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April 11th

9.20-9.45: Registration with tea, coffee, and pastries

Chair: Rosa Vidal Doval (University of Oxford)
David Wacks (University of Oregon): Reframing peninsular conversos as part of the Sephardic diaspora
Imogen Choi (University of Oxford): “La oración con pasos peregrinos”: Lamentation, prayer and prophecy in Miguel de Silveira’s El Macabeo (1638)

Chair: Jonathan Thacker (University of Oxford)
Farah Bazzi (Stanford University): Al-Andalus al-Ratīb: diasporic i
maginings of Andalusī nature in the 16th and 17th centuries
Susan Abraham (University of Virginia): The translator's task: Language, law and pedagogy in the morisco diaspora

Keynote Lecture
Claude Stuczynski (Bar-Ilan University): The converso diaspora – a counter-empire?



Chair: Alice Brooke (University of Oxford)

Mercedes Blanco (Université Paris-Sorbonne): Un Quevedo sefardi: Abraham Gómez Silveira

Jésus Ponce Cárdenas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): El Sansón nazareno (1656) de Antonio Enríquez Gómez: Un relato bíblico en octavas gongorinas

April 12th

9.00-9.30: Registration with tea, coffee, and pastries


Chair: Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)

Julian Weiss (King's College London): Josephus in the Sephardic diaspora, from Mexico to Istanbul 

Carsten Wilke (Central European University): Iberian scepticism in Istanbul: The Hebrew philosophical dialogue attributed to don Joseph Nasi


Chair: Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford)

Luis F. Bernabé Pons (Universidad de Alicante): Lenguaje, memoria y religíon: La literatura de los moriscos en el exilio

Erica Feild-Marchello (University of Oxford): From the Albaicín to the Monastery of Qannūbīn: Ignacio de las Casas and thinking about Arabic at the edges of diaspora


Roundtable (in Spanish and English): Diasporic cultures and the canon/Las culturas diaspóricas y el canon

Question: How do the cultural productions of the Iberian diasporas, often thought of as marginal, change our ways of thinking about the [Renaissance/Mediterranean/Iberian/Golden Age] canons of the early modern period?

Discussants: Farah Bazzi (Stanford University), Luis F. Bernabé Pons (Universidad de Alicante), Mercedes Blanco (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Carsten Wilke (Central European University), and Julian Weiss (King's College London)

This symposium is generously supported by: Instituto Cervantes Londres, Centro Sefarad Israel, Exeter College, Casa Árabe and the faculties of History, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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