Conference Announcement: The Practice of Jewish Politics, 1492-1880, University of Maryland, October 22-23, 2017

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The Practice of Jewish Politics, 1492-1880

A Conference to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 22-23, 2017


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 , Tawes Hall (TWS), ROOM 1100

1 PM – 1:15 PM  Welcome and Introduction

1:15 PM – 3:45 PM  Jews as Actors in the Political Field

Magda Teter, Fordham University: Jews as Political Actors in Premodern Europe

Bernard D. Cooperman, University of Maryland: Jewish Consuls: the Entrepreneurial Dynamics of Collective Political Action

Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University: Jews, Lincoln, and the American Election of 1864: A Newly-Discovered Document and its Larger Significance

Michael Laurence Miller, Central European University, Budapest: Homo economicus or homo politicus? Hungarian Jews in the Constitutional Era

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM  Coffee Break

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Limits and Scope of Jewish Autonomy

Joseph Hacker, Hebrew University, JerusalemThe Nature and the Limits of Jewish Self-Government: Islamic Courts and Jewish Courts in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University: Jewish Political Identity and Communal Records

Evelyne Oliel Grausz, Université Paris 1 Panthéon, Sorbonne: The Practice of Petitioning the Grand Duke in Early Modern Livorno: Legal and Political Acculturation

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, Susquehanna Hall (SQH), ROOM 4116

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Legal and Political Bricolage

Jay R. Berkovitz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst : ‘According to the Law of Israel and the Law of the Nations’: The Challenges of Legal Syncretism in Early Modern Ashkenaz

Rachel Manekin, University of Maryland: Between Freedom of Conscience and Da’as Torah: Jewish Orthodox Party Politics in Nineteenth Century Galicia

Marsha L. Rozenblit, University of Maryland: Enlisting the Aid of Government: Viennese Jews, Hungarian Jews, and the Politics of Religious Reform in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM  Coffee Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM  Jewish and Non-Jewish Networks, Part I

François Guesnet, University College, London: Jewish Intercession and the Abolition of Torture in Poland, 1776

Michael K. Silber, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: An Alliance Not Always Vertical: The Practice of Hungarian Shtadlanut in the Habsburg Empire during the Last Decades of the 18th Century

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM  Break

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM  Jewish and Non-Jewish Networks, part II

Adam Teller, Brown University: Trans-Regional Philanthropic Networks in the Early Modern Jewish World and the Beginnings of Modern Jewish Politics

David Sorkin, Yale University: Jewish Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM  Coffee Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM   Media and Means of Jewish Politics

Debra Kaplan, Bar Ilan University: Wine, Power, and Politics

Yair Mintzker, Princeton University: A Community of Risk: Internal Jewish Politics and the Notorious Case of "Jew Süss"

Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University: Patronage and Postal Systems: Influence and Political Involvement Across Distance in Early Modern Germany

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM  Break

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM  Concluding Discussion

Convenors: Bernard D. Cooperman, François Guesnet, Rachel Manekin

The conference  is sponsored by the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, the Louis L. Kaplan Chair of Jewish History, the Department of History, College of Arts and Humanities, and the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies.

Contact info: Debra Kirsch <>

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