Early Modern Italian Jewish Ghetto Archive at Johns Hopkins

A couple of years ago, the Special Collections of the Sheridan Libraries Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University acquired a fascinating archive of printed and scribal material relating mainly to the Jewish community in Ferrara in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. We will have a look at this material in May for the second conference of our project. For a short presentation of the collection click here.

Many thanks to the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance and the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center of the Sheridan Libraries (Johns Hopkins University) for having co-sponsored the conference on State Building and Minorities: Jews in Italy (College Park and Baltimore, May 5–7, 2019).early modern italian jewish ghetto archive at johns hopkins

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State Building and Minorities: Jews in Italy. Confirmed Speakers

Franco Benigno (Scuola Normale Superiore), Beyond the Courts: Rethinking Statehood and Governance in Early Modern Europe

Francesca Bregoli (The City University of New York, Graduate Center), Beyond Jewish “Autonomy”: State Reforms and Political Negotiations in Habsburg Italy 

Flora Cassen (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Jews in Spanish Milan: Between Local and Imperial State 

Bernard Dov Cooperman (University of Maryland), Papal Policy towards Jews and Papal State Building 1550–1600

Serena Di Nepi (Sapienza – University of Rome), Jews, State and Politics: The Trial against Bernardino Campello in the aftermath of the Cum nimis absurdum (Rome and Spoleto, 1562)

Lois Dubin (Smith College), State Building and the Politics of Intimacy: Marriage and Divorce, Jewish and Civil, in Early Modern Italy

Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (University College London), Negotiating Power, Autonomy and Integration in late-XVIII and early-XIX century Leghorn

Andrea Gamberini (University of Milan), The State-Building Process in the Late Medieval Italy: An Overview

Davide Liberatoscioli (Potsdam University), The Idea of universitas Judaeorum as an Instrument for the Construction of Centralizing States: Rome and the Papal State between the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period 

Raffaele Pittella (State Archive of Rome), The Status animarum as an Instrument of Control over Fiscal Matters and Religious Minorities in the Ecclesiastical State 

Asher Salah (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design), Restrictive Tolerance: A Comparative Analyses of the Different Reception of Jews and Muslims in Livorno (1591-1614) 

Benjamin Ravid (Brandeis University), tbp

Pierre Savy (Ecole française de Rome), Cows, Cogs, Actors? Jews in the Political Processes of the Duchy of Milan (15th century)

Vincenzo Selleri (The City University of New York, Graduate Center), Iudeca: Jewish Communities and Jewish Space in Fifteenth Century Apulia 

Stefanie B. Siegmund (Jewish Theological Seminary), Forced in, Pushed out: The Medici State, the Ghetto Community, and the Control of Walls and Boundaries

Giacomo Todeschini (University of Trieste), Christian Financial Government and Jewish Political Culture in Italy (15th-17th Centuries): A Dialectic of Modernity

Mafalda Toniazzi (University of Pisa), At the Beginning of the Modern Era: The Jews and the Magistrates Dedicated to them in the Cities of Central and Northern Italy. The Case of Florence (15th century)

Justine Walden (Yale University), The Global and the Local: Sephardic Diaspora, Ottoman Entanglements, and The Medici State

Nadia Zeldes (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Jews, Conversos, and Inquisition in the Italian Spanish Dominions (1503-1541)

The conference’s program will be posted in the following weeks

Scientific Committee: Marina Caffiero (Sapienza – University of Rome); Bernard Dov Cooperman (University of Maryland); Serena Di Nepi (Sapienza – University of Rome); Pawel Maciejko (Johns Hopkins University); Germano Maifreda (University of Milan); Yaakov Mascetti (Bar-Ilan University); Stefano Villani (University of Maryland)