Dr. Marco Di Giulio received his PhD from the University of Florence, and did graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His scholarship to date has investigated the ways in which the Hebrew language shaped Jewish national self-understandings, tracing connections between shifting intellectual movements and models of education, especially in nineteenth-century Italian Judaism. His most recent research project focuses on what it meant to be disabled in the Jewish society of pre-state Israel that was shaped by the emphatically physical Zionist concern to cultivate healthy settlers. He is particularly interested in how Jewish national institutions responded to the need to educate children with disabilities.
Dr. Di Giulio received fellowships from the University of Oxford (UK) and University of Pennsylvania, and his work has appeared in journals such as Hebrew Studies, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Modern Judaism, The Journal of Israeli History, History of Universities, Annali di Italianistica and other scholarly venues.
PhD University of Florence
Hebrew linguistics, History of the Hebrew language and linguistics
Grants & Awards
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARLY APPOINTMENTS
2014-2015 Adjunct Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, "New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism"
2013-2014 Dorset Fellow, Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies "On the Word of a Jew: Oaths, Testimonies, and the Nature of Trust," Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, Oxford
2011 Jacob Kabakoff Memorial Grant (travel grant)
ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
"Negotiations of Jewish Memory: Rome's Holocaust Museum and the Progetto Talmud Babilonese." Annali d'Italianistica 36 (2018): 415-440.
"Protecting the Jewish Throat: Hebrew Accent and Hygiene in the Yishuv," The Journal of Israeli History 35.2 (2016): 1-23.
"Scholarship, Politics, and Jewish Identity in Italian Post-Unification Academia," History of Universities 29.1 (2016): 88-111.
"S. D. Luzzatto's Program for Restoring Jewish Leadership in Hebrew Studies," Jewish Quarterly Review 105.3 (summer 2015): 340-366.
"Resisting Modernity: Jewish Translations of Scripture and Rabbinic Literature in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Italy," Modern Judaism 35.2 (May 2015): 203-232.
“Mitigating Devices in Biblical Hebrew,” Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt 8/9 (2008): 33-62.
“Pragmatics as a Theoretical Framework for Interpreting Ancient Hebrew Texts: An Appraisal,” Materia Giudaica XII/1-2 (2007): 51-61
“Exclamations in Modern Hebrew,” “Italy, Hebrew in (Modern Period),” “Discourse markers in Biblical Hebrew,” “Pragmatic studies in Biblical Hebrew,” “Exclamations in Biblical Hebrew” in G. Khan (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Leiden (2013)
ARTICLES IN PROCEEDINGS
“Carte ebraiche nell’Archivio della Biblioteca dell’Accademia dei Lincei e Corsiniana: un taccuino giovanile di G.I. Ascoli” (“Hebrew Papers in the Archive of the Library of the Lyncean Academy: An Early Notebook by G.I. Ascoli”), in Carla Marcato e Federico Vicario (eds.), Il pensiero di Graziadio Isaia Ascoli a cent’anni dalla scomparsa, Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Gorizia-Udine, 3-5 maggio, 2007, Udine, Società Filologica Friulana, 2010, pp. 73-98 (in Italian)
2017 “Explaining Modernization of Jews in Nineteenth Century Italy.” Center for European Studies, Harvard University (Jews in Modern Europe Study Group).
2018 "What Does a Healthy Zionist Look Like? Medical Rationing and the Redefinition of Disability in the Yishuv." Association for Jewish Studies 50th Annual Conference, Boston (16–18 December)
2017 “The Society for the Hard of Hearing and the Beginnings of Deaf Activism in the Yishuv.” Association for Jewish Studies 49th Annual Conference, Washington, DC (17–19 December)
2016 “Hebrew Language and Hygiene in the Yishuv.” 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (18-20 June)
2014 Roundtable “On the Word of a Jew: The Problem of Trust in Jewish History.” Association for Jewish Studies 46th Annual Conference", Baltimore, MD (14–16 December)
2014 “Jewish Academics and Cultural Politics in Post-Unification Italy.” 10th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Paris (20–24 July)
2013 "Trustworthy Educators in a New Nation: Jewish Academics in Post-Unification Italy." Oriental Institue, Oxford University, UK (4 December)
2012 "Reclaiming Hebrew Studies: Language and National Pride in Ninenteenth-Century Italian Scholarship." American Association for Italian Studies 32nd Annual Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (3-5 May)
2011 "National Implications in the Linguistic Theory of S. D. Luzzatto." AJS 43rd annual conference, Washington, DC (18-20 December)
2011 "Instructing youngsters to speak the pure tongue today in an easy and pleasurable manner: Hebrew schoolbooks in 19th-Century Italy." NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, University of Maryland in College Park (28-30 June)
2011 “When Dialog Met Grammar: Hebrew Learning in 19th-century Italy.” The American Association for Italian Studies. XXXI Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (7-9 April)
2011 "Hebrew Revivalist Tendencies in 19th Century Italy," Forging Linguistic Identities, Towson University, Towson (17-19 March)
2010“’Conversing in the sacred language is pleasurable to me …’ A 19th-Century Grammar and the Italian Contribution to the Hebrew Language Revival.” AJS 42nd annual conference, Boston (19-21 December)
2009 “Silent Objects in Modern Hebrew.” 2009 NAPH International Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, University College London, London (7-9 July)
2008 “Recent Grammatical Developments in Spoken Israeli Hebrew.” XXII convegno internazionale dell’AISG, Ravenna, Italy (29 May)
2008 “Degrees of Explicitness in Spoken Israeli Hebrew.” VIII International Afro-Asiatic Congress, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy (11–13 September)
JST101-JST102 Elementary Modern Hebrew
JST201-JST202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
JST370 Hebrew Literature
JST372 Hebrew Poetry in Music
JST272 Israel: Film & Fiction
JST271 The Founding of Israel
CNX200 Israel in Context