Seminars & Guest Lectures

  • 2017 Apr 19

    Seminar | Prof. Eyal Poleg

    Lecturer: 

    Prof. Eyal Poleg, Queen Mary London
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    National Library Edmond J. Safra Campus

    We met Prof. Poleg in the National Library of Israel, where he showed us a manuscript of a late medieval bible, and discussed the methods of producing and using such an object. He noted that this material object can teach us much about the society which created and used it, and discussed questions regarding the material culture in medieval Europe.

  • 2017 Mar 22

    Seminar | Prof. Eva Haverkamp

    Lecturer: 

    Prof. Eva Haverkamp, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Y. Rabin Building - The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

  • 2016 Dec 21

    Seminar | Voices from the Margins: Documents from the Beit Din of Ashkenaz as Documentation of the Lives of Ordinary Men and Women

    Lecturer: 

    Dr. Rachel Furst, LMU Munich
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Y. Rabin Building - The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

    Dr. Furst discussed the medieval Jewish courts in northern Europe. She focused on the ways in which legal documents can be used as sources illuminating the daily life of medieval Jews, especially those who turned to the court for help. By analyzing one particular case, she showed us how fruitful such an historical method could be. 

  • 2016 Dec 14

    Seminar | Consumption of Justice in the Middle Ages

    Lecturer: 

    Dr. Oded Zinger, HUJI
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Y. Rabin Building - The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

    Dr. Zinger examined the Hebrew responsa, as they are represented in the Cairo Geniza, as a medieval social and legal institution. We debated the possible uses of the responsa, and wondered about the motives and intentions of the users. Finally, Dr. Zinger presented the ways in which changes in the responsa culture represent social transformations in medieval Jewish society.

  • 2016 Nov 30

    Seminar | Music in the Middle Ages

    Lecturer: 

    Dr. Iris Shagrir, The Open University of Jerusalem
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Y. Rabin Building - The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies

    Prof. Shagrir described the changes in the soundscape of medieval Jerusalem as a result of its conquest by the Crusaders in 1099, in particular through the new sounds of the church bells. We discussed the meanings  attributed by medieval townspeople to different sounds, and the historical importance of the study of the development of the medieval soundscapes.

  • 2016 Nov 23

    Seminar | Methodological Tools for the Analysis of Medieval Iconography

    Lecturer: 

    Dr. Neta bodner, HUJI
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Y. Rabin Building Mount Scopus Campus

    Dr. Bodner explained the term iconography, and introduced methodological tools for the analysis of medieval iconography. Next she presented several examples of medieval objects and discussed the ways to understand their symbolic meanings. In this manner, she showed that physical objects and images can be used as an important historical sources for the study of medieval history.

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