‘1914-2014: the Black Legend – then and now.’ London conference, 27 September 2014

A number of the scholars joining in us in Mértola for #AIR2015 spoke at our sister conference, organised by Elizabeth Evenden (Harvard/Brunel) and Valentina Caldari (Kent/Porto). The day was generously sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel University, and by the School of History at the University of Kent. The event was held in the Woburn Suite of Senate House, London.

The aim of the Symposium was to examine the Black Legend scholarship undertaken in the 100 years after the publication of Julián Juderías’ seminal text, La Leyenda Negra. The day featured an opening plenary by Dr John Edwards (University of Oxford) on ‘“The Black Legend” – then and now’, chaired by Prof. Kenneth Fincham (University of Kent).


The day also showcased the work of a number of graduate students and early-career scholars:

  • Daniel Lange (Kent)
  • Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer (Bristol)
  • Dr. Giuseppe Mrozek (Terramo)
  • Dr. Rubén González Cuerva (German Historical Institute, Rome)

Their presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion between leading scholars in the field, including: Prof. Mia Rodríguez-Salgado (London School of Economics), Dr Alexander Samson (University College London), Dr Glyn Redworth, Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (University of Amsterdam), and Dr John Edwards; the session was chaired by Prof. Sir John Elliott (University of Oxford).


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The full programme for the event is available here:


We look forward to meeting many of the Black Legend Symposium participants again at #AIR2015, in Mértola, Portugal, and to hearing more about their exciting work in the field of Black Legend studies. On behalf of both organisers, I would like to reiterate our hearty thanks to everyone who attended this event and made it such a success. Special thanks go to my former student, Samuel Shaw, for being our Conference Assistant on the day. Thank you, Sam, for all your hard work!

Further news about #AIR2015 to follow soon, including registration and accommodation details.

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