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10 May 2021

Sephardic Trajectories. Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States

With a contribution by Laurent Mignon

Sephardic Trajectories brings together scholars of Sephardic and Ottoman history to discuss the role of family archives and new media in narrating the Ottoman Sephardic past in the US. This edited volume is inspired by the Sephardic Studies Collection at the University of Washington, which has aimed to digitize, preserve, and make available countless family heirlooms, papers, and personal objects that Ottoman Sephardic Jews in Seattle brought with them as they migrated to the United States.

Taking objects from the Sephardic Studies Collection as a starting point, the articles in this volume consider the role of private collections in the study of the Sephardic past in the US. To this end, the contributors present studies on Sephardic migration, Ottoman Sephardic music in Seattle, the international nature of Ottoman Sephardic literature and readership, deportation cases of Ottomans in the US; all while discussing the use of new media, digitization projects, research podcasts, and family archives.

Contributors : Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, Ty Alhadeff, Benjamin Fortna, Chris Gratien, Maureen Jackson, Laurent Mignon, Devin Naar, Sam Negri, Özgür Özkan, Hannah Pressman and Kerem Tınaz

Bibliographical information

  • Laurent Mignon, “Walking Through a Library: Notes On The Ladino Novel and Some Other Books”, in Kerem Tinaz, Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (dir.), Sephardic Trajectories. Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States, Istanbul, Koç University Press, 2021, 103-122.
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