Martina Mampieri

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Martina Mampieri

Jewish History

Italian Jewry
Cultural History
History of the Book
Archival and Manuscript Studies

 

Current Projects: 

My research project seeks to cast new light on transatlantic Jewish culture and intellectual history from Fascist Italy to Postwar America, as seen through the case of a remarkable, but neglected, scholar, Isaiah Sonne, who was active in the crucial decades of the Fascist regime in Italy, left for Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Race Laws in 1938, and devoted the rest of his life in the United States to disseminating the Science of Judaism, as a research scholar, librarian, and private collector. Though a reconstruction of his life, I hope to write a new chapter in the history of the Jewish experience under Fascism and beyond.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants (selection)

2020 -

Martin Buber Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2020-2021

(Declined) Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2019-2020

Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2019

Bursary, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

2018-2019

Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University

2018

Fall Weekend Seminar Fellowship, Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

2018

Part-time Postdoctoral Scholar, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes-CNRS, Paris (funded by Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe)

2018

Enhancement and Research Fellowship (to conduct independent research in Israel), Sapienza University of Rome

2017

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Universität Hamburg

2016

Rabbi Theodore S. Levy Tribute Fellowship, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

2015

German Language Grant, DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst)

2014

Modern Hebrew Language Grant, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

2014-2016

Doctoral Fellowship, University of Roma Tre

 

Prizes

2015

Placidia Coen Prize for Outstanding Master Thesis, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Italo Mancini,” University of Urbino

2014

Distinguished Service Award “Donna, genere: Sapienza,” Sapienza University of Rome

2013

Master Thesis Degree Award, Laziodisu

2011

Bachelor Thesis Degree Award, Laziodisu

 

Education

2017

Double Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies, University of Roma Tre and Universität Hamburg, Summa cum laude (Dissertation: Living under the Evil Pope: Paul IV and the Jews in the Hebrew Chronicle by Benjamin Neemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent.)

2013

M.A. in Historical-Religious Sciences (Hebrew Language and Literature), Sapienza University of Rome, Summa cum laude

2011

B.A. in Historical-Religious Sciences (Hebrew Language and Literature), Sapienza University of Rome, Summa cum laude

 

Publications

Books

Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by Benjamin Neemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent. (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

"From Menasseh ben Israel to Solomon Proops. Amsterdam Jewish Druckwesen in the Library of Isaiah Sonne," in The Jewish Bookshop of the World: Aspects of Print and Manuscript Culture in Early Modern Amsterdam, ed. Theodor Dunkelgrün, special issue of Studia Rosenthaliana 46/1-2 (forthcoming)“When the Rabbi’s Soul Entered a Pig. Melchiorre Palontrotti and His Giudiata against the Jews of Rome” Jewish History 33 (2020): 351-375.

“Sara, Smeralda, Stella e le altre. Donne ebree a Civitanova Marche negli anni centrali del Cinquecento,” Proposte e Ricerche 80 (2018): 109-23

“Morto un papa se ne fa un altro. Note a margine del volume di John M. Hunt, The Vacant See in Early Modern Rome: A Social History of the Papal Interregnum (Brill, 2016),” Giornale di Storia 22 (2016): http://www.giornaledistoria.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Mampieri-Mort...

“The Jews and Their Doubts: Anti-Jewish Polemics in the Fascicolo delle vanità giudaiche by Antonino Stabili (1583),” Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies 1 (2016): 59-75

“Aspettando il Messia: cronaca e metastoria nel Sefer Yuḥasin di Abraham Zacuto (1452-1515 ca.),” Giornale di Storia 18 (2015): http://www.giornaledistoria.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Saggio-4.pdf

Translations

Italian translation of Yosef Kaplan, An Alternative Path to Modernity. The Sephardi Diaspora in Western Europe (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2000) - in progress

Other

“Notes from the Harry Starr Fellows,” CJS News, Spring Review (Cambridge, MA, 2019): 13-14

Articles in Progress

(with Luca Andreoni), “«Tutta l’Arte de Rabbini». Un caso di confisca di libri ebraici ad Ancona: controllo e conflitto (1728)”

“From Frankfurt to Jerusalem. Italian Hebrew Manuscripts in the Nauheim Collection at the National Library of Israel”

Zeh yehì lanu le-Zikaron. Memorie, note, appunti di famiglia all’interno di alcuni libri della collezione di Isaiah Sonne (secc. XVI-XIX)”

“Nuovi dettagli sull’Inquisizione romana e il carcere di Ripetta alla morte di Paolo IV (1559)”

Presentations

Invited Lectures and Seminars

“From the Printing Press to the Shelf: Early Jewish Books in the Isaiah Sonne Collection,” Forschungskolloquium zur Europäischen Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (February 5, 2020)

Mah Nishtanah? Why is This Night Different from all Other Nights? Italian Passover Haggadot in Manuscript and in Print,” Harvard University (April 12, 2019)

“Studying and Collecting Medieval and Early Modern Judaica and Hebraica Treasures between Fascist Italy and Postwar America. Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960) and His Collection,” Starr Seminar, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (April 4, 2019)

“Isaiah Sonne: His Papers and Correspondence between Italy and the U.S. (1922-60),” The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati (May 10, 2016)

Conference Papers

“Neophytes, Slanderers, and Jewish Dogs: Imagining and Defining the Jews at the Outskirts of the Papal States (16th century),” Conference Imagining the Renaissance/Defining the Jews, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem (January 12-15, 2020)

Zeh yehì lanu le-Zikaron. Memorie, note, appunti di famiglia all’interno di alcuni libri della collezione di Isaiah Sonne (secc. XVI-XIX),” The 33rd AISG International Congress, University of Bologna, Ravenna (September 2-4, 2019)

“Footprints for the History of Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era,” The 65th Annual RSA Meeting, Sheraton Centre, Toronto (March 17-19, 2019)

“Reading, Detecting, and Encoding Manuscript Variants. Sefer ha-Shorashim and Its Challenges,” Launch Workshop of the Project RACINES. Critical Edition of David Qimi’s Sefer ha-Shorashim and its Latin Translation, in Digital Form, IRHT-CNRS, Paris (February 26, 2019)

“Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them: Isaiah Sonne and the Quest for Hebrew Books,” The AJS 50th Annual Conference, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston (December 16-18, 2018)

“Christian Hebraism in a Polemical Key. The Case of Melchiorre Palontrotti,” Fall Weekend Seminar The Many Faces of Hebraism in Early Modern Europe directed by Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg, Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC (September 2018)  

“From Frankfurt to Jerusalem. Italian Hebrew Manuscripts in the Nauheim Collection at the National Library of Israel,” The 11th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (July 15-19, 2018)

היהודים במחוז למארקה התיישבות [La vita ebraica nelle Marche nelle generazioni],” Conference Le Marche. «O bel paese con li dolci colli…» organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Jerusalem, The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (May 10, 2018) [in Hebrew]

“Melchiorre Palontrotti and the First Giudiata against the Jews of Rome (1647-48),” The 64th Annual RSA Meeting, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans (March 22-24, 2018)

“Nel vicolo delli hebrei: la presenza ebraica ai margini dello Stato della Chiesa nell’età dei ghetti,” International seminar Intorno al confine. Esperienze religiose tra marginalità ed esclusione in Europa e America, University of Roma Tre (January 15, 2018)

“Writing the History of Popes in the Renaissance. The Chronicle on Paul IV by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th cent.),” The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus (August 9, 2017)

“History in Translation. Translating a Hebrew Chronicle of Renaissance Italy,” Nachwuchstagung Judaistik - Fifth Conference for Young Researchers in Jewish Studies. Methods and Disciplines between Germany and Israel, University of Potsdam (July 3, 2017)

“Sara, Smeralda, Stella, Regina e le altre. Donne ebree a Civitanova Marche negli anni centrali del Cinquecento,” International Workshop Doter pour transmettre? Une histoire économique et sociale de la famille juive (XVe-XIXe s.), École française de Rome (December 11, 2015)

“The Jews and Their Doubts. Anti-Jewish Polemics and Christian Apologetics in the Fascicolo delle vanità giudaiche (1583) by Antonino Stabili,” BAJS Annual Conference Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism, University of Manchester (July 7, 2015)

“Living Under the Evil Pope’: Paul IV and the Jews according to the Jewish Chronicle by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th century),” BAJS Annual Conference Jews and Political Discourse, Trinity College Dublin (July 14, 2014)