Jews and Christians between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean: Co-existence and Conflict 600-1800 CE
23 July-3 August 2018
About the Course
The course will introduce its students to the ways in which Jews and Christians interacted in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Horn of Africa, especially Ethiopia, and the Indian Ocean in the period between 600-1800 CE. This is the topic of a research project aiming at establishing a new area of study – relations between Jews and Eastern Christian communities from the rise of Islam to the end of the eighteenth century. The study of inter-religious dynamics is anchored in the framework of pre-modern cultural history concerning a vast geographical area that encompasses seemingly disparate lands from Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, through West Asia and the Caucasus, to South India, all connected through trade and travel.
It is open to researchers, doctoral and MA-level students of religion, history and culture who would benefit from a deeper understanding and the reconceptualization of inter-religious relations, especially between Jews and Christians, in these zones and from presenting their own research for feedback within such a context.
How to Apply?
By February 15, Applicants should submit:
- a statement of interest.
- a list of languages which the applicant has studied and to what level of ability and/or indication of art historical or other types of training in material culture and archaeology. a curriculum vitae, or resumé including a list of publications, if any
- a research proposal (maximum 2 pages) indicating what research the applicant is doing or wishes to do for which this course would be relevant, and which the applicant will present to the rest of the summer school participants (20 minute oral presentation) if accepted.
- Indication of whether they wish to participate in reading sessions in a source language, and indication of their background in that language. Source languages which may be made available are: Syriac; Malayalam and Garshuni Malayalam; Hebrew; Georgian; Ge‘ez; Armenian; Arabic and Judeo-Arabic.
- Application for financial aid (if needed). Please indicate if you wish to be considered for: a) flight/travel costs; b) housing; c) housing and daily allowance stipend (see below for explanation) and whether your participation is contingent upon this assistance.
Applications should be submitted electronically to:
Prof. Alexandra Cuffel, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate in the heading of your e-mail that you are applying for JewsEast summer school, and attach the relevant documents for your application. If there are any difficulties with the attachments, you will be informed. For more information see: https://www.jewseast.org/summer-school-2018