Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve
Thomas Duve
Telefon: +49 (69) 789 78 - 165
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 211
Dr. jur. Raja Sakrani
Raja Sakrani
Assoziierte Wissenschaftlerin - Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“

Zuständige Wissenschaftler

Dr. Christoph H.F. Meyer
Christoph H.F. Meyer
Telefon: +49 (69) 789 78 - 166
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169
Dr. Max Deardorff
Max Deardorff
Telefon: +49 (69) 789 78 - 193
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 169
Dr. Alfons Aragoneses
Alfons Aragoneses
Assoziierter Wissenschaftler


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Convivencias - Rechtshistorische Perspektiven

‘Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics, 500-1750’ is a joint project between the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), Frankfurt a. M. (Thomas Duve), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute (Gerhard Wolf), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Jürgen Renn), and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale (Günther Schlee). Also participating in this joint project is David Nirenberg of Chicago University, an Associate of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

In an interdisciplinary survey of the Iberian world spanning the sixth to the eighteenth century, the Convivencia project investigates cooperative and conflictual interactions and exchanges between different cultural and religious communities in the ambit of Iberian influence. Within this broader framework, the contribution of the Convivencia project group at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History will focus on the legal historical research on medieval and early modern situations of convivencia in Europe. Drawing on the Institute’s ongoing research on Ibero-American legal history, special attention will be paid to the impact of Iberian experiences on the formation of normative frameworks in the American societies.

Led jointly by Thomas Duve (Director, MPIeR) and Raja Sakrani (Käte Hamburger Kolleg 'Law as Culture', Bonn/Associate researcher, MPIeR), the project group at the Max Planck Institute formed in 2015. The team includes two researchers from the MPIeR, Christoph H.F. Meyer and Max Deardorff (who recently joined the team from the University of Notre Dame), as well as Alfons Aragoneses (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona/Affiliate Researcher MPIeR).

MPIeR’s Convivencia project group will contribute to the methodological and theoretical framework of this joint project with legal historical reflections on the multinormative and multicultural dimensions of the late medieval and early modern legal history in the Iberian – and later in the Ibero-American – world. Events and activities directly related to this joint project include formal exchanges at annual workshops as well as informal exchanges between the members of the diverse Max Planck project groups and the Associate of the Max Planck Society, David Nirenberg (Chicago University). The MPIeR also invites research fellows working on related subjects to join the activities of the project group. It seeks to actively integrate the insights and findings generated during the course of this joint project into the research field of ‘Legal History in Ibero-America’ and the Institute's own research focus on 'Multinormativity'.

Convivencias Today

The project „Convivencias – Legal Historical Perspectives” aims not only to analyze examples of “living together” in the Iberian Peninsula from different historiographical angles, but also endeavors to link insights from this study to issues of our everyday modern lives—stemming from the encounter of conflicting legal cultures under the new conditions of the global age. What kind of historical experiences can prove instructive for our times and possibly be integrated into legal education for the future? This question has been the subject of two recent public talks:

  • Thomas Duve: „Convivencia: Wie gestalten wir unser Zusammenleben? Ein rechtshistorischer Blick auf ein aktuelles Thema“, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg -“Musik und Wissenschaft“ in cooperation with the Max Planck Society, February 20, 2017
  • Raja Sakrani: „Convivencia as a Historical Legal Program“, International Conference : Global Legal Education, NYU Abu Dhabi, January 22, 2017



Max Deardorff
The Ties That Bind: Intermarriage between Moriscos and Old Christians in Early Modern Spain, 1526–1614
Alfons Aragoneses
Convivencia and Filosefardismo in Spanish Nation-building
Raja Sakrani
Convivencia: Reflections About its 'Kulturbedeutung' and Rereading the Normative Histories of Living Together


Raja Sakrani
“Some Elements of Visualising Myth and Realities of Convivencia. From Al-Andalus until Today", International Meeting on Law and Society "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World”
Mexico City, Juli 20-23, 2017

Max Deardorff
“Cristianos nuevos, moriscos y cristianos viejos de moros: Categorías de diferenciación en el Reino de Granada (siglo XVI)”
Segundo Encuentro Peruano-Alemán: Derecho y Diversidad Cultural
Lima, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, October 13-14, 2016

Max Deardorff
“Conversión, genealogía e hijos legítimos: decisiones de la Audiencia de Santa Fe sobre autoridad indígena, 1570-1600”
XIX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Historia del Derecho Indiano
Berlin, Harnack Haus, August 29 - September 2, 2016

Raja Sakrani
“The Aesthetics of ‘Convivencia’. Visualizing a mode of living together in Al-Andalus”
West of Everything: New Media, Visual Culture and Law
New York, Cardozo Law School, August 28-29, 2016

Alfons Aragoneses
“Sefarad en els discursos jurídics i polítics de l’Espanya contemporània”
Cicle de Seminaris d’Història del Dret i de les Institucions
Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, May 26, 2016

Max Deardorff
The Tightening Vise of Christian Citizenship: Converts from Islam and the Law in Sixteenth Century Granada
Bonn, Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur", January 19, 2016

Alfons Aragoneses
Sefarad within Spanish contemporary history. A legal perspective.
Bonn, Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur", December 1, 2015

Raja Sakrani
The Three Cultures. Living together in Al-Andalus
Bonn, Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur", November 24, 2015

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