Sephardic Jews and the untold Mediterranean

The objective of this project is to bring Sephardic Jewish traders and their networks into mainstream history of the late 18th and early 19th century Mediterranean region. In the Mediterranean, Christianity met Islam, imperial trajectories were tested and adapted, and national identities were formed in competition with others. Sephardic Jewish traders were central to these processes. This project seeks to create transformative narratives of the histories of imperialism, Jewish traders and the Mediterranean: it links early-modern Sephardic Jewish networks with the place of Jews in colonial systems, and imperialism with the colonial world. In this way, it may deepen our understanding of the imperial stories behind recent globalisation.

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Julie Kalman
History, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies
2015-2020

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