Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

What's Going On at MEMS?

Dear Friends,

MEMS continues to sponsor the Premodern Colloquium (meets Sunday afternoons once a month) as well as occasional MEMS Lectures.

We hope you will join us, and watch the website calendar of events for upcoming lectures and other activities of interest!

Winter 2024 MEMS Lecture. Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe

Rowan Dorin, Stanford University
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
4:00-5:30 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
Beginning in the twelfth century, Jewish moneylenders increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs of European authorities, who denounced the evils of usury as they expelled Jews from their lands. Yet Jews were not alone in supplying coin and credit to needy borrowers. Across much of Western Europe, foreign Christians likewise engaged in professional moneylending, and they too faced repeated threats of expulsion from the communities in which they settled. In charting the emergence and spread of this association between usury and expulsion, this talk will explore how mass expulsion became a pervasive feature of European law and politics—with tragic consequences that have reverberated down to the present.

Bio: Rowan Dorin is associate professor of History at Stanford University, where his teaching and research focus on premodern Europe and the Mediterranean. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge, and he was previously a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. In addition to his recent book, No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers, and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe (Princeton UP, 2023), he has also published articles on Jewish-Christian relations, medieval canon law, digital humanities, and the circulation of people, goods, and manuscripts in the premodern world.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Europe, history, Jewish Studies, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Center for European Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies