Conference Programme

(for further information please see: http://www.medici.org/the-birth-and-evolution-of-the-venetian-ghetto/)

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)

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

Download Conference Program Here.

Please note, registration is required please write to conference@medici.org