Ari Joskowicz on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Ari Joskowicz entitled, “Who to Exclude in Order to Belong,” to be held on 2 February 2015 at 4:00 pm in Room 005 of Keene-Flint Hall.
One of the most prominent stories of modern Jewish life has focused on Jews’ adoption of liberal middle-class values. This talk deals with an equally powerful, if largely unexplored, aspect of Jewish modernity by illuminating the extent to which French and German Jews made use of the liberal catalog of villains in their attempts to express themselves politically. It shows how Jews used Catholicism and the Catholic Church as a foil that helped them define what it meant to be good citizens and practice a respectable religion.
Ari Joskowicz is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and European Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France (Stanford University Press, 2014) and coeditor of Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2015).
This talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida.