28 2019

UM Frankel Center Event: Institute Symposium

10:00AM - 5:00PM  

Rackham Assembly Hall 915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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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.


The front entrance of Rackham, located on East Washington, is accessible by stairs and ramp. There are elevators on both the east and wends ends of the lobby. The assembly hall is on the fourth floor.

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