The Jews of Ireland and Irish-Jewish Encounters: Representations and Realities 1
This webinar series, organised by Dr Trisha Oakley Kessler, explores the history of the small but significant Irish Jewish community and its rich diversity of practice, religiosity and identity. Although there has been a Jewish presence in Ireland since the Middle Ages, it became a more visible community from the seventeenth century and expanded significantly due to the migration of Jews from Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century. Working within the broad theme of representations and realities, the three webinars will highlight the challenges and complexities of arrival, settlement and the minority experience during a period of political, cultural and socio-economic change in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Experiencing multi-layered encounters of diversity and commonality, Irish Jews negotiated their place within the history of Ireland. These webinars bring together new scholars working in a 'renaissance of Irish-Jewish studies' to draw out and illuminate this history of encounters and in doing so, enriching both Irish and Jewish history.
The first webinar entitled 'Arrival, settlement and the minority experience' explores the arrival and settlement of Jews to Ireland with Dr Natalie Wynn and Professor Eugenio Biagini.
- Dr Natalie Wynn, Trinity College Dublin, 'The Accidental Irish Jew as Representation'
- Professor Eugenio Biagini, University of Cambridge, 'Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, the Imperial Rabbi'
- Chair - Dr Trisha Oakley Kessler, Woolf Institute, Cambridge
Dr Wynn is a post-doctoral researcher at the Herzog Centre, Trinity College Dublin. She has written extensively on the Irish-Jewish community and is currently completing a book on Jewish Ireland: Community, Identity and Conflict (1881-1914).
Professor Eugenio Biagini teaches Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Cambridge. Awarded a Leverhulme Major Fellowship in 2018, Professor Biagini's research focuses on religious minorities and civil rights in the making of Independent Ireland, 1900-1973.
The Chair, Dr Oakley Kessler, is a Research Associate at the Woolf Institute and is currently researching a socio-cultural history of Jews in the Irish economy.
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