Joshua Teplitsky // Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto


Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto: Jewish-Christian Relations in a Time of Plague

Update: video of this program is available here.

When plague ravaged the city of Prague in 1713, claiming the lives of a third of its inhabitants, Christian authorities designed drastic measures to limit its spread, many of which targeted the Jewish population as particularly suspect. This lecture will explore how natural disaster heightened existing concerns about difference, and how neighbors of different faiths still found ways of cooperating despite official disapproval—points that are as salient as ever in our age of interreligious strife and new threats of global contagion.

Joshua Teplitsky is a fellow at the Katz Center at Penn this fall, visiting from his position as assistant professor at Stony Brook University. He previously held the Albert and Rachel Lehmann Junior Research Fellowship in Jewish History and Culture at Oxford University. His research focuses on Jewish life in German-speaking lands from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century, with particular interest in relationships and exchanges across religious and geographical boundaries.


Event Location: 
Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite
5th Floor of McShain Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Free and open to the public

Event Date and Time: 
November 10, 2016 7:00pm