#AIR2017 Today’s Highlight: Meet our Local Team in Zafra

The organizing committee are much obliged to José María Moreno, Juan Carlos Rubio Massa, Juan Santos Rincón Morales, Joaquín Castillo, and María Rincón Moreno for their support in Zafra. They are also very grateful to el Excmo Ayuntamiento de Zafra, el Archivo Histórico Municipal, el Centro de Estudios del Estado de Feria and el Museo Santa Clara.

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Winners of the William S. Goldman Prize for Best Student Paper

Delegates at the conference were able to vote for what they considered to be the best paper delivered by a PhD student at the conference. Our anonymous Spanish donor generously supplied books as prizes on the day, and all winners will have their conference fee waved for the next meeting in 2019. (They will remain eligible for conference accommodation bursaries also.)


The winners of the 2017 William S. Goldman Prize are:

1st Prize: Anna Demoux (Université Clermont Auvergne), for:

“The letter device in Los siete libros de La Diana by Jorge de Montemayor and The Two Gentlmen of Verona by William Shakespeare”

2nd Prize: Sabine Waasdrop (Universiteit van Amsterdam), for:

“‘A brazen-faced field-piece?’ Lazarillo de Tormes, Thomas Dekker’s Blurt Master Constable and Elizabethan peace negotiations with Spain (1598-1601)”

3rd Prize: Ben Fuggle (University of Essex), for:

“Tropical Flashpoints and Opportunities: Conflict and Cooperation between Britain and Spain in eighteenth-century Central America”





The William S. Goldman Prize for Best Student Paper

Bill Goldman was due to speak at this conference but died in a tragic accident earlier this year. To celebrate his life and his work, we have introduced this prize in his memory. His widow, Serra Falk Goldman, has kindly offered us her own personal tribute to him, to share with delegates.

William S. Goldman, PhD


William (Bill) Sachs Goldman was “the best father ever,” a dedicated husband, an accomplished professor and historian, and a passionate philanthropist. He was 38 years old.


Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Bill attended Sidwell Friends School and had a lifelong passion for politics. He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Glee Club and a photographer for the Yale Daily News. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on early modern Spain, specifically political and military history.


He was an assistant professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco and students enjoyed his courses on diplomacy and the European Union. Bill loved sharing his knowledge not only with his students but also with family and friends–on trips, at dinner parties, and wherever he could find an audience. He had previously taught at Stanford University and was a former research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.


He cared deeply about giving to his community and was active in a variety of philanthropic endeavors. In 2012, he and his siblings founded the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation to help underserved children and communities gain access to education, health, and financial resources. He was treasurer of the International Board of Directors of the New Israel Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering civil rights and democracy in Israel. He served as president of the  Board of Directors for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a family foundation that supports economic security, education, Jewish life, and the arts in the Bay Area.


He also was a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West, flying numerous missions to transport critically ill adults and children to receive medical treatment. He was passionate about flying, political discourse, gourmet food, a good Manhattan, long bike rides, the Washington Redskins, and the San Francisco Giants, but his greatest love was his family. He was a staunchly loyal and devoted friend. He was a dedicated leader, teacher, mentor, and advocate for the disadvantaged. The past few days have been a moving reminder of the many people whose lives Bill touched with his kindness, humor, and intellect.


Over the last year of his life, Bill became an avid political blogger, and in January of 2017 he reminded everyone of their responsibility as citizens of the world: “Now is our moment to demonstrate the courage of our convictions, to push back constantly against the wave of darkness, to prove over and over that world is better than this. It will not be fun. It will not be easy. But it will be done. Let us escape from our complacent lives, let us overcome our fear and terror. Let us give our lives a lasting meaning beyond what we believed possible.”



Focus on our sponsors: Brunel University

This conference series was inaugurated in 2015, thanks to the generous support of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel University, London, UK. We are extremely grateful for their continued support of this conference series, its associated network, and its graduate-support activities. Our founding lead organiser, Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon, is a Senior Lecturer in the English department there, and was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow across Brunel and Harvard universities at the time of this inauguration.


Things to do in Zafra

We hope you are looking forward to your time in Zafra. There’s plenty to keep you entertained when you are not at the conference, and a wealth of places to eat and drink. (Restaurant suggestions are listed under the Planning Your Visit tab.) We will add more information here in the coming weeks but, for now, here are some suggestions for webpages to browse, to help you plan your time in this beautiful town.

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Image: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/zafra


Visita Zafra

Extremadura Turismo (English and Spanish)

Lonely Planet



#AIR2017 our Sunday Treat: discover the delicacies made at the Convento de Santa Clara in Zafra!

There will be ample opportunity to try these delicious local delicacies while at #AIR2017. Why not spend your Sunday tempting your palate with their wares in advance?

Convento de Santa Clara de Zafra – Dulces Típicos de Zafra

Posted: Sunday, 30 July 2017

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