[MGSA-L] International Workshop "Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective", October 11-12, Indiana University, Bloomington

Paris Papamichos Chronakis pchronakis at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 19:50:36 PDT 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington and the
Modern Greek Studies Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago
organize the international workshop “Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global
Perspective” featuring new work on Modern Greek and Ottoman Jewry. The
workshop is generously supported by an MGSA Initiative Grant.

The workshop aims to introduce the notion of “Jewish commercial cultures”
to discussions about networks, mobility, empires, migration and material
life. It examines Jewish merchants beyond trading diaspora frameworks, the
overly determining contexts of “family” and “community”, and their
stereotypical representations in anti-Jewish discourses. Instead, it views
Jewish merchants anew as commercial citizens and legal agents from the
early 18th- to the mid-20th centuries in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean,
and Eastern Europe.

*For more information please visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~merchant/

*Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective*

*Advanced PhD and post-doctoral/early career workshop*

*Indiana University, Bloomington, 11-12 October 2015*


*Sunday, 11 October 2015*

10:00 - 10:15 am     Welcome & Opening Remarks (Paris Papamichos Chronakis,
Constanze Kolbe)

10:15 - 11:45 am     *Panel I: Legal Regimes and Trade Litigation *

*Discussant: Francesca Trivellato, Yale University*

*Jessica Marglin*

Commercial Integration through Law: Jews and Notarization in Moroccan
Sharī‘a Courts

*Constanze Kolbe*

The Business of Religion: Etrogim Trade and Litigation in the Nineteenth
Century Adriatic

*Alyssa Reiman*

Commerce in the Courts: Italian Jews and the Consular Court System in
Nineteenth Century Egypt

*Hanna Sonkajärvi*

Commercial Litigation between Alsatian-Jewish Merchants and Non-Jewish
Merchants in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Brazil

1:30 - 3:00 pm         *Panel II*: *Cross National Networks, Marketing and
Consumption *

*Discusant: **Derek Penslar, University of Toronto*

*Cornelia Aust*

Jewish, Polish, European: Bankers and Entrepreneurs at the Mid-Nineteenth
Century: A Warsaw Perspective

*Kevin D. Goldberg*

Making Jewish Wine in Central Europe

*Daniel M. Rosenthal*

Carmel in the Shtetl: Palestinian Wine and the Marketing of Zionist
Ideology in Eastern Europe, 1895-1939

3:15 - 4:45 pm         *Panel III: Mobility across and beyond the Eastern
Mediterranean *

*Discussant: Matthias Lehmann, UC Irvine*

*Ariane Wessel*

Social Advancement in the period of Globalization. Jewish Grain Traders at
the Berlin Commodity Exchange 1860-1914

*Evangelia Mathopoulou*

Jewish commercial practices in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1933-1939

*Julia Phillips Cohen*

Cosmopolitans for Empire: Ottoman Jews & Political Economy from the Margins

5:30 - 7:00 pm         *Keynote speech by Francesca Trivellato (Yale

*Self-Interest, “Difference,” and the Making of Europe's Commercial
Society: Jewish-Christian Credit Relations before Emancipation*

Many factors influence the flow of commercial credit: economic calculation,
legal contracts, social ties, and cultural perceptions. This talk will
argue that the study of the legal, economic, and cultural conditions under
which Jews and Christians lent money to one other in the large commercial
hubs of Western Europe before emancipation can offer a new narrative of
Europe's transition from a society of status to a society of contract.

7:00 - 7:30 pm         Reception (open to public, Oak Room)

*Monday, 12 October 2015*

9:00 - 10:30 am       *Panel IV:*  *Realigning identities*

*Discussant: **Jonathan Karp, SUNY Binghamton*

*Paris Papamichos-Chronakis*

Merchants who feared the Nation. Jewish Commercial Politics during the
Balkan Wars, 1912-1913

*Nadia Zysman*

Factory, Workshop and Homework: A spatial dimension of labor flexibility
among Jewish migrants in the early twentieth-century Buenos Aires

*Stephanie Seketa*

Economic Nationalism and the Making of a “British” Corporation: J. Lyons
versus Thomas Lipton in WWI Britain

10:45 - 12:15 pm     *Panel V:* *Marginality*

*Discussant: Matthias Lehmann, UC Irvine*

*Devi Mays*

Becoming Illegal: Sephardi Jews in the Transnational Opium Trade

*Niki Lefebvre*

“The Other Essential Job of War”: Jewish American Merchants and the
European Refugee Crisis after the Anschluss

1:30 – 3:00 pm        *Roundtable discussion*

Francesca Trivellato, Yale; Mathias Lehnmann, UC Irvine; Jonathan Karp,
SUNY Bingahmton; Derek Penslar, University of Toronto; Mirjam Zadoff,
Iindiana University

Workshop Organizers:

Dr. Paris Papamichos-Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago

Constanze Kolbe, Indiana University, Bloomington

*The workshop is made possible with the generous support of*:
The Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University,Bloomington
The Modern Greek Studies Association Initiative Grant
Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration:
Innovative Workshop in International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration,
Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University, Bloomington
The Provost of International Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington
The Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Indiana University, Bloomington
The Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Education,
Indiana University, Bloomington
The College of Arts and Humanities Institute, Indiana University,
The European Union Center, Indiana University, Bloomington;
The Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University, Bloomington
The Departments of International Studies, Ottoman and Turkish Studies,
French and Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Paris Papamichos Chronakis
Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street (MC 315), 1818 University Hall
Chicago, IL, 60607-7117
tel. 310 560 2732
skype name: pchronakis
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