Jews and Citizenship in a Global Context

For Current Fellows
Monday, March 27, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies


Conceived by Jessica Marglin, a current Katz fellow, and Lila Corwin Berman, a former Katz Fellow and director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, this day-long symposium aims to put the history of Jews and the history of citizenship in conversation to interrogate established assumptions in each field and open new perspectives and lines of inquiry. The symposium suggests that modern Jewish experience may serve as an entry point into new questions and conversations about topics that include state membership in the context of empire and the nation-state, gradations of citizenship, and civic engagement and nonstate activism across political boundaries. In sessions devoted to these and related topics, with contributions from renowned scholars, the symposium will explore the intersections of Jewish Studies and citizenship studies in different national and transnational contexts.


9:00am Breakfast

9:30am Welcome and Introductions

10:00am Session One: Gradations of Citizenship

  • Mira Siegelberg, Cambridge University
  • Libby Garland, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Smadar Ben-Natan, University of Washington
  • Moderator: Jessica Marglin, University of Southern California / Katz Center

11:30am Break

11:45am Session Two: State Membership in Imperial Contexts

  • Emmanuelle Saada, Columbia University
  • David Sorkin, Yale University
  • Noëmie Duhaut, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) / Katz Center
  • Moderator: Ben Nathans, University of Pennsylvania

1:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Session 3: Civic Activism across Political Lines

  • Rachel Smith, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Will Hanley, Florida State University
  • Jaclyn Granick, Cardiff University
  • Moderator: Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University

4:00pm Wrap-up Discussion