Atlantic Jewish Worlds

Conference Program

All events will convene via Zoom. All times are Eastern Time. 

Wednesday, April 7

1:00-1:15 p.m.


1:15-2:45 p.m.

Panel 1: Settlement and Governance

Chair: Daniel K. Richter (McNeil Center and University of Pennsylvania)  

Deborah Hamer (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)
Negotiating the Colonie: Jewish Projectors and the Dutch Atlantic World  

Mayer Juni (Brown University)
Reward and Punishment: Converso Biography in the Spanish Atlantic  

Jason Perlman (New York University)
Crisis and Creativity: How Jewish Leaders Lobbied for Rights and Renegotiated Community While Besieged in Dutch Brazil, 1645–1654

Commentator: Holly Snyder (Brown University)

3:30-5:00 p.m.


Aviva Ben-Ur (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Sex with Slaves and the Business of Governance



Thursday, April 8

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Panel 2: The Age of Revolutions

Chair: Emma Hart (McNeil Center and University of Pennsylvania) 

Wim Klooster (Clark University)
Jewish Involvement in the Age of Revolutions 

John M. Dixon (College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Rethinking American Jewish Citizenship: George Washington’s Newport Letter in Atlantic Perspective 

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (University of Southern California)
Napoleon’s Sanhedrin and the Colonization of Atlantic World Jewry 

Commentator: Adam Sutcliffe (King’s College London)  

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


12:00-1:15 p.m.

Panel 3: Trade and Finance

Chair: Anne Oravetz Albert (Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies) 

Daniel Strum (University of São Paulo)
Litigation and Reputation Across the Early Jewish Atlantic  

Evelyne Oliel-Grausz (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
Cas van ribit”: The Montel Case of Forbidden Interest and Legal Pluralism across the Dutch Atlantic (1752-64) 

Commentator: Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study)  

1:15-2:15 p.m.


2:15- 3:45 p.m.

Panel 4: Centering Africa and Its Diaspora

Chair: Laura Keenan Spero (McNeil Center for Early American Studies)  

Adam Rovner (University of Denver)
The Jew Who Would Be King: Nathaniel Isaacs and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century West African Slave Trade 

Natália da Silva Perez (Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen)
Regulating Life in Private and in Public for the Portuguese Nation 

Amalia Skarlatou Levi (The HeritEdge Connection)
Archival Dependencies: Enslaved People in the Jewish Households of Bridgetown, Barbados 

Commentator: Marisa Fuentes (Rutgers University) 

3:45-4:15 p.m


4:15- 5:45 p.m.

Panel 5: Parallel and Intersecting Emancipations

Chair: Beth S. Wenger (Katz Center and University of Pennsylvania) 

Dana Y. Rabin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
White Enough to Vote? Jewish Suffrage in Jamaica, 1750-1820 

Ben Davidson (Saint Michael’s College)
Jewish Emancipation and the End of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World 

Eli Rosenblatt (Northwestern University/Spertus Institute)
 Creole Ambivalence: The Politics of Jewishness in Ashkenazic Suriname, 1800-1900 

Commentator: Shari Rabin (Oberlin College) 

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