15th Symposium on the History and the Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands "The Imperial Turn in Dutch Jewish History"

15th Symposium on the History and the Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands "The Imperial Turn in Dutch Jewish History"

Organizer
Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish Studies, Amsterdam
Venue
Uilenburger Synagogue, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam
ZIP
1011
Location
Amsterdam
Country
Netherlands
From - Until
04.10.2021 - 05.10.2021
By
Connections Redaktion, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, Universität Leipzig

The 15th Symposium of the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands will be devoted to how research and awareness of the Imperial and colonial past changes our perspective on Dutch Jewish History.

15th Symposium on the History and the Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands "The Imperial Turn in Dutch Jewish History"

The 15th Symposium of the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands will be devoted to how research and awareness of the Imperial and colonial past changes our perspective on Dutch Jewish History:

Asking Kalmar and Penslar’s question: Were “Jews, as a group, objectively irrelevant to imperialism?”, this conference will focus on the under-studied Dutch empire and its legacy. Ranging from the Antilles to the Indonesian archipelago, this empire brought together Jews of Ashkenazi,s Sephardi and Middle Eastern and North African descent. Beyond the well-covered economic focus of the three main settlement empires of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, the lasting impact of Dutch Jews on European empires and colonies as well as the impact of Empires on the Dutch Jews remains elusive. This conference will bring these histories together by looking for overarching themes such as slavery, race, geopolitics, philanthropy, political and social belonging, inter and intra ethnic relationships, and the contemporary legacies of the colonial encounters. The conference will thus encompass a broad chronology ranging from the 17th century to the present day in order to get at the larger issues surrounding the intersections of Dutch Jews, colonialism, and empire.

THE CONFERENCE CAN BE VISITED, BUT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE. A LINK WILL BE POSTED ON WWW.MBII.NL.

This symposium is organized by the Menasseh ben Israel Institute Committee for the History and the Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands. The Menasseh ben Israel Institute is an academic collaboration of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Jewish Cultural Quarter of Amsterdam. The organization of the symposium expresses it gratitude to Stichting Collectieve Maror-gelden Nederland and Stichting Levi Lassen for providing financial support.

Venue:
Uilenburger Synagogue, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam

Price:
Regular fee: €40
Discounted fee: €25, for students and Friends of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute

Registration:
Tickets need to be ordered in advance by sending an email to mbii@jck.nl upon which you will receive a confirmation and a payment request. Coronaregulations require proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test.

Programm

Day One, 4 October 2021

13:00: Welcome by Prof. Judith Frishman
13:10: Introduction by Prof. Jessica Roitman

Session I: Early Modern Atlantic Jewish Entanglements
Chair: Prof. Jessica Roitman
13:30: The Tucacas-Connection: How Dutch-Jewish Merchants from Curaçao Infiltrated the Caribbean Coast of Venezuela.
Dr. Christian Cwik (University of Graz)
14:00: ‘Without Jews, no Colonies’, 17th Century Jewish Lobbying Perspectives on their Contributions in Dutch-Brazil
Hans Wallage (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
14:30: Discussion

15:00 Coffee/tea break

Session II: Amsterdam as Zone of Jewish Imperial Encounter
Chair: Dr. Dienke Hondius
15:30: African and Eurafrican Jews in the Amsterdam and the Dutch Atlantic in the 1650s.
Mark Ponte (Amsterdam City Archives, Mauritshuis)
16:00: Traces of Intimacy between Blacks and Whites in Early Modern Amsterdam: The Case of Juliana from Recife.
Dr. Natália da Silva Perez (University of Copenhagen)
16:30: Ishac Athias’ Conception of Dominium and Libertas in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic Debate on Slavery and Slave Trade, Dr. Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota (TMC Asser Institute) – through a livestream connection
17:00: Discsussion

17:30: End of Day One

Day Two, 5 October 2021

Session III: Texts and Images: Reflecting Imperial Ideas and Ideologies
Chair: Prof. Bart Wallet
10:00: The Jewish Qur’an: An Eighteenth-Century Hebrew Qur’an Translation from Dutch Cochin.
Prof. Alexander van der Haven (University of Bergen)
10:30: A Land of Ghosts: an ‘Archaeology of Knowledge’ around Notisias dos Judeos de Mosseh Pereira de Paiv.
Dr. José Alberto Rodrigues da Silva Tavim (Centro de História, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
11:00: Imperialism in Early Modern Jewish Visual Culture of Holland.
Rachel Kupferman (University of Bar Ilan) – through a livestream connection
11:30: Discussion

12:00
Lunch break
(lunch will not be available at the venue, but there are various restaurants and cafe’s in its vicinity)

Session IV: Modern Dutch Jewish Imperial Interactions
Chair: Prof. Judith Frishman
13:30: On the Concept of Repentance (Teshuva) in Ashkenazi Suriname, 1809-1876.
Dr. Eli Rosenblatt (Northwestern University, Chicago)
14:00: Dutch Elite Jews in the Dutch East Indies (1870-1940).
Sietske van der Veen (Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis/Universiteit Utrecht)

14:30: Coffee/tea break

15:00: Religious Impact of Jewish Second World War Refugees in the Caribbean,
Rosa de Jong (Universiteit van Amsterdam/NIOD/KITLV)
15:30: Transit or Refuge in the Diaspora? European Jews in the Dutch East Indies, Singapore and Shanghai Compared.
Dr. Liesbeth Rosen Jacobson (Universiteit Utrecht)
16:00: Discussion

16:45: Live concert: ‘Jewish Composers and the New World’
Marcel Worms (piano)

17:30: Closure of the symposium and drinks (if Corona regulations allow)

Contact (announcement)

David Wertheim, director Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish Studies, Amsterdam, mbii@jck.nl

http://www.mbii.nl
Editors Information
Published on
02.10.2021