Minority influences in medieval society

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Date / time: 25 November - 26 November, 12:00 am

St Catharaine's College

Minority influences in medieval society

Friday 25 November 9.45 Welcome (Nora Berend)

Session 1. 10-11.15

Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg): Influences of mudejar spirituality on majority Christian religious life

Teresa Shawcross (Princeton): Ethno-religious Minorities and the Shaping of Byzantine Society during the Crusades


Session 2. 11.30-12.45

Annette Kehnel (Mannheim): Minority language, minority culture, minority tradition: Who exactly cares?

Amira Bennison (Cambridge): The Berber imprint on the medieval Maghrib


Session 3. 14.15-15.30

Ana Echevarría (Madrid): Reinventing law codes under foreign conditions: influence, adaptation or endurance in the Iberian peninsula

Eduard Mühle (Münster): Real and perceived influence of minority groups in medieval Poland (12th-13th c)


Session 4. 16-18

Eva Haverkamp (München): Jews in the high medieval economy: how to evaluate their role

István Petrovics (Szeged): The Role of “Latin” Guests in the Economic Life and Urban Development of Medieval Hungary

James Barrett (Cambridge): Northern Peoples and Medieval European Trade: Locating Agency

Saturday 26 November

Sesssion 1. 9.30-10.45

Przemysław Wiszewski (Wrocław): Cultural turn in 12th-14th c. Silesia: how the German-speaking minority became the cultural majority

Luciano Gallinari (Cagliari): Catalans in Sardinia and the transformation of Sardinians into a political minority


Session 2. 11.15-12.30

Matthias Hardt (Leipzig): Western immigrants in High Medieval Bohemia

Katalin Szende (Budapest): Iure Theutonico? German settlers, local rulers, and legal frameworks for immigration to medieval East Central Europe


Supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO)


To register for the conference, please email Dr Nora Berend, nb213@cam.ac.uk and send a cheque for £ 7 (or the appropriate cost for one day; an optional charge for lunch can also be added, see below) to her to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL. Cheques must be made payable to St Catharine’s College. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration is £4 for Friday and £3 for Saturday; this is to cover the cost of refreshments during the day. Coffe, tea and biscuits will be available.

Lunch will ONLY be provided for those who order and pay £12 by 10 November, but it will be possible instead to leave during the lunch break to get some food in town.