La Coronica Book Panel 2016

La Coronica 2015 Book Award Panel took place at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14, 2016. Participants included Ryan Szpiech, Thomas Burman, Michelle Hamilton, and Jonathan Decter. Moderated by Mark Johnston.

Recent news from Fall 2016


Recent News:

  • On November 17, 2016 , I presented a paper entitled “Enforcing Rabbinical Tradition: The Forced ‘Conversion’ of Castilian Qaraites” at the conference “Coming to Terms with Forced Conversion,” held in Madrid on November 17–18, 2016.
  • On Thursday, September 8, 2016, I presented a paper entitled “Heresy and the antialcoranes” at Iberian Heterodoxes and Heterodoxies 1400–1700, in Basel, Switzerland.

  • Recent and Upcoming talks


    On October 28–29, 2015, I will be presenting a paper “Jews Forcing Jews: The Story of the Forced Conversion of Iberian Karaites in the Anti-Jewish Writing of Abner of Burgos” at the conference “Pouvoir politique et conversion religieuse 2: ‘Signes et scènes'” to be held at Université Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée.



    On February 23‒25, 2015, I presented the paper “From convert to convert: On the medieval parallels and predecessors of the Pfefferkorn-Reuchlin debate” at the conference “’Noviter in lucem data iudeorum secreta’. Johannes Pfefferkorn’s Campaign against the Jews: Antisemitism and Ethnography in the Sixteenth Century” in Uppsala University, Sweeden.

    On February 26, 2015, I gave a lecture at the Centre for Medieval Literature at Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark, entitled “Brothers of Lot, Children of Abraham: Captivity and Medieval Polemical Literature.”

    December 5, 2014 (3pm), I gave a joint lecture with Thomas Burman (University of Tennessee) at the Ohio State University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies entitled “The Polemics and Projects of Ramon Martí O.P.: Debating the Legacy of Medieval Iberia’s Greatest Linguist.”
    For more information, see HERE.



    On November 4, 2014 (12pm), I gave a lecture at the University of Chicago entitled “Rethinking ‘Abrahamic’ Communities: Polemical Writing and Comparative Religious Studies”
    For more information, see HERE.
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    On September 29–October 4, 2014, I participated in the “Polemical Encounters” conference in Madrid at the CSIC-CCHS where I presented on  “Prisons and Polemics: Captivity and Inter-Religious Encounter.” For more information, see HERE

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    On October 25–26, 2014, I participated in the conference “International Networks and National Frameworks of Medieval Studies” at Fordham University where I presented on “From Father to Son: Ways of Reading the Alfonsine Tradition, 1250–1350.”

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