Online–Zoom – Assistant Professor Devi Mays, Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, will speak about her new book, "Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora" as part of the Schwalb Center's series on new research on Jewish Migratory Studies.
Forging Ties, Forging Passports is a history of migration and nation-building from the vantage point of Ottoman Sephardi Jews who migrated to the Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mays considers the shifting notions of belonging, nationality, and citizenship through the stories of individual women, men, and families as they migrated and settled into new homes. By making use of commercial and familial networks, these Sephardi migrants maintained a geographic and social mobility that challenged the physical borders of the state and the conceptual boundaries of the nation.
Series: Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture