Lauren Beck

Department Head and Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies. Programme Advisor, MLLC

Lauren Beck

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Dr. Lauren Beck holds a BHA in English and Spanish literatures and languages from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Spanish as well as a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She specializes in early modern Spanish and transatlantic culture and actively researches the visual culture of that period, the representation of minority groups, including Muslims, Native peoples and Protestants, within Catholic and imperial Spain, and is particularly interested in the history of cartography. She has been appointed editor of Terrae Incognitae, the journal for the Society for the History of Discoveries and recently published her first book, Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture. She continues to hold and has held several SSHRC grants in support of her research.



Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: the Conquest through the Lens of Visual and Textual Multiplicity. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2013.


“Eighteenth-century Spanish American Terra Incognita: Mapping the Things of Empire”, in Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture. Eds. Ileana Baird and Christina Ionescu. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. Forthcoming.

“Illustrating the Spanish Conquest in the Long Eighteenth Century: Theodore de Bry and his Legacy”. Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text. Ed. Christina Ionescu. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2011, p. 494-533.


“The Travelogue of a Moroccan Ambassador to Charles II, 1690-91: The Seville MS”. The Journal of North African Studies 20.2, 2015, p. 284-302.

“Claiming California: From Terra Incognita to Miguel de Venegas”. Terrae Incognitae 45.1, 2013, p. 2-18.

“Moros en la costa: Islam in Spanish Media and Visual Culture”. Revista de Historia Actual 29, 2012, p. 93-106.

“The mezquita-garaje, mezquita-sótano and Islam in Spain after 11-M”. Revista de Historia Actual 17, 2008, p. 147-158.

“Map, Metaphor and Database: Toward a Methodology for Evaluating a Culture in History”. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 2.1, 2008, p. 43-48.

“Pieter van der Beke: the Man and the Map”. Dutch Crossing 31.1, 2007, p. 111-130.

“Mercator and the theatrum mundi: The Map as Cosmographic Text in the 16th Century Humanistic Community”. SILVA. Revista de estudios de humanismo y de tradición clásica 4, 2005, p. 7-37.


Review of Contest for California: From Spanish Colonization to the American Conquest (Stephen Hyslop, 2012), Terrae Incognitae 45.2, 201, p. 139-140.

Review of Go East, Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient (Richard V. Francaviglia, 2011), in Terrae Incognitae 45.1, 2013, p. 78-79.

(Invited) “Spotlight on Lauren Beck”, in The Portolan 84.

Review of Collecting Across Cultures (Eds. Bleichmar, Daniela and Peter Mancall, 2011), in Terrae Incognitae 44.1, 2012.

Review of Cartographic Encounters. Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World (John Rennie Short, 2009), in Terrae Incognitae 42.1 (2010).

“Sixteenth-Century Religious Cartographic Signs throughout the Lands of Spain”. Imago Mundi (Short article/thesis) Vol. 60.1 (2008).