Geography of Historical Friendship

Presented by Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Associate Professor of Spanish
School of International Letters & Cultures, ASU

Part of the ACMRS History of Emotions Lecture Series

Eventbrite - Geography of Historical Friendship

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

Western male theories of friendship have been described from many points of view. But these theories tend to be Eurocentric, chauvinistic, and aristocratic, built to serve special interests. Female friendship has experienced a deficiency of representations, which becomes more acute at the dawn of the Renaissance. Nationalistic and market bias is noticeable in representations of friendship during the last two centuries, a fact which calls for more transcultural studies of representations of notion of friendship. In the last decades, the internet is reshaping the notion and the practices of friendship. This talk will explore the consequences for the individual, the economy, and the society.

About Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Juan Pablo Gil-Osle completed his doctorate at the University of Chicago, and is currently an assistant professor of Spanish Golden Age literature at Arizona State University, Tempe, after having held positions at the University of Michigan, and Arkansas State University. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle's recent publications focus on the representations of friendship in early modern culture, on the relationship between word and image, and on gender studies. In the book Amistades imperfectas: del Humanismo a la Ilustración, Gil-Osle explores similarities and divergences between pre-modern and modern social models of friendship. His emphasis on the connection between early modern transformations of the institution of friendship and the opposition between current, contrasting social models grounded in solidarity, on the one hand, and individualism, on the other, makes the book relevant to a deeper understanding of the history of intellectual debates on neo-liberal and welfare policies in the USA and Europe. In addition, Gil-Osle’s interest in visual and digital portrayals of the Golden Age has resulted in his presidency of the Early Modern Image and Text Society (Emit Society), and his co-editorship of the journal Laberinto. Upcoming projects include a book about gender and visual culture in the representation of early modern friendship, a monograph on patronage in Tirso de Molina’s Los Cigarrales de Toledo, and a number of publications on the matrix between new media commemorations of Spanish and Basque early modern culture, history, and nationhood.