The University of Iowa

‘Narrating the Conquest of Iberia’ is topic of Feb. 8 European Studies lecture

February 1st, 2013

 Denise K. Filios
How did competitive, witty conversations at elite salons shape Spanish histories of the Iberian kingdom of al-Andalus? In the first lecture of the European Studies Group spring lecture series, UI associate professor Denise K. Filios will analyze the traces of such oral performances in two stories about Musa b. Nusayr, the conqueror of al-Andalus.

Filios’s talk, titled “Islamic Literary Salons and Andalusian Historiography:  Narrating the Conquest of Iberia,” will be held at noon on Friday, Feb. 8, in 2520C, University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public and a light luncheon will be provided.

Filios is an associate professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her teaching and research focus on medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present. Her current research focuses on depictions of the Muslim kingdom of Al-Andalus in North American, Spanish, and North African historiography and literature.

This event is sponsored by the European Studies Group in International Programs. To see the full list of spring lectures in this series, visit

For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at or 319-353-2199.