The Italian Way: State, Empire, and Policy towards Jews (15th-18th century)

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The Italian Way: State, Empire and Policy towards Jews (15th-18th century) May 5-7, 2019 (University of Maryland, College Park – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)

he Italian Way: State, Empire, and Policy towards Jews (15th-18th century)

May 5-7, 2019

University of Maryland, College Park – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Sunday May 5, University of Maryland, College Park

RH Smith School of Business in Van Munching Hall (VMH) 1505

1:15 PM Introductory Remarks: Stefano Villani (University of Maryland)

1:30 PM Keynote: Francesco Benigno (Scuola Normale Superiore), Beyond the Courts: Rethinking Statehood and Governance in Early Modern Europe

2:30-4:00 PM Laying the Foundations

Chair: Philip Soergel (University of Maryland)

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

Alessandra Veronese (University of Pisa), From Mid-14th to Early 16th Centuries: the Jews of the Duchy of Urbino as an Active Presence in the Building of the State

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

Coffee break

4:30-5:30 PM Venice

Chair: Pawel Maciejko (Johns Hopkins University)

Renata Segre (Venice), Prelude to the Ghetto. Did Venice Favor the ‘Italian Way’? Benjamin Ravid (Brandeis University), Jewish Moneylenders and Merchants in Venice: Necessary for the Venetian Government or Only Useful?


5:30 PM Germano Maifreda (University of Milan), Beyond the Ghetto: Marina Caffiero on Italian Jewry


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Monday May 6, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Gilman Hall, #50


9:30-11:00 AM Rome

Chair: Gabriele Ferrario (Johns Hopkins University)

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

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)

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

Coffee Break

11:30 AM-1:00 PM Italian Jews in the Spanish Imperial System

Chair: Erin Rowe (Johns Hopkins University)

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

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

Vincenzo Selleri (The City University of New York, Graduate Center), Iudeca: Jewish Communities and Jewish Space in 15th-century Apulia



2:15-3:45 PM Tuscany

Chair: Lawrence Principe (Johns Hopkins University)

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)

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

Justine Walden (Yale University), Sephardic Diaspora, Ottoman Entanglements, and the Medici State

4:00-5:00 PM Macksey Room at Brody Learning Commons

Documenting the Ghetto Administration in Ferrara


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Tuesday May 7, University of Maryland, College Park

Maryland Room 0100 in Marie Mount Hall


9:30-11:00 AM Livorno and Trieste

Chair: Rachele Jesurum (University of Bologna)

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

Francesca Bregoli (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Beyond Jewish “Autonomy”: State Reforms and Political Negotiations in Habsburg Italy

Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (University College London), Negotiating Power, Autonomy and Integration in Late18th- and early 19th-century Livorno

Coffee Break


11:15 AM-12:30 PM

Bernard Cooperman (University of Maryland), Concluding Remarks: The State and the Rise of Jewish Communal Governance


Discussion and Lunch

Washington DC, Library of Congress

3:30-4:30 PM Tour of the Library of Congress 4:30-6:00 PM Guided Book Exhibit

Sponsored by: University of Maryland (College Park), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Bar-Ilan University (Ramat Gan), Italian Research Program of National Interest-PRIN 2015 The Long History of Anti-Semitism, International Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents & Radicalism – EMoDiR, Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe (Johns Hopkins University), Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance (Johns Hopkins University), Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center of the Sheridan Libraries (Johns Hopkins University), Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies (University of Maryland), Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies (University of Maryland), Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies (University of Maryland), College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), University of Maryland


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 A. Mascetti (Bar-Ilan University); Stefano Villani (University of Maryland)


Organizing Committee: L.J. Brandli (Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies); Rachele Jesurum (University of Bologna); Lisa Klein (University of Maryland); Helena Wangefelt Ström (Umeå University); Federico Zuliani (University of Milan/University of Turin)


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