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Professor Ari Joskowicz: New Article and Special Review

The Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology just published a special review forum on Ari Joskowicz’s co-edited volume Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times. Read the article here.

Additonally, Professor Joskowicz has a new article in Jewish Social Studies 22, no. 2 (2017) titled “Toleration in the Age of Projects: Cameralism, German Police Science, and the Jews.” Read the abstract below and click here to view the full article.


This essay offers an alternative genealogy of modern debates on Jews, focusing on the rise of new ideas about Jews’ role in society among eighteenth-century German technocratic thinkers. Drawing on recent work in science and technology studies, it examines how major debates on Jews took place not only earlier than is usually assumed but also in disciplines—namely, cameralism and police science—that were despised by most of the humanistic enlighteners at the center of modern European Jewish historiography. Yet, it was in the so-called Age of Projects—and not merely in the Age of Enlightenment—that new visions of dealing with Jews emerged.