Assistant Professor, History
Director of International Studies, College Of Humanities
- “The Iberian Question in the Scientific Revolution.” For a panel titled “Thematic Fields and Rethinking the Canon for Early Modern Science.” The Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, Canada. November 9-12, 2017.
- “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Episodes from the Gulf of Guinea, 1480-1900.” For a panel titled “African Encounters: Making Scientific Knowledge in Africa before and after European Colonization, 1500-2000.” The 25th Annual International Conference for the History of Science and Technology. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 23-29, 2017.
- “Planters, Naturalists, and Predatory Fish: Cultures of Inquiry in the Portuguese Atlantic.” For a panel titled “The Making of an Empire: Food, Drinks, Drugs and Luxury Goods.” The 35th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Lima, Peru. April 29-May 1, 2017.
- "Natural History in the Portuguese Atlantic: Riddles, Reasons, and a Critique of 'Iberian Science.'" For a conference on "Experimentation and Expertise: Flows of Knowledge in the Atlantic World." New York University. New York, NY. May 6-7, 2016.
- Chair. Roundtable titled "It's Not About That: Revisiting Thematic Fields in the History of Science." 130th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. Atlanta, GA. January 7-10, 2016.
- “Science and Empire at the Margins.” For a conference in honor of Michael Adas titled “The Individual in Global History.” Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ. April 17, 2015.
- “The Deniable Body: Nature and Disease in Colonial Brazil, 1549-1565.” For a panel titled “Anatomies of Empire: Science and the Body in the Iberian Atlantic.” The 46th Annual Conference of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. The Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. March 19-22, 2015.
- Chair. "Colonial Hybrids II: Indigenous Beliefs and Early Modern Medicine." For the 46th Annual Conference of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. The Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. March 19-22, 2015.
- “The Limits of a Moral Imagination: Disease and Explanation in Colonial Brazil, 1550-1565.” For a panel titled “At the Hour of Our Death: Reinterpreting Illness in Iberian Empires.” 129th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. New York, NY. January 2-5, 2015.
- “Empires of Reason: Meanings of Medicine in the Gulf of Guinea, 1480-1900.” For a panel on “Decolonizing the Body? Ideology, Knowledge, and Medicine in Lusophone Africa.” African Studies Association of the United Kingdom. University of Sussex. Brighton, England. September 9-11, 2014.
- “Atlantic Leprosy: A New History, and Old Disease, and the Afro-Brazilian Past.” Co-authored with Monica Green for a panel titled “Unsettling Crosby’s Eurocentric Columbian Exchange: Old World Tropical Actors and Agencies in Remaking the Atlantic World.” Second World Congress on Environmental History. Guimarães, Portugal. July 8-12, 2014.
- “Without Warrant: Epidemics, Survival, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial Brazil, 1550-1565.” For a panel on “Health, Healing, and Authority in Colonial Latin America.” Latin American Studies Association. Chicago, IL. May 21-24, 2014.
- “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Three Lives in the Face of Death.” Albert Mann Memorial Lecture and the lecture series on “Health, Disease, and Disability across Disciplines.” Seattle University. April 8, 2014.
- “Elusive Objects: Plant Matter and Global Empires.” Symposium on “Early Modern Globalizations in the Iberian World: Ideology and Practice.” University of Kansas. February 27-March 1, 2014.
- “Fault Lines: Economies of Illness in Colonial Brazil.” Symposium on the “Paths of Medical Un/Orthodoxy? Colonial Latin America and Its World.” Queens University. Belfast, Northern Ireland. November 8-9, 2013.
- “Pre-modern Leprosy: An Imperial History of Calculated Imprecision.” For a panel on “A New History of Leprosy: The Global Health Implications of the Discovery of Mycobacterium lepromatosis.” American Association for the History of Medicine. Atlanta, GA. May 16-19, 2013.
- “Dead Reckonings: Disease, Explanation, and Encounter on the Epidemiological Frontier of Portuguese America.” Annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, CA. April 4-6, 2013.
- “Cultures of Inquiry, Myths of Empire: Natural History in Colonial Goa.” Symposium on “Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Science in Portuguese Asia.” Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Lisbon, Portugal. April 10-11, 2013.
- “The Botany of Colonial Medicine: Gender, Authority, and Natural History across Iberian Empires.” Annual conference of the American Historical Association. New Orleans, LA. January 3-6, 2013.
- “A Science Out of Place: Enclave Colonialism and Authorship in Garcia de Orta’s Colóquios.” Joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, History of Science Society, and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. University of Pennsylvania. July 11-14, 2012.
- “Humoral Pathology and the Question of Tropical Medicine: Atlantic Encounters ca. 1480.” National Endowment for the Humanities (US) and the Wellcome Library (UK) seminar on “Health and Disease in the Middle Ages.” London, UK. July 11, 2012.
- “Consumed by Water: Wetland Catastrophe in Portuguese Goa and the Existential Crisis of an Empire.” Annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History. University of Wisconsin-Madison. March 28-31, 2012.
- “The Limits of a Moral Imagination: Disease and Explanation on the Epidemiological Frontier of Portuguese America.” New York University. Conference on “Legends of Empire: Negotiating the Imperial Moral Compass.” New York, NY. February 17-18, 2012.
- “Islands in the Archive: Mapping the East Indies.” Annual conference of the American Historical Association. Chicago, IL. January 5-8, 2012.
- “A Science Out of Place: Text, Circumstance, and the Translation of Garcia de Orta’s Colóquios.” Birkbeck College of the University of London. Conference on “The Global Dimensions of European Knowledge, 1450-1700.” London. June 24-25, 2011.
- Hugh Cagle (2016). Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal's Empire, 1450-1700. Cambridge University Press.
- “Beyond the Senegal: Inventing the Tropics in the Late Middle Ages.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies Vol. 7, no. 2 (2015): 197-217. This is a special issue which I co-edited with Iona McCleery.
- "Cultures of Inquiry, Myths of Empire: Natural History in Colonial Goa." Pp. 107-128. In Medicine, Trade, and Empire: Garcia de Orta's Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) in Context. Edited by Andrew Cunningham and Palmira Fontes da Costa. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.
- “The Botany of Colonial Medicine: Gender, Authority, and Natural History in the Empires of Spain and Portugal.” Pp. 174-195. In Women of the Iberian Atlantic. Edited by Sarah E. Owens and Jane E. Mangan. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
- “Age of Settlement and Colonization, 1500-1900.” Co-authored with Michael Adas. Pp. 41-73. In Ashgate Companion to Modern Imperial Histories. Edited by Philippa Levine and John Marriott. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.
- Review of Daniela Bleichmar, Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. In Itinerario 27 (2013): 129-131.
- Review of Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. In Journal of World History 23 (2012): 943-945.
- Review of Lauren Benton, A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. In Itinerario 25 (2011): 104-106.
- Review of Pablo F. Gómez, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press: 2017. In Medical History 62 (2018): 133-135.