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2018-19 Theme: Sephardic Identities: Medieval and Early Modern

Affiliation & Project Titles       

  • Ilil Baum

Bar-Ilan University

The Knowledge of Arabic among the Jews of the Crown of Aragon: Late Medieval Jewish Multilingualism as a Marker of an Elitist Culture

  • Ross Brann

Cornell University

Andalusi and Sefardi Exceptionalism

  • Monica Colominas Aparicio 

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Sephardic Exceptionalism in the anti-Jewish Polemics of Medieval Iberian Muslims

  • Brian Hamm

University of Central Florida

Being ‘Portuguese’ at the Diasporic Margins

  • Marc Herman

Columbia University and Fordham University

Andalusian Independence from Geonic Authority in its Mālikī and Almohad Contexts

  • Maya Soifer Irish

Rice University

Sephardic Exceptionalism and the Castilian Jewish Elites

  • Martin Jacobs

Washington University (St. Louis)

Constantinople vs. Tenochtitlán: Imperial Expansion through a Post-Expulsion Sephardic Lens

  • Ehud Krinis

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

'Galut' and 'Ghurba' -- Historical and Existential Exile in the Thought of Bahya Ibn Paquda and Judah Halevi 

  • Devi Mays

University of Michigan

The Sephardi Connection: Ottoman Jews, the Opium Trade, and the Aftereffects of Empire

  • SJ Pearce

New York University

In the Taifa Kingdoms: The Medieval Poetics of Modern Nationalism

  • Vasileios Syros

University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

Visions of History and Sephardic Identities: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives

  • Ryan Szpiech

University of Michigan

He is Still Israel? Conversion and Sephardic Identity before and after 1391

  • Moshe Yagur

University of Haifa

Who was a 'Sepharadi'? A view from the Cairo Geniza