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   DETAILS OF THE INSTITUTE    
 
NAME OF THE INSTITUTE: The Simancas Institute of History (University of Valladolid)
DIRECTOR: Adolfo Carrasco Martínez
SECRETARY: Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF : Mercedes Sebastián Marín 
LOCATION: Casa del Alcaide (Casa del Estudiante). Real de Burgos, s/n. 47011 VALLADOLID
TELEPHONE/FAX: (34) 983 423527
E-MAIL: simancas@uva.es
OPENING HOURS : Monday to Friday (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.)

RULES: : Approved by the Standing Commission of the University of Valladolid governing board at its meeting held on 14 March 2006.

MEMBERS : 72 teachers and researchers at the University of Valladolid (Uva) and one member of the administrative staff. The Institute also draws on the support of the following collaborators: 14 archivists as well as library and museum staff and 21 researchers from outside the Uva.



 

  CURRENT COMPOSITION OF THE INSTITUTE'S GOVERNING BOARD: (2018)  

UVA TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS
(board members with the right to speak and vote)

ALONSO PONGA, José Luis
AMIGO ROMÁN , Pedro
ANDRÉS GONZÁLEZ, Patricia
ANDRÉS SANTOS, Francisco Javier
APARICIO GERVÁS, Jesús Mª
ARIAS GUILLÉN, Fernando
BEDERA BRAVO, Mario
BOLAÑOS ATIENZA, Mª Jesús
BURRIEZA SÁNCHEZ, Javier
CABALLERO DOMÍNGUEZ, Margarita
CABEZA RODRÍGUEZ, Antonio
CALVO CABALLERO, Mª del Pilar
CAMPOS DOMÍNGUEZ, Eva María
CANO GARCÍA, Juan Antonio
CANO HERRERA, Mª de las Mercedes
CARRASCO MARTÍNEZ, Adolfo
CARVAJAL DE LA VEGA, David
CASADO ALONSO, Hilario
DELIBES DE CASTRO, Germán
DÍEZ GARRETAS, Mª Jesús
DÍEZ MARTÍN, Fernando
ESTEBAN RECIO, Asunción
GALLEGO FRANCO, Mª del Henar
GARCÍA COLMENARES, Pablo
GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, Máximo
GAVILÁN DOMÍNGUEZ, Enrique
GONZÁLEZ MARTÍNEZ, Rosa María
GUERRA DOCE, Elisa
GUTIÉRREZ BAÑOS, Fernando
HERGUEDAS VELA, Miguel
HERNÁNDEZ CASTELLÓ, María Cristina
HERNANDO SÁNCHEZ, Carlos José
HERRERO DE LA FUENTE, Marta
HERRERO JIMÉNEZ, Mauricio
JALÓN CALVO, Mauricio
LAFUENTE CANO, Jorge
MARCOS DEL OLMO, Mª Concepción
MARCOS MARTÍN, Alberto
MARTÍN CEA, Juan Carlos
MARTÍN JIMÉNEZ, Virginia
MARTÍNEZ DE SALINAS ALONSO, María Luisa
MARTÍNEZ LLORENTE, Félix Javier
MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ, Mª del Carmen
MARTÍNEZ RUIZ, Mª José
MARTÍNEZ SOPENA, Pascual
MAZA ZORRILLA, Elena
MOLINA DE LA TORRE, Francisco Javier
MÖLLER RECONDO, Claudia
MONTENEGRO VALENTÍN, Julia
ORTÚÑEZ GOICOLEA, Pedro Pablo
PARRADO DEL OLMO, Jesús María
PASCUAL MOLINA, Jesús Félix
PELAZ LÓPEZ, José Vidal
PÉREZ DE CASTRO, Ramón
PORRO GUTIÉRREZ, Jesús María
PRADO MOURA, Ángel de
REDONDO CANTERA, Mª José
REGLERO DE LA FUENTE, Carlos Manuel
ROSA CUBO, Cristina de la
RUIZ ALBI, Irene
SIGNES CODOÑER, Juan
SOBALER SECO, Mª de los Ángeles
SOSA MAYOR, Igor
SZASZDI LEÓN-BORJA, Istvan
TORREMOCHA HERNÁNDEZ, Margarita
URREA FERNÁNDEZ, Jesús
VAL VALDIVIESO, Isabel del
VASALLO TORANZO, Luis
VICENTE MAROTO, Mª Isabel
VILLANUEVA ZUBIZARRETA, Olatz
ZALAMA RODRÍGUEZ, Miguel Ángel
ZULUETA PÉREZ, Patricia

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MASTER'S AND PHD DEGREES
(board members with the right to speak and vote)

ARAUS BALLESTEROS, Luis
GAMERO IGEA, Germán
RODRÍGUEZ MARTÍN, Víctor
VELA SANTAMARÍA, Francisco Javier

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
(board members with the right to speak and vote)

SEBASTIÁN MARÍN, Mercedes

COLLABORATORS

ARCHIVISTS AND LIBRARY AND MUSEUM STAFF
(board members with the right to speak but not to vote)

AGUIRRE LANDA, Isabel
BURRIEZA MATEOS, José María
EMPERADOR ORTEGA, Cristina
LASO BALLESTEROS, Ángel
MARCOS DÍEZ, David
MORENO LÓPEZ, Mª Ángeles
MUÑOZ MAZAGATOS, Ángel
ORTEGA ÁLVAREZ, Javier
PEDRUELO MARTÍN, Eduardo
PÉREZ MELERO, Joaquín
REQUEJO ZALAMA, Javier Emmanuel
RODRÍGUEZ DE DIEGO, José Luis
RODRÍGUEZ DE DIEGO, Julia Teresa
SÁNCHEZ DEL BARRIO, Antonio

RESEARCHERS FROM OUTSIDE THE UVA
(board members with the right to speak but not to vote)

ALMUIÑA FERNÁNDEZ, Celso
ALONSO RUIZ, Begoña
ANDRÉS ORDAX, Salvador
BELLOSO MARTÍN, Carlos
CRESPO SANZ, Antonio
DOMÍNGUEZ MENDEZ, Rubén
ESTEBAN PIÑEIRO, Mariano
GÓMEZ CUESTA, Cristina
MARTÍNEZ GARCÍA, Pedro
MARTINO, Aurora
MIGUEL LÓPEZ, Isabel
MORENO PRIETO, Ángel José
PALOMARES IBÁÑEZ, Jesús María
PINILLA MARTÍN, Mª José
RIBOT GARCÍA, Luis Antonio
RODRÍGUEZ HERNÁNDEZ, Antonio José
RUIZ ASENCIO, José Manuel
SAIZ MONTES, Luis Ángel.
SANTO TOMÁS PÉREZ, Magdalena
SERRANO GARCÍA, Rafael
VELA SANTAMARÍA, Francisco Javier

HONORARY MEMBERS
(board members with the right to speak but not to vote)

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MAYOR OF VALLADOLID
ANTONINO FERNÁNDEZ 
CINIA GONZÁLEZ  

 


  CREATION PROCESS  

 

Drawing on the possibilities afforded by the universities reform act, the idea of creating an institute of history at the University of Valladolid emerged between 1987 and 1988 as a result of the scientific interests felt by a number of teachers working in the areas of Early Modern History, Medieval History, Contemporary History and Economic History.

The central idea around which this interest revolved concerned the fact that research into history at our university enjoys a number of significant advantages compared to other universities, and which should be taken advantage of, particularly at the present time when the trend is towards universities specialising in certain studies and knowledge areas.

The advantages which research into history at the University of Valladolid has are based mainly on two facts:

. The location of several extremely important historical archives within the area covered by the University of Valladolid -the General Archive at Simancas and the Chancellery- documents from which provide the opportunity to address not only the regional history of Castilla y León but also the history of Spain, Europe and the Americas.

. The constant presence in Valladolid of leading specialists -both from Spanish universities as well as Hispanists from overseas universities- who come to these shores to consult the documents housed in the area.

The proximity of these two archives -and in particular the one at Simancas- has for many decades been the driving force behind the history studies conducted at the University of Valladolid, and has included such illustrious teachers of contemporary historiography as Doctors Palacio Atard, Suárez Fernández, Pérez Villanueva, Enciso Recio, Cano de Gardoqui, or Ramos Pérez.

Some fifty years ago, the Simancas Seminary of Modern History was set up at Santa Cruz College and ran until the early 1970s. From this were born the current knowledge areas of Early Modern History, Contemporary History, and History of the Americas. Said seminary, together with the Seminary of Ancient and Medieval History, formed the corner stone which has consolidated the University of Valladolid's prestigious historiographical tradition in the fields of local and regional history as well as the history of Spain, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Bourbons (XVI-XVIII centuries), and of the Hispanic world, a tradition forged and recognised both in Spain and worldwide. This is reflected through its journals, such as the old Simancas, note worthy due to its spirit and title, or the more recent Investigaciones Históricas and Historia Medieval; editorial collections, such as Estudios y Documentos or Estudios de Historia Medieval; and initiatives such as the Chair of Philip II, which is over twenty-five years old.

A group of teachers felt that all of the above-mentioned circumstances merited the creation of a university institute, specialised in promoting, managing and coordinating the historical research carried out at the various departments. The project also seemed feasible in administrative terms given the positive reception the idea was greeted with from the university governing body.

On 18 March 1988, the university governing body approved the "Proposal for the creation of the 'Simancas' Institute of History", signed by professors Teófanes Egido López, Ángel García Sanz, Luis A. Ribot García and Mª Isabel del Val Valdivieso. These four professors were designated by the Chancellor, D. Fernando Tejerina, to form the Managing Commission that would draw up the Institute's rules and regulations.

On 17 March 1989, the university governing body approved the rules for the Institute. The process of establishing its management and governing board then commenced.

The invitation issued by the management commission to the professors and researchers at the university as well as to the staff working at the archives in Valladolid was warmly welcomed, since 81 professors and researchers from the university -spanning 11 knowledge areas- together with a further 11 archivists expressed their desire to form part of the Institute and were, indeed, accepted as members.

On 20 March 1990, the management commission convened all the Institute members to a general assembly in order to formalise the Institute's creation and to select the members of the governing board which, in turn, on 24 April, appointed Professor Ángel García Sanz as director and Professors Pedro Carasa Soto, Juan Helguera Quijada, Luis A. Ribot García and Mª Isabel del Val Valdivieso as members of the standing committee, with Professor Teófanes Egido López being named secretary of the Institute.

In November 1995, Professor Luis Ribot was appointed director, and named Professor Elena Maza as secretary. Afterwards, the procedure once again got underway to gain the Institute's much sought-after conversion to an LRU University Institute, permission for which was granted under Decree 181/1997 of 26 September, and published in the Official Gazette of Castilla y León on 29 September 1997.

In April 1999, and after fresh elections to the Institute's governing board, Professor Luis Ribot García was re-elected as director and Professor Elena Maza Zorrilla was named secretary. The newly appointed board initiated the task of reforming the Institute's rules so as to adapt them to the Institute's conversion to an L.R.U. Institute. On 22 February 2000, the governing board approved the revised rules, followed by a period during which a review was undertaken to update and revise its board of members, which currently stands at 72 professorsand researchers, 14 archivists and library and museums staff together with 21 researchers from outside the Uva plus one member of the administrative staff.

On 2 March 2001, a cooperation agreement was signed between the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the University of Valladolid for recognition of the Simancas Institute of History at said university as an affiliated unit of the CSIC.

In 2002, a fresh process to renew the Institute's governing bodies commenced. On 20 February, elections were held to constitute the Institute's boardwhich, once it had been formedon 13 March 2002, appointed Professor Julio Valdeón Baruque as its new director who, in turn, named Professor Elena Maza Zorrilla as secretary.

On 5 October 2006, Professor Alberto Marcos Martín was chosen to be the new director of the Institute, with Professor Elena Maza Zorrilla being named as secretary.

On 22 January 2008, Professor Mª Isabel del Val Valdivieso was elected as the new director of the Institute, in turn naming Professor Hilario Casado Alonso as secretary, posts which were renewed for a further four years after the elections held on 14 February 2012.

On the 18th January 2017 Professor Adolfo Carrasco Martínez was elected new headmaster of the Institute, who appointed Professor Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta secretary.


  NATURE AND MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE  


As reflected in article 1 of its rules, the Simancas Institute of History is a University of Valladolid centre dedicated to promoting research and teaching specialising in history for postgraduate students, as well as providing ongoing training for teaching staff.
The historical period covered by the institute spans from the Middle Ages to the present-day world, corresponding to the four main areas of which it is made up: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Contemporary History, and Economic History.
In order to promote research, the institute seeks to: 

- Enter into agreements with public and private entities to undertake research in certain topics and issues related to history.

- Carry out research programmes funded, managed and conducted byits members, in conjunction or otherwise with other work groups.

- Link young grantholders and researchers to such agreements and programmes, the main aim being for them to do their doctoral thesis.

- Forge special links with the Simancas General Archive and the Chancellery Archive, as well as with other archives and museums within the University of Valladolid district.

- Set up permanent scientific links with researchers, teaching staff and scientific institutions, both in Spain and abroad.

- Endow the institute with the essential material means required today to conduct research and scientific contact: computers linked to the Internet, computerised bibliographical and documentary information, email and the like.

In order to provide specialised teaching in history as well as ongoing teaching staff training, the Institute has carried out and will continue to carry out:

- Third cycle programmes.
- Series of lectures on specific topics.
- Conferences, seminars, round tables, debates, and all manner of meetings between specialists. 
- Training courses for researchers and archivists.
- Postgraduate courses addressing topics of special interest related to history. 
- Scientific publications.

 

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