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Prof. Liang edits A Forgotten Empire

Posted on June 15, 2012

Yuen-Gen Liang co-edited A Forgotten Empire: The Spanish-North African Borderlands, a special issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 12, no. 3 (September 2011).

A Forgotten Empire grew out of the papers presented on a panel titled “Measuring Cultural Distance on the Spanish-North African Borderland” that Prof. Liang organized at the 2010 Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Venice, Italy.  With Barbara Fuchs, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles, they co-authored an introduction and co-edited five articles in English and Spanish from the fields of art history, history, literary studies, and religious studies that span the histories of Spain, Portugal, and North Africa, the cultural-religious world of Christianity and Islam, and Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and visual sources.

The special issue commemorates the 500th anniversary of Spain’s conquests on the North African coast in 1509-1510 and is the first work to follow up on the concept of a hostile, divided, impervious frontier between Christian Iberia and Islamic North Africa that Andrew Hess argued in his influential The Forgotten Frontier: A History of the Sixteenth Century Ibero-North African Frontier, which itself challenges Fernand Braudel’s conception of an interconnected Mediterranean.  The special issue is also the first of its kind to gather together a multidisciplinary collection of essays on interactions between Iberia and North Africa in the early modern era.

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