Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern
The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan provides residential fellowships for scholars to conduct research around an annual theme. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 theme, “Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern.”
Applications are encouraged from scholars of all ranks (Ph.D. required) working on topics related to Sephardic identities in the medieval and early modern periods, broadly conceived. Topics can include, but are not limited to, expulsion and diaspora, ghettoization and emancipation, the interactions between Sephardic and other Jewish and non-Jewish identities, the origins of Sephardic claims to exceptionalism within medieval Sephardic communities themselves, and the evolution of such notions under pressure from forced conversion and inquisition.
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