Maccabaean Lecture 2015
An International Enterprise: Amsterdam's Jewish Book Trade in the Dutch Golden Age
Speaker: Professor Shlomo Berger (University of Amsterdam)
Chair: Dr Andrea Schatz (King's College London)
The Amsterdam Jewish book industry thrived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This lecture will offer a portrait of printers and tradesmen, it will look at the role of Amsterdam books in local Sephardi and Ashkenazi life, and it will trace the circulation of Amsterdam books in Jewish communities and among Christian Hebraists in other parts of Europe as well as in Britain and Irela nd. Through the lens of interesting Amsterdam books, it will depict the local and global dimensions of Jewish culture just before the inception of modernity.
Shlomo Berger is Professor of Yiddish Culture at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on early modern Yiddish and Ashkenazic cultural history. In 2013 he published Producing Redemption in Amsterdam: Early Modern Yiddish Books in Paratextual Perspective (Brill). At present, he is co-convener of the Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies. During Hilary and Trinity terms he is also a Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Refreshments will be served at 17.30, with the lecture commencing at 18.00
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