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DEVIANCE, USURY AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE: On The Construction of Jewish Economic Difference

DATE/TIME
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 04:30pm

LOCATION
VAN DYCK 301

deviance usury and religious difference in medieval europe on the construction of jewish economic differenceJulie Mell is an Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University, and the founder and current director of the Jewish Studies program there. Author of The Myth of the Jewish Moneylender and a co-editor of Jewish Émigrés and the Shaping of Postwar Culture, she has published articles in Jewish History and Jewish Historical Studies. She has received Rothschild Foundation (Yad Hanadiv), AAUW, and Charles Newcombe fellowships, and was recently a research fellow at Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy and a visiting scholar at Oxford’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

This lecture presents key ideas from The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender and carries them further. The book critiques a pervasive historical narrative on medieval Jews as moneylenders and explains how the modern narrative was developed as a philosemitic counter to antisemitism. This lecture, using sociological theories of deviance, will explore why in the high middle ages the label 'usurer' was applied to entire Jewish communities when most Jews were not professional moneylenders.

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