Charles University
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

Karel Jugl's "Jewish Nighmare" (1745): The Functions of Authenticity in Early Modern Ethnographies of Jews


Pavel Sládek is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies at Charles University in Prague. His main interest focuses on the traditional rabbinical literature starting with the Talmud and comments to it. His book, Rashi (1040–1105) and the Origins of the Biblical Commentary in Franco-Rhenish Jewish Centers, was published in 2012. He lectures on Jewish subjects such as traditional Hebrew literature and culture, history of Hebrew lettering, and the life and work of prominent Jewish personalities. This year at the center his project will analyze a virtually unknown manuscript ethnography of Jews by the Catholic priest Karel Jugl and will examine the functions of authenticity in this and other Early-Modern ethnographies of Jews.



Posing new questions about the theories, institutions, and paradigms shaping the study of nature, and about the cultural and religious consequences that emerge from such study.