Conference programme: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ‘PORT JEW’ 22-23rd May 2017, Southampton.

A conference organised by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town. An event in memory of David Cesarani.

All sessions to take place in the Library Conference Room, Level 4, Hartley Library, University of Southampton. Programme and timings subject to change.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

09.00 – 09.45 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09.45 – 10.00 Welcome: Tony Kushner: ‘David Cesarani’s contribution to the Port Jew paradigm’
10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Bryan Cheyette (Reading University): ‘Venice: Between Port Jews and Ghetto Jews’
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 12.10 Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State University): ‘“Port Jews” and Global Cities after 1800’
12.10 – 12.50 Joachim Schloer (University of Southampton): ‘”What’s in Lisbon?” The Port City as a Waiting Room for Transmigrants, 1939-41’
12.50 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.40 Joanna Newman (Kings College, London): ‘Caribbean Calypsos and Jewish Refugees from Nazism’
14.40 – 15.20 Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton) ‘Ports in the memories of Jewish refugees from Nazism’
15.20 – 15.50 Tea & Coffee
15.50 – 16.30 Nuria Garcia Casacuberta (University of Southampton), ‘Ports and anchorages in Flavius Josephus’
16.30 – 17.30 Tamar Hodes (Southampton): ‘Port Jew Family: From Cape Town to Hydra’ (a literary reading)
Evening Tour and Dinner in Southampton


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09.30 – 10.10 Haim Sperber (Western Galilee College): ‘Immigration networks, Port Cities and International trafficking – the role of Jews’
10.10 – 10.40 Tony Kushner (University of Southampton): ‘The Port Jew in English Naval Fiction’
10.40 – 11.10 Tea & Coffee
11.10 – 11.40 Zrinka Podhraški Čizmek (University of Split) and Naida-Mihal Brandl (University of Zagreb): ‘Adriatic Port Jews in the 18th Century’
11.40 – 12.20 Shai Srougo (University of Haifa): ‘New Perspectives on the Concept of Port Jews: The Story of Thessalonika Waterfront (1912-1923)’
12.20 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.10 Maura Hametz (Old Dominion University): ‘“I had a lovely city”: Reflections on the Port Jews of Trieste in the poetry of Umberto Saba’
14.10 – 14.40 Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste): ‘Narratives and representations of the Port-Jews of Trieste during the Nineteenth Century’
14.40 – 15.10 Tea & Coffee
15.10 – 15.50 Hilda Nissimi (Bar Ilan University): ‘Joseph Wolff: A Missionary as a “Port Jew”’
15.50 – 16.30 Nils Roemer (University of Texas at Dallas): ‘German Jewish Travelers, Modernity and the Streets of Marseille’
16.30 – 17.00 Round Table: ‘The Future of the Port Jew Paradigm’

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