Policing the Margins: 3rd Annual CMRS Symposium

The 3rd annual symposium of the Monash Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies will take place on Friday 28th April 2017 at the Monash Club.

Henry VII accepts a legal text from a Jew. Codex Triverensis (Wikimedia Commons)

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Policing the margins: authority, identity and religious ambiguity amongst Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean”.

The claims of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to a shared divine inheritance via the Hebrew Bible often made it difficult to define and police religious identity in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. This symposium is concerned with the boundaries between orthodoxy and heresy, forced conversion and religious sincerity, and mysticism and orthopraxy. It will examine the question of ambiguity in religious identity and its impact on the responses of authority to the perceived dangers inherent within divergent approaches to faith in Jewish, Christian and Islamic contexts.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Francesco Borghesi, University of Sydney
  • Dr Raphael Dascalu, University of Chicago
  • Dr Sarah Gador-Whyte, ACU
  • Dr Aydogan Kars, Monash University
  • Rebecca Wartell Lobel, Monash University
  • Dr Tomas Zahora, Monash University

Confirmed Respondents:

  • Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Davies, Warwick University
  • Prof. Constant Mews, Monash University

Registration is now open by clicking here

  • Symposium registration (including coffee, lunch, afternoon tea):
    • $45 waged
    • $40 student 
  • Optional dinner and drinks: $50 per head.

Download a flyer here (updated 3 April 2017!)