Cristobal Mendes, alias Abraham Franco Silveira: The Puzzling Saga of a Seventeenth-Century Converso

 

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Christobal Mendes, alias Abraham Franco Silveria: The Puzzling Saga of a Seventeenth-Century Converso

Yosef Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

With a response by Roger Chartier, University of Pennsylvania/College de France

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, saw the Seventeenth Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture in Judaic Studies. Yosef Kaplan, Professor Emeritus of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focused on an episode in the life of a seventeenth-century Portuguese Converso, Cristobal Mendes, alias Abraham Franco Silveira, whose peregrinations and adventures placed him in contact with some of the most important centers of the Judeo-converso diaspora. Kaplan’s analysis of this colorful microhistory was itself a historiographical journey of the Western Sephardic Diaspora in the Early Modern Period.

The lecture was followed by a response by Prof. Roger Chartier (University of Pennsylvania/Collège de France).

Speaker: 
Yosef Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yosef Kaplan is Bernard Cherrick Emeritus Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the current chairman of the Humanities Section of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. His most recent monograph is An Alternative Path to Modernity: The Western Sephardi Diaspora in the Seventeenth Century (2000). Kaplan is the editor of several volumes, including Fins des Siècle–End of Ages (2005) and The Dutch Intersection (2008), as well as the author of over one hundred articles. He is currently a member of the "Eros, Family, and Community” research group at Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies where he is completing a project titled Religious and Cultural Changes in the Western Sephardi Diaspora in the Early Modern Period. In 2013, Professor Kaplan was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for his work on the history of the Jewish people.

Roger Chartier is Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor at the Collège de France. His research is dedicated to the history of education, the history of the book, and the history of reading in early modern Europe. His work is deeply interdisciplinary, moving between literary criticism, bibliography, and sociocultural history.

Event Subtitle: 

Seventeenth Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture

Event Location: 

McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room
3355 Woodland Walk (corner of Walnut and 34th streets) Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Date and Time: 
February 05, 2014 4:30pm
Open to the public
Sponsors: 
Jewish Studies Program
Sponsors: 
Department of History
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