Intersectionality in the Medieval Archive
Join the Herbert D. Katz Center for the "Critical Race Studies" Series. RSVP is required for each virtual session.
This talk will deploy the foundational work of Kimberlé Crenshaw and others to explore how intersectionality, and specifically the idea of “compounded harm,” played out in premodern Jewish contexts. We will focus, as a case study, on the legal documentation of Jewish women in court cases in thirteenth-century England, one of the earliest medieval racialized states. How did "racialized antisemitism" intersect with class and gender in the premodern archive?
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