All posts by Andreas Lehnertz

About Andreas Lehnertz

I focus on social, cultural, and religious European history during the High and Late Middle Ages. My interests lie in daily Christian-Jewish relations, marginal Hebrew and Yiddish charter notes, Jewish as well as general sealing practices, and Jewish craftspeople. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the Trier University entitled "Jewish Seals in the Medieval German Empire: The Authentication and Self-Representation of Jewish Men and Women”, under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Haverkamp and Prof. Lukas Clemens at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History. Under Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten I was a postdoctoral fellow in the European Research Council Project "Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing my second book on Jewish craftspeople in Medieval Central Europe.

The Shalom Spiegel Institute Summer Seminar in Medieval Hebrew Poetry

The 2023 session of the Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, will be dedicated to the work of Shem Tov b. Joseph ibn Falaquera (ca. 1225-1295) and to the memory of Michael Rand z”l (1972-2022). It will be held at the Seminary from June 11-16, 2023. The week will include daily seminars with leading scholars on various aspects of ibn Falaquera’s work (Hebrew poetry and philosophical writings) as well as instruction in developing skills in the close reading of medieval Hebrew texts. The seminar will meet for morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday, concluding with one session and lunch on Friday.

Deadline: 15 January 2023.

BIAJS Annual Conference, 10-12 July 2023

Since the explosion of Black Lives Matter in 2020, societies around the world are paying greater attention to the questions of race and racism, including their role in human history. Over the last decade, a growing number of scholars of the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds have argued that race has held a central place in politics, social relations, and culture. These scholars have challenged the received wisdom that ‘race’ simply popped up as an idea in late modern Europe. Significantly, Jews and Judaism have featured as important parts of this story.

The 2023 British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (BIAJS2023) conference will build on this work. The event will explore how race has affected, and been a part of, Jewish lives and beliefs across Jewish time and space, around the globe. In addition, BIAJS2023 welcomes papers on all aspects of Jewish Studies, and will provide the opportunity for participants to network with peers in Jewish Studies from Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, and the wider world.

Deadline: 15 December 2022.

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d), Heidelberg

The successful applicant will become part of the joint research project “Beyond Conflict and Coexistence: Towards an Entangled History of Jewish-Arab Relations” that links the universities of Heidelberg, Munich, and Halle (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF). The research project brings together a variety of postdoctoral fellows who explore Jewish-Arab transculturation from the Middle Ages until today, with a focus on cultural, intellectual and political entanglements.

Deadline: 15 December 2022.

Online Talk about “Elijah the Prophet’s Varied Eschatological Roles in Jewish and Christian Discourse” by Chana Shacham-Rosby, 12 December 2022

In this talk, I will discuss the various roles attributed to Elijah the Prophet in Jewish and Christian eschatological narratives. I will focus on the function of Elijah’s figure in Jewish-Christian polemic about the eschaton, and especially the fate of the Jews. The talk will review a range of written and visual sources and suggest possible avenues of discourse between the communities.

Researcher of the Week

Meyrav Levy

PhD Candidate

Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Institute for Jewish Studies
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel and Dr. Laura Suzanne Lieber

“In my forthcoming doctoral dissertation, “Ashkenazi Mahzorim as Generators of an Affective Experience,” I seek to capture the cognitive-emotional reception of illuminated Ashkenazi mahzorim, produced between 1250 and 1350. Mahzorim are Jewish prayer books containing piyyutim (liturgical poems) and biblical texts intended for recitation in the synagogue on each Jewish holiday. Many of these prayer books are illuminated to a different extent–from full-page illustrations, decorated initial panels, to grotesque marginalia. What particularly concerns me in my project is how the verbal and visual content of mahzorim mediates the cardinal messages of the holidays. I contend, that the theological ideas and biblical narratives are conveyed to worshipers by means that trigger their imagination, senses and emotions–thus, encouraging a more meaningful reception.

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