Culture in Exile: Sephardic Legacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Monday, April 19, 2021


5:00 pm


Main Building Virtual Room 1

The annual Fishman Lecture, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program is being presented by Dr. Aleksandra Buncic who will speak on Culture in Exile: Sephardic Legacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Aleksandra Bunčić, Fishman Family Scholar at Vassar, and Visiting Scholar at the Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard, will explore little-known aspects of the cultural history of the Sephardi Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following the forced migration resulting from the expulsion from Spain in 1492, many Sephardim settled in parts of the Ottoman Empire, including the areas that today comprise Bosnia and Herzegovina. These Jews are an understudied community that persisted under the domination of two empires, world wars, civil wars, and the trials and traumas of post-war Bosnian society. Dr. Bunčić will consider the Sephardi “refugee repertoire” – architecture, literature, art and music – illuminating the cultural legacy of Bosnian Sephardim as a distinctive but interdependent strand in the rich tapestry of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions that constitute Bosnian culture.

Wendy Post

Jewish Studies Program