The 2017 Early Modern Workshop's theme was "Cultures of Record Keeping: Creation, Preservation, and Use in the Early Modern Period." The workshop focused on the creation, preservation, organization, collection, translation, and use of records, evidence, and information. It also examined continuities and change between chronological periods --including medieval and modern, and different cultures and settings--Jewish and non-Jewish. Among themes addressed were: official record keeping, personal records, collection and organization of information.

Even more than in our previous topic--history of emotions/emotions in history--there is such an abundance of work on records, and record keeping in non-Jewish historiography, but exceedingly little on Jewish record keeping.

The workshop was a culmination of a year of reading and discussions, a bibliography of the readings is appended at the end of the workshop’s reader.

The keynote speaker was Randolph Head, who spoke of “Regimes of Archival Authenticity: Treasuries, Sovereigns and Communities in The Formation and Ordering of Archival Records since The Middle Ages.”

The 2017 EMW was co-sponsored by:

  • American Academy of Jewish Research,
  • Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University,
  • Center for Jewish Studies at CUNY-Graduate Center,
  • Jewish Studies at Fordham University, and
  • Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the UNC-Chapel Hill.

Members of the 2017 organizing committee:
Francesca Bregoli, CUNY, Queens College, and Graduate Center
Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
Debra Glasberg, Columbia University
Joshua Teplitsky, SUNY Stony Brook
Magda Teter, Fordham University

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Wednesday, August 16th
10:00 AM

Volume 14: Cultures of Record Keeping: Creation, Preservation, and Use in the Early Modern Period

Magda Teter, Fordham University

Fordham University

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Regimes of Archival Authenicity: Treasuries, Sovereigns and Communities in the Formation and Ordering of Archival Records since the Middle Ages

Randolph Head, University of California

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Unrecorded Justice: The (Non-)Archival Practices of Medieval Jewish Courts

Rachel Furst, Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) Munich

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Strategic Record Keeping and Striving for Autonomy: Was There a Jewish Community Archive in Early Modern Frankfurt?

Verena Kasper-Marienberg, North Carolina State University

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Taqqanot Qandiya and the Construction of Crete’s Jewish History

Rena N. Lauer, Oregon State University

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

Linguistic and Formal Aspects of Jewish Record Keeping in Italy—A Comparative Investigation

Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, College Park

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Counting and Recording Sins

David Myers, Fordham University

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, August 17th
10:00 AM

Documents, Records and Early Modern Border Crossings

Debra Kaplan, Bar Ilan University

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Construction, Reconstruction and Deconstruction: Stories about Records from the Ottoman Heartlands

Shuki Ecker, Touro College

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Founding Documents of the Kahal Kadosh Talmud Tora, Amsterdam

Anne Oravetz Albert, University of Pennsylvania

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

2:00 PM

The Expulsion of the Jews from the State of Milan: Same Event with Views from Different Archives

Flora Cassen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Text to Data: Wrangling Early Modern Sources into a Spreadsheet

Shawn Hill, Fordham University

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM