Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto
Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite
5th Floor of McShain Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19131
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.
Stony Brook University
Joshua Teplitsky is assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of the Jews in Europe in the early modern period, Jewish-Christian interaction, material culture, and the study of books and media. While at the Katz Center, he will research the material dimensions of domestic life in early modern Prague as well as other aspects of the spatial and material dimensions of the cityscape.