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Francois Soyer

François Soyer is a Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History at the University of New England (Armidale, NSW, Australia). From February 2016 until early 2018, he was a Partner Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions based at The University of Southampton where he was an Associate Professor in Late Medieval and Early Modern History. He initially joined the Centre in January 2012 as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Adelaide, conducting research for his project 'Cultivating Fear and Hatred of the "Other": the development of officially sanctioned anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiment in Catholic Southern Europe (1500-1800)'. He is currently studying books and pamphlets that were published with the aim of promulgating fear and hatred of Jews and Muslims, analysing the development and nature of the rhetoric, arguments, images and vocabulary used to depict Muslims and Jews as inherently alien and hostile groups during the early modern period. He intends to demonstrate how the language of demonization used in 'Hate literature' in modern-day Australia, Europe and North American has deep roots running back to early printed propaganda works.  He is currently preparing the first critical edition, study and translation into English of the highly-influential seventeenth-century Spanish anti-Semitic bestseller and polemic of Fray Francisco de Torrejoncillo, Centinela contra Judios puesta en la torre de la Iglesia de Dios (Madrid, 1674).

Contact

francois.soyer@une.edu.au
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Research

Cultivating Fear and Hatred of the "Other": the development of officially sanctioned anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiment in Catholic Southern Europe (1500-1800)