónica de Guiné by Gomes Eanes de Zurara.”

      • Chair: Rubén Sánchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University

Coffee Break

Panel 9 Las Casas and Debates on Conquest, Sovereignty, and Consent

  • 4:30-5:45 pm (3 papers, 15 minutes Q&A)

    • *José Villagrana, San José State University, “Spanish Messianism, Universal Dominion, and Indigenous Rights: Motolinía’s Polemic Against Las Casas.”

    • Rubén Sánchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University, “Consent and Legitimacy in Bartolomé de Las Casas's De Theasuris (1563).”

    • *Gabriel Cardoso Bom, University of San Paulo (Brazil), “Las Casas and the Politics of the Catholic Reformation: Understanding the Concept of Sovereignty in Political and Juridical Rights.”

      • Chair: Matthew Cavedon, Emory University

  • 6-7pm Plenary speaker

Mariano Delgado University of Fribourg (Switzerland) “The Form of Thinking of Bartolomé de Las Casas: Merits and Limitations”

Evening Festivities

  • 7pm Reception and closing dinner Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

Saturday, June 24, 2023 (Ruane Center, Fiondella Great Room)

  • 7–9am breakfast in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

  • 9:30-10:30am Participant Roundtable: Directions for Lascasian Studies

  • 10:30am Announcing the Society for Lascasian Studies

  • 12pm Lunch in Fiondella Great Room (Ruane)

  • 1pm checkout

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