Dr. Tartakoff discussed the similarities and differences between conversions from Judaism to Christianity in the Middle Ages, and conversions in the other direction. She focused on two examples of such conversions and showed that despite the social and cultural differences between the communities, conversion in both directions were sometimes historically linked. Thus, in some cases it may be helpful to consider these two kinds of conversion together.
Dr. Furst discussed the medieval Jewish courts in northern Europe. She focused on the ways in which legal documents can be used as sources illuminating the daily life of medieval Jews, especially those who turned to the court for help. By analyzing one particular case, she showed us how fruitful such an historical method could be. Read more about Workshop with Dr. Rachel Furst
Dr. Zinger examined the Hebrew responsa, as they are represented in the Cairo Geniza, as a medieval social and legal institution. We debated the possible uses of the responsa, and wondered about the motives and intentions of the users. Finally, Dr. Zinger presented the ways in which changes in the responsa culture represent social transformations in medieval Jewish society. Read more about Seminar meeting with Dr. Oded Zinger
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Hosted at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), 2- 6 April 2017
The upcoming conference is a collaboration between APARTHEID-STOPS, World Literatures--Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics Research Programme of Stockholm University and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand.