On January 10, 1774, two Jews –Moïsè Beniamino Foà (1730-1821) and Emanuele Sacerdoti (1719-1804) – met somewhere in the ghetto of Modena – the capital city of the Este Duchy in Northern Italy – with a specific purpose. They founded the “Nuova […]
About Federica Francesconi
Federica Francesconi is Assistant Professor, holding the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies at the College of Idaho. She teaches a broad variety of courses in Jewish history, religion and culture, women and gender, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Israeli culture and society, and the history of Jewish art. Her research and publications address the social, religious, and cultural aspects of the early modern and modern history of Jews in Italy, focusing on the multifaceted politics and dynamics of ghetto life. She is currently completing a book, Invisible Enlighteners: Modenese Jewry from Renaissance to Emancipation. Her next major project is titled “Cosmopolitan Intimacy: Jewish Spaces as Crossroads for Multi-Religious Communities in Eighteenth-Century Italy.” Federica has held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Oxford. For the past three years, Federica has served as a visiting assistant professor in Jewish studies at the University of Oregon.