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Cecilia Tarruell

Newton International Fellow

Cecilia Tarruell is a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy at the Faculty of History. Prior to arriving at Oxford, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2015-2016). She received a joint doctorate in early modern history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2015.

Cecilia’s research centres on the Spanish Empire and the analysis of Christian-Islamic interactions in the Mediterranean area during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her current research project focuses on the voluntary arrival and settlement in the territories of the Spanish Empire of Muslim, Jewish and Christian populations coming from the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire and Morocco, most of whom converted to Catholicism as part of the process of migration. By challenging common ideas about the very existence of such phenomena, and conventional representations of the Spanish Empire in historiography as a land of expulsion of religious minorities, this project explores the more complex reality of multiple forms of migration flows connecting Islamic and Christian lands during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Publications:

• ‘Entre Chrétienté et Islam: parcours des serviteurs des galères de la Monarchie hispanique (fin XVIe-début XVIIe siècles)’, Hespéris-Tamuda, 50 (2015), p. 43-65.

• ‘Circulations entre Chrétienté et Islam: quelques réflexions à propos des “méritos y servicios” au service de la Monarchie hispanique (XVIe-XVIIe siècle)’, Diasporas, 25 (2015), p. 45-57.

• ‘Peticionarios de mercedes provenientes de tierras del Islam en la Corte de Madrid (finales s. XVI-inicios s. XVII)’, in Ricardo Franch Benavent, Fernando Andrés Robres and Rafael Benítez Sánchez-Blanco (eds.), Cambios y resistencias sociales en la Edad Moderna. Un análisis comparativo entre el centro y la periferia mediterránea de la Monarquía Hispánica, Madrid, Sílex, 2014, p. 263-271.

• ‘Servir tras un largo cautiverio: trayectorias de los soldados cautivados en defensa de la Monarquía (1574-1609)’, in María Martínez Alcalde and José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez (eds.), Felipe II y Almazarrón: La construcción local de un Imperio global. Vivir, defender y sentir la frontera, Murcia, Editum, 2014, vol. 1, p. 293-310.

• ‘La captivité chrétienne de longue durée en Méditerranée (fin XVIe-début XVIIe siècle)’, Cahiers de la Méditerranée, 87 (2013), p. 91-103.

• ‘Memorias de cautivos, 1574-1609’, in Oscar Jané, Eulàlia Miralles and Ignasi Fernández (eds.), Memòria Personal. Una altra manera de llegir la història, Barcelona, Bellaterra, 2013, p. 83-97.

• ‘Orán y don Carlos de África, un caballero de Santiago atípico’, in Miguel Ángel de Bunes and Beatriz Alonso (eds.), Orán. Historia de la corte chica, Madrid, Polifemo-IULCE, 2011, p. 263-288.