Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Catalogue of Hebrew Mss in Vatican Library now on-line

The National Library of Israel is pleased to announce that the catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Vatican library is now available online on the website of the National Library of Israel.:


The catalogue was published by the publishing house of the Vatican Library which graciously granted permission to display it online. In the near future the catalogue will also be online at the website of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vatican.

Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library: Catalogue, compiled by the staff of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, edited by Benjamin Richler; paleographical and codicological descriptions Malachi Beit-Arié in collaboration with Nurit Pasternak. (Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2008, Studi e Testi 438)

Benjamin Richler

Call for Papers: British Association for Jewish Studies

CFP 'The Image and the Prohibition of the Image in Judaism'
British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS), Southampton,
5-7 September, 2010

Call for Papers:
The theme of 2010 BAJS Conference (Sunday 5th - Tuesday 7th September 2010) is 'The Image and the Prohibition of the Image in Judaism'. Topics may cover any time period from antiquity to the contemporary, and any place or cultural context relevant for Jewish Studies. The 'image' may be interpreted broadly to include the non-visual (e.g. literary representations and conceptual images) as well as the visual. The =
expectation is that papers will explore different aspects of the acceptance and the rejection of images in Jewish thought and practice from the Bible to the modern world. Topics may include the secular as well as the religious sphere.

Proposals for papers (and panels) in the following areas are especially welcome:

* biblical traditions and their interpretation
* notions of 'the image of God'
* Jewish art and Jewish symbols
* idolatry and iconoclasm
* the prohibition and acceptance of images in Holocaust representation
* representing Jewishness in film and television
* Jewish/non-Jewish relations and the second commandment

Practical details:
Single paper proposals should be no longer than 250 words and panel proposals need not exceed one page. Please email proposals to Dr Sarah Pearce (s.j.pearce@soton.ac.uk) with 'BAJS 2010' in the subject line. The deadline for paper abstracts and proposed panels is 31 May 2010.
Registration details will be circulated soon.

Please note the September date for this meeting instead of the usual July date. This change was made for 2010 in order to avoid clashes with the July 2010 conferences of the European Association of Jewish Studies (Ravenna) and the UK Society for Old Testament Studies (Sheffield).

Please note that though the conference is open to all (see details below), anyone wishing to present a paper who is not a member of BAJS must join by the time of the conference. Membership is open to anyone interested in an academic approach to Jewish studies. For membership enquiries and applications, please write to: Dr James K. Aitken,Lecturer in Hebrew, Old Testament and Second Temple Studies, Faculty of =
Divinity | West Road | Cambridge CB3 9BS | UK. Email:jka12@hermes.cam.ac.uk BAJS Website : http://britishjewishstudies.org/about/join-bajs/=20

There are three categories of membership of BAJS:
1. Ordinary Members: Ordinary membership is open to scholars concerned with the academic pursuit of Jewish Studies.
2. Student Members: Student membership is open to graduate students working for a higher degree in the field of Jewish Studies.
3. Associate Members: Associate membership is open to (a) those outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland who have a serious academic interest in Jewish =
Studies, and (b) those within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with a serious academic interest in Jewish Studies but who are not professionally involved in the subject.
Members of all categories are welcome to attend the annual conference and to present papers at it (subject to acceptance via the Call for Papers process).

(from H-Judaic)

Call for Papers: Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture

May 31-June 1, 2010
6th Annual Meeting: Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture
(Association canadienne pour l'etude de l'histoire du livre)
CFP at: http://casbc-acehl.dal.ca: due December 15, 2009

(from SHARP-L)

Monday, November 2, 2009

American Academy of Religion Montreal Nov 7-10

Of interest:

Religion in Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500–1650 CE Consultation
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
Martha Newman, University of Texas, Presiding
Theme: Monasteries, Madrasahs, and Metivtas: Centers of Religious Learning in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Judaism

Heather Empey, McGill University
North African “Schools” in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries: Some Pre-Madrasah Institutions of Learning in the Western Mediterranean
Robert Moore, Emory University
Professionalizing the Professorate: Exclusionary Practices in Madrasahs of Mamluk Cairo (1250–1517)

Hartley Lachter, Muhlenberg College
Brotherhoods of Secrecy: Jewish Mystical Fraternities and Esoteric Discourse in Medieval Spain

Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri
Slipping Off the Wedding Ring: Mystical Authority and Women Teachers in Late Medieval Convents

Lehman Marjorie S., Jewish Theological Seminary of America
The Salonikan Jewish Community: Making Curricular Inroads Following the Spanish Expulsion

for more details: http://www.aarweb.org/Meetings/Annual_Meeting/Current_Meeting/

American Historical Association

The on-line program for the January AHA conference is now on-line:

Papers/Sessions of Potential Interest:

Alejandro Dujovne , Instituto de Desarrollo Economico y Social, Buenos Aires,
"The Translation and Publishing of Books in the Construction of Transnational Jewish Geography: The Case of the Jewish Argentinean Publishing House “Israel,” 1938–69"
James W. Cortada, IBM
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University of California, San Diego
Abby S. Rumsey, independent consultant
Panel: What Becomes of Print in the Digital Age?

2010 Lehmann Workshop Announced


The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Library and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce the tenth annual Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop to be held on May 23-24, (Sunday-Monday), 2010, at the Katz Center.
This year's workshop will be led by Dr. Emile Schrijver, Curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana at the University of Amsterdam. The workshop will treat "The Jewish Book In and Around Amsterdam," and will focus on three main topics: (1) the heyday of Hebrew printing in Amsterdam in the 17th century and its coming into existence; (2) the printed and manuscript book tradition of the Amsterdam Sephardim; and (3) the influence of the Amsterdam Hebrew book on surrounding Jewish communities. The last session will focus on future research agendas for the various fields of research dealt with in the earlier sessions. The sessions will include detailed readings of title pages, colophons, and relevant archival and other primary and secondary sources.
The workshop is open to professors and independent scholars, professional librarians in the field of Jewish and related studies, and graduate students in Jewish Studies. Attendance at previous workshops is not a prerequisite for admission.
Because much of the Workshop will be devoted to the reading of Hebrew texts like colophons, it is necessary that all participants be able to read non-vocalized Hebrew texts.
For faculty and professionals, tuition is $250. In addition to attendance and all materials for the workshop, the tuition includes two or three nights in a hotel (double-occupancy) for the nights of May 22 and 23 (with the option of May 21), and all meals and refreshments (all kosher) during the course of the workshop.
Graduate students may apply for a scholarship to the workshop, that covers tuition, hotel accommodations, and meals. N.B. To apply for the scholarship, a graduate student should write us giving the details of his or her academic program and a brief statement explaining how the workshop will further his or her academic studies. S/he should also ask a faculty advisor to write us a letter of recommendation on the student's behalf.
Attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please notify us immediately. Full payment must be received by March 1, 2010. Make checks payable to “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.”
A registration form is available at: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/registrationLW2010.pdf

Please address all correspondence to:

Lehmann Workshop
c/o Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

The Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Manfred and Anne Lehmann Foundation along with grants from Mr. Albert Friedberg, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Andrew H. Cohn, Esq. C'66, and the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation.

YIVO Programs of Interest

Upcoming YIVO Programs

NOTE: The lecture "Remembering (in) the Mother Tongue" by Hannah Pressman originally scheduled for Thursday, November 12 has been postponed until Thursday, May 13, 2010.



Agnieszka Oleszak
University College London

This presentation aims to reconstruct the history of establishing Beys Ya'akov in 1917 in Krakow as well as to explain the process of its institutionalization. This early stage in the history of Beys Ya'akov seems to be neglected in the existing research, most likely due to the lack of historical sources. In her presentationOleszak will attempt to shed new light on the early years of the school in order to illustrate the process of legitimizing the idea of institutionalized religious education for Jewish girls.

Admission: Free
RSVP: 917.606.8290 | nkahn@yivo.cjh.org
For more information, click here.



Dr. Rebekka Voss

The lecture traces the Yiddish term and legend of the Red Jews, the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, to its origins in Medieval German lore. It explores what different meanings the Jewish notion of the Red Jews has acquired over the centuries, how the term has been filled and refilled with new content in order to express larger ideas, central to the Jewish experience from the early modern times through modernity.

Admission: Free
RSVP: 917.606.8290 | nkahn@yivo.cjh.org

All events take place at the
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research | 15 West 16th Street
New York | NY | 10011

November 6 in Los Angeles: GlobalPrint Conference

In LA on Friday, I will speak at a USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Conference on "Printing Globalized":
details at: http://college.usc.edu/emsi/conferences/print_conference.html

Reminder: David Stern at the Newberry Library Thursday

In Chicago on Thursday--David Stern will speak at the Newberry Library:

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies
History of the Book Lectures
with co-sponsorship by the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

David Stern , University of Pennsylvania
"Through the Pages of the Past: The Jewish Book in Historical Contexts"
5:30 pm, Thursday, November 5, 2009
Advance registration required: e-mail renaissance@newberry.org or call 312-255-3514