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Beyond the "Land of Three Cultures." Re-Thinking Medieval Spain Symposium

By University of Notre Dame

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Date and time

September 13, 2013 · 12pm - September 14, 2013 · 6pm EDT


McKenna Hall - Conference Center University of Notre Dame 46556


Beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”: Re-Thinking Medieval Iberia is an interdisciplinary symposium that seeks to challenge the received notion of medieval Iberia as a “Land of the Three Cultures” by questioning the relevance of this construct. Was medieval Iberia a land of only three cultures? Why not four, five, six or more?

Despite recent calls to do away with the convivencia and reconquista paradigms, the question of how to proceed from here remains. This symposium will address the implications of cultural-religious approaches to the study of medieval Iberia by asking: How do we move beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”? Do we want to? Can we? What are the alternatives?


About the organizer

This symposium is organized by Belen Vicens in collaboration with Olivia Remie Constable.

Sponsors are the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon grant from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

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