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Not His Mother’s Son? Genealogy and Elite Identity in Andalusian Historiography - A talk by Denise Filios


Date: 09/20/2011

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 1210 Heller Hall

Cost: Free and open to the public


Did a mother’s ethnic identity affect that of her sons in al-Andalus? Professor Filios explores mother-son relations and complex constructions of elite identity in early Islamic historiography. 

Denise K. Filios is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. Among other works, she is the author of Performing Women in the Middle Ages: Sex, Gender, and the Iberian Lyric. Her teaching and research interests include medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present. She is currently developing a project on depictions of Al-Andalus in North American, Spanish, and North African historiography and literature.

Organized by the IAS Collaborative Mediterranean Identities from the Middle Ages to Today.


  • Name: Center for Medieval Studies
  • E-mail: cmedst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-0805
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Medieval Studies


Parking is available at the 21st Avenue ramp and in the 19th Avenue ramp. Reciprocal contract parking is also available for those with contracts on the east bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

More information: http://www.cmedst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Medieval Studies.

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