In 2013 I organized an interdisciplinary conference titled Moving Beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”: Re-Thinking Medieval Iberia in collaboration with the late Olivia Remie Constable. The conference took place at the University of Notre Dame, on September 13-14, 2013.

This conference challenged the received notion of medieval Iberia as a “Land of the Three Cultures” by questioning the relevance of this construct. Was medieval Iberia a land of only three cultures? Why not four, five, six or more? Despite recent calls to do away with the convivencia and reconquista paradigms, the question of how to proceed from here remains. This symposium addressed the implications of cultural-religious approaches to the study of medieval Iberia by asking: How do we move beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”? Do we want to? Can we? What are the alternatives?

For more information, please visit the conference’s website.

Conference-photo From left to right: Benjamin Liu, John Moscatiello, Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, Tom Noble, Brian Catlos, Simon Doubleday, John Tolan, Remie Constable, Belen Vicens, Robin Vose, Tom Burman, Tom Glick, Ana Echevarría-Arsuaga, Gerard Wiegers, and Rafael Azuar. Photo credit: Matthew Bell.



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