Natalie Zemon Davis, "Eschatology and Slavery: David Nassy and Jewish Colonization in 17th-Century Suriname"

Through the person of David Nassy, Eschatology and Slavery explores the adventures of a former Portuguese converso in the seventeenth century, from his arrival in Amsterdam and his participation in the Dutch world of geographical learning, his stay in Dutch Brazil, to his support for the return of the Jews to England, and his leadership in projects for Dutch colonization, especially in Suriname. What were the sources, religious and economic, for his urge for Jewish colonization? What hopes were fulfilled? What contradictions were faced for Jews in establishing an ideal village based on the labor of slaves?

Natalie Zemon Davis is Professor Emeritus at the Department of History, University of Toronto.

Date & Time
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street