Harvey J. Hames, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Matt Goldish, Ohio State University
Mark Meyerson, University of Toronto
Miriam Bodian, University of Texas at Austin
Jonathan Ray, Georgetown University
Ilil Baum, Bar-Ilan University
Ross Brann, Cornell University
Monica Aparicio Colominas, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Brian Hamm, University of Central Florida
Marc Herman, Columbia University and Fordham University
Maya Soifer Irish, Rice University
Martin Jacobs, Washington University (St. Louis)
Ehud Krinis, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Devi Mays, University of Michigan
SJ Pearce, New York University
Vasileios Syros, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
Ryan Szpiech, University of Michigan
Moshe Yagur, University of Haifa
Before the contemporary period, the Jews of Sepharad (Iberia) were regularly depicted—and regularly depicted themselves—as part of a unique and exclusive group, more distinguished than the Jews of other lands. What are the origins of this traditional claim to Sephardic exceptionalism? How were traditional claims enhanced or altered by the decline in Jewish-Christian relations in the Christian kingdoms of Iberia in the later Middle Ages and by the eventual expulsion of the Sephardim, first from the Spanish kingdoms in 1492 and then from Portugal in 1496? “Sephardic Identities: Medieval and Early Modern” looks at Sephardic myths of identity from a diachronic perspective, bringing together papers both on the origins of Sephardic exceptionalism within medieval Sephardic communities themselves and on the evolution of such notions under pressure from forced conversion and inquisition, expulsion and diaspora, and ghettoization and emancipation.
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