Political Jews

Rhetoric and politicization among Jews in Enlightened and Revolutionary Europe (18th-19th centuries)


9:00 – Welcome by Davide Mano (EHESS, Paris)


Session 1

A Jewish revolutionary ? New perspectives on Moses Dobrushka

  • Saverio Campanini (Università degli studi di Bologna) – Scholem’s Dobrushka: the political career of a Frankist
  • Silvana Greco (Freie Universität Berlin) – What Scholem didn’t (want to) see: Moses Dobrushka as a founder of sociological thought
  • Ivan Segre (Independent scholar, Paris) – Revolution in Judaism: A philosophical perspective


10:45-11:00 – Coffee break
11:00-12:30 – Session 2


Jewish politics or political Jews? Perseverance, self-defense and intercession

  • Danny Trom (LIER/CNRS, Paris) – Jewish politics or the quest of the least bad solution
  • Davide Mano (EHESS, Paris) – Against calumny: Jewish self-defense in the Italian states (18th Century)
  • François Guesnet (University College London) – Constitutio in actu? Jewish intercession in the Russian Empire around 1800


12:30-14:00 – Lunch
14:00-16:00 – Session 3


Jewish politicization and republicanism: assessing the individual and the collective

  • Silvia Richter (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) – The discourse on Jewish emancipation in Prussia and France in the 18th century – similarities and differences
  • Tsila Radecker (Independent scholar, Hilversum) – Emancipation, politicization and identity. The rise and fall of the Naye Kille in Amsterdam (1797-1808)
  • Nils Renard (ENTE Budapest/ENS-PSL, Paris) – Being a Jewish soldier in the Grande Armée: the trip through Europe of Jakob Meyer during the Napoleonic wars (1808-1813)
  • Jean-Marc Chouraqui (Université d’Aix-Marseille) – The influence of the ideology of Emancipation on the discourse of the French rabbis (19th to early 20th century)


16:00 – Conclusive remarks by Davide Mano

More informations

  • Tuesday 14 May 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00
  • EHESS (room BS01-28) – 54, Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
  • davide.mano@ehess.fr