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Areas of research supervision

Principal supervisor

  • Janet Ravenscroft: ‘Invisible Friends: Questioning the Representation of the Court Dwarf in Hapsburg Spain’ (successfully completed 2010)
  • Sander Berg: ‘The Supernatural in the Novellas of María de Zayas y Sotomayor’ (successfully completed 2017)
  • Richard Tilbury: ‘Iconography of the Spanish Black Legend: A War of Images'
  • Mairi Macdonald: 'Discourses and Representations of Poverty in the Paintings of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682)'
  • Sara Santos: ‘Habsburg Women  and the Jesuits in Early Modern Spain: An Iconographical Study of an Alliance (16th -17th centuries)’
  • Hilary Furey: 'Constructing a Viceregal Hero and a National Identity in Nueva Granada: Gregorio Vázquez de Arce y Ceballos (1638-1711) and the Capilla del Sagrario'
  • Trevor Wornham:'Male beauty in the paintings of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez and Jusepe de Ribera: a deconstruction of the visual'
  • Michael Pope: ' The cultural functions of baptism in Early Modern Spain'
  • Michelle Enuson: 'Black Embodiment, Cultural Violence and the Salvation of African Slaves in Early Modern Spain'

Carmen is particularly interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas: sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish art history and the formation of the Spanish Empire, with special emphasis on early modern Spain and colonial Mexico; the emergence and the visual representations of the African enslaved and liberated ex-enslaved in imperial Spain,  the relations between visuality and discourses on slavery, human diversity and intellectual thought in early modern Spain.