Paper title: “The Extraterritorial Century: Rethinking Nationality and Religion in the Mediterranean, 1815-1915”
Jessica Marglin is the Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. She has won multiple awards for her recently published book, Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco (Yale University Press 2016). She is currently working on a project about Nissim Shamama, a wealthy, 19th century Tunisian Jew whose contested estate highlights the way rising nationalism changed belonging in the Mediterranean.
Derek Penslar is Visiting Professor of History at Harvard, where in July he will assume the William Lee Frost Chair in Modern Jewish History. Penslar approaches modern Jewish history from a transnational and global perspective. His work encompasses the history of the Jews in modern West and Central Europe, North America, and Palestine/Israel. He is particularly interested in the relationship between modern Israel and diaspora Jewish societies, global nationalist movements, European colonialism, and post-colonial states.