The XXXVI Local Historical Studies Conferences on “The Jews in the Balearic Islands” will take place on November in Menorca

Lecture proposals can be submitted until July 15th

The XXXVI Local Historical Studies Conferences, organized by the Regional Ministry of Culture, Participation and Sports (Conselleria de Cultura, Participació i Esports) through the Institute of Balearic Studies (Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics), will deal with “The Jews in the Balearic Islands. Presence, expulsion and repression”.

The conferences will take place from the 22nd to the 24th of November at the Insitute of Menorcan Studies (Institut Menorquí d’Estudis) in Maó (Menorca), coinciding with the 1600 anniversary of the "Circular letter of the Sever bishop on the jews conversion” (year 418).The last two years the conferences took place in Ibiza (2017) and Formentera (2016).

All proposals must be submitted by July 15th .

Proposals must be related to one of these three topics:

1. The Jews of antiquity in the Middle Ages

From ancient times to the Middle Ages, the Jewish presence in the Balearic Islands left a remarkable historical imprint. The medieval era is the period of greatest splendor of the Jewish community in the Balearic Islands: its activities and contributions to local society are still studied carefully. Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the Jews brought an unstoppable singularity that must be analyzed with the calm of the historical documents and records.

2. Conversion, repression and Inquisition in modern times

After the violent defeat of the Jews in 1391 and their forced conversion in 1435, the history of the Jewish communities in the Balearic Islands was characterized by systematic and generalized repression. Converted communities died or suffered exile or oblivion, and their particularity became the greatest of silences. This situation generated, in practice, the public disappearance of their expressions and religious uniformity in the Balearic Islands. However, despite the difficulties, their presence continued to be perceptible in the Islands.

3. The Xuetes and the contemporary Jewish presence

A part of the descendants of the Mallorcan Jews forged a singular community with a strong presence in the Balearic Islands: the Xuetes. The xueta community suffered repression, hatred and inquisitorial processes that stigmatized their lifestyles over time. Its lineages, as well as gastronomy, family structures, traditions and social stigma, have survived over time and are part of their identity as a collective until the contemporary age. The economic, political, social and cultural activities of "street people" are a subject of historical analysis.

Lecture proposals must have an extension of 3,000 characters maximum (including spaces and bibliography), and must be accompanied by a brief resume and the personal details of the author: name and surnames, postal address, municipality, zip code, telephone number and email address. Proposals must be sent to the following email address

The scientific committee that will evaluate the proposals is composed of: Jordi Maíz (UNED), Matilde Morcillo (UCLM), Eduardo Pascual (UIB) and Lluís Tudela (UNED).

In addition, the participation in the Conferences will be considered as a specialized and transversal training activity of the Doctorate in History, History of Art and Geography (THAG).

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