IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1236: Political Uses of Medieval Iberia

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Nadia Altschul, School of Modern Languages & Cultures (Hispanic Studies), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Nadia Altschul, School of Modern Languages & Cultures (Hispanic Studies), University of Glasgow
Paper 1236-aAre There Still Moors on the Coast?: Recent Political Uses of the Medieval Iberian Past
(Language: English)
Alejandro García-Sanjuán, Departamento Historia Geografía y Antropologia Universidad de Huelva
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1236-bAlhambra, Sefarad, and the Politics of Style
(Language: English)
Fani Gargova, Institut für Kunstgeschichte Universität Wien
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1236-cConqueror and Revolutionary: Filipino Political and National Movements of King Bernardo del Carpio
(Language: English)
Stefanie Matabang, Department of Comparative Literature University of California Los Angeles
Index terms: Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1236-dAl-Andalus in Palestine: Possibilities of Hebrew-Arabic Literary Traditions in the Era of Partitions
(Language: English)
Yuval Evri, Department of Spanish Portuguese & Latin American Studies / Leverhulme Early Career Fellow King's College London
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Semitic, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Paper -a
This paper explores the modern reengineering of medieval Islamic past as an instrument to disseminate xenophobic and islamophobic notions about Muslims in current Spanish far-right organizations, with a special focus on the connecting points between scholarly and political outlets.

Paper -b
This paper examines the reasons for the extended use and symbolic meaning of the Alhambra for synagogue architecture. It will point to the discrepancy in its appropriation between Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities, and trace its origins to the Ashkenazi interest in the mythical medieval Sefarad, the ‘Golden Age’ of important philosophers and rabbis, as well as a time of religious co-existence.

Paper -c
This paper explores the re-politicizing of Bernardo del Carpio in the Spanish Philippines, where King Bernardo became a symbol of revolution against Spanish sovereignty, and the scope of such retooling within the colonial context.

Paper -d
This paper traces the Arab-Jewish intellectual project that, against the backdrop of the intensifying national conflict between Jews and Arabs, represents a different model of Jewish modernization based on revival of Andalusian Hebrew-Arabic and Judeo-Muslim traditions embedded within multilingual shared literary and religious landscape.