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UCSB Medieval Studies Program
2007 Colloquium: “Conversion and Apostasy in the Medieval World”
Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3, 2007
McCune Conference Room

Please register here or contact Edward D. English at 893-3167 or english@history.ucsb.edu.

Schedule

This winter’s colloquium, “Conversion and Apostasy in the Medieval World,” examines the process and experience of religious conversion from Muslim, Christian and Jewish perspectives. Scholars working in the disciplines of History, Art History, Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, English and Spanish literature will present papers exploring artistic and literary representations of conversion and converts and the impact of religious conversion on ethnic and cultural identities.

Friday February 2, 2007
2-5 pm
McCune Conference Room

2:00-2:30 – Welcome and Introductory Remarks
– David Marshall, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, UCSB
– Edward English, Executive Director, UCSB Medieval Studies Program
– Debra Blumenthal, History Department, UCSB and Chair of the Medieval Studies Advisory Committee

Panel #1: (2:30-4:30)
Steven Kruger, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center
“CONVERT ORTHODOXIES”

A. Katie Harris, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of California, Davis
“CHRISTIANS YOU WERE, AND CHRISTIANS YOU MUST BE”: THE LEAD BOOKS OF SACROMONTE AND THE CONVERSION OF THE MUSLIM PAST IN LUIS DE LA CUEVA’S DIÁLOGOS DE LAS COSAS NOTABLES DE GRANADA

Comment: L. O. Aranye Fradenburg, English Department, UC Santa Barbara

Saturday, February 3, 2007
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
McCune Conference Room

Panel #2: (9:30-11:30 AM)
Robert C. Stacey, Department of History, University of Washington
“GENDER AND JEWISH CONVERSION IN THE RITUAL CRUCIFIXION TALE OF ADAM OF BRISTOL.”

Sara Lipton, Department of History, SUNY – Stony Brook
“A LEAKY VESSEL: WOMEN, CONVERSION AND VISION IN THE CANTIGAS DE SANTA MARIA.”

Comment: Ramzi Rouighi, Department of History, USC

LUNCH BREAK

Panel #3: (1:15-3:15 PM)
McCune Conference Room

James T. Monroe, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literatures, University of California, Berkeley
“LITERARY HYBRIDIZATION IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA: THE CASE OF THE BOOK OF GOOD LOVE (ANTECEDENTS AND IMPLICATIONS)”

David Wacks, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
“THE CONVERSO QUESTION IN JAUME ROIG’S SPILL”

Comment: Harvey Sharrer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCSB

Panel #4: (3:30-4:30 PM)
Tamer el-Leithy, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
“SUSPICIOUS MUSLIMS: REPRESENTATIONS OF COPTIC CONVERTS IN MEDIEVAL CAIRO”

Racha el-Omari, Religious Studies, UCSB

4:30-5:00 PM – Final Thoughts

Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Medieval Studies, the Departments of History English, Religious Studies, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the College of Letters and Science.

 

 

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