Seminar: Associate Professor Saskia Coenen Snyder: The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam

9 Jun 2017 - 08:15

Title:       The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam

Date:       Wednesday 14 June 2017

Time:      1pm

Venue:     Kaplan Centre, Rachel Bloch House, UCT Upper Campus


A light lunch will be served.


Saskia Coenen Snyder (PhD University of Michigan, 2008) is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe, published by Harvard University Press in 2013. Her second book, tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Diamond Trade examines the role of Jews in the international diamond industry. Her work has appeared, among others, in  Jewish Social Studies, Jewish History, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, and The Marginalia Review of Books. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Faculty Research Grant. For the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be a fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam.