(VIRTUAL) 2020 Conway Lectures with Suzanne Conklin Akbari (IAS), "Racializing Religion: The Case of the Ethiopian Magus and the Jews of Cologne"


Location: By Zoom

Suzanne Conklin AkbariProfessor Suzanne Conklin Akbari

In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. and Ricki Conway. Robert Conway is a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame and trustee of the University, and he and his wife are long-time friends and supporters of the Medieval Institute. The annual Conway Lectures bring senior scholars of international distinction to Notre Dame each fall to speak on topics across a variety of disciplines. The lectures are then published by the University of Notre Dame Press

This year's lectures will be on the topic of race in the Middle Ages with speakers Sara Lipton (Stony Brook University), Cord J. Whitaker (Wellesley), and Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Institute for Advanced Study), and will be held, for the first time, virtually.

This third lecture will be given by Suzanne Conklin Akbari. The lecture will run from 2–3 p.m. with Q&A from 3–3:30 p.m. Eastern time.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This registration gives you access to all Conway lectures and the roundtable. If you have trouble registering, please email medinst@nd.edu for help.

About Our Speaker

Suzanne Conklin Akbari is Professor of Medieval Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Her books are on optics and allegory (Seeing Through the Veil) and European views of Islam and the Orient (Idols in the East), and she’s also edited volumes on travel literature, Mediterranean Studies, and somatic histories, plus How We Write and How We Read. Her most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer (2020), co-edited with James Simpson. A co-editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, Akbari co-hosts a literature podcast called The Spouter-Inn. She's involved in two collaborative projects on global medieval studies, "The Book and the Silk Roads" and "Practices of Commentary."