Monthly Archives: July 2023

CfP: “The Sense of an Ending: Finispieces in medieval codices” at Kalamazoo

While much has been written about the opening folios of medieval illuminated codices – especially about the entity known as the carpet page – the final pages of these books have been little studied. Papers in this session are asked to address the following questions: what sort of materials does one expect to find at the end of a precious codex? Can the visual designs of these final folios be seen as expressing notions of protection, closure, continuity, or identity? How do the designs we find at the end of a book reconcile ideation about its contents with the material requirements of the codex and the needs of its patrons/users? Is the decorative Finispiece a viable, meaningful, and expected entity in medieval book culture?

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New Book: “Jüdische Geschichte ist uns anvertraut.” Festschrift in Honour of Martha Keil (in German)

“It is important to me to make clear that Jewish history is an integral part of history,” Martha Keil has stated in an interview. The Institute for Jewish History in Austria, whose director Martha Keil has been since 2004, has had the great pleasure to honour her birthday and (semi)retirement with a Festschrift which in its diversity of contributions aims at reflecting her demand that Jewish history should always be seen and interpreted in connection with general historical developments.

The book contains articles from Christoph Cluse, Johannes Heil, Markus Wenninger, Eveline Brugger, and Birgit Wiedl (and many more, post-1500).

Ad multos annos, bis 120, dear Martha!

New Exhibition on recent Yiddish Finds: Vom “Kalten Keller” und falschen Versprechungen – Neue jiddische Funde aus dem Mittelalter

Erfurt, Small Synagogue, 03 August 2023 – 13 October 2023

In recent years, a number of medieval objects with Yiddish texts or inscriptions have been newly discovered and examined. These include two finds from Thuringia: A Yiddish private letter of the 15thcentury from Mühlhausen and the only known medieval Yiddish building inscription from Erfurt so far. And some of the slate tablets from the former Jewish quarter in Cologne also show Yiddish inscriptions. These new medieval finds on Jewish everyday history are shown together here for the first time and placed in the history of the Yiddish language as well as its everyday writing.