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Constanze Kolbe

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Constanze Kolbe

Hazel D. Cole Fellow, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

Ph.D. Indiana University (2017)

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I am a scholar of Mediterranean Jewish history and Global history with interests in economic, trans-national and cultural history. I received my Ph.D. from the History department at Indiana University in 2017. Before coming to the US, I graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

My dissertation “Crossing Regions, Nations, Empires. The Jews of Corfu and the Making of a Jewish Adriatic, 1850-1914” examines how the Jews of the small Mediterranean island of Corfu created a regional commercial and cultural network in the Adriatic during the nineteenth century. The protagonists are merchants, publishers and rabbis who lived in Corfu and had created intimate ties with Corfiote and non-Corfiote Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Christian Orthodox peoples in Italian Padua, Ottoman- Albanian Scutari and Hapsburg Trieste. The Corfiote Jews created a distinctively Jewish, regional space through circulating religious discourses, commodities such as the Etrog and soap and peoples.

I have published a chapter entitled “Soap and the Making of a Short Distance Network in the Nineteenth-Century Adriatic” in a forthcoming volume of Indiana University Press on “Jews and the Mediterranean.” I am currently working on an article on the nineteenth-century Etrog trade, which explores the ways in which a religiously inscribed fruit was negotiated across different nation states and imperial borders and ultimately disputed in secular courts.