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Aaron Alejandro Olivas

C.Phil History, UCLA, 2009
MA History, UCLA, 2007
MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2004
BA History, University of San Francisco, 2003

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E-mail: aaolivas@gmail.com

Field

Early Modern Spain; War of the Spanish Succession (1700-1715); Colonial Latin America; Spanish political and cultural relations with France; queen consorts

Research Interests

My dissertation, entitled "Loyalty and Disloyalty to the Bourbon Dynasty in Spanish America and the Philippines During the War of the Spanish Succession (1700-1715)," is a study of relations between Spain, France, and their overseas empires at the turn of the eighteenth century. I examine cases of disloyalty to Philip V--- Spain's first Bourbon monarch--- found throughout the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, as well as European concerns about these cases. My project also deals with the role of the Compagnie Royale de Guinee in dominating Spanish imperial politics through the Asiento de Negros or slave monopoly from 1701-1713.

MA Thesis: "'La esteril reina': Barbara de Braganza and the Dilemma of the Early Modern Queen Consort" (University of Chicago, 2004)

Honors Thesis: "'La Parmesana': Historical Perspectives on the Life of Queen Isabella Farnese of Spain, 1714-1746" (University of San Francisco, 2003)

Research Assistant: "Al-Andalus in the Age of Enlightenment: Islamic Art and Culture in the Spanish Imagination, 1750-1820" (Getty Research Institute, 2009)

Research Assistant: "Andean and European Traces in the Construction of the Manuscripts of Fray Martin de Murua" (Getty Research Institute, 2007)

Research Assistant: "Faith and Beauty: Chinese and Filipino Art and the Aesthetics of Conversion in the California Missions" (Getty Research Institute, 2006-2007)

Notes

Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, member
Centro de Estudios Coloniales Iberoamericanos de UCLA, member

Certificat de Langue et Civilisation Francaises (Universite de Paris-Sorbonne IV, 2005)
Certificate of Honors in the Humanities (University of San Francisco, 2003)

Grants and Awards

UCLA Department of History Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013
Hoxie and Wise Fellowship Fund, 2012-2013
UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations Alice Belkin Scholarship, 2012
Atlantic Geographies Institute at the University of Miami, 2012
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies Conference Travel Grant, 2012
UCLA Department of History Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2011-2012
Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities Grant, 2011
International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University Short-Term Grant, 2011
Albert Hoxie Memorial Fund, 2011
UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies Graduate Travel Grant, 2011
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Travel Grant, 2011
UC Diversity Initiative for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences Conference Grant, 2011
Hoxie Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2010-2011
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies Summer French Dissertation Grant, 2010
Albert Hoxie Memorial Fund, 2010
Fulbright IIE (Spain), 2009-2010
Albert Hoxie Memorial Fund, 2009
Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, 2009
UCLA Department of History TAship, 2008-2009
UCLA Department of History Travel Grant, 2008
UCLA Latin American Institute Tinker Field Research Grant, 2008
UCLA Department of History TAship, 2007-2008
UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2007
UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship, 2006-2007
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2005-2006

Advisors

Dr. Kathryn Norberg (chair)
Dr. Geoffrey Symcox
Dr. Kevin Terraciano
Dr. Claudia Parodi

Conference Presentations

"Performance and Propaganda in Spanish America During the War of the Spanish Succession," Performances of Peace: Utrecht 1713-2013, Universiteit Utrecht/Dutch Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Utrecht, NL, April 2013

"Resistance to the Bourbon Dynasty in the Pacific Rim During the War of the Spanish Succession," 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2013

"The French Compagnie Royale de Guinee and Loyalty to Philip V in Spanish America During the War of the Spanish Succession," Atlantic Geographies Institute, the University of Miami, Miami, FL, May 2012

"French Trade in the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru During the War of the Spanish Succession," International Conference on the War of the Spanish Succession: New Perspectives, German Historical Institute, London, UK, March 2012

Panel chair and commentator, II Jornadas de Cultura, Lengua y Literatura Coloniales, Centro de Estudios Coloniales Iberoamericanos de UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, October 2011

"The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Spanish Succession Crisis, 1698-1713," Spanish America in the Early Eighteenth Century: New Perspectives on a Forgotten Era, the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, April 2011

"How to Stage the Conquest of the New World: Translating Peruvian History into Opera in Enlightenment France," 58th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM, April 2011

"History, Fantasy, and the Staging of the Conquest(s) of the Americas in Jean-Philippe Rameau's _Les Indes Galantes_ (1735)," Subversions of Hi/story and Desire for Memory, 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference in French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, October 2010

"Exoticism and Erudition in Vivaldi's Opera _Motezuma_ (1733)," Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, May 2008

"'Por tan justas i necessarias causas': Philip III's Royal Visit to Lisbon and the Fate of Peninsular Unification, 1580-1640," 5th Annual UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2008

"The Political Implications of the Jupiter Fable in Mateo Aleman's _Guzman de Alfarache_ (1599)," 39th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Fort Worth, TX, April 2008

"The Queen and the Worms: the Unexemplary Death of Barbara de Braganza (1758)," 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Miami Beach, FL, April 2007

"Bitter Grounds: Women and the Coffee Houses," the University of Chicago Department of English Conference on the Eighteenth-Century Public Sphere, Chicago, IL, December 2003


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