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We are happy to announce and invite you to attend the upcoming research symposium, 'Diasporas of Sefarad and al-Andalus: Iberian Questions beyond Iberia, 1492-1700'.

Migrations in response to religious oppression and the expulsions of Jews (1492) and converts from Islam to Christianity and their descendants, often called moriscos (1609-1614) pushed the cultural, political, and economic activities of both groups into the Mediterranean, northern Europe, south Asia, and the Americas. In the diaspora, Jews, Muslims, converts from both religions, and their descendants faced diverse responses to their arrivals and grappled with their departures from Sefarad/al-Andalus (as Iberia was called in Hebrew and Arabic, respectively) in equally diverse ways. Literary and cultural productions were developed, and via translation re-developed in multiple languages and scripts—from Spanish and Portuguese, to Hebrew, Arabic, and Aljamiado, to the languages of new communities in the diaspora. The linguistic and geographical mobility of their cultural output pose complex questions that, at times, challenge the very definitions of scholarly fields of study, including the ways in which we define and locate the boundaries of linguistic traditions.

The symposium seeks to place the responses of each of these groups to their experiences of diaspora in dialogue through the examination of their forms of cultural expression, including but not limited to literature and other writings, and the activities of editing, publishing, translating, and consuming books. It foregrounds the importance of literature and other forms of cultural production to those exiled from the Iberian Peninsula.

The event is free to attend but registration is required. For more information, please see the symposium website here

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