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‘...li giudei debbano abitar unidi...’ The Birth and Evolution of the Venetian Ghetto (1516–1797)
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An international conference organized by: The Medici Archive Project; Beit Venezia – The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies; il Comitato “I 500 anni del Ghetto di Venezia”; Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism; Soprintendenza belle arti e paesaggio per Venezia e laguna.

5/5/2016 to 5/6/2016
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Where: Sala del Piovego, Palazzo Ducale
San Marco, 1
Venice, Veneto  30124
Italy
Contact: Samuel Gallacher

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An international conference organized by: The Medici Archive Project; Beit Venezia – The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies; il Comitato “I 500 anni del Ghetto di Venezia”; Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism; Soprintendenza belle arti e paesaggio per Venezia e laguna.

Sala del Piovego – Palazzo Ducale – Venice
5th & 6th May 2016

No admission without registration. Places strictly limited, so please register at conference@medici.org

PROGRAM

Thursday, 5 May 2016

13:00 – Registration

WELCOME

14:00 – Representative of the Office of the Mayor of Venice
14:10 – Emanuela Carpani (Soprintendenza belle arti e paesaggio per Venezia e laguna)
14:20 – Paolo Gnignati (Comunità Ebraica, Venezia)
14:30 – Giuseppe Veltri (Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Hamburg)

INTRODUCTION

14:40 – Alessio Assonitis (The Medici Archive Project, Florence)

INTRODUCTORY LECTURE

14:55 – Piergabriele Mancuso (The Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe — The Medici Archive Project) - The Ghetto of Venice and the Making of Early Modern Jewry.

PANEL ONE: The Ghetto in its Historical Dimension

Chair: Simon Levis Sullam (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

15:40 – Giacomo Corazzol (Tel Aviv University) - The Prehistory of the Venetian Ghetto in the Eyes of a Cretan Jew: Venice, 1509
16:05 – Piercesare Ioly Zorattini (Università degli Studi di Udine) - Il Ghetto e il S. Uffizio di Venezia: una storia di lunga durata (secc. XVI-XVIII)
16:30 – Zrinka Podhraški Čizmek and Naida Mihal Brandl (University of Split/University of Zagreb) - Mercanti ebrei fra le due sponde dell'Adriatico nel XVIII secolo

16:55 – Coffee Break

17:25 – Stefania Silvestri (The John Rylands Library – University of Manchester) - Jewish Women from Venice: A Portrayal through the Study of their Ketubbot
17:50 – Alessandro Guetta (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Paris) - Italian Citizens of Jewish Faith: The Italian texts of David de Pomi and Leone Modena

18:15 – Panel One Closes

18:30 – Day One Closes

Friday, 6 May 2016

PANEL TWO: The Architectures of the Venetian Ghetto

Chair: Donatella Calabi (Università Iuav di Venezia)

9:00 – Elisa Bastianello (Independent Scholar) - Il Ghetto: aperture urbane e sociali
9:25 – Gianmario Guidarelli (Università degli Studi di Padova) - Le sinagoghe del Ghetto di Venezia nel contesto della architettura del Rinascimento veneziano
9:50 – Alessandra Ferrighi (Università Iuav di Venezia) - Dopo il Ghetto. La nuova contrada Riunione e le trasformazioni nella prima metà dell’Ottocento
10:15 – Stefano Zaggia (Università degli Studi di Padova) - Dalle contrade ebraiche ai ghetti nelle città della Repubblica di Venezia (secc. XV-XVI)

10:40 – Panel Two Closes

10:45 – Coffee Break

PANEL THREE: The Venetian Ghetto and its Philosophical Legacy

Chair: Giuseppe Veltri (Director, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Hamburg)

11:15 – Abraham Melamed (University of Haifa) - When did Judaism Become a Religion? The Case of Simone Luzzatto
11:40 – Anna Lissa (Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies) - Scepticism and Politics in Simone Luzzatto’s Works
12:05 – Evelien Chayes (CNRS – IRHT, Paris) - Christians Studying in the Venetian Ghetto: Talmud and Scepticism 1630-1640
12:30 – Michela Torbidoni (Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies) - L’esercizio serio-giocoso del rabbino Simone Luzzatto: un dibattito scettico sull’anima

12:55 – Panel Three Closes

13:00 – Lunch Break

PANEL FOUR: Arts and Theatre in the Venetian Ghetto

Chair: Shaul Bassi (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

14:45 – Rafael D. Arnold (Universität Rostock) - Contrasting Sepulchral Traditions in Venice (Ashkenazic and Sephardic)
15:10 – Erith Jaffe-Berg (University of California, Riverside) - The Ghetto and Performance Making in Venice and Mantua in the Early Modern Period
15:35 – Michele Osherow (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) - The Problem of Conversion in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
16:00 – Elizabeth Rich (Independent Scholar) - Moisè da Castellazzo, the Consiglio dei Dieci and Copyright Privileges: How a Jewish artist protected his creation of a picture-Bible in 1521

16:30 – Panel Four Closes

16:35 – Closing Remarks & Final Discussion

17:00 – Drinks Reception

18:00 – End of Conference

No admission without registration. Places strictly limited, so please register at conference@medici.org. Download the program here: http://www.medici.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Venice-Ghetto-Program.pdf

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