Julie Kalman awarded prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

In the most recent round of Future Fellowships awarded by the Australian Research Council Julie Kalman won a fellowship. The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of this scheme, which provides funding for full-time research for four years, is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

For her fellowship Julie will work on a project on Sephardic Jews and the Untold Mediterranean. The objective of this research is to bring Sephardic Jewish traders and their networks into mainstream history of the late 18th and early 19th century Mediterranean region. In the Mediterranean, Christianity met Islam, imperial trajectories were tested and adapted, and national identities were formed in competition with others. Sephardic Jewish traders were central to these processes. This project seeks to create transformative narratives of the histories of imperialism, Jewish traders, and the Mediterranean: it links early-modern Sephardic Jewish networks with the place of Jews in colonial systems, and imperialism with the colonial world. In this way, it may deepen our understanding of the imperial stories behind recent globalisation.