Skip to Main Content

[Workshop] Jews, Money, Myth

International Workshop
17 June 2019
Birkbeck, University of London

Programme

9.30-9.50 - Coffee and Registration

9.50-10.00 – Welcome
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

10.00-12.00 Medieval and Early Modern: Practices and Texts

Jews and Money in 13th-Century England
Dean Irwin, Canterbury Christ Church University

Jews, Money and Real Estate in the Medieval Crown of Aragon
Michael Schraer, City Lit, London

Moneylending, Pawn Shops and Second-Hand Goods
Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland

The Economic Writings of Early Modern Jews and the Myth of Homo Economic Judaicus
Jonathan Karp, State University of New York at Binghamton

Chair: Anthony Bale, Birkbeck, University of London

1.00-3.00 Modern I: Discourses and Representations

A Jewish Iconoclasm: Mendelssohn and Marx on the Mythologies of Money
Gilah Kletenik, New York University

Philological Capitalism: From Cognitive Usury to Cognitive Profit
Pierre-Héli Monot, University of Potsdam

From Jewish Usurers to Agents of Abstraction: Modern Antisemitism and the Rise of Capitalist Society in 19th Century Germany
Christine Achinger, University of Warwick

The Judas of Oberammergau: Biblical Myth and the Modern Audience, c. 1860-1922
Robert Priest, Royal Holloway, University of London

Chair: Hasia Diner, New York University

3.30-5.30 Modern II: Networks, Community, Nations

Imagined Wealth, Apparent Poverty: American Jews and the Public Charge Provision in United States Immigration Policy
Hannah Greene, New York University

The Jewish Smuggler: The Role of Ethnicity in Interwar Marginal Economies,
Allison Schmidt, State University of New York at Oswego

Wearing Jewish, Eating Syrian, Smoking European. the Struggle for ‘Hebrew Made’ Products in Mandatory Jerusalem
Dotan Greenvald, New York University

Jews as the ‘Economic Other’: Negotiating Economic and Industrial Change in Modern Ireland, 1932-1945
Trisha Oakley Kessler, University College Dublin

Chair: Marc Volovici, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

6.30-8.00 - Public Lecture

On the Road: Jewish Peddling and the Shaping of Jewish History
Hasia Diner, New York University

Registration to the public lecture here.
Registration to the workshop here.

Workshop organisers:

Professor Anthony Bale, Executive Dean, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor David Feldman, Director, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
Dr Marc Volovici, Early Career Fellow, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism

This workshop is one of a series of events exploring themes from the exhibition Jews, Money, Myth at the Jewish Museum London (19 March – 7 July 2019) developed with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London.

The workshop also forms part of an on-going collaboration between Birkbeck and New York University.