Friday December 10, 2021 10am EST
Please join us for a conversation with Federica Francesconi and Francesca Bregoli on Federica Francesconi's new book, Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation (Penn Press, 2021).
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the History PhD Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY
In Invisible Enlighteners, Federica Francesconi explores the society and culture of the Jewish merchants who lived and prospered in the northern Italian city of Modena during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Jewish men and women in Modena lived in an environment that gave rise to unique forms of Renaissance culture, early modern female agency, and Enlightenment practice. Their sociocultural transformation, and eventual legal and political integration, evolved through a complex dialogue between their Italian and Jewish identities, and without the traumatic ruptures or dramatic divides that led to the assimilation and conversion of many Jews elsewhere in Europe.
Federica Francesconi is Assistant Professor of History at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she also directs the Judaic Studies Program. A specialist of the social, religious, and cultural aspects of early modern Italian Jewry, she is the author of Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation.
Francesca Bregoli is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the GC. Her research focuses on early modern Italian and Sephardic Jewish history. She is the author of Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform.
Penn Press is pleased to offer a 30% discount on Invisible Enlighteners with code ENLIGHTENERS30-FM (valid from 12/3 to 12/19)