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Jewish Studies sessions at the IMC Leeds

The International Medieval Congress is back at the campus at Leeds, and with it many sessions and papers on Jewish Studies.

After a cancellation in 2020 and an online version in 2021, the IMC Leeds is (partially) back to being in-person and will start tomorrow, July 4 2022. As always, there are a multitude of papers on a great variety of topics within the Jewish Studies.

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Researcher of the Week

Emilie Amar-Zifkin

PhD Candidate

Yale University, Department of Religious Studies (Judaic Studies)

Primary Advisor: Ivan Marcus

“My PhD project, ‘Observing the Observers: Procession and Public Religion in Medieval Ashkenaz,’ brings together spatial, sensory, and performance studies in its examination of Jewish-Christian interaction in public spaces. The analysis considers questions of sensory perception and identity, while remaining sensitive to how medieval Jewish-Christian conflict and coexistence have been variously exaggerated, overlooked, or misrepresented. Drawing on my background in technical theatre, I conceptualize medieval towns and their Jewish quarters as stages: constructed spaces with their own visual, gestural, and social languages. These are the stages upon which the drama of Jewish-Christian interaction unfolded – the roles of audience, actor, and hands behind the scenes ever-changing, watching the performed identities of the inevitable Others in their midst.

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Comprehending Antisemitism through the Ages: A Historical Perspective (Volume 3 of the series An End to Antisemitism) has been released.

The volume, edited by Armin Lange, Kerstin Mayerhofer, Dina Porat, and Lawrence H. Schiffman traces the history of antisemitism, documenting the religious, sociological, political and economic contexts in which antisemitism thrived and thrives.

The medieval section contains chapters by Robert Chazan, Kerstin Mayerhofer, Sara Offenberg, and Birgit Wiedl.

The chapters can be downloaded individually (or get the whole book, or the entire series)!

Researcher of the Week

Dean A. Irwin, PhD

Independent Researcher

“My PhD thesis examined the records generated by Jewish moneylending activities in England between 1194 and 1275-6. During this period, the Crown which required that every time a Jew lent money to a Christian(s) a record was to be produced detailing the particulars of the transaction. This was to be done upon the instrument of a chirograph, part of which was to be retained by the Crown in one of a series of archae which were established at strategic urban locations across the country.

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