As part of our continuing work on the HistEvents system, users are temporarily not receiving emails. Please just send details of your event to and we will list it for you.

The Ghetto of Venice: Past, Present, Future

March 27, 2017, 6:30pm BST - 8:00pm
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Room B33
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Topic areas


Speaker: Professor Shaul Bassi, Ca’Foscari University of Venice

The word ghetto was coined in Venice in 1516, it was later applied to other Jewish areas in Italy and Western Europe. By the second half of the twentieth-century ghetto became synonymous with ethnic segregation especially in the United States. This lecture looks at the history of the Ghetto of Venice and discusses the present challenges and future prospects of an iconic Jewish heritage site that has just celebrated 500 years of continuous existence and embodies the predicament of a city threatened increasingly by a "tourist monoculture".

Shaul Bassi is associate professor of English at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. His research interests include Shakespeare and Jewish studies. He is co-founder and Italian president of Beit Venezia - A Home for Jewish Culture, and he coordinated the Committee for the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto of Venice (1516-2016). His recent publications include Shakespeare in Venice. Exploring the City with Shylock and Othello (with Alberto Toso Fei, Elzeviro 2007, new ed. 2016) and Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare. Place, ‘Race’ and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Supporting material

Add supporting material (slides, programs, etc.)




March 27, 2017, 6:30pm BST

External Site

Who is attending?

No one has said they will attend yet.

Will you attend this event?

Let us know so we can notify you of any change of plan.

This event has been submitted and is maintained by:

You should login and contact this user if you believe the information on this page needs updating.

If you judge that this event entry is inappropriate, please login and report it.