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The Birth and Evolution of the Venetian Ghetto (1516-1797)

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

Thursday, 5 May 2016
13:00 Registration Opens

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)

Opening 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 ZrinkaPodhraškiČizmekandNaidaMihalBrandl(Universityof 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

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