Talk: "Beyond Blood: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Inquisitorial Mexico," Dr. Ronnie Perelis (Yeshiva University)

Mon, October 22, 2018 | RLP (CLA) 1.302E

12:00 PM

Ronnie Perelis's Bookcover
Ronnie Perelis's Bookcover

Inquisition prisons were often the sites of transformative cross -cultural encounters. Conversos accused of secretly keeping their ancestral Judaism, witches, protestants, missionaries and other spiritual misfits were often placed in the same prison cell; people of radically different ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds would spend long periods of time together, sharing ideas, suffering the difficulties of prison life. We will look at several instances of these cross cultural encounters both inside and outside the prison space to better understand the limits of blood and faith in the formation of identity. Discussant Dr. Miriam Bodian.

Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair and associate professor of Sephardic Studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Dr. Perelis received his PhD from New York University and his BA from Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of the 2016 book Narratives of the Sephardic Atlantic: Blood and Faith.


Sponsored by: Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas

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