Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tychsen Collection and Rostock University Library Digitized

we are pleased to inform you that we just released our new online publication:

The Hebraica and Judaica of the Tychsen Collection and the Rostock University Library.
The Oldyiddish Literature

For further information please download the PDF-flyer at: http://www.haraldfischerverlag.de/hfv/Tychsen-OL-E.pdf
or visit our website: http://www.haraldfischerverlag.de/hfv/tychsen_engl.php

We welcome any questions, inquiries or requests for trials.

Kind regards, Claudia Schorcht

Harald Fischer Verlag GmbH
POB 1565 • D-91005 Erlangen
Ph +49 9131 205620 • Fax +49 9131 206028

Monday, September 6, 2010

Call for Papers: Assocation of Jewish Libraries

Call for Papers

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold the 46th Annual Convention at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Quebec June 19-22, 2011. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship and related topics.

AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues and related institutions. Past topics have included literature and other resources, collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources, technology and local Jewish history.

A special focus this year will be the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Montreal Jewish community.

Submissions should include the following:
Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
Brief biography.
Title of proposed presentation.
Summary of proposal.
Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any.

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2010. Please submit proposals by email to:
ajlconvention@gmail.com [mailto:ajlconvention@gmail.com]
or by mail to:
Marsha Lustigman,
Bialik Library,
6500 Kildare Rd.,
Cote St. Luc, QC, Canada, H4W 3B8

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2011.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Conference on "Technologies of Medieval Song" in Philadelphia November 19-20 2010


November 19-20, 2010

*/Cantus Scriptus: Technologies of Medieval Song/*

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Department of Music, Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age .
This year's symposium will be on the theme of music in medieval and early modern manuscripts. We will explore a range of issues relating to music’s materiality in the late medieval period, especially as it pertains to the manuscript source. We will bring together scholars and performers who will examine the ways the written text of music, especially in the unit of the codex, can be expressive as well as prescriptive; the multiple functions of music’s most important technology – its notation; and finally, the role that modern digital technology can facilitate the study of manuscripts today.

The symposium begins Friday evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia with a lecture and performance by the award-winning early music duo Asteria . On Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania, seven speakers will present papers on various topics relating to the history of music manuscripts and notation. The symposium will conclude with a roundtable to discuss issues related to the digitization of music manuscripts and related documents and the role of the digital humanities in medieval musicology.

Special exhibitions of music manuscripts will be on view at both institutions.

/*Participants include:*/

Jane Alden, Wesleyan University
Julia Craig-McFeeley, Digital Image Archive of Music Manuscripts
Michael Scott Cuthbert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emma Dillon, University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Jennings, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Rankin, University of Cambridge
Anne Stone, City University of New York
Emily Zazulia, University of Pennsylvania

For program and registration details, go to:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Frank L. Herz Collection of Reuchliniana at Leo Baeck Institute

From The New York Times, August 6, 2010

"Christian scholars battled in the early 1500s over whether all Jewish texts should be burned. Johannes Pfefferkorn, a Jewish-born theologian in Cologne who had converted to Roman Catholicism, petitioned Emperor Maximilian I to have Hebrew books declared dangerously blasphemous. The emperor sought a second opinion from Johannes Reuchlin, a linguist in Stuttgart, who decided that Hebrew was a biblical tongue worth preserving.

"Besides, Reuchlin wrote, if Hebrew texts were all erased, “the Jews might well write much stranger stuff from scratch, far more objectionable.”

"From the 1950s to the 1990s, Frank L. Herz, a German-born leather-goods merchant in New York, collected books related to the 16th-century controversy by prominent authors like Erasmus and Martin Luther. Mr. Herz’s heirs have donated the collection to the Leo Baeck Institute, a library focused on German-speaking Jewry at the Center for Jewish History on West 16th Street in Manhattan. The staff is now repairing and digitizing the books and planning for exhibitions later this year.

"Mr. Herz, whose family had escaped the Nazis, was fascinated by Reuchlin’s lucid arguments against anti-Semitism and his and Pfefferkorn’s efforts to attract publicity by circulating pamphlets and attending book fairs. The idea of using printing presses to mold public opinion “was very new, very modern at the time,” said Renate Evers, the institute’s head librarian.

"The institute will put commemorative Herz bookplates on protective cardboard cases for the 63 books; the plates will each have an image of eyeglasses copied from one of Reuchlin’s title pages. The linguist used spectacles, Ms. Evers said, to symbolize scholarship and insights into the heated debate."

"Lectures on the Art of Hebrew Manuscripts and Books" on YouTube

Lectures by Evelyn Cohen, Ephraim Karnafogel, Emile Schrijver, and Sharon Lieberman Mintz at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are now available on YouTube. Start here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Work on Copyright in Jewish Law

Neil Netanel writes that a draft of his forthcoming, co-authored article, “Is Copyright Property? The Debate in Jewish Law,” (Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2011) can be downloaded (for free) at the SSRN website

Professor Netanel and his co-author, David Nimmer, welcome comments and feedback.

The article will make up a part of their book, forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2011, From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print.

Here is an abstract of the article:

Is copyright a property right? That question raises a host of thorny theoretical issues regarding the foundational underpinnings of both copyright and property. The notion that if copyright is “property,” it will or should resemble a perpetual, absolute, pre-political property right, has repeatedly infused judicial proceedings, legislative enactments, and public debate in both common law and civil law countries.

Like their common law and civil law counterparts, Jewish law jurists have engaged in protracted debate about whether copyright is a property right. Recent decades have seen numerous rabbinic court decisions, responsa (rulings in disputes or advisory opinions coupled with a lengthy exegesis on Jewish law in answer to questions posed), scholarly articles, and blog entries on such issues as whether it is permissible, without license from the author or publisher, to republish a book after the rabbinic printing privilege has expired; to copy and distribute software or sound recordings; to perform music in wedding halls; to make copies for classroom use; and to download songs from the Internet. And like in secular law, but for somewhat different reasons, the characterization of copyright as “property” has significant doctrinal consequences for resolution of these controversies in Jewish law.

There are numerous, and at times profound, differences in the terminology, form of argument, doctrinal specifics, and overarching legal framework of Jewish law and secular law in this area and others. Nonetheless, the arguments within the Jewish law debate have some intriguing parallels with those of secular law copyright. In fact, one finds the direct, if largely unstated, influence of secular copyright just below the surface in the debate about whether copyright is property in Jewish law.

An earlier article, also part of the project, is also available at SSRN here:
"Maharam of Padua v. Giustiniani: The Sixteenth-Century Origins of the Jewish Law of Copyright," Houston Law Review 44 (2007).

Contact info for Professor Netanel:

Neil Netanel
Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law
UCLA School of Law
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Books and Manuscripts in Museums

A review of the Braginsky exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum: Edward Rothstein in the New York Times.

A 9th-century Hebrew manuscript from the Vatican as well as other treasures are currently on display at the new Jewish Museum in London .

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 29-30: Conference on Reading Hebrew and Jewish Texts in Early Modern Europe, Oxford

Program here.

Call for Papers: Early Book Society


Out of Bounds: Mobility, Movement and Use of Manuscripts and Printed
Books, 1350-1550

Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society in collaboration
with the Twelfth York Manuscripts Conference

in honour of Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya
3-7 July 2011

Centre for Medieval Studies
University of York

The Early Book Society will hold its twelfth biennial conference in
collaboration with the York Manuscripts Conference, at the Centre for
Medieval Studies, University of York, from the 3rd to the 7th of July
2011. The theme of this year's conference will be Out of Bounds:
Mobility, Movement and Use of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550.
This theme may be interpreted literally or figuratively: papers might
consider unbound or rebound MSS and books, or MSS and books without
bindings (rolls), or marginalia beyond the boundaries of the text, or
the ways in which such boundaries might be created, or even MSS and
books that travel from their place of origin. Secondary threads running
through the conference will be related to Prof. Takamiya's manuscripts
or Nicholas Love (the conference includes a visit to Mount Grace
Priory). Please submit proposals for 20-minute papers relating to the
conference themes either to Martha Driver or Linne Mooney by 1 December
2010. Proposals sent via email should be copied to both
(LRM3@york.ac.uk and MDriver@pace.edu) or by post to Martha:

Prof Martha Driver
English Department
Pace University
41 Park Row, 15th floor
New York, NY 10038

Please include your name, title and affiliation, the proposed title of
your paper, a brief abstract of your paper, and indication of any
electronic aids requested (data projector, overhead, and/or slide

(via Peter Stallybrass and the Workshop on Material Texts at Penn.)

Call for Applications: Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant

Applications are now being accepted for The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant
to the Association of Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts
December 19-21, 2010.

This annual grant is available to junior scholars presenting papers
exploring Jewish women and gender issues. Scholars who completed their
dissertation within the past five years are invited to apply.

Travel grants of $250 each are awarded.

For application details go to:

Deadline: October 20, 2010

Magnes Collection moving to Berkeley

See here for details.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

July 1: Lectures on the Art of Hebrew Manuscripts and Books at Metropolitan Museum of Art

As it is written: Lectures on the Art of Hebrew Manuscripts and Books
July 1, 2010; 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.; Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education
Free with Museum admission.

Learn about recent research in the field of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and decorated printed books on the occasion of the exhibition A Journey Through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, currently on view at Yeshiva University Museum.

Hidden Treasure: The Intellectual Life of Medieval Ashkenazi Jews
Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University

Making Hebrew Manuscripts in a Gentile World
Evelyn M. Cohen, independent scholar, New York

Hebrew Manuscripts after Gutenberg
Emile G. L. Schrijver, Curator, Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, Special Collections, University of Amsterdam

These lectures are made possible by the René and Susanne Braginsky Foundation, Zurich.


For more information about events and programs at the Metropolitan Museum, see the online calendar.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Information about Hebrew Manuscripts in Madrid


New Publications Dept.

David Stern, "'Jewish Art' and the Making of the Medieval Prayerbook," Ars Judaica 6 (2010.

Center for Jewish History Reading Room now open Sunday


As part of its efforts to improve and enhance services for researchers, the Center for Jewish History is pleased to announce that it is extending the operating hours of the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute to six days a week.

Beginning on Sunday, June 6, 2010, scholars, students and the general public will have the opportunity to conduct onsite research every Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

The full array of electronic resources and the open stack reference collection will be available on Sundays. Additionally, materials from the archival and library collections of American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, and the library of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will be available upon request.

All requests for Sunday usage must be received by 5pm on the preceding Thursday. To make a request, please visit www.catalog.cjh.org, login or become a registered user, search for the materials you wish to request, and click the “Reserve” link on the left side of the item record. Once you fill out the required fields, your request will be processed. Should you have any difficulty in identifying materials or placing a request, please contact reference services at 917-606-8217 or publicservices@cjh.org.

In addition to new Sunday hours, the Center offers research hours on Mondays from 9:30am – 7:30pm, Tuesdays – Thursdays from 9:30am – 5:30pm, and Fridays from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Please note that YIVO archival collections are available Monday – Thursday from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

For more information, please visit www.cjh.org.

Strashun Collection and other books from YIVO on-line

The Yivo News (Spring 2010) reports that the Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books (at www.hebrewbooks.org) which has already digitized thousands of books from the Chabad Library is now digitizing rare books from the YIVO collection, beginning with the Strashun collection. The books can be found at www.yivolibrarybooks.org.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship


The Special Collections Research Center at the Gelman Library of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications to the biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Fellowship Program provides stipends for short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room of the Special Collections Research Center. Applicants for the Fellowship Program must be conducting research in the field of 18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Graphic Arts, History, Religion, Comparative Literature, Bibliography or any relevant area of Judaic Studies.

The Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowships will be awarded to:
- one graduate or post-graduate researcher or independent scholar, with a stipend of $2,500, and
- one undergraduate student at GWU in the final years of matriculation (Junior or Senior year status), with a stipend of $ 750.

Applicants must submit a letter together with a research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection and/or other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center relevant to their research. (A summary of research is required upon completion of the fellowship.) Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of the letters must be from a dissertation advisor.

Download a fellowship application at http://www.gelman.gwu.edu/collections/SCRC/collecting-areas/rare-books-and-maps-1/applicationform.pdf or request to have one sent via postal mail. The deadline for submission of applications is July 31, 2010. Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:
Ms. Jennifer Kinniff
The Gelman Library
George Washington University
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
e-mail: kinniff@gelman.gwu.edu
The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house the collection – along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects - and to provide a reading room for researchers.
For further information on the Kiev Collection and related Judaica collections in the Gelman Library, go to: http://www.gelman.gwu.edu/collections/SCRC/collecting-areas/rare-books-and-maps-1/judaica.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Call for Papers: Geographies of Intellectual Property

via the Penn History of Material Texts workshop list:

International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property
Call for Papers
Second Annual ISHTIP Workshop

Geographies of Intellectual Property

American University, Washington, D.C.
24-26 September 2010

Following our first successful meeting in June 2009 at Bocconi University in Milan on "The Construction of Immateriality," the second ISHTIP workshop, to be held September 24-26, 2010 in Washington, D.C. will consider "Geographies of Intellectual Property." We are interested in
(i) the ways in which ideas, innovations, and creativity are "mapped" and thus transformed from actions, practices, and communications into property, and sovereignty over the mapped object(s) is attributed to particular individuals or creators;
(ii) those aspects of ideas and information that elude the capacity of intellectual property systems, because they are too slippery or mutable to be mapped (ideas as such, style, timbre, discoveries, mathematical theories, scenes à faire which resist the processes of "propertization"), or are regarded as incapable of ascription to particular individuals (genres, gossip, rumors, jokes, urban myths);
(iii) the ways that intellectual property laws (their historical precursors and social analogues) have understood or sought to influence the geographical movement of ideas and information (including the incentivization and restriction of the movement of texts, traders, machinery and trades through the grant of privileges, through criminal laws, and other arrangements);
(iv) the role of intellectual property laws (their historical precursors and social analogues) in channelling the movement of ideas, their modes of migration, and generative capacities of knowledge across conceptual spaces, through networks, via spillovers and the generation of clusters and hubs; the limitations of territorially-based rights in controlling the movement of information across peer to peer systems and through social networks;
(v) the relationship between intellectual property, authorship, invention, nationhood and empire; the role of intellectual property in reinforcing ideas of "place," through recognition of rights in "geographical indications" and denominations of origin.
(vi) the understanding of the many spatial dimensions of intellectual property, such as geographical and territorial restrictions, language barriers, and inter-linguistic relationships, the distinction between public and private places, as well as between virtual and physical space.
By focusing on the heterogeneous roots of our present intellectual property regime the workshop aims to foster richer contextualization of this regime than can be provided by legal history working alone. To this end it will assemble scholars from across the disciplines - from anthropology, economic and business history, the history of science, literary and cultural history, as well as from legal history and theory.
Up to ten papers/works in progress will be accepted; they will circulate in advance and will receive intensive discussion at the workshop. Case studies, close analyses of constellations of social and/or legal practices, and close readings of significant episodes in the history of information management are especially welcome. A maximum length of 9,000 words is recommended.

Participants who have already confirmed that they will attend include: Lionel Bently, Cambridge U; Mario Biagioli, Harvard U; Maurizio Borghi, Brunel U; Kathy Bowrey, U of New South Wales; Ronan Deazley, U of Glasgow; Christophe Geiger, U of Strasbourg; Johanna Gibson, Queen Mary U of London; Peter Jaszi, American U; Lilla Montagnani, Bocconi U; Martha Woodmansee, Case Western Reserve U

Important dates
Prospectus submission deadline: 5 June 2010
Notification of acceptance: 25 June 2010
Registration deadline (for all participants): 24 August 2010
Deadline for submission of papers: 24 August 2010
Workshop: 24-26 September 2010

For information and program updates, see http://www.ishtip.org
Please address questions and submissions to: ishtip@case.edu
Submissions should include a prospectus of approximately 2 pages and a short (maximum 2-page) resumé

Organizing committee
Lionel Bently, Maurizio Borghi, Peter Jaszi, Martha Woodmansee

AJS Panels

The deadline for proposals for the Association for Jewish Studies conference is coming. I am happy to have the "Blog for the Study of the Jewish Book" serve as a clearinghouse for papers looking for panels and panels looking for papers.
Please send me a brief description at ashear[at]pitt[dot]edu.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lehmann Workshop at Penn

Space is still available.


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.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Jeremy Stolow, Orthodox by Design

Jeremy Stolow's book on Artscroll Orthodox by Design has now been published by the University of California Press.

Click on the image to see the flyer.

Post-Docs in Humanities and Social Sciences at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Announces a New
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2011

For the first time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and
Sciences is offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities
and social sciences to begin in January 2011. These inaugural fellowships
are designed to attract excellent scholars from outside the University of
Pittsburgh and to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial
support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their

The Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships are for one year and are
renewable for an additional year. Fellows will teach two courses per year,
complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual
community of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department or program
with which they are affiliated. The fellowship offers junior scholars the
time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant
scholarship early in their careers. The annual stipend will be $45,000.
Fellows will receive an annual research fund of $3,500 and a one-time
reimbursement of up to $1,500 for moving expenses.

We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and
social sciences who have received the PhD from outside of the University of
Pittsburgh between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2010. Applicants who
do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a
letter from the Department Chair or the Advisor stating that the PhD degree
will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

Postdoctoral education is an important facet of research and scholarship at
the University of Pittsburgh, and the University has developed a
comprehensive set of guidelines for postdoctoral fellows and the faculty,
departments, and programs who work with them.

Application Requirements and Procedure
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. An application form (available at www.as.pitt.edu/postdoc)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Detailed statement of current research interests (1,000 words) that
clearly outlines the goals of the research you will undertake during the
term of the fellowship.
4. One writing sample no longer than 20 pages.
5. A copy of the Dissertation Table of Contents
6. A two-page statement of teaching interests and one or two course
proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for a 15-week
course directed towards advanced undergraduates or graduate students.
7. Three letters of recommendation. (NOTE: Letter writers should e-mail
their recommendations directly to postdoc@as.pitt.edu, using the
applicant’s name and the word, “Postdoc Recommendation” in the e-mail
subject line.)
Application Deadline and Notification of Awards
All application materials—including letters of recommendation—must be
submitted electronically before June 1, 2010. Only fully completed formal
applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that
all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of
recommendation to postdoc@as.pitt.edu by the closing date. Awards will be
announced in July 2010.
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are
especially encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New journal: Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture

Visit Contemporaneity online: http://contemporaneity.pitt.edu/

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Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture aims to explore how the complexities of being in time find visual form. Crucial to this undertaking is accounting for how, from prehistory to the present, cultures around the world conceive of and construct their present and the concept of presentness visually. Through scholarly writings from a number of academic disciplines in the humanities, together with contributions from artists and filmmakers, Contemporaneity maps the diverse ways in which cultures use visual means to record, define, and interrogate their historical context and presence in time.

For our inaugural issue, we seek submissions from scholars, artists, and filmmakers. Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- The concept of the present across time and cultures

- Cultural exchange, temporal disjunction, historical coincidence

- The simultaneity of conflicting kinds of time

- The persistence of the past in the present

- Collecting, the archive, forgery

- Messianic time, circular time, the eternal return, the event,
everyday life, historical time, timelessness

- Teleology, apocalypse, the end of time, the end of art, the end
of history

- Tradition, decadence, renaissance, restoration, avant-garde,

- Phenomenology of time

- Nostalgia, melancholy, boredom

- Chronophobia and chronomania

- Making time visible, representing time through images and texts,

- The life of images and reception history

- Treating the present historically

- Historical delays and the acceleration of history

- Methodological problems concerning the writing of art history or
film history

- Periodization

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. Manuscripts should be no more than 6,000 words in length and should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. Contributions from artists and filmmakers may take many forms.

Please visit contemporaneity.pitt.edu for more information. To make a submission, click Register and create an Author profile to get started.

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture is a scholarly, peer-reviewed online publication edited by graduate students in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. It is hosted by the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh as part of its D(c)\Scribe Digital Publishing Program

Saskia Beranek
Member, Editorial Board, Contemporaneity Doctoral Candidate History of Art and Architecture University of Pittsburgh
104 Frick Fine Arts Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Call for Papers: "Texts and Places"

October 9-10, 2010
Center for Urban and Global Studies
Trinity College, Hartford CT


As part of the growing field of the history of media, including book history, this workshop will explore how the production and reception of the written word in all its forms is shaped by and in turn shapes particular places and their inhabitants.

The workshop will create intellectually coherent panels and discussion groups so that scholars from different fields can engage productively around a central theme or question. Participants will be asked to pre-circulate their papers so that each session can be devoted to an informed discussion of the subject.

Speakers and discussants will include Lisa Gitelman (NYU), Robert Gross (Univ. of Connecticut), John Kelly (Univ. of Chicago), Jonathan Rose (Drew Univ.), and Barbara Sicherman (Trinity College).

We invite proposals for papers that consider such questions as the following:
How does the cultural significance or meaning of texts (including but not limited to books, letters, pamphlets, newspapers, websites, or images) change in different global societies or cultures?
What role have texts played in defining local or global identities?
How do reading and writing affect different members of the same (urban, national, regional, ethnic, global) community?
Is there a relationship between the canonicity of texts and the sacredness of places?
How do texts create or transform real or imagined places?
How do texts create audiences, and what is the relationship of audiences to place?
What are the implications of seemingly placeless digital texts for the definitions of places?
Please send a brief abstract and cv to by March 31, 2010. Direct questions to the same address or to Jonathan Elukin, Christopher Hager, or Seth Sanders at: .

(reposted from SHARP-L)

Virtual Printing Press

A team of scholars led by Ian Gadd at Bath Spa University have constructed a virtual printing press in "Second Life." Videos are also available for those not able or not willing to take the plunge into "Second Life." (I am such a person so I can't report on what the full experience looks like.)


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Call for Papers: SBL Session on Reception History

From: Leonard Greenspoon [mailto:ljgrn@creighton.edu]=20
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:42 PM
Subject: SBL Session on Jewish Reception History

Call For Papers: The SBL Forum invites proposals for a special session =
on Jewish Reception History. Reception History is generally understood =
as an investigation of the way(s) in which biblical literature has been =
received, engaged, exegeted, rendered, and utilized by flesh-and-blood =
interpreters, sometimes within but often outside of faith communities. =
Papers are welcome on all aspects of Jewish biblical interpretation in =
art, literature (especially comics and graphic novels), music =
(especially modern), dance, material culture (such as tchotchkes, board =
games, dolls, etc.), ritual practice, television, and/or film. Papers =
that employ multimedia components are especially welcome, as are =
proposals by first-time presenters.

Program Unit Chair=20
Dan W. Clanton Jr.=A0=A0(dan.clanton@doane.edu)

(reposted from H-Judaic)

New Website: Teaching á la Modiya

> From: "Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett"
> To:
> Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 5:09 PM
> Subject: [jfe] Teaching á la Modiya: Jews, Media, Religion | New online
> resource | Please post
> We are pleased to announce:
> Teaching á la Modiya: Jews, Media, Religion
> http://modiya.nyu.edu/handle/1964/917
> “Teaching à la Modiya” offers strategies and multi-media primary sources for
> teaching selected readings related to cultural practices at the intersection
> of Jews, media, and religion. Each installment brings students into direct
> contact with the primary sources upon which a given reading is based.
> Inspired by Teaching the Journal of American History, each installment
> includes a reading, commentary by the author, and exercises using primary
> sources (artifacts, photographs, film clips, audio, excerpts from a variety
> of texts), as well as recommended readings and links to relevant materials
> accessible online.
> The first installment is dedicated to "Absolut Tchotchke," Chapter 5 of
> Jeffrey Shandler's, Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and
> Culture (University of California Press, 2005).
> http://modiya.nyu.edu/handle/1964/918
> This chapter explores how American Jews express their postvernacular
> relationship to Yiddish through objects.
> The Absolut Tchotchke installment includes the complete chapter, discussion
> questions, recommended readings, and four exercises, together with primary
> source materials, on the following topics:
> • Analyzing Objects of Postvernacular Yiddish
> • Mock Yiddish-English Dictionaries
> • Postvernacular Yiddish on eBay
> • Material Culture of Other Postvernacular Languages (Irish, Occitan)
> “Teaching à la Modiya” is a project of the Working Group on Jews Media and
> Religion, which is convened by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey
> Shandler at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media. New York
> University’s Humanities Council and Center for Religion and Media provided
> the initial funding for developing “Teaching à la Modiya.”
> http://crm.as.nyu.edu/page/home

February 23: JTS Library Open House

Please join JTS Library staff on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-6:00pm
on the 5th floor of the Library, for our Library Open House. You will
have an opportunity to view a broad selection of rare and unique
materials from the Library's magnificent Special Collections relating to
the holiday of Purim.

Curators will present items spanning the 10th-21st centuries --
manuscripts, rare books, broadsides and archival material, as well as
our digital collections. The Open House will showcase our extensive
collection of megillot (scrolls), many of them elaborately decorated.
David Wander. a well-known Judaica artist, will be on hand to discuss
the megillah he created, influenced by his engagement with traditional
Jewish texts and commentaries.

For educators, there will be a panel discussion and question and answer
session from 6:00-7:00pm, led by a Shira Epstein, a prominent educator
from the Davidson School of Education, a practicing artist and Dr. David
Kraemer, Seminary Librarian, on how the primary materials of Jewish
study can transform both the teaching and the learning experiences of

We look forward to seeing you on February 23rd. If you would like to
attend this event, please RSVP to Hector Guzman at heguzman@jtsa.edu.
We are located at 3080 Broadway, at the corner of 122nd Street,
accessible by the 1 train and the M4 and M104 buses.

(from H-Judaic, posted there by David Wachtel)

Call for Papers: Reception

Call for Papers: Reception:
Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, vol. II

editors of Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, the journal
of the Reception Study Society, invite submissions for its second
issue, which will appear in the spring of 2010.

The journal
seeks to promote dialog and discussion among scholars in several
related fields: reader- response criticism and pedagogy, reception
study, history of reading and the book, audience, media/textual, and
communication studies, institutional studies and
histories, as
well as interpretive strategies related to feminism, race, ethnicity,
gender, sexuality, and postcolonial studies. The journal publishes
theoretical and practical analyses in these fields, focusing mainly but
not exclusively on the literature, culture, and media of England and
the United States. Vol. I is available on-line at the RSS website:

The journal is refereed and appears once each year on line. At least two
members of the editorial board will provide independent reports on each
essay submitted for publication. Contributors will receive these
reports in a timely fashion. Papers should follow MLA guidelines and
should not exceed 6,000 words. Panelists from the RSS conferences are
especially encouraged to submit proposals. Please limit the proposals
to 500 words and send them to Philip Goldstein. His addresses are
pgold@udel.edu and the University of Delaware, 333 Shipley St., #309,
Wilmington, DE 19801.

(from SHARP-L, posted there by Barbara Hochman)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

February 3, 2010: Shimon Iakerson Lecture at Library of Congress

News from the Library of Congress
Press contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
January 8, 2010
Judaica Collections in Russia Subject of Feb. 3 Lecture At the Library of Congress

Shimon Iakerson, curator of Judaica at the Russian Museum of Ethnography, will deliver a presentation on "Unique Hebrew Manuscripts in St. Petersburg, Russia" at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room LJ220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Iakerson is the preeminent scholar in the field of Hebrew incunabula (books printed before the year 1501), and the author of several books on the subject. In addition to his curatorial duties at the Russian Museum of Ethnography, he is the senior researcher at the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he received the first Honorable Medal presented at the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in Jerusalem for his two-volume work, "Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America" (New York and Jerusalem, 2004-2005). In 2009, he won the Antsiferov Award, an international prize in honor of the historian N.P. Antsiferov, for his overall contributions to the field of St. Petersburg studies for his most recent work, "Jewish Treasures of Petersburg: Scrolls, Codices, Documents."

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

The Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (www.loc.gov/rr/amed/) is the center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division’s Hebraic Section is one of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Hebrew and Yiddish materials.

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PR 10-004
ISSN 0731-3527

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New on-line resources of interest

Highlights from the Braginsky collection are now on-line here.

Shnayer (Sid) Leiman has put much of his scholarship on-line here.

Dan Wyman Booksellers has a new on-line catalog of Jewish liturgical history here.

And the Andy Holt Virtual Library at the University of Tennessee has compiled this page with references to key medieval textual studies web resources.