Joan-Lluís Palos Peñarroya
AddressFacultat de Geografia i Història (UB)
Montalegre, 6 | 08001 Barcelona
Visiting hoursMonday, 16,00 - 18,00
Subjects taught-Early Modern history
-Universal Early Modern history
-History of Early Modern culture
-How history has been written
-Thought, religion and knowledge in the Early Modern period (2011/2012 year)
I carried out my studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I completed my doctorate in the year of 1990. Subsequently I have enjoyed stays as guest researcher and lecturer in various foreign research centres, such as the University of Cambridge, the Instituto Universitario Europeo in Florence and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA.
For some time, my work focused on the study of political relations between Catalonia and the Hispanic Monarchy and its institutional system during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The fruit of this period includes two books, Catalunya a l’Imperi dels Àustria (Lleida, Pagès Editors, 1994) and Els juristes i la defensa de les constitucions. Joan Pere Fontanella (1575-1649) (Vic, Eumo Editorial, 1997).
Later, my attention turned to the topic of the relationship between visual images and government practices in the Early Modern period (“El testimonio de las imágenes”, Pedralbes, 2000). Concerning this question, I coordinated, together with Diana Carrio-Invernizzi, the volume La Historia Imaginada. Construcciones visuales del pasado en la Edad Moderna (Madrid, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2008). These works served as preparation for the book I have recently written, La mirada italiana. Un relato visual del imperio español en la corte de sus virreyes en Nápoles (PUV, València, 2010), where I analyse the political significance of the cycle of paintings the Spanish viceroys in Naples commissioned for their palace in the Italian city. I am currently preparing, with Pedro Cardim from the Universidad Nova de Lisboa, the book El mundo de los virreyes en las monarquías de España y Portugal, which will soon appear in print via the publisher Editorial Iberoamericana-Vervuert Verlag.
At this time, I am working on the figure of Eleanor Alvarez of Toledo, Duchess of Tuscany, and the cultural transfers between Florence and Spain during the central years of the sixteenth century, and am preparing an exhibition on the cultural patronage of the Spanish viceroys in Naples.
I coordinate the Consolidated Research Group “Power and Representations in the Early Modern period” (www.ub.ed/poderirepresentacions), which incorporates several projects: “The viceroyal courts in the Mediterranean world: power and representation in the Early Modern period” (Ref. 2009SGR1214), “Cultural transfers and government practices in the shaping of the Iberian monarchies of the Early Modern period” (1580-1715) (Ref. HAR2009-08019) and “Multiple identities: circulation of people and exchange of knowledge between Italy and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries” (Ref. IT2009-0019). I am also the principal researcher of the Spanish team involved in the European ENBACH project (European Network for the Baroque Cultural Heritage, project number 148836), directed by Professor Renata Ago from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and in which universities from no less than eight European countries participate.
Since the year 2000, I have directed, alongside Fernando Sánchez Marcos, the master’s degree in Historical Culture and Communication, and, since the year 2009-2010, the teaching innovation group of the Universitat de Barcelona, “Teaching Early Modern history in the twenty-first century: new pedagogic and didactic proposals.” I contribute as a critic of books and exhibitions in the Culture magazine of the newspaper La Vanguardia.