Jessica Marin Elliott

  • Jessica Marin Elliott holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She defended her dissertation, “The Changing Status of Converted Jews in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Northern France,” in early 2014. The dissertation examined the socio-economic status of Jewish converts to Christianity and reconstructed attitudes of Christian intellectuals towards the possibility of Jewish conversion, clarifying the degree to which Judaism was believed to be inextricably linked to identity in medieval France. She is the author of “Jews ‘Feigning Devotion’: Christian Representations of Converted Jews in French Chronicles Before and After the Expulsion of 1306” (in Jews and Christians in 13th-Century France: Culture, Society and Mutual Perceptions, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah Galinsky, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher for the RELMIN project, where she works on thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Latin legal sources concerning Jews in northern France and Provence.



Clara Maillard defended her doctoral thesis in December 2011 at the MSH in Nantes. Her dissertation Les papes et le Maghreb aux XIIIème et XIVème siècles, étude des lettres apostoliques de 1199 à 1419, under the direction of John Tolan, will be published by BREPOLS in the RELMIN collection.

She joined the RELMIN team as a short-term post-doctoral researcher. She is working on pontifical letters concerning Christians living in the Maghreb.


Luca Fois is specialised in the history of Christianity. His research focuses on religious minorities and in particular on the heterodox movements of the 13th -16th centuries. He is interested in the institutional aspects of church justice and has a solid experience in medieval sources editing.

With RELMIN, he works more specifically on Papal bulls.


Claire Chauvin has an agrégation in classical literature and is preparing a doctoral thesis on Boccaccio’s Buccolicum Carmen under the supervision of Pierre Maréchaux. With the RELMIN project, she translates Latin, Old French and English texts into French.


In 1998 Aleida received a degree in Classics and Italian Literature at the State University of Milan. Between 1999 and 2000 she spent a year abroad with a scholarship from the Israeli Government and the Rothberg International School. This was part of a one-year language skills program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she learnt Hebrew and Arabic. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge where she studied at the Faculty of Divinity. Her thesis examined the 16th-century chronicle of the Ottoman Empire by Elia Capsali of Candia (Crete) and was supervised by Prof. Nicholas de Lange.  

Aleida has been a temporary lecturer in Latin language and Roman culture at the University of Heidelberg’s Faculty of Classics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut für Orientalistik, University of Halle, where she worked on the project ‘The impact of the Qur’an on Judaism during the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance period’. She has also been an Endeavour Australia postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Western Australia. From 2011 to 2013 she worked as a part-time researcher on the  project ‘Mapping the Jewish communities of the Byzantine Empire’, concentrating on Italy under the supervision of Prof. Nicholas de Lange. 

With RELMIN, she concentrates on sources from the 1475 trial of Trent.



  • Scientific Direction : John Tolan is Professor of History at the University of Nantes and Principal Investigator of the RELMIN program. He received a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, and an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is notably author of Petrus Alfonsi and his Medieval Readers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993),Les Relations entre les pays d'Islam et le monde latin du milieu du Xème siècle au milieu du XIIIème siècle (Paris: Bréal, 2000), Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), and Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; French edition published in Paris: Seuil, 2007)..

In October 2013, John Tolan was elected member of the ACADEMIA EUROPAEA

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  • Administration and communication : Nicolas Stefanni joined the RELMIN team after getting his Master's degree from the University of Nantes and travelling and working in England and the United States

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Farid Bouchiba has a diploma in Arabic Language and Civilisation from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO). He is currently working on his doctoral thesis in history, on “The Legal Status of dhimmïs in al-Andalus according to Maliki authors, 8th-15th centuries: a Study of the Legal Condition of Jews and Christians in Islamic territories" (co-directors C. Müller, Paris, and J. Tolan, Nantes). His research focuses on dhimmïs as well as other minorities in Islamic territories. He is also interested in Muslim law (fiqh), in kalâm and in hadith.

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Marisa BUENO

  • Marisa Bueno specializes in Iberian Medieval Studies with a double B.A. in Law and Medieval History (UCM, Madrid) and a PhD in History entitled “Territory and Material Culture in Eastern Castile (8th-12th centuries): From the Middle Frontier to Castilian Extremadura.” In her thesis she focused on the Islamic colonisation process and the subsequent changes after the Castilian conquest. In connection to the UCM, she went on with her research at the C.E.S.C.M. (CNRS-Poitiers University) and the E.H.A.A.R (CSIC, Rome). Marisa is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the RELMIN project where she studies the relations between Christianity and Islam in Castilian area, with special emphasis on issues such as polemics, conversions and the situation of religious minorities under Christian rule through Castilian Laws..

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Géraldine JENVRIN

Géraldine Jenvrin studied for 8 years Arabic Language, Literature and Civilisation at the Universities Cairo, Damascus (Syria), Sanaa (Yemen), Tunis and at French research institutes IFPO in Damascus and CEFAS in Sanaa. She did her Master I in Islamology on asceticism (2005, University of Provence, directed by Denis Gril) and her Master II on contemporary Yemeni literature (2007, INALCO, directed by L.W Deheuvels). She taught for 2 years at the university level. Within the RELMIN project, she works on her PhD on "The Legal Status of dhimmi in Andalus (11th-13th)" (co-directors A.Garcia Sanjuan, Huelva (Espagne) and J. Tolan, Nantes).

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