IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 307: Jews in Medieval Christendom, III: Resistance, Rescue, Resurgence

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Moderator/Chair:Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Respondent:Irven Resnick, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Paper 307-aJewish Resistance to Conversion in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon
(Language: English)
Kristine T. Utterback, Department of History, University of Wyoming
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 307-bThe Other 'Other': Muslims in Medieval Christendom
(Language: English)
Jane Schlubach, Department of History, Fatih University, Istanbul
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 307-cA Context for Conversion: Saracens, Jews, and Unrecognized Sources of The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Berlings, St Vincent's College, St John's University, New York
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Other

In July 2006, a five-week NEH Summer Institute convened at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies to investigate the topic ‘Representations of the “Other”: Jews in Medieval Christendom’. Ten of the participants, together with the Institute’s Director, now seek to present the impact of their joint study on the handling of sources within their different disciplines. Each of the three proposed sessions incorporates scholars from multiple disciplines; each will have the Director of the Institute, Irven Resnick, as respondent. Our goal is to revive the intellectual exchange of the institute, to publicize to others our work on Jews in all aspects of medieval life and art, and to invite fellow scholars to join us in critical dialogue on the topic.
Session III: From Jewish anti-Christian polemic to Muslim tolerance of Jews to the post-medieval afterlife of literary tropes focused on the Jews, late medieval culture provides a wealth of evidence with which to counter the lachrymose conception of Jewish history, as well as dualistic models of cultural interaction.