Aviya Doron

Aviya Doron

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Aviya Doron is a PhD student in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Beyond the Elite team. Her research explores risk and trust in Jewish-Christian economic interactions in the German Empire (1280–1420). She asks how risk was conceptualized, experienced, and overcome in interreligious personal contacts, and which institutionalized mechanisms governing economic exchange helped build and sustain trust. Combining legal and administrative archival sources in Latin and German with responsa literature, her research draws on institutional economic history, social-network analysis, and the history of daily life. Identifying and understanding mechanisms for evaluating risk and building trust can shed new light on the role of economic incentives in shaping the boundaries between religious conflict, and daily economic and social contacts.