Uni-Tübingen

Dr. Laura Dierksmeier

Contact

SFB 1070 ResourceCultures
Gartenstr. 29
Room 306
72074 Tübingen
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-73595
Email: laura.dierksmeierspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de


Position and Role

Scientific associate (PostDoc)



Further Information

Academic Career

since 2017 Postdoc in the DFG-collaborative research centre 1070 ResourceCultures, subproject C05: Island Economies. A Comparative Study of Island Communities during the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, University Tübingen
2016 - 2017

Postdoc in the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1662: “Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa: Transfers und Transformationen” at the University Tübingen

2016 PhD: Promotion in Modern History at the University Tübingen
Charity for and by the Poor: Franciscan-Indigenous Confraternities in Mexico, 1526–1700
Promotionskolloquium: summa cum laude / Gesamtnote: magna cum laude
First evaluator: Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr (Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit)
Second evaluator: Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzem (Katholische Theologie)

2012 – 2016

Research associate at the Institute of Modern History at the University of Tübingen
2010 – 2012 MA: Studies in Spanish (MA) at the Simmons College (USA), magna cum laude
2010 – 2011 Programme coordinator, Staff Writer and Archival Researcher at the Center for Community Service des Simmons College, Boston, MA, USA

2002 – 2007

BA: Studies in Spanish magna cum laude and Business Management (BS) cum laude at the Stonehill College (USA) incl. one semester at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spanien) in Spring 2005

Conference organisation

Nov. 2019 European Islands: Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds (together with F. Schön, A. Condit, V. Palmowski, and A. Kouremenos)
Sept. 2018 Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource? Transmission, Reception, and Interaction of Global and Local Knowledge between Europe and the Americas, 1492 1800 (together with F. Fechner and K. Takeda) 

Work groups

since 2018 Member: Trento en el Mundo hispánico: Renovación individual, social y cultural, Universität von Navarra, Spain
since 2017 Co-founder: Insularities, Comparative Case Studies in Resource Use Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds, Universität Tübingen

Lectures

Feb. 2020 Indigenous Knowledge as Enlightened Knowledge? Medicinal Cannabis Use in Colonial Mexico. Resource Cultures: Reflections and New Perspectives, International Conference, University Tübingen.
Nov. 2019 Introduction for conference: European Islands: Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds (together with Frerich Schön), University Tübingen.
May 2019 Island Life between Droughts and Floods: An Environmental History of Water in Spain, 1500-1800, SFB 1070 Colloquium, University Tübingen.
Sept. 2018 Local Creole Knowledge: José Antonio Alzate y Ramirez’s Defense of Medicinal Herbs Prohibited by the Inquisition in Eighteenth-Century Mexico, 52. Deutscher Historikertag in Münster, Panel: Local Knowledge as a Non-Residual Category in Early Modern Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire.
  Introduction to conference: Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource (together with F. Fechner), University Tübingen.
May 2018 Indigenous Confraternities and the Moral Economy in Early Modern Mexico. Latin American Studies Association. Barcelona (in Abwesenheit wegen Schwangerschaft verlesen).
  The Spiritual Conquest of Mexico: From Normative Texts to Indigenous Practices to Descriptive Reports, University Eichstätt.
March 2018 A Cultural History of Fresh Water in Early Modern Spain, In Poseidons Reich, XXIII, Waters as a Resource, University Tübingen.
Feb. 2018 Instituciones sociales y caritativas en México colonial, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
  Charity for and by the Poor: Franciscan and Indigenous Confraternities in Mexico, 1526 – 1700, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
Sept. 2017 Indigenous Knowledge as Enlightened Knowledge? A Priest’s Defense of Herbs Prohibited by the Inquisition in Eighteenth-Century Mexico, Workshop about the History of the Early Modern Period, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, Great Britain.
Feb. 2017 Too Successful for their own Good: Indigenous Confraternities in Eighteenth-Century Mexico, Konferenz: What would Jesus Fund? Financing Religious Enterprises in the Long Eighteenth Century, University Tübingen.
Oct. 2016 Charity for and by the Poor: Franciscan and Indigenous Confraternities in Mexico, 1526 – 1700, Public Lecture within the exhibition “Fremde Welten: Entdeckung – Erforschung – Eroberung”, University Eichstätt.
  Confraternities: Social Assistance in Sixteenth-Century Mexico, within the conference “Bartolomé de las Casas: History, Philosophy, & Theology in the Age of European Expansion”, Providence College, Rhode Island, USA.
July 2016 Oral examination about the promotion project “Charity for and by the Poor: Franciscan and Indigenous Confraternities in Mexico, 1526 – 1700”, University Tübingen.
Nov. 2015 From the Aztec to the Spanish Empire. Social Institutions in Mexico after 1521, guest lecture within the seminar “Geschichte Spanischamerikas in der Frühen Neuzeit” (WS 15/16) an der University Tübingen.
Sept. 2015 Competing Visions of Childhood: Assistance to Orphans by 16th Century Mexican Confraternities, Workshop about religious knowledge and history of the Early Modern Period at the St. John’s College, Cambridge University, Great Britain.
July 2015

From Isolation to Inclusion: Confraternities in Urban Sixteenth-Century Mexico, within the Klausurtagung of the Institute for Modern History by the University Tübingen in the monastery Kirchberg bei Sulz am Neckar.

May 2015 Confraternity-run Hospitals in Colonial Mexico, within the panel 995: “Cofradías in Colonial Latin America” der Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 2014 Franciscan & Aztec Confraternities in Mexico, 1526 – 1650: Innovative Social Assistance and Poor Relief based on Moral Theology, within the panel 62: “Cofradías in the Iberian-Atlantic World” der Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (ASPHS) in Modena, Italy.
July 2013 Charity to the Poor and Sick by Franciscan and Aztec Brotherhoods in Sixteenth-Century New Spain, Colloquium of the Institute of Modern History at the University Tübingen.

Courses (University Tübingen)

WS 2019/20 Introduction to the History of Cartography and Sea Navigation
  Introduction to Archive Research
SoSe 2019 Missionary Science in Latin America, 1500 –1800
  Mediterranean Island History and Archaeology: Interdisciplinary Long-term Perspectives
SoSe 2018 Confraternities in the Early Modern Iberian World
SoSe 2016 Mentorship for the lecture  “Mikroskop und Fernglas - Wissenschaftsrevolutionen und Forschungsalltag in der Frühen Neuzeit” by Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr
WS 2015/16 Mentorshipfor the lecturee “Geschichte Spanischamerikas in der Frühen Neuzeit” by Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr
WS 2014/15 Together with Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr: Main seminar“Geschichte der spanischen Inquisition in Spanien und Spanischamerika”

Contributions for museums

2020 More Than Just a Fountain: Water Stress on a Spanish Island, Virtual Museum of the University Tübingen

Additional professional experience and community work (selection)

2010 - 2012 Club Advisor und Regional Coordinator bei Amnesty International, Boston, USA
  Honorary employee/ Translator for Kids in Need of Defense, Boston, USA
2010 - 2011 Americorps, Boston, MA (non-profit programme of the US-government)
2009 Internship as Legal Assistant / Translator at Villar Arregui, Abogados, Madrid, Spain
2008 - 2011 Dream consultant and Resettlement Volunteer at Refugee Immigration Ministry, Bos., USA
2007 - 2009 Legal assistant at the department of Immigration at the law office „Pappas and Lenzo,“ Bos., USA
2007 Internship as legal assistant at Defensa Legal, Madrid, Spanien
2005 - 2007 Legal assistant at the law office Peter T. Clark, Mansfield, MA, USA
2005 - 2006 Latin American Health Care Institute: Volunteer, Translator, Brockton, MA, USA

Research Focuses

  • Comparative Island Studies
  • History of Water Scarcity in Spain
  • Missionary Science and Indigenous Medicine in Latin America
  • Early Modern Mexican Confraternities
  • History of Banned Books and Newspapers in the Atlantic World

Publications

Monograph

  • Charity for and by the Poor: Franciscan and Indigenous Confraternities in Mexico, 1527 – 1700 (Academy of American Franciscan History and University of Oklahoma Press), 2020.

Articles (Double Blind Peer Reviewed)

  • Teaching Insularity: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives (mit A. Kouremenos), SHIMA: The International Journal into Research of Island Cultures, 2020, 284 – 297.
  • Forbidden Herbs? Alzate’s Defense of Pipilzitzintles, Colonial Latin American Review 29(2), erscheint Mai 2020, 263 –286.

Book chapters

  • “The Narrower the Divide, the Deeper the Trench: Bartolomé de las Casas and Toribio de Motolinía” in Bartolomé de las Casas, O.P.: History, Philosophy, and Theology in the Age of European Expansion. Hrsg. R. Roldán-Figueroa und D.Orique, O.P. (Boston: Brill), 2018, 348 –391.
  • “From Isolation to Inclusion: Confraternities in Urban Colonial Mexico” in Space, Place & Motion: Locating Confraternities in the Early Modern City, Hrsg. D.Presciutti (Boston: Brill), 2017, 68 – 87.

Reviews

  • Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung. 2019. Huber, Vitus, Beute und Conquista. Die politische Ökonomie der Eroberung Neuspaniens, (Frankfurt: Campus), 2018 (zusammen mit A. Weininger).
  • Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung. 2018. Redden, Andrew, The Collapse of Time: The Martyrdom of Diego Ortiz (1571) Antonio de la Calancha [1638], (Berlin: De Gruyter), 2016.
  • Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung. 2017. Tene, Ran, Changes in Ethical Worldviews of Spanish Missionaries in Mexico: An Ethical Transition from Sight to Touch in the 16th and 17th Centuries. (European Expansion and Indigenous Response, Bd. 15), (Leiden/Boston: Brill), 2015.

Conference reports

  • „Mission/s/Kartographie: Funktionen, visuelle Strategien, Wissenstransfer (1500 – 1800)“ über die vom Graduiertenkolleg 1662 “Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800 – 1800)” der Universität Tübingen veranstaltete Tagung (04.11.2016 – 05.11.2016), 2017.
  • “Global Dimensions of European History: 3rd Cambridge-Tuebingen Workshop” über die vom DAAD, der Cambridge University und der Universität Tübingen veranstaltete Tagung (26.09.2016 – 27.09.2016), 2016.

Not yet published/ In preparation

  • European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds (with F. Schön, A. Condit, V. Palmowski, und A. Kouremenos), in Juni 2020 abgegeben.
  • Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource? Transmission, Reception, and Interaction of Global and Local Knowledge between Europe and the Americas, 1492 –1800, mit F. Fechner und K.Takeda, (SFB 1070, Universität Tübingen Press), erscheint 2020.
  • Cofradías en Nueva España antes y después de Trento: reformas en las finanzas, arte sacro, y licencias in Fermín Labarga (ed.) Para la reforma del clero y pueblo cristiano… El concilio de Trento y la renovación católica en el mundo hispánico" (Silex), submitted to the press.
  • Introduction: Truthmakers and Contexts of Indigenous Knowledge Transmission with F. Fechner in ‘Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource? Transmission, Reception, and Interaction of Global and Local Knowledge between Europe and the Americas, 1492–1800’. Eds. Dierksmeier, L., Fechner, F., Takeda, K. (SFB 1070 University of Tübingen Press), (zusammen mit F. Fechner) submitted to the press.
  • Introduction: Insular Dynamics from Interdisciplinary Perspectives in ‘European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds.’ Eds. Schön, Dierksmeier, Kouremenos, Condit, Palmowski. (SFB 1070, University of Tübingen Press), (zusammen mit F. Schön) submitted to the press.
  • Water Scarcity at Sea: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Preservation of Freshwater on Volcanic Islands (mit F. Schön). RessourcenKulturen. Konzepte und Anwendungen, Hrsg S. Teuber.
  • Historical Water Scarcity on the Canary Islands, 1500-1800 AD in Waters as a Resource, Hrsg S. Teuber, A. Scholz, T. Scholten, M. Bartelheim (SFB1070, University of Tuebingen Press), erscheint 2020.
  • Worlds in the Sea: Water Management on Early Modern Spanish Islands
  • History of Latin America in 25 Images (zusammen mit M. Kroiher und F. Fechner)

 

Awards and Scholarships

2020 Application for a DFG network, submittet, pending
2019 Project funding for young scientists, “Small European Islands as Harbingers of Environmental Change”, University Tübingen
2018 Aid money for Postdocs “Climate Change and Small Islands in a Long-Term Perspective”, University Tübingen, Collaborative research centre 1070
2017 Bartolomé de las Casas Dissertation Prize, Fribourg University, Schweiz
2011 Distinguished Graduate Student for Civic Engagement Award
2006 President, Spanish Honors Society
2006 Community Service Leadership Award

Memberships

Feb. – March 2018 Visiting Fellow: Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona (Spanien), unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Pilar Latasa (History of the Early Modern Period)
Oct. 2014 – Oct. 2016 Academy of American Franciscan History Fellowship
Scientific Societies
since  
2020 Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft
2020 International Small Islands Studies Association
2019 European Society for Environmental History
2018 Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands
2015 Förderverein Geschichte Universität Tübingen
2013 Confraternitas, University of Toronto
2012 Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos
2012 Hispanic American Historical Review
2011 Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
2011 Latin American Studies Association
2011 American Historical Association