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February 2, 2022, 4:00 pm
The seminar will be given by Dr. Neta Bodner, Open University of Israel, and Dr. Rainer J. Barzen, WWU Münster, in English. If you interested to participate, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite scholars in fields related to German studies, including the humanities, social sciences, the arts, and Jewish studies to submit proposals for talks, panels, and workshops at the annual German Studies conference, which will be held on 9 June 2022. The venue is to be announced, contingent on COVID-19 conditions and regulations. Proposals for research related to contemporary or historical aspects of the German-speaking world, including from a comparative perspective, are welcome.
Deadline: 28 February 2022
Judaica: Neue digitale Folge (JNDF) is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering all areas of Jewish Studies from antiquity to modernity. It is the successor to Judaica. Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums (ed. by ZIID – Zurich Institute for Interreligious Dialogue), which was published in 74 volumes as a print version. Like its predecessor journal, it has a strong link to Jewish Studies at Swiss universities, and an international outlook—with authors and reviewers from all over the world. The editorial office is located at the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Bern. The new Judaica publishes articles in German, French and English. Besides articles, JNDF also publishes reviews.
Paideia the European Institute for Jewish Studies has opened the recruitment process for an intense One-Year Jewish Studies Program and is looking for educators, activists and future leaders interested to join the program in Stockholm, starting from August 2022.
Deadline: January 30, 2022
The Australia Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS) annual conference will be held Monday & Tuesday February 14-15 (AEST), both via zoom and in-person at Deakin University Downtown, Melbourne CBD, with the theme: ‘Jewish History in a Global Context – Telling Transnational Stories.’
The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine invites submissions for its annual New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize. Advanced graduate students at universities in North America and those with a Ph.D. awarded no earlier than 2020 are eligible.
Deadline: February 20, 2022
Still some sessions need additional papers, for instance Session 1024 on Hebrew Manuscripts and Their Margins, I: The Margins of Science, organized by Eva Frojmovic, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies / Centre for Jewish Studies / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
The Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2023 Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford University Press journal and covers cultural, social, and economic history. A leading journal in the field, the Year Book has appeared annually since 1956. The Essay Prize was established in 2011 to stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, and to promote young researchers in the field. The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the present.
Deadline: March 31, 2022
The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference is on January 31. This year, the conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA. Five international participants, selected to present, will receive a stipend of up to 750 euros to cover their expenses.
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Within the project „Synagogengedenkbuch Hessen I: Forschung und Dokumentation“ (Hesse Synagogue Memorial Book I: Research and Documentation”, the Department of Protestant Theology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main has three vacancies for research assistants at the Martin Buber Professorship for Jewish Philosophy of Religion.
Communities of Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side in Spain for centuries, creating vibrant artistic traditions that often intersected. For the first time since its inauguration at The Met Cloisters in 1961, the Fuentidueña Chapel gallery, which typically focuses on the Christian tradition, will present a group of works that testify to the diversity of Spanish medieval art. By telling a more nuanced story in this space, the exhibition will demonstrate the ease with which objects and artistic ideas transcended differences of belief. Placed in dialogue with each other, the silk textiles, ivory carvings, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and monumental sculptures featured in the show will reveal a dynamic, interconnected past that often mirrors the present.
The European Association for Jewish Studies has opened up its conference grant programme, funded by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.
Deadline: April 2022 (no exact date yet)
The Digital Forum of the European Association of Jewish Studies offers digital lectures series focusing on projects, methods, and tools in the Digital Humanities useful to the field of Jewish Studies:
1) Avi Shmidman (Bar Ilan / Dicta), “Digital Humanities Tools for Jewish Studies Research: The Dicta Website.” Friday 28 January 2022, 10-11h30 CET
2) Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (EPHE-PSL), “eScriptorium: A Digital Infrastructure for Manual and Automatic Analysis of Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Print.” 25 February 2022, 10-11h30 CET
3) Thomas Kollatz (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mainz), “(Very) short introduction into Digital Editing with Text Encoding Initiative.” 25 March 2022, 10-11h30 CET
The Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe has opened up their Spring 2022 application round.
Deadline: 25 April 2022
Brill opened up a call for applications for “The David R. Blumenthal Prize in Medieval Jewish Studies,” offering the publication of the prize-winning manuscript in their Études sur le judaïsme medieval series as well as $500 cash and $500 in book credits from Brill.
Deadline: 1 June 2022
Rebekka Voß’ new book “Disputed Messiahs: Jewish and Christian Messianism in the Ashkenazic World during the Reformation (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2021) is now out.
Sarah Ifft Decker, PhD
Department of History
Rhodes College, TN
Continue reading Researcher of the Week
“My research explores the intersections between gender and religious identity in the medieval Western Mediterranean. How did gender, socio-economic status, and the experience of belonging to a minority community shape the lives of medieval Jewish women? In my first book, The Fruit of Her Hands: Jewish and Christian Women’s Work in Medieval Catalan Cities (forthcoming from Pennsylvania State University Press), I employ notarial documentation alongside legal codes and Hebrew responsa literature to identify the labor options available to Jewish and Christian women in three Catalan cities—Barcelona, Girona, and Vic—between 1250 and 1350. One of the biggest surprises when I first began research for this project was that Jewish women appear to have played a far more circumscribed role than their Christian counterparts in most economic sectors. Women of both faiths worked in credit, real estate, artisanal production, and waged domestic labor to support themselves and ensure the solvency of their households. However, Jewish women maneuvered within a much more restrictive set of marriage and inheritance practices; Christian women confronted fewer challenges in their efforts to exercise control over family assets. Despite the cultural connections between Jews and Christians in Catalan cities, the two groups still used legal culture as a way of defining difference.
„Die Säule samt de Kapideele, die howwe villes zu erzehle“ – Die Friedberger Mikwe als Zeugnis mittelalterlicher Baukunst
21 February, 7:00 p.m., via WebEx
As the largest and deepest of the known Jewish ritual baths of the Middle Ages, the Friedberg mikveh still causes intense reactions among many visitors today, ranging from trepidation to enthusiasm. In the lecture, the building with its details and architectural decoration will be examined and illuminated against the background of regional architecture. What do the columns have to tell?
25 January 2022, 6 pm, Sommerrefektorium, Burghof 8, 14776 Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
In the Brandenburg Cathedral cloister, there is a medieval sculpture of Jews shamelessly defaming Jews on a pillar.
The relief was probably created between 1235 and 1250 and is thus probably the oldest surviving depiction of this kind, which is often also referred to as the “Jewish sow”. The circumstances of its creation are unknown. The Cathedral Chapter of Brandenburg and the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia want to process, document and publicise the knowledge about this sculpture and, on this basis, present it in an appropriate and commented context. To this end, a working group was formed and an art historian was commissioned to sift through and summarise the literature and to systematise the many questions that remain unanswered.
Dr Cord-Georg Hasselmann, Curator of the Brandenburg Cathedral Abbey
Pastor Marion Gardei, Commissioner for Remembrance Culture and Against Anti-Semitism of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Schlesische Oberlausitz
Rabbi Prof. Dr. Andreas Nachama, Chairman of the General Rabbinical Conference Germany
Theresa Jeroch, Art Historian
Dr. Uwe Czubatynski, Head of the Cathedral Treasury of the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter
Due to the pandemic, only a limited number of places are available. Please register in advance by 19 January by email to email@example.com.
1 February, 7.30 pm
The SchUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz formed an important centre of Jewish life throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. They were closely linked in a unique way by common community statutes and had a decisive influence on the ritual buildings, culture and identity of Ashkenazi Judaism. Unique sites from this period are still preserved today in the form of synagogues, mikveh and cemeteries. They are the material testimonies of the cradle of Ashkenazi Judaism.
26 January, 6.30 pm
In the last 20 years or so, there has been a wealth of new discoveries and scientific research on medieval Jewish Erfurt: The synagogue has been uncovered and examined, the mikveh excavated, a Jewish dwelling house from the 13th century documented, the great treasure found, which after its restoration went on a world tour. All these discoveries meant that intensive work was also done on the written tradition, so that in the meantime interdisciplinary studies are available which prove the unique position of the objects worldwide and thus justify the application to become a UNESCO site. The decision will be made this summer.
Karin Sczech worked for more than 20 years at the Thuringian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Archaeology as an area specialist for the city and coordinated the work on Jewish heritage carried out there. Under her leadership, the mikveh was excavated and she was involved in the concept of the permanent exhibition in the Old Synagogue. Since 2020, she has been employed by the city of Erfurt to coordinate the UNESCO application together with Maria Stürzebecher.
Ruth Bruchertseifer will speak about names of Jews in the Late Middle Ages on Monday, 18.00 CET in Trier at the Arye Maimon-Institute, Trier University.
Meeting-ID: 891 0544 3587
The University of Bern and the Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies now welcome applications for the project “Interactive Histories, Co-Produced Communities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” led by Katharina Heyden and David Nirenberg.
Deadline: 31 March, 2022
Yossi Greenfield’s new Hebrew book entitledרמב”ן הקצר: מהדורה ביקורתית, התפתחות הטקסט והפצת סוד בראשית הקבלה published by Cherub Press is part of the Sources and Studies in the Literature of Jewish Mysticism Series vol. 68.
The new vol. 111.4 (2021) of The Jewish Quarterly Review features, among others, three articles relevant to medieval Jewish Studies:
Ron L. Asri’s Dealing with Informers: Yitzhak Aboab’s Aggadic Anthology, Menorat ha-ma’or
Irven M. Resnick’s Jews and Abuse of the Cross in the Middle Ages
Michal Ohana’s Jewish thought in Fez in the Generations following the Spanish Expulsion: Characteristics, Style and Content
The new Book by Malachi Beit-Arié: “Hebrew Codicology. Historical and Comparative Typology of Medieval Hebrew Codices based on the Documentation of the Extant Dated Manuscripts until 1540 using a Quantitative Approach” is now available online in open access.
Menachem Katz has now published in collaboration with Hillel Gershuni a Beta version of the Digital Critical Edition of the Jerusalem Talmud.
A special issue of Jewish Culture and History, focusing on ‘New Approaches to Medieval Anglo-Jewry’, is in the process of being published. Edited by Drs Toni Griffiths and Dean A. Irwin, these are a selection of papers which were presented at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in 2019. So far, articles by Pinchas Roth, Anthony Bale and Joanne Rosenthal, Dean A. Irwin, and a review article by Ahuva Liberles have appeared online and three more pieces (by Toni Griffiths, Esther Robinson Wild and an roundtable on Simon de Montfort) will be published shortly.
Seminar with Prof. Astrid Lembke, University of Mannheim, organized by the JEWTACT Research Project and the Department of Jewish History at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
January 19, 2022, 12.15 pm (Israel time)https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89482388198