Sounding Communities: Music and the Three Religions in Medieval Iberia

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014  9:00am CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room and Faculty House, Columbia University


University Seminar on Medieval Studies

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Center for Ethnomusicology

Department of Music

Department of History

Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY

Medieval Studies, CUNY

Center for Latin American and Iberian Music, University of California at Riverside

Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are central sources for the cultural and social history of medieval Iberia. This international conference brings together scholars of music, literature, and history to reflect on the insights that the sounding arts and their context can offer into Iberian communities and the interactions among them. Sounding Communities is dedicated to the memory of Maria Rosa Menocal (1953-2012), whose influential book The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain was widely read as an eloquent account of peaceful coexistence. Although her vision of convivencia is contested, Menocal's contributions continue to inform the study of medieval Iberia and to remind us of the prevalence of cultural interchange through music and poetry.

Note: Thursday, February 27 panels will be at CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room; Friday, February 28 panels will be at Faculty House, Columbia University


  • Patricia Grieve

    Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities

    Columbia University

  • Jesús R. Velasco

    Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

    Columbia University

  • Antoni Pizà


    Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY

  • Adam Kosto

    Professor of History

    Columbia University

  • Dwight Reynolds

    Professor of Religious Studies

    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Carl Davila

    Professor of History

    State University of New York at Brockport

  • Judith Cohen


    York University, Toronto

  • Lourdes Alvarez

    Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

    University of New Haven

  • Samuel Thomas

    Artistic Director

    New York Andalus Ensemble

  • Manuel Pedro Ferreira

    Associate Professor of Musicology

    Universidade Nova de Lisboa

  • Benjamin Liu

    Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

    University of California at Riverside

  • Carmen Julia Gutiérrez

    Professor of Musicology

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

  • Juan Ruiz Jiménez

    Professor of Musicology


  • Rebecca Maloy

    Associate Professor of Musicology

    University of Colorado, Boulder College of Music

  • Susana Zapke

    Professor and Guest Researcher of Musicology

    Austrian Academy of Sciences

  • Lucy Pick

    Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Divinity School; Associate Faculty in the Department of History

    University of Chicago Divinity School

  • Alessandra Ciucci

    Lecturer in Ethnomusicology

    Northeastern University

  • Don Randel

    Professor Emeritus of Music

    University of Chicago

  • Seth Kimmel

    Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

    Columbia University


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