IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1327: Living Borders: Jewish Everyday Life across Medieval Europe

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Miri Fenton, Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair:Paola Tartakoff, Department of Jewish Studies Rutgers University New Jersey
Paper 1327-aAcross and between Borders: Northern French Jews during the 14th-Century Expulsions
(Language: English)
Nureet Dermer, Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History
Paper 1327-bFrom Home to the Marketplace: Economic Interactions and Urban Boundaries between Jews and Christians in Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Aviya Doron, Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Law
Paper 1327-cBlurring the Boundaries of Law, Religion, and Gender: Jewish Women's Use of Royal Petitions in Medieval Catalonia
(Language: English)
Miri Fenton, Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Law, Social History
Abstract

This session will explore the ways in which social and economic borders were instantiated, performed, and transgressed in everyday medieval Jewish life. Physically and socially, economically and legally, Jews across Europe lived lives enmeshed with, but also separate from, their Christian neighbours. This session addresses both how these borders between Jews and Christians were established in practice, and also the ways in which everyday life involved transgressing these borders. With lectures focusing on Germany, France, and Spain, the pan-European perspective of this session will also transcend the traditional border between between northern Europe (‘Ashkenaz’) and Iberia (‘Sepharad’) in medieval Jewish historiography. This session is a product of the ERC funded research group Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe led by Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.