Awarded the scholarship to investigate the Jewish quarter in Béjar

The Commission of the research grant “Judería de Béjar: clearing up unknowns”, convened by the Bejarano Studies Center and the Béjar City Council, making use of the powers established according to the bases published on that date, and having evaluated the projects presented, and the requirements and qualifications of the candidates, has resolved to grant the research grant to Gonzalo Joaquín Escuredo Manzano, a native of Baracaldo (Vizcaya).

The research grant “Judería de Béjar: clearing up unknowns “ The deadline for receiving projects was opened on February 1, with a deadline for submission on March 14 by email. And it was aimed at young researchers under the age of 35 who have graduated, with a master’s or doctor’s degree in History, Humanities, Architecture, Urban Geography or Social Sciences.

From this moment on, the scholarship holder will have a maximum of 6 months to present the results of their research, the objective of which is to define the location of the Bejarana Jewish quarter through documentary consultation of files, sources and specific bibliography. Likewise, the work presented will try to banish the erroneous locations that have been moving in a popular way both in tourist publications and in municipal signage.

The Commission, made up of Josefa Montero, Gonzalo Santonja, Manuel-Antonio Marcos, Carmen Martín, José Luis Martín, Ángel Vaca, Antonio Avilés, Juan Manuel Ramos and Óscar Rivadeneyra, has selected this project as it considers it suitable according to the bases made public in the moment of its summons. During the investigation process, the Commission will ensure compliance with the objectives established from the beginning.

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The amount of the scholarship will be 4,000 euros and, upon completion, the work will be published within the “Varia Bejarana” Collection.

Gonzalo Joaquín Escudero Manzado

Gonzalo Joaquín Escudero Manzado, 30, has a degree in History from the University of Salamanca. He has completed a master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid and has a doctorate in Medieval History and Archeology from the same University. The line of research is the politics and high medieval society of the Hispanic Northwest (Galicia, León and Portugal).

He has also received an Erasmus + Doctorate scholarship at the Institute of Medieval Studies of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Nova University of Lisbon.

It has 14 published academic publications, has organized 4 debate seminars on Medieval History and participated in 25 National and International Congresses. He has also carried out archaeological surveys in Extremadura for private companies.


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