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Debating Agency: Women and Conversion in the Multi-Religious Society of Late Medieval Spain

Debating Agency: Women and Conversion in the Multi-Religious Society of Late Medieval Spain

Paper by Dana Wessell Lightfoot and Alexandra Guerson

Given at Queen’s University on October 29, 2018

The presentation examines the question of agency and gender in the social and spiritual experience of conversion to Christianity in 14th and 15th century Iberia. While focusing closely on cases of Jewish women in the Crown of Aragon from the mass conversions of 1391 onward, it seeks to situate gendered conversion in changing contexts for Jewish and Muslim religious identity in the period.

Dana Wessell Lightfoot is an associate professor of medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Northern British Columbia – click here to view her Academia.edu page

Alexandra Guerson is a lecturer at the University of Toronto – click here to view her website

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