University of Southern California

Festival of Books 2013

Plants, Maps and Lesbians: Explorations in Early Modern Culture: About the Panelists

Daniela BleichmarDaniela Bleichmar is Associate Professor of Art History and History at USC. Educated at Harvard and Princeton, she has received awards from the Mellon Foundation and the Getty Foundation among others. She is an expert on science, art and travel from the 1600s to the 1800s. She has edited two books and authored the award-winning Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment.

Peter C. Mancall (Moderator) is Professor of History and Anthropology at USC, and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is the author of five books, including Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson—A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic and Hakluyt’s Promis: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg Businessweek and American Heritage and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Sean RobertsSean Roberts is Assistant Professor of Art History at USC. His interests span the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean world and include the relationship between the histories of art, technology, maps and books. His recent book Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography is available from Harvard University Press and a volume co-edited with Timothy McCall and Giancarlo Fiorenza entitled Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe is forthcoming in April 2013. He is currently researching and writing a book tentatively titled Sabotage! Rivalry, Technology, and the Making of Renaissance Prints.

Sherry VelascoSherry Velasco is Professor of early modern Spanish literature and culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and of gender and sexuality in the Department of Gender Studies at USC. She is the author of four books: Lesbians in Early Modern Spain; Male Delivery: Reproduction, Effeminacy, and Pregnant Men in Early Modern Spain; The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire, and Catalina de Erauso; and Demons, Nausea, and Resistance in the Autobiography of Isabel de Jesús 1611–1682. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on early modern Spanish prose, theater and women’s narrative with special emphasis on gender studies, queer theory and visual cultural studies.