In a lecture titled "Holy Matter, Holy Place: Transfer of Sacred Soil from Jerusalem to Europe in the Middle Ages", Dr. Bodner discussed the transfer of soil from the sacred site of Akeldama near Jerusalem to European cemeteries in the High Middle Ages as attested in pilgrim accounts, maps and chronicles.
The discussion revolved around the particulars of soil as a transferable relic of the Holy Land, the legends and miracles most commonly associated with it, and the dynamics of its use once interred in its new location.
Young Historians IL Conference, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
This lecture discussed how both rabbinic norms and knightly masculinity ideals contributed to the constructions of gender identities among young Askenazi Jewish men during the high and late Middle Ages.
This talk explored the following questions: How did Jewish young men, who lived in northwestern Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages, dress? How did they behave in their daily lives? And what can be deduced from the way they dressed and behaved about their identities and the masculinities ideals that spurred their actions?