Terra(s)
de Sefarad
Congress

Diasporas, Identity and Globalization

19 — 21 June 2019
Bragança, Portugal

Presentation

Diasporas, Identity and Globalization
Bragança, 19—21 June 2019

Towards the end of the XV and XVI centuries, the Jewish-Sephardic communities, still in the Iberian Peninsula, were forced to a vast array of adaptations resulting from intolerance and persecution. The escape, when posible, was many times the option, having been forced to travel the world, searching for sustenance and survival in very often distant places.

This escape coincides, is both feeding and being fed, with the so called Opening of the World, the arrival to new continents and new cultures. In few generations, the Jewish families that once lived in the Iberian Peninsula will gain a diasporic dimension in which their elements may be spread in diverse locations of the globe.

The Jewish identity will be rebuilt in new locations but never irreducibly confined to them - “sefarad” will always be an almost mythical horizon. The identity will have this escape mark, of the need of, at any moment, to have to leave, to flee. The diaspora will be to these populations, an identity marking the notion of cosmopolitanism we have today: The transnational life, the international contacts, the establishment of networks.

Thus, we are not just facing a picture concerning a self identity, but rather, before a way of being in the world, of conceiving it, which is the matrix of modernity itself.

To bring Lands of Sefarad to this subject  is to connect the most distant of this collective past to the most vertiginous of the present: equating an identity that, far from being static, is an identity in change and recreating on its own instability, constantly seeking tools for its survival.

Structure / Organization

Promoting  Entity:  Município de Bragança

Production: Ideias Emergentes, Produção Cultural, CRL

Scientific Coordination: Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas «Alberto Benveniste» da Universidade de Lisboa

Partner: Centro de Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas da Universidade de Aveiro

Scientific Committee:  Maria de Fátima Dias dos Reis (President)

Organizing Committee: Paulo Mendes Pinto (coord.), Susana Milão, José António Caria Mendes, Inês Nogueiro and Carla Alexandra Gaspar Santos

Programme

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

19 June | Wednesday
Teatro Municipal de Bragança

2.15pm - 5.00 pm | Opening Session
Hernâni Dias, Presidente da CMB; 
Maria de Fátima Reis, Presidente CESAB;
Paulo Mendes Pinto, Coord. Com. Organizadora

Avraham Milgram, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
António Amorim, Faculdade Ciências da Univ Porto. Paradoxos da construção da identidade grupal com base na genética

Ângelo Assis, Un. Federal de Viçosa.  A Diáspora sefardita e a formação do Brasil: memórias e identidades judaicas no Novo Mundo
Anun Barriuso e José Manuel Laureiro, Centro Isaac Campanton, Tarbut Sefarad (España), Centro de Estudos Judaicos do Alto Tâmega (Portugal). Los criptojudíos de la Raya. Una Cultura de Resistencia. Las rezas de Bragança
Florbela Veiga Frade, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Médicos, cirurgiões e barbeiros no século XVII e inícios do século XVIII. Formação e diáspora

5.30pm | Movie Screening

20 June | Thursday
Teatro Municipal de Bragança

9am – 1pm 
António Bento, Un. Beira Interior. «“Marrano. História de um Vitupério” (1925). Análise de um Opúsculo de Arturo Farinelli»
Lyslei Nascimento, Un. Federal de Minas Gerais. Sangue judeu: ironia e sagacidade em Jorge Luis Borges
Claude Stuczynski. A Comunidade Judaica de Bragança no anos 20 e 30 do século 20 e o mundo judaico: entre o desespero e a esperança

Ronnie Perelis, Yeshiva University of New York. Families of Blood and Families of Faith: Crypto-Jewish Networks in the Iberian World
António Andrade, Un. de Aveiro. From Bragança to Venice: the journey of Daniel Rodriga, one of the protagonists of the Portuguese Nations of the Mediterranean
Saul Gomes, Un. de Coimbra. Os Autos da Fé em Coimbra nos séculos XVI e XVII
Maria Antonieta Garcia, Un. Beira Interior. A diáspora de Manuel Nunes Carvalho e cartas de Amsterdão

2.30pm – 7.00pm
Elvira Azevedo Mea, Un. do Porto.
Maria de Fátima Reis, Centro de História – Ulisboa/CESAB. Cristãos-novos no negócio do tabaco em Portugal em meados do Antigo Regime
Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota, University of Rotterdam.

Nuno Martins Ferreira, IPL.. Uma memória em construção. A educação patrimonial em torno da cultura judaica e sefardita de Bragança.
Inês Fialho Brandão, Câmara Municipal de Cascais. Em trânsito: entre a musealização da memória e a interpretação no contemporâneo
David Wertheim. The appeal of diasporic identity. From performing Anne Frank to imagining Jewish expulsion.

Susana Bastos Mateus, CESAB. Rumos da diáspora. Percursos de cristãos-novos portugueses para a Nova Espanha (séculos XVI e XVII)
Carla Vieira, CESAB. Retrato do mercador enquanto jovem. Notas sobre o passado português de Diogo Lopes Pereira, Barão de Aguilar
Luis Ludeña López. El instinto financiero de los conversos portugueses. Transformacion de la economia en el reino de Murcia (España)

21 June | Friday
Teatro Municipal de Bragança

9am - 10.00am | Forum of Sephardic Economics: «The Local, the Regional and the International: the economic potential of Sefarad»

- Presentations

10.30am - 1.00pm | I Encounter of Local and Regional Sephardic Historiography: «Challenges to the reconstruction and re-encounter of an obliterated identity»
Organization: Carla Alexandra Santos and António Caria Mendes
Speakers:
- António Júlio Andrade. Inquisição, limpeza de sangue e luta política
- Carlos Prada
- Francisco Antunes. Povos ocultos com medos ancestrais?
- Francisco Armando Fernandes. Influência da cozinha judaica da cozinha tradicional portuguesa
- Jorge Alves Ferreira. Judeus, cristãos-novos e marranos no Alto Tâmega
- Maria Fernanda Guimarães. Cristãos–novos, judeus-novos, religião e diáspora
- Pedro Saldanha. A família Mendes da Costa, cristãos-novos de Trancoso
- Rui Jesuíno. Judeus e Cristãos-novos de Elvas
- Vânia Carvalho, Mário Coelho e Sara Marques da Cruz, Câmara Municipal de Leiria. Centro de Diálogo Intercultural de Leiria: o livro como reencontro de culturas

Auditório Paulo Quintela and Auditórios I & II Centro Cultural Adriano Moreira

2.00 - 5.00pm | Thematic Symposia – Call for papers

Teatro Municipal de Bragança

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Joël J. Cahen, Member Supervisory Board Hollandsche Schouwburg. Diasporas in Amsterdam
Daniel Strum, Universidade de São Paulo.

Closing Session
 

 

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Lecturers

International Congress

Angelo A F Assis

Angelo Adriano Faria de Assis. PhD in History by the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil). Post-doctor by the  Universidades of Lisboa and of Évora. Professor D Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil). Researcher of  Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas "Alberto Benveniste" of the Universidade of Lisboa. President of the National Association of History, section of Minas Gerais - Anpuh-MG, in the 2018-2020 biennium. Has experience in the field of History, with emphasis on History of Brasil Colônia, working mainly on the following subjects: Inquisition in Brazil; Inquisition in the Iberian and colonial world; religions and religiosities in the Ibero-American world; crypto-Judaism; new Christians; history teaching; literature, history and memory, with several books, articles and chapters on these topics.


António Amorim

Professor at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto. His research focuses on genetics with special emphasis on the population perspective, pure and applied, namely the reconstruction of the genetic history of populations of Jewish origin or influence. His more than 400 publications in the form of books, book chapters and articles in indexed journals include more than ten related to the latter theme.


António Andrade

António Manuel Lopes Andrade holds a Ph.D in Literature from the University of Aveiro and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the same university. As a member of the Research Centre for Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, his main interests are Portuguese Renaissance Humanism, Neo-Latin Literature, History of the Portuguese Sephardic Diaspora, and the History of Science. For the last few years he has been the Principal Investigator of the Project “Dioscorides and the Portuguese Humanism: Amato Lusitano’s Commentaries” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
 

António Bento



António Bento is a Professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI, Covilhã, Portugal). He currently directs the UBI Library. His research focuses on the areas of Political Philosophy, Political Theology, Jewish Studies, Rhetoric and Political Communication. At UBI he is a member of the Labcom.IFP Research Center, integrating the Institute of Practical Philosophy (IFP) and the Center for Jewish Studies (CEJ).


Elvira Azevedo Mea

Elvira Cunha Azevedo Mea was born in Oporto, on March 21, 1948. She graduated in History (1972). And she received her doctorate in Modern and Contemporary History (1990), by the Universidade do Porto. Currently she exercising the functions of a full professor.
She is Vice-President of the Center for African Studies at the university of Oporto, where she runs a line of research in that area and coordinates the History Seminar of the Master of African Studies. In the scope of Modern History she directs the Seminary of Religious Structures on the Master in Local and Regional Studies of the History Department.
With a historical research linked mainly to Judaism, New Christians, Inquisition and Marranism in the social, cultural and mentalities, she is the author of dozens of works published in several languages.


Florbela Veiga Frade

PhD in Modern History, integrated researcher at CHAM, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She has dedicated the last twenty years to the study of Jews and New Christians in Portugal and Europe.

 

Lyslei Nascimento

Lyslei Nascimento is Professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at Universidade Federal of Minas Gerais (Brazil), where she is sub-coordinator of the Post Graduate Program in Literature: Literary Studies, and where she coordinates the Nucleus of Jewish Studies of UFMG and is editor of the magazine Archivo Maaravi: Digital Magazine of Jewish Studies. In 2015, she has won the 2015-2016 Travel Award for Latin American Jewish Research of the Texas University in Austin. She was a Visiting Researcher in 2015, at Texas University, Austin, EUA.

 

Maria Antonieta Garcia

PhD in Sociology and Master in Portuguese Literature and Culture, graduated in Romanic Philology at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Clássica de Lisboa.  Associate Professor at the Universidade da Beira Interior (Retired) has developed her research in Judaism and Identities. She has participated in national and international congresses.
She published the books, among others: Inquisição e Independência – Um Motim no Fundão (1580), Coimbra, 2006. “Fios – Para um Roteiro Judaico da Covilhã”, 2001. “Guarda – História e Cultura Judaica”, 1999. Judaísmo no Feminino, 1999. Denúncias em Nome da Fé, Caderno de Culpas do Bispado da Guarda, do seu Distrito e das Visitações, 1996. Os Judeus de Belmonte: Os Caminhos da Memória, 1993. Coauthored several works, mostly integrated in the themes of History and Sociology of religions.


Nuno Martins Ferreira



PhD in History from the Faculty of Letters of Universidade de Lisboa and Associate Professor at Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, in the area of Social Sciences. He teaches in the undergraduate courses in Basic Education and Sociocultural Animation, and in the Masters of Pre-School Education and Teaching of the 1st Cycle of the Basic Education and of History and Geography of Portugal in the 2nd Cycle of the BE, of which he is coordinator. He is the current president of the Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Studies of ESELx and, in the area of research, has as areas of interest history of education, especially in the context of teachers training (19th and 20th centuries) and of school patrimony, coordinating the project Memory and Identity: Research and Safeguarding of the historical patrimony of Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa.

 

Ronnie Perelis

Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies.
Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His research explores connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods. His essays on Sephardic history investigate the dynamics of religious transformation within the context of the crypto-Jewish experience. His book, Blood and Faith (Indiana University Press, 2016), explores family and identity in the Sephardic Atlantic world. Perelis’ engages his students in critical thinking about the past and the nature of culture. He is energized by the passion, curiosity and intelligence of his students at Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and at the Revel Graduate School.
Teaching and research interests in Jewish Culture and Society in Medieval Iberia; Post-Expulsion Sephardic Diasporas; Early Modern Jewish Autobiography and Travel Literature; Inquisition and Crypto-Judaism: Colonial Latin America; Atlantic Studies. Latin American Jewish Culture.

 

Saul Gomes

Graduated in History, by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in 1985. 
In 1989 obtained the title of Master in Medieval History by the same faculty. In 2000, he studied in the Medieval History specialty, at the University of Coimbra, where he held his public examinations, defending the dissertation entitled "In Limine Conscriptionis", in the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra (XII to XIV centuries).
Since 1987, he has taught at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra, where, since 2009, he has been Associate Professor with aggregation. He is a corresponding member of the Portuguese Academy of History, collaborator of the Center for the Study of Religious History of the Portuguese Catholic University and researcher at the Center for History of Society and Culture of the University of Coimbra. In 1999 he was awarded the Gulbenkian Science Prize for his work: "Intimacy and Charm, The Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria de Cós."


Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota 

Hakham Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota was born in Miami, Florida, and comes from a Caribbean-Sepharadi family, via the Dominican Republic, Curação, Holland, and Iberia. He received his rabbinic and hazzanuth training initially under Hakham Yosef Benarroch (of blessed memory). Moreover, he is a certified shohet and mohel. He received rabbinic ordination from Hakham Mordekhay Levi de Lopes in 2008. In 2009, he moved to the Dominican Republic and established the Sepharadi Beth Midrash in Santo Domingo, also serving as the shohet of the community. In August 2014, he moved back to Miami to pursue graduate course work in religious studies at Florida International University. While there, he was part of Theta Alpha Kappa (honor's society for religious studies). He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world, including topics in population genetics, Jewish feminism, and Caribbean Sepharadi history. He has a Master Degree in Latin American and Sepharadi studies (2016). He was awarded departmental distinction for his thesis defense and grade point average. Apart from academia and rabbinics, he is an international jazz musician.
Since September 2016, Yehonatan is a PhD Candidate at the Asser Institute. His research project is entitled ‘Ets Haim and the Early Modern Amsterdam Debate on Trade and War with the non-European World’. It is part of the project ‘The Global City: Challenges, Trust and the Role of Law’, funded by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.

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Encounter of Local and Regional Sephardic Historiography

António Júlio Andrade

Professor of Secondary Education and was for 8 years director of the Terra Quente Newspaper.
 

Carlos Prada

 

Francisco Antunes 

He was a doctor (retired) in the area of Oliveira do Hospital and co-founder of the Hospital.


Francisco Armando Fernandes

Born in Bragança, he graduated in History and mastered Portuguese Studies and Documentary Sciences (retired), consultant in several areas of cultural heritage.


Jorge Alves Ferreira

Bachelor in History and Master in Multidisciplinary Portuguese Studies specialization in History. Center of Jewish Studies in Alto Tâmega (CEJAT)

 

Maria Fernanda Guimarães

Journalist (retired) and researcher.

 

Pedro Saldanha

Born in Lisbon. He is a lawyer in this city and a researcher on the historical and genealogical themes of New-Christians.
 

Rui Jesuíno

Graduated in History, in the area of Cultural Heritage and Master in Sciences of Information and Documentation, Câmara Municipal Elvas.

 

Vânia Carvalho, Mário Coelho & Sara Marques da Cruz

Vânia Cecília Marques Carvalho – Archaeologist, Câmara Municipal Leiria; Mário Jorge Vinhais Dias Pires Coelho -  Art Historian – Câmara Municipal Leiria & Sara Luísa Pedrosa Marques da Cruz – Researcher, all participants of the Center of Intercultural Dialogue of Leiria.

 

Call for Papers

Thematic Symposia

Auditório Paulo Quintela, Auditórios I & II Centro Cultural Adriano Moreira
21 June | Friday | 14h45 - 17h00 

Theological disputes (Christianity - Judaism)
- Tiago Cerejeira Fontes, Departamento de Filosofia - Universidade do Minho. Extractiones de Talmud: traduções latinas do Talmude no contexto da disputa de Paris 

Escape routes, places of passage, destinations
- Joana Mestre Costa, Universidade de Aveiro. Filipe Montalto (Castelo Branco, 1567 – Tours, 1616): um destino incomum?

Inquisition, persecution and reformulation of identities
- Suso Vila, Museos da Catedral de Tui. Inquisición y cristianos nuevos en la raia minhota: los procesos de asimilación religiosa de las familias criptojudías frente a la opción de la huida
- Simão Draiblate, Luzern Academy. Um manual de suspeitas ou era Cervantes Judeu
- Marize Helena de Campos, Departamento de História da Universidade Federal do Maranhão – UFMA / Brasil. A RAINHA ESTHER DO MARANHÃO: o judaísmo de Isabel Gomes no nordeste setecentista
- Rita Ribeiro Voss, Universidade de Coimbra / Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Emergências identitárias e discurso de ódio nos panfletos da testemunha alemã do Massacre de Lisboa de 1506.
- Sérgio Mota e Silva & Gisele Camacho Aznar, Pós-graduado em História e graduada em Economia e genealogista. Rota do Património Judaico e a Inquisição na Ilha da Madeira

Institutions, hosting and return to Judaism
- Luciana C. F. Braga, Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas da Universidade do Minho, Estudante de Doutoramento em Estudos Clássicos e Investigadora/Colaboradora do CECH (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra) e do CLEPUL (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa). Mundividências exteriores e interiores de Fernando/ Isaac Cardoso (c.1603/4-1683): De Cristão-novo em Espanha a Judeu convicto em Itália

Networks, dynamics and economy
- Rocío Velasco Tejedor, Doutoranda em Programa Interuniversitário de Doutoramento em Historia: mudança e continuidade num mundo global (PIUDHist). Universidade de Évora-CIDEHUS. Trabalho e família entre os cristãos-novos ibéricos: grupos artesanais no Sul da Península Ibérica (1550-1750)
- Maria Teresa Gomes Cordeiro, Doutorada pela Universidade de Salamanca. Sobre Judeus e a cidade de Viseu medieval: morfologia de uma Comunidade
- António Jorge Afonso, Investigador integrado do Centro de História/Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa. A comunidade judaica marroquina no Diário do cônsul Bernardo Simões Pessoa. Samuel Sumbel, Abraham Ben Walid e as leituras de Mirabeau.

Construction of modernity, ideas and thought
- Ana Gabriela da Silva Figueiredo, Doutoranda de História Contemporânea da FLUL. O encontro entre a história e a memória: o resgate dos criptojudeus portugueses no século XX
- Susana Mourato Alves-Jesus, Cátedra Convidada FCT Infante Dom Henrique para os Estudos Insulares Atlânticos e a Globalização (CIDH – Universidade Aberta/CLEPUL da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa); Instituto Europeu de Ciências da Cultura Padre Manuel Antunes (IECCPMA). Tolerância e Cristãos-Novos: Raízes Teóricas para os Direitos Humanos na Época Pombalina
- Marion Pellier, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université de Tours, France. Praticar a medicina no Brasil nos séc. XVI-XVII: um papel reservado aos judeus e cristãos-novos?
- Paulo Frederico Gonçalves, Professor do Ensino Básico e Secundário e Investigador, Porto. Da intuição fundamental de Espinosa ao radicalismo crítico de Heidegger: elementos comuns de raiz teológica judaica
- Cristiana Lucas Silva, CLEPUL, Universidade de Lisboa. «A reabilitação dos cristãos-novos no quadro do Iluminismo em Portugal: as resoluções pombalinas»
- Elizete da Silva, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Brasil. Cristãos-novos e Protestantes no Brasil Colonial e a construção de novas Identidades
- Emília Maria Rocha de Oliveira, Centro de Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas da Universidade de Aveiro (CLLC-UA). O médico cristão-novo Garcia Lopes e os "Commentarii de varia rei medicae lectione"

Communities in diaspora
- Filipe Amaral Rocha de Menezes, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil / University of Antwerp, Belgium. Sobre os rios que vão, de Maria José de Queiroz: canções de Sião nos trópicos
- Hugo Martins, Centro de História da Universidade de Lisboa (CH-UL ). Assistência Social e Instituições Caritativas na Nação Portuguesa de Hamburgo (1652-1682) - a análise de um caso particular
- Anabela Fernandes, Ana Isabel Ribeiro & Joana Cortez-Smyth, CEIS20/FLUC. Língua e cultura de herança na comunidade sefardita de Amesterdão
- José Xavier Dias, Escola Básica dos 2.º e 3.º Ciclos da Torre / CLEPUL. Apontamentos sobre a presença judaica na cidade do Funchal
- Tiago Canhota, Doutorando em História, especialidade em Estudos Avançados do Património na Universidade Aberta. Os Cristãos-novos Castelhanos ou de Origem Castelhana no Tomo V do Abade de Baçal.  
- Carla Alexandra Ferreira do Espírito Santo Guerreiro, Escola Superior de Educação-Instituto Politécnico de Bragança. Judeus sefarditas no Brasil: Memórias de Branca Dias / Património Imaterial dos Judeus Sefarditas na Grécia - a cerimónia do casamento

Aliah, imaginaries of return and contemporary reconstruction of identities
- Michael Waas, University of Haifa; AvotaynuDNA. The Strangers Amongst You: Iberia, Fluidity of Identity, and the Entry of Non-Levantine Genetic Ancestors into the Jewish People

Holocaust, Memory and Human Rights
- Claudia Fernandes, Youth for Human Rights International-Portugal. Direitos Humanos e Judaísmo no Século XXI
- Fábio Alexandre Faria, CIES – ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Refugiados em Portugal. A ação repressiva do regime salazarista no contexto da Guerra Civil de Espanha
- Saul Kirschbaum, Pesquisador junto ao Centro de Estudos Judaicos da Universidade de São Paulo - Brasil. Ilse Losa – a memória do Holocausto e a luta por Direitos Humanos em Portugal
- Judith Cohen, York University, Toronto / Alan Lomax Archive, New York. 
- João Paulo Avelãs Nunes, Professor Auxiliar de História Contemporânea do Departamento de História, Estudos Europeus, Arqueologia e Artes da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra. Portugal e o Holocausto: judeus, anti-judaismo e anti-semitismo moderado

 

 

 

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