Medieval Studies Working Group


Location: MI Reading Room, 715 Hesburgh Library

Session 3: Minority Religion and Language in Medieval Iberia

Ryan Szpiech (Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): “The Aura of an Alphabet: Interpreting the Hebrew Gospels in Ramon Martí’s Dagger of Faith (1278)”

Belen Vicens-Saiz (Department of History, University of Notre Dame): “Swearing by God: Muslim Oath-Taking in Late Medieval Christian Iberia”

The Medieval Studies Working Group provides an opportunity for junior and senior scholars to engage in larger questions of methodology, the viability of interdisciplinarity, and the specific forms it might take within the umbrella of “medieval studies” as well as within specific disciplines. Speakers will be encouraged to highlight their methodological approach either in the body of their talk or in the subsequent question and answer session.

By placing practitioners of different methodologies and disciplines into direct contact with each other, the organizers envision the Working Group as a place of active dialogue and debate between scholars not only from different departments, but also from inside and outside the Notre Dame community.

Copies of the readings are available on the website (; hard copies are available in the Medieval Institute main office (715 Hesburgh).

Any who are interested are welcome to join the speakers for dinner afterward at Sorin's (The Morris Inn). There is no need to RSVP for the working group session, but please let the organizers know if you would like to attend dinner.

Address questions to the organizers:

Anna Larsen,

Brett Rodriguez,