Friday, April 8, 2022 at 9:30 am on Zoom.
This talk will explore the translation of Latin texts into Jewish languages between the years 1500 and 1800. Through surveys of hundreds of such translations produced in Germany and Italy, the lecture will address how and why these translations were created, who was responsible for them, and what they reveal about Jewish culture and society in early modern Europe generally.
Iris Idelson-Shein teaches in the department of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is the Norbert Blechner and Friends Career Development Chair in East-European Jewish Culture and an elected member of Israel Young Academy. The author of Difference of a Different Kind: Jewish Constructions of Race During the Long Eighteenth Century (UPenn, 2014) and editor (with Christian Wiese) of Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History: From the Middle Ages to Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2019). She has published articles in The American Historical Review, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and The Jewish Quarterly Review.