SOUNDING COMMUNITIES: MUSIC AND THE THREE RELIGIONS IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA
Thursday, February 27: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 4pm-7:45pm
Friday, February 28: Faculty House, Columbia University, 9:30am-5pm
Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are central sources for the cultural and social history of medieval Iberia. This international conference brings together scholars of music, literature, and history to reflect on the insights that the sounding arts and their context can offer into Iberian communities and the interactions among them.
Sounding Communities is dedicated to the memory of Maria Rosa Menocal (1953-2012), whose influential book The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain was widely read as an eloquent account of peaceful coexistence. Although her vision of convivencia is contested, Menocal’s contributions continue to inform the study of medieval Iberia, and to remind us of the prevalence of cultural interchange through music and poetry.
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University Seminar on Medieval Studies, Columbia University
Department of Music, Columbia University
Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology
Columbia University Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Columbia University Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University Department of History
Columbia University Foundation for Iberian Music
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University
CUNY Medieval Studies
CUNY Center for Latin American and Iberian Music
University of California at Riverside