*This lecture was postponed from 2021 due to Covid-19*
The Fourth Alfred Lehmann Memorial Lecture
Week 1 of Trinity Term 2023, Thursday, 27 April 2023, 5pm UK time
The following lecture will be given by Dr Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton):
‘Jewish Invisibility Before (and After) Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand’
Hybrid, but given from the Catherine Lewis Lecture Theatre, The Clarendon Institute
Refreshments to follow, all are welcome
This talk revisits the links between medieval and modern antisemitism by discussing the fears generated in European Christian societies first by forced baptisms and later, by the granting of citizenship rights to Jews –two phenomena that threatened to dissolve clear and identifiable boundaries between Christians and Jews. It connects these fears to religious and economic changes across three epochs: the Middle Ages, the Counter-Reformation, and the post-Emancipation period. Overall, it shows how the expansion of private financial markets reproduced new and old antisemitic tropes by raising the specter of Jewish “invisibility.”
Francesca Trivellato is the Andrew W. Mellon of Early Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and the author, most recently, of The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells us about the Making of European Commercial Society(Princeton University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History.
Please find the poster for this lecture here.