New Faculty 2020


Noel Blanco Mourelle

Assistant Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College

Noel Blanco Mourelle is a specialist in medieval Iberian studies, focusing on the intersection of religious conversion, politics, and history of technology. He is particularly interested in how such technologies as the book shape people’s thoughts, theories, and ways of knowing the world. His book project, “Learning Machines,” is a cultural history of the circulation of the works of medieval Majorcan philosopher and preacher Ramon Llull and the way in which they served as vehicles for debates about religious, political, and cultural universalism in late medieval and early modern Europe. He has published articles on book history, the history of universalism, and forms of medieval and early modern book censorship.

Blanco Mourelle received his PhD in Iberian studies from Columbia University. He holds an MA in comparative literature from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in France and a BA in Romance philology from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He joins the University of Chicago from the College of William & Mary, where he was an assistant professor of medieval Iberian studies.

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