Neo-Aramaic Semitic Linguistics Language Documentation Jewish Folklore Oral Culture
The aim of my current research project is to produce an annotated edition of a corpus of 33 folk-narratives, ‘the tales of Mamo Yona’. Mamo (‘uncle’) Yona Gabbay Zaqen (Zakho 1867–Jerusalem 1970), an exceptional bearer and performer of the rich tradition of the Jews of Kurdistan and a well-known storyteller throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, was recorded during 1964 by Professor Yona Sabar for the Hebrew University’s Jewish Language Traditions Project (Mifʿal Masorot Ha-Llašon). Thus far only a small portion of this material has been published. The importance of this corpus is not only due to it being a rich sample of the Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Zakho and an attestation of its condition before the contact with Israeli Hebrew; it is important also because it sheds light on various cultural and social aspects of the Jewish communities of Kurdistan, reflecting aspects of social structure, education practices, religion, customs, gender relations, relations with the non-Jewish surrounding, the function of storytelling in the community’s life, and more. The annotated edition will contain a transcription of the original Neo-Aramaic, translation into English, and analyses of the text using both linguistic and folkloristic approaches.
Education: 2018-2019: PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Khan. Thesis title: ‘Aspects of the Oral Heritage of the Neo-Aramaic-Speaking Jewish Community of Zakho.’ 2011-2012: MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Khan. Dissertation title: ‘The Neo-Aramaic Speaking Jewish Community of Zakho.’ 2007-2010: BA in Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Aloni, Oz, (2022), The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho, Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures 11, Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.
Aloni, Oz, (2014), The Neo-Aramaic Speaking Jewish Community of Zakho – A Survey of the Oral Culture, MPhil Dissertation, Saarbrücken: Lambert.
Edited books: Shilo, Varda (2014), Lishana – A Bilingual Anthology of Folktales of the Jewish Community of Zakho, Oz Aloni (ed., tr.), Jerusalem: Minerva Press, [in Hebrew].
Chapters in books Aloni, Oz, (2014), ‘The Jews of Zakho and Their Language – An Introduction,’ in: Shilo, Varda, Lishana – A Bilingual Anthology of Folktales of the Jewish Community of Zakho, Jerusalem: Minerva Press, [in Hebrew].
Peer-reviewed articles Aloni, Oz, (2014), ‘Folk-narratives in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Zakho – The Case of Yosef Ve-ʾEḥav,’ in: Khan, Geoffrey & Napiorkowska, Lidia, eds., Neo-Aramaic and Its Linguistic Context, Piscataway: Gorgias Press.
Aloni, Oz, (2016), ‘The Encounter of Neo-Aramaic and Modern Hebrew – The Personal Experience of a Neo-Aramaic Speaker,’ Carmillim 11, University of Haifa Press, [in Hebrew].
Aloni, Oz, (2018), ‘“The King and the Wazir”: A Folk-Tale in the Jewish North-Eastern Neo- Aramaic Dialect of Zakho,’ in: Vidro, Nadia, et al. (eds.), Studies in Semitic Linguistics and Manuscripts: A Liber Discipulorum in Honour of Professor Geoffrey Khan, Uppsala: Uppsala University Library.
My current research examines the ethical assumptions underlying the notion of "medical effectiveness" in cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), a central policy-making tool for determining healthcare funding allocation worldwide. While CEA aims to provide a standardized, value-free measurement of different health technologies, its calculation requires making various assumptions about what is "good health" and who should determine it.
Fellowships and Grants
2022-2024 Israel Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Grant (grant number 95/22)
2021-2022 Tel Aviv University Rector's Postdoctoral Fellowship
2020 Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarship
2019-2020 Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division
2018 Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship
2017 UCLA International Center Fieldwork Fellowship
2012 Shaine Fellowship, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2022 Honorary mention, Max Gluckman Prize for best dissertation, Israeli Anthropological Association
2018 UCLA Department of Anthropology Summer Research Awar
2016 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award, Graduate Division, UCLA
2015 Lemelson/Society for Psychological Anthropology Pre-Dissertation Award, American Anthropological Association
2014 Ursula Mandel Award, UCLA
2013 Guggenheim award, Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D. Anthropology, UCLA, 2014- December 18, 2020. Dissertation Title: "Objectivity as a Bureaucratic Virtue: The Lived Experience of Objectivity in an Israeli Medical Bureaucracy” Dissertation Committee: Dr. C. Jason Throop (chair, UCLA), Dr. Sherry B. Ortner (UCLA), Dr. Akhil Gupta (UCLA), Dr. Jarrett Zigon (UVA Anthropology)
M.A. Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Summa Cum Laude, 2013
B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Cum Laude, 2009 Major: Sociology- Anthropology, Psychology.
2021 Bureaucratizing Like a Girl: How an Ethics of "Objectivity" Affects Patriarchal Organizations. Tel Aviv University Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
2021 Objectivity in medical policy-making: An Israeli case study of how ethical ideals shape healthcare. Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel
2021 How to Make "Objective" Knowledge? Program in Science and Technology Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
2020 Objectivity in the Making: On Objectivity as an Ideal and as a Practice at the Israeli Sal Committee. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
2020 Bureaucratic Virtue: “Objectivity” at the Israeli Sal Committee. Department of Anthropology, Haifa University, Israel.
2019 “We have No Room for Emotions”: On the Meaning of Objectivity at the Israeli Sal Committee. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
2022 Dilemmas in Feminist Fieldwork: A Roundtable Conversation, Israeli Anthropological Association Annual Conference
2021 Mooded Data. "Engagements with Anthropology of Morality" conference
Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa. Zoom conference.
2021 Bureaucratizing Like a Girl. Society for Psychological Anthropology. Zoom conference
2019 Transgressing Hegemony: A Meditation on Pharmaceutical Corruption. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2019 Organizer, Round Table on Medical Anthropology’s Ethical Common-Sens. International Workshop in Medical Anthropology, Van Leer Institute and Ben-Gurion University, Israel
2019 Objectivity as Following Procedures: Conflicting Bureaucratic Legacies in a Bioethical Present. Bioethics and the Legacies of the Holocaust international symposium. Berlin, Germany.
2018 “Statistical Patient” vs. “Identifiable Patient”: The Object of Care in an Israeli Medical Bureaucracy as a site of Adaptation and Resistance. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.
2018 Between Responsibility and Accountability: Problematizing Israeli Healthcare Policymaking. Association for Israel Studies Annual Conference
2017 Ethical visions, Moral subjects, and the everyday enactment of a medical bureaucracy. Society for Psychological Anthropology , New Orleans, LA.
2016 Challenging Power through Moral Expectations: Patients Resisting Medical Policy-Making in Israel. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference , Minneapolis,, MN.
2016 Navigating Moral Dilemmas: How Social Workers Handle Moral Discourses of Care. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Late Sumerian Bilingual Literature History of Religion Digital Humanities.
Sumerian is the first documented language of humankind. It is attested in Mesopotamia for three millennia (ca. 3500 BCE – 0). However, Sumerian was still used as a “dead” language for roughly two millennia (ca. 2000 – 0). Why? My project will try to answer this question from a linguistic, literary and historical perspective.
Fellowships and Grants
2019 Post-Doc fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. Project title: “The Development of the First Millennium Sumerian”.
2015 - 2019 Doctoral fellowship in Assyriology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Graduate School Distant Worlds. Ph.D. Title: “Sonnengrüßen: die sumerischen Kiutu-Gebetsbeschwörungen”.
2014 - 2015 Predoctoral fellowship in Assyriology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Graduate School Distant Worlds.
2019 Bursary for participation in the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology at Wolfson College.
2018 Bursary for participation in the “Advanced Seminar in the Humanities on Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome, and the Near East 2018-2019” at Venice International University.
2017 Bursary for participation in the “Master Class: Cuneiform Epigraphy” at Heidelberg University.
2011 - 2013 M.A. in Languages and Civilizations of Ancient and Modern East at Florence University
2008 - 2011 B.A. in Ancient Literature - Oriental Curriculum at Florence University.
The Bilingual Chiasmus: A Unique Rhetorical Device for “Knotting” Words in Sumerian-Akkadian Literature, JNES 81, 261-281
(In press): The Sun of Nippur – Tracing the Origin of Old Babylonian Sumerian Compositions to Utu based on Literary Features, WZKM 111
(with Zsombor J. Földi): From eBL Lab 23. A Harsh Punishment for an Evil Spirit. New Fragments of a Sumerian Kiutu from Ashurbanipal’s Library, KASKAL 18, 233-238
Abracadabra incantations: Non-sense or healing therapies?, KASKAL 16, 293-321
Submitted for 2023
(with Jeremiah Peterson): Utu and Inana: A Sumerian Cultic Song Containing a Myth Featuring the Journey of the Rising Sun, the Appearance of the Morning Star, and the Aromatics Trade, AnOr
In preparation for 2023
(with Uri Gabbay): The Ritual for Opening a Canal from Neo-Assyrian Nineveh, planned for Iraq
From eBL Lab 23. Further Kiutu Fragments and Joins, planned for KASKAL 19
Two Other Utu Hymns: An Edition of Utu A and Utu C, planned for JCS
The Sumerian Compound Verbs in the First Millennium, planned for JJAC
(with Hannelore Agnethler): dumu diĝir-ra-na: The God’s Filiation in Mesopotamian Incantation Literature, planned for JANER
2023 – forthcoming
Representing Time in the Kiutu Incantation-prayers, in S. Helle, G. Konstantopoulos (Hsg.), The Shape of Stories: Narrative Structures in Cuneiform Literature, Cuneiform Monographs (Leiden/Boston: Brill).
What Can Eliade Still Say to Assyriology?: The Reception of a Historian of Religions in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, in: B. Baragli, A. Dietz, Zs. J. Földi, P. Heindl, P. Lohmann und S. P. Schlüter (Hsg.), Distant Worlds and Beyond. Special Issue Dedicated to the Graduate School Distant Worlds (2012‒2021), Distant Worlds Journal Special Issue 3, Heidelberg, Propylaeum, 15–23.
Preface, in: B. Baragli, A. Dietz, Zs. J. Földi, P. Heindl, P. Lohmann und S. P. Schlüter (Hsg.), Distant Worlds and Beyond. Special Issue Dedicated to the Graduate School Distant Worlds (2012‒2021), Distant Worlds Journal Special Issue 3, Heidelberg, Propylaeum, 1–4.
(with Uri Gabbay): Late Sumerian: Case Studies, Challenges, Perspectives. A workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, November 16-17, 2022
Zu zweisprachigen Texten des 1. Jahrtausends und der Rolle des Spätsumerischen, Neue Forschungen zu Westasien im Altertum – Vortragsreihe des Lehrstuhls, Würzburg, 23.06.2022.
On Bilingual Texts of the 1st Millennium, HUJI Archaeological and Assyriological Departmental Seminar, Jerusalem, Israel, 09.06.2022.
The Sun of Nippur: From Rhetorical Devices to History of Sumerian Literature, ARWA Online Lecture Series – Philology & History Liaison Group. From Text to History: Philological Approaches to the Ancient Near East, online, 20.05.2022.
Late Sumerian as a Sacred Language, Colloquium of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Jerusalem, Israel, 24.01.2022.
Critical Text Editions: From Traditional Philology to Digitization, The 24th Annual Conference of the Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, 25.01.2021.
The Kiutu incantation-prayers. Or a literary genre inspired by a single composition, Yale University, Connecticut, USA, 09.10.2019.
The Kiutu incantation-prayers. Or a literary genre inspired by a single composition, UC Berkely California, USA, 25.09.2019.
Sumerische Gebete an den Sonnengott: Zu Aufbau und Entwicklung der Kiutu-Gebetsbeschwörungen, Kolloquium zum Alten Orient, München, 08.11.2016.
Reading from the Margins: The Place of Language among the Jews of Christian Spain (twelfth-fifteenth centuries)
Castilian Hegemony in the Jewish Mediterranean: The Formation of Sephardic Communities (sixteenth-eighteenth centuries)
2018: PhD, Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2012: MA in Romance Languages, Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2009: BA, General Linguistics; Communication & Journalism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Post Doctoral Research
2019-2023: The Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Postdoctoral Fellow.
2019: The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Postdoctoral Researcher.
2018-2019: The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Fellow.
2017-2021: Collaborating Researcher, University of Barcelona: “Vernacular Science in the Crown of Aragon and Its Romance Context (13th-16th Centuries)” [2017-2019]; “Vernacular Science in the Medieval and Early Modern Western Mediterranean” [2019-2021], financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
Baum, Ilil. “Jewish Lullism around the Expulsion: Spanish-Catalan Fragment in Hebrew Characters from Ramon Llull’s Introductorium Magnae Artis Generalis.” Jewish Quarterly Review 110.3 (2020), forthcoming.
Baum, Ilil. “Traces of Jewish Scotism Among Late Medieval Catalan Jews: A Catalan Translation in Hebrew Script of De Distinctione Predicamentorum by Petrus Thomae.” Medieval Encounters, forthcoming.
Baum, Ilil. “El judeoespañol y la conservación del léxico popular del castellano medieval.” In Conunaletrajoven. Avances en el estudio de la Historiografía e Historia de la Lengua Española, edited by Clara Grande López, Leyre Martín Aizpuru, Soraya Salicio Bravo. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2014: 187-191.
Idit is currently working on a project entitled Money, Sovereignty and Corporate power: British East India Company Coinage in the Early Modern World. The project explores how corporate issued coinage played a role in the establishment of the BEIC’s sovereignty in India from the 17th-19th century. Idit’s dissertation, Non-governmental Monies in Early Modern England: A Social, Political and Material Culture Analysis, examined currencies issued by the private sector that were used for daily economic activity over long periods of time. Her work emphasizes how the government’s relationship with and control of low denominational coinage changed throughout the early modern period, symbolically and practically. Thus, showing how small change that was in ordinary men’s and women’s pockets signified large monetary shifts in the history of England.
Fellowships and Grants
2021-2025 Martin Buber Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2020-2021- Markets, Ethics and the Law Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University
2017-2020- Azrieli Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence and Leadership
2016-2019- Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship
2014-2018- George L. Mosse Graduate Fellowship of Excellence in Historical Research, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yaakov Talmon Prize for PhD Students, History Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2021- PhD, History Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2015-6- George L. Mosse Graduate Student Exchange Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2015- MA, History Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2010- BA, History, Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“Women’s Work on Small Change: Privately Issued Currency by Women in mid17th Century London” (under review)
2018- “Cultures of Calculation” Panel, Annual North American Conference of British Studies (Providence, RI) Lecture entitled: “The Big Problem of Small Change: Privately-Minted Coinage in Seventeenth-Century England”
2021- “Corporate Money in the Early Modern Period: East India Company Coinage”, Conference of the Israeli Economic History Association, Annual Meeting of Money, Credit and Banking Forum
2021- Presentation of Dissertation at the History Department Colloquium, Haifa University (invited talk)
2018- “Non-Governmental Monies: Extraordinary or Mundane?”, International Conference Hebrew University of Jerusalem “Extra-Ordinary: Unique and Common Artifacts as Social Actors”
2018- “Small Money during Great Revolutions: Privately Minted Money during the English Civil War”, Conference of the Israeli Economic History Association, Annual Meeting of Money, Credit and Banking forum
2017- “Local Money: On the Thin Line between Legal and Forged Money in Early Modern England”, Israeli Economic History Association conference “What is Money?”
2016- “The Materiality of Money: Small Change in Early Modern England”, Israeli Historical Society Graduate Student Workshop with Prof. Kit French (invited talk)
2016- “Hands on History: Digitization of Jewish Cemeteries as an Educational Tool”Center of Jewish Studies Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison (invited talk)
In my current project I will research how early modern Jewish conversions to Christianity were shaped by borders. Starting from the perspective of conversions as ‘border crossing’ I will focus on Silesia – a mixed denominational territory, which was situated in the very center of Europe, yet still defined by a multitude of borders (lingual, ethnic, political, confessional, social). In my project I aim to show that conversions of Jews to Christianity were but one of several border crossings and that they could be an expression of personal agency. Consequently, I want to shed new light on the coexistence of Jewish converts, Jews, and Christians in early modern Europe.
Positions, Fellowships, and Grants
2020-2021 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish
Literature and Cultural History, Hebrew University Jerusalem
2020-2022 Researcher in the project “Joel Jacoby (1811-1863): A Renegade in the Era of Emancipation and
Restoration”, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation
2018-2019 Research Fellow, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and
Cultural History, Hebrew University Jerusalem
2016 Travel Grant of the International Martin Buber Foundation
2015/2016 Research Fellowship, German Historical Institute Warsaw
2015-2018 Research Assistant, Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS)
2015 DAAD scholarship for a congress in the US
2015 PROMOS (DAAD) scholarship for an Intensive Hebrew Language Ulpan
2014/2015 German-Israeli Archival Exchange Colloquium, Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden,
Hamburg and Tel Aviv University
2022 Research Award of the Institute for the History of Persons (Institut für Personengeschichte)
2021 Tiburtius Recognition Award for outstanding PhD thesis (prize of the Berlin universities)
2020 Academic Advancement Award of the Polish Ambassador in Germany (first prize for the best PhD thesis)
2013 Academic Advancement Award by the Polish Ambassador in Germany (M.A. thesis)
2020 PhD in History, Free University of Berlin (summa cum laude)
2013 Magister Artium (M.A.) in History and Jewish Studies, Technical University Berlin and University of Potsdam
Nochems neue Namen. Die Juden Galiziens und der Bukowina und die Einführung deutscher Vor- und Familiennamen 1772-1820, Göttingen 2021.
[together with Kathrin Wittler:] Nervenkrieg. Gustav Adolf von Tzschoppe, Joel Jacoby und das preußische Geheimdienstwesen im Vormärz – Edition eines autobiographischen Berichts aus dem Jahr 1840, in: Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 75 (2023) [in print].
Of Bug Crushers and Barbaric Clerks: The Fabricated History of Jewish Family Names in Karl Emil Franzos’ ‘Namensstudien’ (1880), in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 67 (2022) [in print].
Isaak Baruch wird zu Isaak Schatz. Zur Entstehung deutsch-jüdischer Familiennamen in Galizien, in: Jüdische Geschichte & Kultur. Magazin des Dubnow-Instituts, # 6 (2022), 46-49 [in print].
Oberschlesisches Landjudentum. Zum jüdischen Leben in Oberschlesien am Beispiel von Leschnitz im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert, in: Schlesische Geschichtsblätter. Zeitschrift für Regionalgeschichte Schlesiens, 3/2010, 73-90.
My current project investigates knowledge production about Islam and Muslim societies in the German-speaking 19th century, through the life and works of the German Orientalist and traveler Heinrich Freiherr von Maltzan (1826–74). The research opens a new perspective on the disciplinary history of Oriental Studies in Germany, and the role of the research traveler in the process of knowledge transfer and production.
My first book Charity in Saudi Arabia - Civil Society under Authoritarianism was published in 2022 in the Middle East Studies Series of Cambridge University Press. Charity offers a rare view on everyday practices of religion and religiosity of ordinary Saudis. The research demonstrates that under the umbrella of charity, Saudis and non-Saudis in Saudi Arabia have found one of the few legal avenues for collective activism. Through the lens of charity, the monograph offers a rich ethnography of associational practices in Jeddah. The research thus presents a rare bottom-up perspective on state-society relations in the kingdom, which opens new theoretical debates about civil society and socio-political reform in the Gulf.
2017: Dr. phil. Freie Universität Berlin
2011: Magister Artium, double major at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Fellowships and Grants
2020 January: Visiting Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2020: HUSSLab Writing Fellowship for the spring semester 2020, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the American University in Cairo
2019: Faculty Research Support Grant of the American University in Cairo, for fieldwork in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 2020
2018-2020: Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Core Curriculum, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2015-2016: Orient Institut Beirut, Cairo Office, Egypt, research associate
2011-2015: German Research Foundation (DFG), Ph.D. scholarship
2011-2017: Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, doctoral student
2012-2013: Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, visiting researcher
2018: The German Dissertation Prize (second rank), Koerber Foundation
2018: Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award of Merit, International Society for Third- Sector Research (ISTR)
2019: Winner of the Core Course Competition, with a syllbus for the course “Arab Society” (SOC2005), at the American University in Cairo
2020: “Electronic Dance Music Festivals in Riyadh: Pop Culture as a Space of Cooptation and Contestation ,” Arabian Humanities 14, https://doi.org/10.4000/cy.6286.
2020: "Exercising the Body, Exercising Citizenship: On the History of Scouting in Saudi Arabia," in special issue "The Rise of Sports and Art on the Arabian Peninsula," Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, 14:3, 303-319. https://doi.org/10.1080/17511321.2020.1781924
2014: “Zwischen Reformversprechen und Status quo: Frauen in Saudi-Arabien,” Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) 46, 19–24.
2012: “Private Charity for Public Welfare? The Renaissance of Benevolent Engagement in Saudi Arabia against the Background of an Overburdened Welfare State,” Orient 5, 54–59.
2022: “Islamic Charity and Relief Organizations in Global Saudi Daʿwa?,” Peter Mandaville (ed.), Wahhabism and the World: Understanding Saudi Arabia's Global Influence on Islam, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 114–134.
2020: "Humanitarian Service in the Name of Social Development: The Historic Origins of Women's Welfare Associations in Saudi Arabia," Esther Möller, Johannes Paulmann and Katharina Stornig eds., Gendering Humanitarianism: Politics, Practices, and Empowerment during the Twentieth Century, Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2020, 167–192. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44630-7_7
2019: “Die Provinzstadt Tayma, Saudi-Arabien. Vorarbeiten zu einer interdisziplinären historischen Betrachtung (The Provincial Town Tayma, Saudi Arabia. Preliminary Investigations for an Interdisciplinary Historical Study),” with Ibrahim Salman and Arnulf Hausleiter, in Martin Gussone, Katharina Lange, Anne Mollenhauer eds., Archäologisches Erbe und soziale Praxis. Reflexionen aus Archäologie, Bauforschung und Ethnologie, Berlin: Reimer, 31–50.
2015: “In the Shadow of the ‘Arab Spring’ – Youth Networks, Benevolent Activism and Counterrevolution in Saudi Arabia,” Omar Bortolazzi ed., Youth Networks, Informal Society and Social Entrepreneurship. Case Studies in the Post-Revolutionary Arab World, Bologna: Bologna University Press, 23–42.
2014: “Domestic, Religious, Civic? Notes on Institutionalized Charity in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,” Robert Lacey and Jonathan Benthall eds., Gulf Charities Today. Arab Islamic Philanthropy in the ‘Age of Terror’ and Beyond, Berlin: Gerlach Press, 145– 167.
2018: “‘Stille Revolution‘ oder Reform ‚von oben‘? Zur aktuellen Lage von Frauen in Saudi-Arabien (“Silent Revolution” or “Top Down” Reform? On the Current State of Women in Saudi Arabia,” FriedensForum. Network of the German Peace Movement 4, 48–49.
2018: “Zivilgesellschaft in Saudi-Arabien? (Civil Society in Saudi Arabia?),” WeltTrends 135 (2018), 30–35.
Dec 2019: Islamic Charity and Relief Organizations in Global Saudi Daʿwa?, book workshop, Wahhabism in the World: Understanding the Global Impact of Saudi Religious Influence, Washington University (USA).
May 2019 : Saudi Arabia, Humanitarian Aid and Knowledge Production: What Do we Really Know?,Muslim Humanitarianism, The Graduate Institute Geneva (Switzerland).
Oct. 2018: Jews, “Turcos” and the French in North Africa: Heinrich Freiherr von Maltzan’s not so Disinterested Writings in the Magazin für die Literatur des Auslands (1870–73), “Islam” as an Epistemic Field: Imperial Entanglements and Orientalism in the German-Speaking World since 1870, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin (Germany).
Oct. 2018: Zakat and the Politics of Benevolence in Saudi Arabia, Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University –Purdue University Indianapolis (USA).
July 2018: Exercising the Body, Exercising Citizenship: An Investigation into the Origins of Scouting on the Arabian Peninsula, Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), Gulf Research Center Cambridge, Cambridge (UK).
June 2018: Civil Society in Saudi Arabia Revisited: Charity, Volunteering and Associational Life in Jeddah, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Conference (BRISMES), King’s College, London (UK).
Nov. 2017: Zakat in Saudi Arabia: A Case Study, Muslim Faith-based Organizations and the Provision of Social Welfare in Contemporary Africa, Bayreuth University, Bayreuth (Germany).
July 2017: Humanitarian Service in the Name of Social Development: Women’s Welfare Associations in Saudi Arabia, Gender & Humanitarianism. (Dis-)Empowering Women and Men in the Twentieth Century, Institute for European History, Mainz (Germany).
Dec. 2015: Die Provinzstadt Tayma, Saudi-Arabien: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf ihre moderne Geschichte (The Provincial Town Tayma, Saudi Arabia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on its Modern History), with Ulrike Freitag, Arnulf Hausleiter, and Ibrahim Salman, Begegnungen – Archäologie und Ethnologie im Dialog. Erfahrungen und Reflexionen aus der Praxis in Vorder- und Zentralasien und Nordafrika, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Technische University Berlin, Tuebingen University SFB 1070 and the Archeological Institute Vienna, Berlin (Germany).
Mar. 2015: Charitable Approaches to Social Inequality in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Questioning Social Inequality and Difference in the Arab Region, Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS), Beirut (Lebanon).
Oct. 2013: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Islamic Charitable Practices, thematic conversation with Amy Singer, Mona Ati and Benoit Challand, Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting (MESA), New Orleans (USA).
The American University in Cairo
Social Constructions of Difference: Race, Class, Gender
Social Problems of the Middle East: From Charity to Social Change?
Arab Youth: Hopes, Realities, Future?
Civil Society Revisited: Studying Community Organizations, Charities and NGOs in the Arab World
Freie Universität Berlin
Von Almosengabe bis Entwicklungszusammenarbeit – Wohltätigkeit von Muslimen aus Islamwissenschaftlicher Perspektive (From Alms to Development – Studying Benevolent Practices of Muslims)
Entwürfe und Gegenentwürfe von Herrschaft in den arabischen Golfmonarchien (Narratives and Counternarratives of Hegemony and Sovereignty in the Arab Gulf Monarchies), graduate tutorial
Islam and the West: Transcending the Dichotomy, seminar assistant
I specialize in the history of the Ottoman Empire and in the comparative study of empires. I am interested in the social, political, and cultural history of capitalism in the Middle East, and the Global South, more broadly. My research examines the financial markets and provincial public debt in nineteenth century Ottoman Damascus, foregrounding the role of sarrafs, tax-farmers, merchant families, and Jewish financiers of the hajj, which most scholarship has relegated to the realm of the “pre-modern”.
My work explores local and inter-imperial conflicts and anxieties about political belonging, nationality and sovereignty, risk and uncertainty, and the boundaries of financial activity - reflected, most notably, in the distinction between interest and usury - in a period of European financial expansion and large-scale development projects at home.
Conventionalism in modern spacetime and gravitational physics, notions of unification in cosmology, gauge theory, forms of geometrization, philosophical reflections on dark matter and dark energy, and history of philosophy of science
My background is both in the sciences, as well as in philosophy (with postgraduate degrees in maths, theoretical physics and philosophy). In 2021, I completed my DPhil in (=PhD) in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, UK, with a thesis on “Gravitational Energy and Energy Conservation in General Relativity and Other Theories of Gravity”.
Fellowships and Grants
Doctoral Scholarship of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for PhD studies at the University of Oxford, UK; Heinrich-Hertz Fellowship for History and Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bonn, DE; Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, US
Research grant of the Land Bremen
From 2022 until 2023, I hold the position of a Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK
“Fantastic Beasts and Where (not) to Find Them: Energy Conservation and Local Gravitational Energy in General Relativity“ Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 65, February 2019, pp. 1-14 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.07.002
“Gravitational Energy in Newtonian Gravity – A Response to Dewar and Weatherall“; co-authored with James Read (Oxford) Foundations of Physics, 49, pp. 1086–1110 (2019), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-019-00301-y
“Strong Claims About Weak Values: How (Not) To Understand Weak Measurements” co-authored with Johannes Fankhauser (Oxford, UK) Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, Volume 85, February 2021, pp. 16-29, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.12.002
My current project, Measuring the Temple: Architectural Ekphrasis and Mishnah Middot, is dedicated to the textual Jerusalem temple of the Mishnah and how Jews in the second century CE reimagined its architecture and why. I am interested in questions of (spatial) description and imagination in ancient Jewish texts and how they participate in Greco-Roman literary and rhetorical traditions.
Fellowships and Grants
2021-2025 Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2020-2021 Tel Aviv University President Postdoctoral Scholarship
2018-2020 VATAT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science
2015-2018 Israel Democracy Institute, “Judaism and Human Rights”
2010-2015 Doctoral Fellowship, School for Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University
2014 Yaniv Foundation Prize in Jewish History and Philosophy
2020-2021 Postdoctoral fellow, School of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University\
2018-2021 Junior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Bible, Oriel College and postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford
2018-2020 Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
2011-2018 PhD, Tel Aviv University, School of Jewish Studies. Dissertation title: Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and the (pre-)History of Midrash
2006-2010 MA, Tel Aviv University, Talmud and Rabbinic Literature. Thesis title: ‘His Wife is Like his Body’: An Interpretation of a Talmudic Idiom. (Summa cum laude).
2004-2006 BA, Tel Aviv University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Philosophy. (Summa cum laude).
Written For Us: Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and the History of Midrash (Forthcoming, 2022)
Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism, Edited by Hindy Najman, Paula Fredriksen, René Bloch, Yael Fisch, Arjen Bakker (Forthcoming, 2021).
“The Origins of Oral Torah: A New Pauline Perspective,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 51 (2020), 43-66.
“‘Midrash-Pesher’: A Shared Technique of Interpretation in Qumran, Paul, and the Tannaim,” Revue de Qumrân 32 (2020), 213-233.
Chapters in Peer Reviewed Books
“The Legend of the Septuagint,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 145-167.
“Bones in the Temple,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 485-492.
“The Corruption of the High-Priests,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 526-543.
“The Census in the time of Cestius Gallus/King Agrippa,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Tales about the Destruction of the Temple (Vol. 2), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 812-821.
10/2021 “Forgetting the Temple: Architectural Revision of the Jerusalem Temple in Mishnah Middot”, in Architexture: Textual Representation and Practices of Sacred Spaces in the Ancient World, Martin Luther University at Halle, Germany.
06/2021 With Dr. Assaf Tamari, (Polonsky, Van Leer), “The problem of Myth for the Jews: On ‘Myth’ as an Analytical Category in the ‘Wissenschaft des Judentums’ and Beyond.” Force of Myth: Authority, Illusion, and Critique in Modern Imaginaries, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.
03/2021 With Dr. Hallel Baitner (Oxford), “Thirteen Prostrations: Ritual as Marker of Sacred Space”, in Reimaging the Temple (Online) Workshop at Oriel College, Oxford.
11/2020 “Paul and the Rabbis”, New Testament Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen.
07/2020 “Making Memory: Mishnah Middot and its Fashioning of the Temple,” Special Session Spotlight on Emerging Talent, British Association of Jewish Studies. Online Event.
02/2020 “Reading and Unveiling: Between Paul and the Rabbis,” New Testament Research Seminar, University of Oxford.
12/2019 “The Pleasure of the Text: Midrash and Playfulness,” Hermeneutic Interventions Workshop, University of Oxford.
11/2019 “Veiled and Unveiled Hermeneutics: 2 Cor 3 and Rabbinic Midrash,” Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, Convener: Prof. Matthew Novenson. Respondent: Prof. Timothy Lim, University of Edinburgh.
07/2019 “Rethinking the List of Changes: Scriptural Pluriformity and the Rabbinic Legend of the Septuagint,” British Association of Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, University of Oxford.
06/2019 “Midrash-Pesher in Qumran, Paul, and the Tannaim,” 70 Years of Dead Sea Scrolls Workshop, University of Oxford.
06/2019 with Dr. Assaf Tamari (Polonksy Academy, Van Leer Institute), “The Absence and Presence of ‘Myth’ as an Analytical Category in the Wissenschaft des Judentums and Beyond,” Grey Areas: Two Centuries of Wissenschaft des Judentums, Heidelberg Hochschule.
05/2019 “What is Midrash?” Early Biblical Interpretation Seminar, Convened by Prof. Hindy Najman, University of Oxford.
2/2019 “On Breastfeeding: Mythological Motherhood in Ancient Jewish Texts,” David Patterson Lecture, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford
1/2019 “Allegory and the Formation of Genealogy: between Pauline and Rabbinic Literature,” Medieval Church and Culture Research Seminar, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
12/2018 “Did Paul have a Notion of Oral Torah?”, Departmental Seminar, School of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University
06/2018 “Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and Rabbinic Midrash: Beyond Genealogy,” Converso Paulinisms and Other Judeo-Christian Pauline Moments, Mandel-Scholion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
11/2017 “Prophecy and Writing,” Theology and Rationality Workshop on “prophecy,” Goethe University Frankfurt.
08/2017 “Hagar and Sarah in Galatians 4: Allegory, Midrash, Politics”, the 17th World Congress in Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.
03/2017 “The meaning of ‘the seed of Abraham’: Interpretation and Genealogy in ancient Judaism,” Jewish Political Thought Workshop, The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.
12/2016 “Naming the Text: ‘Torah’ and ‘Nomos’,” The Translation of Sacred Texts: Complicating the Universal, Organized by Prof. Barbara Cassin (CNRS, Paris), held in Mucem, Marseille.
12/2016 “Romans 10:5-13 and Midrash Pesher, a Case Study in the History of Hermeneutics” Martin-Buber-Chair Colloquium, Goethe University Frankfurt.
I am currently working on a book manuscript titled “Revolutionary Succession: Inheritance, Families, and the Social Sciences in France, 1789–1830”. The project offers an account of how inheritance became an object of study for nineteenth-century social thinkers and state bureaucrats. I show how the intervention of the state in questions of inheritance eventually contributed to the significant role of inherited wealth in the formation of modern social inequalities.
I am also working on a second project titled “Writing Longevity: Family Books, Genealogies, and the Inscription of Generations 1600-1900,” which explores the genre of the early modern family book and its transformation into an antiquarian object in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Fellowships and Grants
2022-2026: Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University
2021-2022: Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorary Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Princeton University
2021: Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association
2019-2020: Georges Lurcy Fellowship for Research in France
2017: Political Philosophy Graduate Research Grant, Center for Human Values, Princeton University
2013-2015: Martin Gehl Fellowship, Tel Aviv University
2016-2022: Ph.D. History, Princeton University
2014- 2016: M.A. History, Tel-Aviv University
2010-2014: The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, Tel-Aviv University
“Longing for the Beheaded Father: Statistics and Inheritance in the Midi: 1795-1804,” under review.
2022: “The Civil Code and Inheritance.” European Research Seminar, Princeton University.
2022: “Polity and Family: A Metaphorical Divorce.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Harvard University.
2021: “Inheritance in the Midi.” EHESS Graduate Workshop, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.
2021: “Family Statistics under Napoleon.” Early Modern Workshop, Princeton University.
2021: “All Happy Families are Alike? Kinship, Statistics and Regional Variation under Napoleon.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Princeton University.
2021: “Egalitarian Inheritance, Revolutionary Petitions, and the Moral Sciences, 1789-1794. University of Hamburg’s Early Modern Colloquium, Hamburg (invited talk).
2020: “The Maladies of Primogeniture: Debates over Egalitarian Inheritance in the French Revolution.” Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ.
2019: “Women, Nature and Enlightenment.” EHESS Graduate Workshop, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.
2019: “Paternal Authority, Family Memory and Record Keeping in Early Modern Livres de raison.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Princeton University.
I am currently working on additional publications based on my doctoral dissertation, and on an extensive postdoctoral research project.
The current research project is a historical-anthropology study about the political lives of witness testimony-based art (WTBA). Using interdisciplinary methodology, I examine adaptations, references, and other intertextual uses by Israeli artists (whether Jewish, Palestinian citizens of Israel, or others) of Palestinians’ witness-testimony collected by Israeli human rights (HR) non-governmental organizations (NGOs). I rely on Israel/Palestine as a case-study since it is a paradigmatic geopolitical context in the histories of HR about which there is a constant stream of cultural texts. The recognition of WTBA wavers between going unnoticed and such echelons as an Academy Award nomination. The cultural significance of HR NGO materials is thus best understood in relation to promises and crises of liberal politics and their iterations in culture, academia, and media: when witness testimony becomes art, it speaks to how cultural industries and NGOs view the dominant binary of politics and law/culture and, with it, of fact/fiction.
As noted, I am also currently working on publications (two articles and a book) based on my dissertation, titled Writing Rights, Writing Violence: The Bureaucracy of Palestinian Testimonies in Israeli NGOs. Based on nearly two-years of ethnographic research, I theorize testimonies as material and social-interactional bureaucratic processes, that shape what human rights do based on colonial modes of writing and representing the other. And yet, these genres of documentation and archiving also function as anti-colonial historiography, mainly by relating a violent past to a distant future of potential justice, where NGO archives adjudicate the histories of Israel/Palestine. Israeli NGOs and Palestinian witnesses navigate these contradictions through critiques of human rights’ colonial-complicity, though these reflexive voices are rendered mainly implicit in NGOs’ archives.
Fellowships and Grants (selection)
2022-2026 – Martin Buber Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2020-2022 – Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions, University of Haifa
2019-2021 - The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2019-2020 - Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University (The Jonathan Shapiro Fund)
2019-2020 - Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem [declined]. Supervisors: Professors Hillel Cohen & Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan
2019 - PhD in Anthropology and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
2010 – M.A. in Cultural Studies (summa cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2007 – B.A. in Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Grinberg, Omri, Hannan Hever, and Yiftach Ashkenazy (editors). A Sort of Solution to Silence: Modern Arab Literature in Hebrew. [In Hebrew.] Tel Aviv: Olam Hadash [New World] Publishing (2018). With contributions by, among others, Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, Ruth Tsoffar, and Shai Ginsburg.
Chapters in books [peer reviewed]
Akesson, Bree, and Omri Grinberg. “A Present Absence: Representations of Palestinian Children in the Home.” In Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, vol. 27, Bringing Children Back into the Family: Relationality, Connectedness and Home. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing (2020): 163-179 (Chapter 10).
Grinberg, Omri, and Yiftach Ashkenazy. “Who Let the Mad Dogs Out? Trauma and Colonialism in the Hebrew Canon.” In Postcolonial Animality, edited by Suvadip Sinha & Amit Raul Baishya. London, UK: Routledge (2019): 89-108.
Grinberg, Omri. “Israeli Narratives of the Palestinian ‘Children of the Junction.’” In Children and Borders, edited by Spyros Spyrou and Miranda Christou. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (2014): 149–163
2018-2019 – Researcher in Prof. Sarai’s Aharoni’s (BGU) ISF-funded project: Feminist Archives as a Source of Data about Women and Violence: Records of Sexual Violence and Peace Activism in Israel
2014-2017 – Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Government of Canada
2014 – Study Elsewhere of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto
2012-2016 – Ontario Trillium Scholarship (declined from 2014)
2009 – Media and Culture Institute at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008 – School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
RESEARCH FUNDING and GRANTS
2020 – With Dr. Yael Berda: Funding for research on changes due to COVID-19 in Israel’s permit system for Palestinian laborers, Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2020 - Fellowship for Research in Duke University’s Human Rights Archive, Duke Libraries and Duke Center for Jewish Studies - Duke University, Durham, NC.
2017 – International Travel Grant: Committee on World Anthropologies, American Anthropological Association
2013 – Pilot Research Funding, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
HONORS and AWARDS
2022 – Honorable mention (second place): Best Paper Award, Israeli Sociological Society’s Annual Competition (for Testimony as Event – see: publications)
2020 - Honorable mention (second place): Best Paper Award, Israeli Sociological Society’s Annual Competition (for Facsimileing the State – see: publications)
2017-2018 – Doctoral Completion Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
2015 – Lorna Marshall Doctoral Fellowship in Social & Cultural Anthropology
2009 – Yad Ora Award for Innovative Ethnographic Research on Geopolitics in the Middle East
Papers presented in refereed conferences/events
With Sarai Aharoni. “Connecting Archival Dots: Learning about Israel’s Gender Violence Against Palestinian Women Through an Archive that Wasn’t Meant to Be.” Archival Kismet: Silence or Screams? Archives of Race, Gender, & Sexuality. December 11, 2021 (online).
“Vernacularizing Bureaucracy and Quantifying Violence: The Writing of Palestinians’ Testimonies in Israeli Human Rights NGOs.” Webinar Series in Honour of Sally Engle Merry, co-organized by Allegra Lab and the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ LawNet section. March 26, 2021 (online).
“Enunciating the Pain of Colonized Others: Trauma and the Semiotic Ideologies of Human Rights NGOs in Israel/Palestine.” Panel: Writing Ethnography, Writing Trauma: Anthropological Reflections on the Narration and Theorization of Trauma. American Anthropological Association’s Annual Conference. Washington DC, December 2017.
“Success and Failure in the Informal Archive: The Case of Israeli Human Rights NGOs.” [In Hebrew.] Conference: Who Owns the Past? Archive and Society in Israel. Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel, May 2016.
Invited talks and presentations
Commentator (discussant) for “Citizen Participation in Voter Surveillance: Does Crowdsourcing Democratize Political Participation?” – paper by Prof. Anat Ben David (The Open University of Israel), in the conference Crowdsourcing and the Decline of the Individual. College of Law & Business in Ramat Gan, Israel, January 12, 2022.
“Document Odyssey: Doing Human Rights Between the Bureaucratic and the Poetic.” Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Tel Aviv University – departmental seminar (academic year opening event), October 2019.
“The Public Intellectual in Contemporary Israel.” [With Omri Herzog.] The Second Workshop on Hebrew Cultures and Theory: Culture and Myth, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, February 2014.
“Abu Shukri’s Ark—The Melancholic Covenant of Exile in Atash.” The Moving Image—Reconfiguring Spaces of Loss and Mourning in the 21st Century, Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University, UK, February 2010.
My first book manuscript (in progress) is entitled "Cultivating Time: Agrarian Sustainability and Survival in Israel/Palestine." The book examines the formation of recent sustainable agriculture policies and their impact on the state’s Palestinian citizens and argues that Israel governs through mechanisms of time that are embedded in new sustainability policies. I argue that time techniques in governance serve new forms of land control. Finally, the book suggests that the Israeli state should be understood not only as a colonization and governance of space project but also as a project dedicated to the colonization of time. Thus, I suggest we expand our understanding of sovereignty and governing from space and territory to time. My second book project, “Species Remaking Borders: Animals as Political Actors in the Borderlands”, examines the political ecology of pests and their techno-scientific management in Israel/Palestine and Jordan in the climate change era. I ask how regional relations of sociality and power operate through animal bodies and how do animals both disrupt and reinforce regional politics. Alternatively to dominant writings on human-non human entanglements that focuses on endangered species, I turn to nonhuman bodies that are here to stay in the Anthropocene such as pests, insects and microbes. These bodies allow us to reflect on the continuous significance of nonhuman bodies to societies in the Anthropocene and serve me as a lens to observe societal relations and the operation of power in the borderlands of Israel/Palestine and beyond.
Fellowships and Grants (selection)
2017-2019 Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University
2017-2018 (Declined) Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Katz Center for Judaic Studies.
2016-2017 Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
2015-2016 Graduate Fellow, The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.
2015 Spring Visiting Scholar - Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
2013-2015 Research Associate - Ludwig Maximilian Universitat, Munich.
2012-2015 Israel National Science Fund Grant No. 932/12.
2018 Max Gluckman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, Israeli Anthropological Association
2015 The Land Theme Award, Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University.
2015 Tammy Steinmatz Center for Peace Studies Doctoral Award, Tel Aviv University.
2014-2015 The Whole Organism, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture, Israel.
2014 Honorable Mention: Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence, Tel Aviv University
2011-2013 Excellence in Teaching - Honorable Mentions by the Kibbutzim College’s Dean.
2012 The Israeli Sociological Association: First Prize in MA Thesis contest.
2017 - Ph.D. Timely Cultivation: Sustainable Agriculture Policy, Temporality and the Palestinian Citizens in Israel. School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.
2010 - M.A. Summa Cum Laude: The Green Line and the Equator: Fair Trade Olive Oil in Israel and Palestine. School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.
2006 - B.Ed. - Summa Cum Laude- Kibbutzim Education College, Tel Aviv. Concentration: Democratic Education and History.
2004-2005 - The Arava Institute for Regional Environmental Studies in the Middle East.
Gutkowski, N. (Under an Academic Press consideration) Cultivating Time: Agrarian Sustainability and Survival in Israel/Palestine.
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Gutkowski, N. (2018). Governing through Timescape: Israeli Sustainable Agriculture Policy and the Palestinian-Arab Citizens. International Journal of Middle East Studies 50(3), 471-492.
Gutkowski, N. Grosglik. R. Shani, L. (2017) Toward a Social-Environmental Paradigm in Israeli Sociology and Anthropology. Israeli Sociology. 18(2) p.7-28.
Gutkowski, N. Disegni D., Rabinowitz D. (2013) "Fair Trade Olive Oil and its Environmental Impact", in The Journal of Ecology and the Environment, 4 (1) p. 22-13.
Neugarten T. Gutkowski, N. (2013) "Community Gardening: Reclaiming Public Spaces", in MAARAV [Ambush], Online Journal for Art, Culture and Media. February Issue.
Gutkowski, N. (2016). "Teaching Environmental Justice in Israel", Avisar I. (ed), The Challenge of Sustainability: Education for Social and Environmental Responsibility in Israel Hakkibutz Hameuchad Publication, Tel Aviv. [In Hebrew - Translation available].
Gutkowski, N. (2012) (The chapters) "World Agriculture"; "Rural Development in Israel"; "Agricultural Work, Agriculture Crosses Borders"; "Agriculture and the Environment”, in Zaban, Haim (Ed.) 150 Years of Agriculture in Israel, Maariv Publication, Tel Aviv. (Hebrew)
Adwan Sami, Bar-on Dan, Eyal Naveh, Bader Khalil, Gutkowski Natalia, Al-Husseini Maysoon, Cohen Nir (2012): Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine. New York, NY, The New Press.
Gutkowski, N. (2007) “Kibbutzim Education College – An Open Space of Supremacy?” in Aloni, Nimrod, (ed.) Education and Context –Kibbutzim College Publications, Tel Aviv. [Hebrew -Translation available].
ARTICLES IN PROGRESS
Gutkowski, N. (Revise and Resubmit) Bodies that Count: Administering Multispecies in Palestine/Israel’s Borderlands. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space
Gutkowski, N. “Producing Time: Israeli agricultural policy, the Palestinian Citizens and the work of time as governance” in preparation for The American Ethnologist.
Gutkowski, N. “Native Agrarian Science: Palestinian-Arab Agronomists’ Navigation in the Israeli State System” in preparation for Social Studies of Science.
Gutkowski, N. In Preparation with Hayal Akarsu, Samar Mussa Al-Bulushi, Sahana Ghosh and Haley McEwen “Anthropology’s Repugnant Others’: The Politics of Empathy and Ethnographic Care” For Current Anthropology.
INVITED TALKS 2018-2019
“Materializing Time: The Techno-Scientific Transformation of Olive-Oil Culture” The STS Circle, The Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge 4/2019.
The above talk was delivered at Boston University’s Anthropology Seminar on 3/2019.
“Bodies that Count: Multispecies Population Management by Israel in the West Bank” The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, The State University of New York – Buffalo, NY 2/2019
“How to be both: Palestinian-Arab Agronomists’ in the Israeli State System.” University of California, Davis. Sociology Seminar, 11/2018
2019 “Agricultural Disease Knows No Border”? Multispecies and The Operation of Biosecurity as Sovereignty Gains in Israel/Palestine. Lecture Presenter. The 118th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada 11/2019
2019 “Cultivating Time: Olive Technoscience as Temporal Governance and Displacement” Paper Presenter. “On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society”, Helsinki, Finland, 8/2019
Mediated Time: Regulating “The Sabbath of the Land” and Palestinian Citizens Agrarian Survival. Paper Presenter. “On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society”, Helsinki, Finland, 8/2019
“Anthropology's 'Repugnant others'”. Roundtable Discussant. Ethnographic Futures: American Ethnological Society Conference, Washington University in St. Louis 3/2019.
2018 “’The Sabbath of the Land’ and the Palestinian Citizens Agrarian Survival” Lecture Presenter and Panel Co-organizer “Time and Power in Agrarian Environments”. The 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA 11/2018
“Non-Humans, Sociality and Power on Israel’s Borders” Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge 10/2018
“Government of Time: Agrarian Sustainability Policy, Olive Technoscience and the Palestinian Citizens’ in Israel” Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1/2018
I am currently working on the perception of objects produced and maintained by imperial governments in antiquity by ancient Jews – specifically coins and legal documents – as a way to understand the reception of empire by subaltern populations.
Fellowships and Grants
2014-2017 Council for Higher Education – Rothenstreich Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities.
2013-2017 Honors PhD Program, The Hebrew University.
2012-2013 Guggenheim Foundation for Jewish Morals and Ethics, PhD Fellow.
2013 Targum Shlishi Dissertation Award.
2013-2019 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. PhD in Talmud.
2016-2017 Visiting Graduate Student, Department of Religion, Princeton University.
2014 Visiting Doctoral Student, Wolfson College, Oxford University (Winter).
2013, 2014 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University (Summer).
2009-2012 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. MA Magna cum Laude in Talmud.
2006-2009 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. BA Magna cum Laude in Talmud and Classics.
Chapters in books
Forthcoming - “A New Fragment of Sifre Numbers from Breslau,” in European Genizah: Texts and Studies, vol 3, ed. by Andreas Lehnardt.
2017 “There and Back again: A Journey to Ashkelon and its Intertexts in Yerushalmi Sanhedrin 4:6 (=Hagigah 2:2),” Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real, ed. by M. Niehoff and R. Feldmeyer. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 139-154.
Forthcoming - “The Tannaitic Laws of Battery,” Tarbiz (Hebrew).
Islamic law and political thought (focus on fiqh literature and siyar law) Zaydiyya and Zaydi Studies Dhimma law and Muslim-Jewish encounters Islamic (intellectual) history and (early) historiography Manuscripts and (social) codicology Yemen (Jews and Muslims, Zaydi imamate) Conceptual approaches Imaginations of “the other”
Conceptualizations of the Other and the Self in Islamic Law and Political Thought.
The Dhimma relationship between Imam Yahya Hamid al-Din (r.1904-1948) and the Jews of Sanaa Original (working-)title in German: Dhimma-Raum: Imam Yahya Hamid al-Din, die Juden Sannas, und die (Aus-)Handlung islamischen Rechts im zaiditischen Jemen (forthcoming 2022, DeGruyter, Berlin)
2016: Dr. Phil. Freie Universität Berlin
2009: Magistra Artium in Islamic and Jewish Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
2002-2003: Visiting student, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Academic Appointments, Fellowships, and Affiliations
2018 – 2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA Year theme: “Jewish Life in Modern Islamic Contexts”
2017 – 2018 part-time substitute for Prof. Gudrun Krämer and adjunct faculty, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, State Islamic University Sunnan Kalijaga (UIN), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2009 – 2017 Teaching positions at the Institutes of Islamic and Jewish Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Potsdam
2010 – 2013 Doctoral candidate, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies with stipend
2011 – 2012 Associated Visiting Researcher at the Yemen Center for Studies and Research (Markaz al-Dirāsāt wa’l-Buḥūth al-Yamanī), Sanaa, Yemen
2009 – 2010 Research Assistant, Institute of Jewish Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, project: "Lexicon of Jewish Names," financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under the leadership of Prof. Tal Ilan
Hünefeld, Kerstin. Dhimma-Raum: Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn, die Juden von Ṣanʿāʾ und die Praxis islamischen Rechts im zaiditischen Jemen. Walter De Gruyter: Berlin. (forthcoming 2022)
Tal Ilan and Kerstin Hünefeld. Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity, Part IV: The Eastern Diaspora 330 BCE-650 CE, Text and Studies in Ancient Judaism, Vol. 141, ed. by P. Schäfer, A.Y. Reed, S. Schwartz et al. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.
Hünefeld, Kerstin. Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd ad-Dīn und die Juden in Sana’a (1904-1948): Die Dimension von Schutz (Dhimma) in den Dokumenten der Sammlung des Rabbi Sālim b. Saʿīd al-Ǧamal. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783112402450
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “Niẓām al-Yahūd (“The Statute of the Jews”): Imām Yaḥyā’s writing to the Jews of Ṣanʿāʾ from 1323/1905.” Chronique du Manuscrit au Yémen 16 (July 2013): 26-74. https://doi.org/10.4000/cmy.2012
Articles in peer reviewed edited volumes:
Hünefeld, Kerstin and Menashe Anzi. “Ṣanʿāʾ, Jerusalem, New York: Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn (1869-1948) and Yemeni-Jewish Migration from Palestine to the United States.” In The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition, Brill Series Islamic Manuscripts and Books, Vol. 7, ed. by S. Schmitdke, C. Rauch and D. Hollenberg. Leiden: Brill, 2015, 252-280. https://brill.com/view/title/27110
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “The Imām Is Responsible for Me Before God! – The Dimension of Protection (Dhimma) Granted by Imām Yaḥyā to the Jews of Yemen.” In Mittuv Yosef: Yosef Tobi Jubilee Volume, Vol. 2: The Jews of Yemen: History and CultureA. Oettinger and D. Bar-Maoz. Haifa: University of Haifa, 2011, lxxxii-cii.
Hünefeld, Kerstin. Niẓām al-Yahūd (“The Statute of the Jews”). In Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, ed. by Norman A. Stillman, Brill Online (accepted, forthcoming May 2022)
In the media and other (partly peer reviewed) publications:
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “Yūd, Nīnī al-ʿayin.” Tehuda 40 [Article collection in memory of Prof. Yehuda Nini] (2021): 329-333 (in Hebrew).
הינפלד, קרסטין.״יוד, ניני אל-עין,״ תהודה 40 (תשפ״א) 329-333 [אסופת מאמרים לכבוד פרופ׳ יהודה ניני ז״ל]
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “Unit 2 Lesson 3: Imam Yahya and his Contract of Protection” [MOOC lecture]. In The Yemenite Experience. Online course in Hebrew and English, ed. by Danny Bar Maoz, Rachel Yadid, Drora Arussy, The American Sephardi Federation, Institute of Jewish Experience, May 2021. Courses.InstituteofJewishExperience.org
Yemenite Queen Salon, a cultural initiative to promote Jewish and Muslim Yemeni art, music, and culture, with Ibi Ibrahim (visual artist and singer) Media coverage by DW عربية
Work in Progress:
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “The Turmoil of 1948 Ṣanʿāʾ from the viewpoint of two Yemeni Jewish sources.” al-Masār– fikriyya thaqafiyya
Hünefeld, Kerstin. “Discovering the Shariacate: Researching the relationship between Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn and the Jews of Twentieth Century Yemen from a Dhimma Space Perspective”
Invited Talks and Workshops:
“Zaydi Law,” Project: CanCode: Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts, University of Bergen, Norway, workshop scheduled for 9-10 December 2021
Opening event of Qadmata – Young scholars Forum at Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, scheduled for 11 November 2021 (respondent)
“Exploring Gendered Perspectives on Indonesia and the Middle East,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, scheduled for 24-25 October 2021 (chair)
“Yemeni Jews/Judaism and Migration: Classical and other Narratives,” Lecture series “Basiswissen Islam,” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 10 November 2020, online Zoom
“Selves and Others in Early-Modern Islamic Law and Political Thought.” The Buber Society of Fellows Seminar, 14 December 2020.
“Dhimma as Action Space: Conceptualizing the Protection Relationship Between Imam Yahya Hamid al-Din (r. 1904-1948) and the Jews of Sanaa,” Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, 12 March 2019, Princeton University
“Zaydī Arguments Against Muḥammad b. ʿAlī al-Shawkānī’s Fatwa on the Worldly Judgement of Jewish Orphans and the Legitimacy of the Late Qāsimī Imamate,” Yemeni Manuscript Collections and Zaydi Studies, an international conference funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Institute for Advanced Study, 6-7 December 2018, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
“Ambivalent Aspects of Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn’s Dhimma Policy: Forced Conversion of Jewish Orphans, Its Islamic Legal Background and Inner-Yemeni Political Dimension,” first international conference on “The Jews of Yemen: Social and Cultural Changes,” 4-5 September 2016, Center for the Study of Yemeni Jewry, Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem (in Hebrew)
“Islamic Governance in Yemen: Imām Yaḥyā’s Protection of the Jews and the Negotiation of Power,” Research Colloquium on “the Jews of the Islamic World” with Norman Stillman Department of Jewish History and Culture, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 28 July 2011, Munich, Germany
“Ḥashiva meḥudeshet ʿal yaḥase he-ḥaśut (dhimma) – trumato shel Rabi Sālim Saʿīd al-Jamal le-havanat ha-maʾavaqim le-xoaḥ bi-yame shilton ha-Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn,” international conference: “The Jews of Yemen: Marking 60 years since the Aliya of the Jews of Yemen in Operation ‘On Wings of Eagles’,” Bar Ilan University in cooperation with the Ben-Zvi Institute Jerusalem, 18-19 October 2010, Ramat-Gan, Israel (in Hebrew)
“Order, Reorder, and Disorder: Jews and Muslims Encountering the Modern Era,” Gruss Colloquium at the Herbert D. Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, October 2018 (co-organizer)
“Dhimma Space: The Protection Relationship Between Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn (1869-1948) and the Jews of Sanaa as a Socio-political ‘Field’,” The Yemenite Conference, organized by E’elah Be Tamar, the American Sephardi Federation and the Institute of Semitic Studies, Center for Jewish History, 3-5 July 2018, New York City, USA; this paper was also presented in revised form at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), 15-18 November 2018, San Antonio, Texas, USA
“Juggling Sharia Law: An Analytical Insight into the Pseudo-Epigraphic Letters of Protection from Yemen and their Jewish Authors’ Strategies of Empowerment,” Jewish-Islamic Forum at the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, international conference on “Jews in Muslim Majority Countries: History and Prospects,” 24-27 October 2017, Berlin, Germany
“Imām Yaḥyā’s Letter of Protection and the Legal Matrix of Dhimma Space,” Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Second Annual International Conference: “Intercultural Exchange: Jews, Christians, Muslims,” 26-27 December 2012, Raanana, Israel
“The Imam is Responsible for Me Before God! The Dimension of Protection (Dhimma) Granted by Imām Yaḥyā to the Jews of Yemen,” panel sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, 44th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), 18-21 November 2010, San Diego, Texas, USA
“The Protection Relationship (Dhimma) Revisited: Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn and the Jews of Yemen,” World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), 19-24 July 2010, Barcelona, Spain
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Arabic Language and Literature
An Introduction to Dhimma, scheduled for summer 2022 (in English)
Conceptualizing Dhimma law as part of the Islamic law of Nations (siyar): The Yemeni-Zaydi Example (in Hebrew)
Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Islamic Studies (taught in German)
Theory and method in Islamic studies
The concept of ‘sainthood’ (wilaya) in Sufism
Job prospects and expectations for Islamic studies graduates
Introduction to the Islamic law of nations (siyar) and the treatment of non-Muslims under Islamic jurisdiction
The prophet Muḥammad and the development of a specific Islamic self-perception
Introduction to methodology in Islamic Studies
State Islamic University Sunnan Kalijaga (UIN), Faculty of Theology, Yogyakarta/Indonesia
Modern Hebrew for beginners
Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Jewish Studies (in German)
The Jews of the Islamic world in modern and recent times
Jews as ‘protected people’ (Dhimmis) under Islamic rule
University of Potsdam, Institute of Jewish and Religious Studies (in German)
The Jews of the Islamic world from its beginning until modern times: History, Status, Relation
I am working on a book, tentatively titled Capitalist Colonial and based on my dissertation, By the Sweat of Other Brows: Thai Migrant Workers and the Transformation of Israeli Settler Agriculture. I’m interested in how capitalist relations of production interact with colonial techniques of control at scales ranging from everyday interaction and the labor process to the transnational circuits of money, workforces and strategies of rural settlement.
2019 Ph.D., University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology
Dissertation: By the Sweat of Other Brows: Thai Migrant Labor and the Transformation of Israeli Settler Agriculture. Advisor: Andrew Shryock.
2011 M.A., Tel Aviv University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis: Zero-Grade Labor: Worker Subjectivity in an Industrial Warehouse. Advisor: Dan Rabinowitz.
2009 – 11 Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, Tel Aviv University
2020 – 24 Postdoctoral Fellow, Martin Buber Society, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2019 – 20 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa
Advisor: Tali Kristal.
Refereed Journal Articles
2022 “Saving the face of the Arabah: Thai migrant workers and the asymmetries of community in an Israeli agricultural settlement.” American Ethnologist 49(1), 118-131.
2021 “The political ecology of Zionism and the agricultural settlement of the Central Arabah.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, published online 21 December.
2020 Yahel Kurlander and M. Kaminer, “Permanent workers in the back yard: Employing Thai agricultural labor migrants in the Israeli countryside.” Horizons in Geography 98, pp. 131-148.
2019 “At the zero degree / Below the minimum: Wage as sign in Israel’s split labor market.” Dialectical Anthropology 43(3), pp. 317-332.
2018 “The Oksana Affair: Ambiguous Resistance in an Israeli Warehouse.” Ethnography 19(1), pp. 25-43.
2016 “Skill.” Mafteakh: Lexical Review of Political Thought 10 (Spring), pp. 73-84 [Hebrew].
Manuscripts in “revise and resubmit” stage
M. Kaminer and Tali Kristal, “Technological Change and Workplace Relations in the Era of Global Capitalism.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
2019 The independent left in Israel, 1967-1993: Essays in memory of Noam Kaminer, ed. Matan Kaminer, Smadar Nehab, Carmel Kaminer, Joel Beinin, Arieh Dayan, Meir Amor, Anat Matar and Odeh Bisharat, Tel Aviv: November Books [Hebrew].
2019 with Joel Beinin. “Introduction: The independent left in Israel, 1967-1993.” In The independent left in Israel, op. cit.
2018 “Connections Yet Unmade: The Reception of Balibar and Wallerstein’s Race, Nation, Class in Israel.” In“Race, Nation, Class”: Rereading a Dialogue for Our Times, ed. Manuela Bojadzijev, Katrin Klingan. Berlin: Argument-Verlag, pp. 170-77.
Non-Refereed Journal Articles
2020 “Giving them the slip: Israeli employers’ strategic falsification of pay slips to disguise the violation of Thai farmworkers’ right to the minimum wage.” Journal of Legal Anthropology 3(2), pp. 124-127 [Forum feature].
2017 “From historical affinities to effective solidarities: Israel and Eastern Europe.” LeftEast, 10 October.
2015 “A long way from home: Isaan villagers’ experience of farmwork in Israel.” Isaan Record, 15 October.
2014 with Noa Shauer, “Below the minimum: Non-enforcement of wage law as a structural element in the agricultural sector in Israel.” Kav La’oved (Workers Hotline), June [English trans. January 2015].
2013 “Heading off the new Jerusalem.” Jacobin, 23 January.
2011 “On the current conjuncture in Israel.” Jadaliyya, 15 Aug.
2010 with Maya Shapiro, “Bubbling over: The contestation of urban space and possibilities for joint struggle in Tel Aviv.” In “Cities in turmoil,” special issue of Re-Public, ed. Gia Galati and Konstantin Kastrissianakis. October.
2007 “People’s History Here and Now – An interview with Howard Zinn,” in A People’s History of the United States. Tel Aviv: Babel [Hebrew].
MAJOR AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2020 Third Place, Guttman Award for Best Article, Israeli Sociological Society, for “At the zero degree / Below the minimum.”
2019 Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Haifa.
2017 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Development Research Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award.
2016 Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship.
2022 “Towards a political ecology of Zionism.” Political Ecology Lab, University of California Davis, 9 May.
2022 “Karmic reciprocity and the social reproduction of Thai migrant workers in Israel.” Department of Asian Studies Seminar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 11 May [postponed].
2021 “Saving the face of the Arabah: How migrant workers from Thailand help to protect the appearance of ethnic purity in an Israeli agricultural settlement.” Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 19 May.
2020 “Brown backs, white faces: Thai migrants saving the face of Israeli settlement in the Arabah.” Anthropological Forum, Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa, 1 June.
2020 “Saving the settlements’ face: Migrant workers, employers and the asymmetry of community in the Arabah.” Department of Sociology Seminar, University of Haifa, 23 June.
2019 “Floating above the fields: The political neutralization of Thai migrant workers in the Arabah.” Departmental Seminar, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 15 April.
2017 “Settlement, racialization and social reproduction.” Borders and Sovereignty Research Cluster, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. 27 December.
SELECTED CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION
Conferences and Workshops Organized
2022 with Natalia Gutkowski. “Research Workshop on the Political Ecology of Palestine/Israel.” Jerusalem, 7-8 April.
2020 with Louise Bethlehem, Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and Revital Madar. “Concerning Palestine/Israel: Thinking with Achille Mbembe.” Academia for Equality, Jerusalem [online], 15 September.
2012 with Efraim Davidi. Sixth Annual Marx Conference. Tel Aviv, 1-2 June.
2022 with Miri Lavi, discussant: Areej Sabbagh-Khoury. “Political Ecology of Palestine/Israel.” Jerusalem, 9 February.
2021 with Hadas Weiss, discussant: Tania Li. “Social Reproduction: Theory and Ethnography.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, online, 17 November.
2017 with Guy Shalev. “Neutrality in a Polarized Space.” Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Kufr Qasem, 18 May.
2016 “Migrants in Border Zones.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, 22 November.
Selected Conference and Workshop Presentations
2021 “Violence of abstraction, violence of concretion.” Theory from the “Peripheries”: Rethinking Surplus Labour Research Workshop, Department of Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway, 13–14 December.
2020 “From the Arab ‘father of the desert’ to the Thai ‘with the green thumb’: The ecological racialization of agricultural labor in Israel.” Annual Meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Lisbon [online], 22 July.
2019 “Gardens in the desert: From self-reliance to labor importation in the Israeli Arabah.” Annual Meeting of the American and Canadian Anthropological Associations, Vancouver, 22 November.
2019 “Revisiting ‘hyper-exploitation’ ethnographically: The case of Thai migrant farmworkers in Israel.” XII Conference of Italian Environmental Sociologists, Salerno, 26-7 September.
2018 “From ‘A light unto the nations’ to ‘the land of the white man’: Global migration and recent shifts in the racialization of migrants in Israel.” Research Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, 25-30 November.
2018 “The production of differential labor-powers: Accounting for racialization with Marx.” Annual Meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Stockholm, 14-17 August.
2017 “The ethical neutralization of agricultural work in the Israeli Arabah.” Workshop on “Moral Economies: Work, Values and Economic Ethics,” Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Wittenberg, Germany, 6-9 December.
2017 “Transnational settler colonialism: The case of Thai labor migration to Israel.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, 29 November – 3 December.
2016 “The Production of a ‘Neutral’ Work Force: Employing Thai Migrants on Israel’s Agrarian Frontier.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, 20-24 November.
2014 “No more Hebrew labor: The devaluation of agricultural work in Israel.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, 20-22 March.
2013 with Eilat Maoz and Tal Giladi. “The Politics of the Ethno-Nation and the Dynamic of Capital.” Impasses of Critique Conference at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. 1 September.
ADDITIONAL GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
2019 – 20 Member, New Directions in the History of Israel/Palestine in the Twentieth Century Research Group, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem.
2019 Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan.
2018 – Member, Lexicon of Political Thought Research Group, Minerva Center for the Humanities, Tel Aviv University.
2018 Block Grant, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
2018 Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, University of Michigan.
2017 – 19 Research Fellow, Institute for Immigration and Social Integration, Ruppin Academic Center.
I am a productive scholar of 19th and 20th century Central and Eastern European History with an emphasis on transnational and interdisciplinary approaches. In my research I combine the theories and methods of Holocaust studies, communication studies, History of Knowledge and migration studies with German, Jewish, Polish and Global History. I am currently preparing a source edition on Yiddish travelogues through Nazi Germany, which will be published by Yad Vashem in 2022. Additionally, I am working on a new book project, where I examine the role, function and networks of Eastern European Jewish landsmanshaftn (hometown associations) as a means of migrant self-help during and after the Shoah. This transnational study connects populations in regions and countries spanning from Eastern Europe to Western Europe and North America, as well as from Latin America to Israel. My dissertation on the Yiddish press of Warsaw and its struggle against Nazi Germany during the 1930s and early 1940s was published as a book with De Gruyter in October 2021.
since 2022 Postdoctoral Fellow Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2021-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Migration Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley & German Historical Institute Washington, Pacific Regional Office
2020-2021 Doctoral Research Assistant Leibniz-Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Leipzig
2015-2018 Doctoral Research Assistant Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin
2011-2015 Student Research Assistant 16 vol. document collection “The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933-1945” at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin, Berlin
2010-2011 Freelance Educator Foundation Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin
2006-2007 Volunteer Memorial Site of Stutthof, Pedagogical Department, Sztutowo, Poland
Fellowships and Grants (selection)
2022 Association for Jewish Studies,AJS Contingent Faculty and Independent Scholars Grant
2021 Szloma-Albam-Foundation, Grant for an Open-Access publication for the book “Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland. Warschaus jiddische Presse im Kampf gegen den Nationalsozialismus (1930-1941), De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2022 ”
2018-2020 Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies
2019 Free University Berlin, Fund for Female Researchers, Graduate Travel Grant for a research trip to Israel
2018 Yad Vashem, Research Fellowship for PhD candidates, Israel
2018 German Historical Institute Warsaw, Research Fellowship, Poland
2022 Special Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis by the Jury of the Scientific Prize from the Polish Ambassador to Germany
2014 Special Award for Outstanding Master Thesis by the Jury of the Scientific Prize from the Polish Ambassador to Germany
2015-2021 PhD, Free University Berlin: Modern History
2011-2014 Master of Arts, Free University Berlin: Eastern European Studies
2007-2011 Bachelor of Arts, Free University Berlin: History and Jewish Studies
Service for the Community (selection)
2022 Unit Chair, UC Berkeley, TheUnion of Postdocs and Academic Researchers
2022 Co-Organizer (together with Robin Buller and Wolf Gruner), “Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks during and after the Holocaust“, Workshop of the USC Shoah Foundation, UC Berkeley & German Historical Institute Washington, April, 4-5 2022, Los Angeles
2020 Co-Organizer (together with Jan Gerber, Felix Pankonin and Jakob Stürmann), “Messages in a Bottle, The Migration of Texts”, Annual Conference of the Leibniz-Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, December, 3-4 2020, online
2007-2011 Organization and execution of numerous seminars at different museums and memorials such as Stutthof and Majdanek (both Poland) for the NGO Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste
2012-2014 Fundraising and Co-Creator of the brochure “From Kyiv with Love - Queer Lifeworlds in the Ukraine” & Organization of a panel discussion with activists from Kyiv on LGBT rights in the Ukraine
2006-2007 Support and care for Jewish and Catholic Holocaust survivors in Gdańsk, Poland, for the NGO Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste
Yiddish-speaking Travelogues and Eyewitness Accounts on Jewish life in Nazi Germany (1930-1939), Yad Vashem Publications/ Carmel Publishing House, Jerusalem 2022 (in Hebrew, forthcoming).
“Jewish Laughter and Jewish Tears: The (Self-)perception of Jews in Poland and Germany and the Reflection on the Rise of Fascism and Antisemitism in Cartoons, Jokes and other Forms of Humor in the Yiddish Press of Poland during the 1930s,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 37, 2022 (forthcoming).
“The Warsaw Yiddish Press and their Struggle Against the Persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, 1933-1935,” Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, vol. 26-27 (2021), 103-130.
Articles in Edited Volumes
“A briv fun Daytshland: Die jüdischen Deutschlandkorrespondenten. Berichterstattung und Repression um 1933,” Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts, 2022 (in print).
“Reiseberichte vom Rand des Abgrunds – Der polnisch-jüdische Schriftsteller Leib Malakh unterwegs im Berlin des Jahres 1936”, Jahrbuch Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, vol. 3 (2019), 31-46.
“Journalism as a Weapon: Polish-Jewish Journalists from Warsaw and the Production of Knowledge during Hitler’s Rise to Power in 1933 and the November Pogroms in 1938”, The Jewish Role in American Life, Annual Review, vol. 17 (2019), 115-148.
Chapters in Books
“’Schmeiß ich halt Mülltonnen’ – Über die Nicht-Akzeptanz des Status quo in den deutschen Geisteswissenschaften”, in Anschlüsse an Rebecca Ardners „Affirmation der Kritik“, ed. by Marius Hanft, Judith Sieber and Lotte Warnsholdt, Katzbach Verlag, Hamburg 2020, 205-230.
“Suchendes Verstehen. Holocaust und Gender Studies” (together with Tamara Jurewicz, Magdalena Kopeć and Stefanie Mürbe), in Frauen und der Holocaust. Geschichte Jahrzehnte später erzählt, ed. by Stiftung für die Internationale Jugendbegegnungstätte in Oświęcim/Auschwitz, Oświęcim 2011, 21-29. [Polish Version: W poszukiwaniu zrozumienia. Holokaust i gender studies, in Kobiety wobec Holokaustu. Historia znacznie później opowiedziana, ed. by Fundacja na Rzecz Międzynarodowego Domu Spotkań Młodzieży, Oświęcim 2011.]
Brochure (together with Hannes Westphal, Olga Legler et al.): From Kyiv with Love — Queere Lebenswelten in der Ukraine, Berlin 2013.
Co-Author of the online Biography: „Elisabeth“, in »Du bist anders?« – Online-Ausstellung über Jugendliche während des National Sozialismus, Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas.
2022 University of Texas (Dallas), panel presenter, “Integrating Eastern Perspectives into the Western Gaze: The Case of Polish-Jewish Journalists and their early efforts to document and inform the Western World about the destruction of Polish Jewry”, Conference “Expanding Perspectives of the Holocaust”, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
2022 UC Berkeley (Berkeley), guest lecture, “Letters from the Abyss: Jewish Travelogues on Jewish life in Nazi Germany in the Yiddish press of Warsaw”, Center for Jewish Studies
2022 University of Southern California (Los Angeles), panel presenter, „A helping Hand: The United Nashelsker Relief Society of Los Angeles and the Resettlement of Holocaust Survivors from Polish Nashelsk in Israel, 1945-1950“, Conference „Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks during and after the Holocaust“, USC Shoah Foundation & German Historical Institute Washington
2021 German Historical Institute Washington (online), workshop presenter, “Yiddish-speaking Travelogues and Eyewitness Accounts on Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1930-1939)“, Internal Research Fellows Symposium
2021 Saul Kagan Fellowship (online), lecture, „Dlaczego opuścił Niemcy?“ – The Work of the Jewish Aid Committee for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in Kraków between 1933 and 1935”, Alumni-Conference
2020 Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow (online), panel moderator, “Re-Calling the Days that were entirely Night. Distant Readings of Rachel Auerbachs Yizkor“, Annual Conference “Message in a Bottle. The Migration of Texts”
2020 Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow (Leipzig), workshop presenter, “Vergangene Zukunft. Isaac und Tamara Deutscher und die Transformation jüdisch-marxistischen Denkens während und nach dem Holocaust in Westeuropa“, Research Fellow Symposium
2019 Universität Bremen (Bremen), lecture, “The Warsaw Yiddish Press and its Jewish Correspondents in Berlin around 1933: Biographies, Networks, Press Coverage and Incipient Persecution” Conference on “The Historical German Jewish Press as Interface. Platform, Mouthpiece, and Sources of Current Research Programmes”
My current project is a study of Jewish craftspeople in medieval Northern Europe. Scholarship on the economic history of the Jews in medieval Northern Europe focuses almost exclusively on moneylending. This Jewish occupation generated a great mass of textual sources and is, therefore, most frequently explored. An economic and social history of Jewish professional involvement in crafts, however, has yet to be written. Jewish artisans such as goldsmiths, glaziers, or woodcarvers, among numerous other professions, such as messengers, launderers, or water carriers, frequently appear in our sources but are seldom accounted for by scholars. I aim to modify this paradigm of historiography by providing a new and broad discussion of Jewish professional occupation that will restructure our understanding of the medieval Ashkenazi society and economy. Such a study will help to reveal a more versatile Jewish society and its daily life activities in medieval Northern Europe.
Fellowships and Grants
2019–2020 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the European Research Council project “Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
March 2020 Short-Term Fellowship at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt
2017–2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the “Forschungszentrum Europa”, University of Trier
2015–2017 Doctoral Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2014–2015 Leo Baeck Doctoral Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2022 Gerald Westheimer Early Career Development Price, Leo Baeck Institut, New York
2020 Ephraim Urbach PostDoc Grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York
2019 Prof. Marie-Luise Niewodniczanska Price of the Freundeskreis University of Trier (Ph.D. thesis)
2015 Dr. Walther Liebehenz Price for extraordinary achievements in the field of Auxiliary Sciences in History, Georg-August University of Göttingen (Masters’ thesis)
2014–2018 Ph.D. in History at the University of Trier (“Jewish seals in the medieval German Empire. Authentication and self-representation of Jewish men and women” [German])
2014 M.A. in History and German Philologies, University of Trier
Judensiegel im mittelalterlichen Reichsgebiet. Beglaubigungspraxis und Selbstrepräsentation von Jüdinnen und Juden, 2 Vols. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2020)
“Judensiegel im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (1441–1519),” Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich, ed. Alfred Haverkamp and Jörg R. Müller (Trier, Mainz, 2017) (http://www.medieval- ashkenaz.org/quellen/1348-1390/judensiegel-4.html).
“Judensiegel im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (1391–1440),” Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich, ed. Alfred Haverkamp and Jörg R. Müller (Trier, Mainz, 2016) (http://www.medieval- ashkenaz.org/quellen/1348-1390/judensiegel-3.html).
“Judensiegel im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (1348–1390),” Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich, ed. Alfred Haverkamp and Jörg R. Müller (Trier, Mainz, 2015) (http://www.medieval- ashkenaz.org/quellen/1348-1390/judensiegel-2.html).
“Judensiegel im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (1273–1347),” Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich, ed. Alfred Haverkamp and Jörg R. Müller (Trier, Mainz, 2014) (http://www.medieval- ashkenaz.org/quellen/judensiegel.html).
in preparation for 2022/23
“Wirtschaftsgeschichte der Juden im mittelalterlichen Reich,“ in Wirtschaft im Mittelalter. Handbücher zur Wirtschaftsgeschichte, ed. Thomas Ertl (via De Gruyter Oldenbourg).
(with Maria Stürzebecher) “Jewish Goldsmiths in Medieval German Lands,“ Jewish Craftspeople in the Middle Ages, ed. Simha Goldin, Andreas Lehnertz, Isaac Lifshitz and Maria Stürzebecher (via De Gruyter).
“The Jews’ Hat,” Images – A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, special issue, ed. Kathrin Kogman-Appel.
(with Birgit Wiedl) “Juden im Gefängnis im mittelalterlichen Reich,“ Aschkenas. Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der Juden.
“The Seal of Gad b. Peter Halevi,“ Ars Judaica, special issue about Jewish material culture, ed. Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig.
“Taking Oaths and Sealing Documents: Signs of Civic Belonging Among Jews of Late Medieval German Lands,“ Sonderheft in a not yet defined journal, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten.
(with Eyal Levinson) ”Jewish Orphans in Medieval Ashkenaz,” in a volume about „Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten.
“Medieval Jewish Signet Rings,” Arts, special issue about “Medieval Finger Rings from Christian, Jewish and Islamic Contexts”, ed. Maria Stürzebecher.
“Jewish Archives in Medieval Ashkenaz,“ in a yet not specified journal.
“Hebräische Rückvermerke an Thüringer Geschäftsurkunden des Mittelalters: Überreste jüdischer Archive und Einblicke in Wirtschaftspraktiken,“ Jüdische Geschichte in Thüringen. Strukturen und Entwicklungen vom Mittelalter bis ins 20. Jahrhundert, ed. Hans-Werner Hahn and Marko Kreutzmann (Erfurt 2022), 57–71 (in print).
(with Birgit Wiedl) “...written in my own Jewish hand. Bilingual Business Documents from the Medieval Holy Roman Empire,” Communication, Translation, and Community in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. New Socio-Linguistic Perspectives. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 26, ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin et al. 2022) (in print).
“The Beginnings of Yiddish in Worms,” Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: A Sourcebook (Kalamazoo. Medieval Institute Publications), ed. Tzafrir Barzilay, Elisheva Baumgarten and Eyal Levinson (Kalamazoo 2022) (in print).
“Jewish Seals on a Receipt Debt from Zurich,” Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: A Sourcebook (Kalamazoo. Medieval Institute Publications), ed. Tzafrir Barzilay, Elisheva Baumgarten and Eyal Levinson (Kalamazoo 2022) (in print).
“A Receipt of Debt in Zurich,” Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: A Sourcebook (Kalamazoo. Medieval Institute Publications), ed. Tzafrir Barzilay, Elisheva Baumgarten and Eyal Levinson (Kalamazoo 2022) (in print).
“The Erfurt Judeneid,” Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: A Sourcebook (Kalamazoo. Medieval Institute Publications), ed. Tzafrir Barzilay, Elisheva Baumgarten and Eyal Levinson (Kalamazoo 2022) (in print).
“A Contract Between the City and the Jewish Community of Augsburg,” Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: A Sourcebook (Kalamazoo. Medieval Institute Publications), ed. Tzafrir Barzilay, Elisheva Baumgarten and Eyal Levinson (Kalamazoo 2022) (in print).
“Dismantling a Monopoly: Jews, Christians, and the Production of Shofarot in Fifteenths-Century Germany,” Medieval Encounters 27 (2021): 360–86.
“Margarete, Reynette and Meyde: Three Jewish Women from Koblenz in the 14th Century,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 38 (2021): 388–405.
“Sigilla ad debita. Siegel für Judenschulden aus den erzstiftisch-mainzischen Städten des 14. Jahrhunderts,“ Archiv für Diplomatik, Schriftgeschichte, Siegel- und Wappenkunde 67 (2021): 171–206.
(with Markus Wenninger) “Zum Heiligenberger Siegeltypar mit einer »Judensau«: Das Siegel eines Christen, nicht das eines Juden,“ Bremisches Jahrbuch 100 (2021): 32–78.
(with Birgit Wiedl) “How to Get Out of Prison. Imprisoned Jews and Their Hafturfehden from the Medieval and Early Modern Holy Roman Empire (Fourteenth through Sixteens Centuries),” Incarceration and Slavery in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age. A Cultural-Historical Investigation of the Dark Side in the Pre-Modern Work, ed. Albrecht Classen (New York et al. 2021), 361–413.
“The Jewry Oath (Judeneid). Legal Practice In-Between,” In and Out, Between and Beyond. Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten and Ido Noy (Jerusalem 2021), 53–57.
“The Jew’s Hat (Judenhut). Beyond Labeling Jews,” In and Out, Between and Beyond. Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten and Ido Noy (Jerusalem 2021), 77–82.
“Jewish Seals and Sealing Practices in the Holy Roman Empire – Authentication and Self-Representation,” Medieval Ashkenaz. Papers in Honors of Alfred Haverkamp Presented at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, ed. Christoph Cluse and Jörg R. Müller (Wiesbaden 2020), 226–40.
“Zu einem bisher unveröffentlichten altjiddischen Privatbrief aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts,“ Jiddistik Mitteilungen 62 (2020): 1–20.
“Christen im öffentlichen und privaten Raum der mittelalterlichen Judenviertel,“ Münchner Beiträge zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur 14 (2020): 29–44.
“The Erfurt Judeneid between Pragmatism and Ritual. Aspects of Christian and Jewish Oath Taking in the Medieval German Kingdom,” Ritual Objects in Ritual Contexts. Erfurter Schriften zur Jüdischen Geschichte, 6, ed. Claudia Bergmann and Maria Stürzebecher (Jena et al. 2020), 12–31.
“Ein Privatbrief aus Mühlhausen in Thüringen. Zum vermutlich frühesten Brief in jiddischer Sprache,“ Heimat Thüringen 2 (2020): 13–14.
“The Seal Matrix of the Trier Jew Muskinus,“ vorZeiten: Times gone by, ed. Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, Direktion Landesarchäologie (Regensburg 2020), 320–21.
“The Trier Archbishop’s negociator Sealing: Two Seals owned by Muskinus the Jew (Moshe b. Yeḥiel, ob. 1336 ce),” A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages, ed. Laura Whatley (Leiden 2019), 243–63.
“Ein altjiddischer Brief aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts. Zu einem Neufund aus dem Stadtarchiv Mühlhausen,“ Mühlhäuser Beiträge 42 (2019): 101–12.
“Der Friedhof,“ Juden in Klüsserath (1663–1938), ed. Hermann Erschens (Trier 2019), 77–95.
“Les sceaux juifs et les sceaux royaux destinés à confirmer les actes des juifs au royaume français dans les temps médiévales. Une introduction,“ Le Talmud et l’Astrolabe, Judaïsme médiéval en Europe du Nord, ed. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Nicolas Hatot (Rouen 2018), 190–95
“Hafturfehden von Juden in der Stadt Regensburg (14. bis 16. Jahrhundert). Städtische Autonomiebestrebungen zwischen Wandel und Kontinuität,“ Die Stadt des Mittelalters an der Schwelle zur Frühen Neuzeit. Beiträge des interdisziplinären (Post-)Doc-Workshop des Trierer Zentrums für Mediävistik im November 2017, ed. Inge Hülpes and Falko Klaes (online blog vol. publication 2018), 134–72, online via https://mittelalter.hypotheses.org/15761.
“Forschungsbericht zu den Judensiegeln,“ Zu Gast bei Juden. Leben in der mittelalterlichen Stadt, ed. Dorothea Weltecke (Constance 2017), 124–26.
“Vier Judensiegel aus Zürich und Schaffhausen,“ Zu Gast bei Juden. Leben in der mittelalterlichen Stadt, ed. Dorothea Weltecke (Constance 2017), 172–74.
“Hebräische Dorsalvermerke,“ Zu Gast bei Juden. Leben in der mittelalterlichen Stadt, ed. Dorothea Weltecke (Constance 2017), 179–83.
“Die Herstellung von Schofarhörnern im mittelalterlichen Erfurt. Ein Skandal und seine Folgen,” in Begegnungsstätte Kleine Synagoge, Erfurt, 12 March 2020.
“Mittelalterliche jiddische Briefe aus Mühlhausen und anderen Orten,” in Synagogue in Mühlhausen, 11 March 2020.
“Shofar Production in Medieval Erfurt: Starting a Business, Making a Scandal,” auf der internationalen Konferenz Money Matters: Jews, Christians, and the Medieval Market Place, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 17–19 December 2019.
“The Erfurt Judeneid between Pragmatism and Ritual,” at the international Conference Ritual Objects in Ritual Contexts in Erfurt, 6–8 November 2019.
“Shofarot Making and a Scandal in Erfurt in the 15th Century,” at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 1–4 July 2019.
“Jüdische Handwerksleute im mittelalterlichen Erfurt und der Fall eines Schofarskandals,” at the Conference Das mittelalterliche Erfurt – Metropole zwischen Ost und West. Teil II: Stadtentwicklung, städtisches Leben, Geistesgeschichte,” in Erfurt, 6–8 June 2019.
“Hafturfehden: Charters Issued by Jews after Their Release from Imprisonment in the Medieval German Kingdom,” at the Conference Law, Criminality and Law Enforcement (חוק, פשיעה ואכיפה) in Beer Sheva, 5 March 2019.
‘The Multilingual Imperial Tradition in China: Tracing a Hidden History’
Johannes S. Lotze is a Buber post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), member of ‘The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China’ (ERC-funded project), and winner of the inaugural 2018 Bayly Prize of the Royal Asiatic Society. He has been a Teaching Fellow in Medieval Chinese History and the Global Middle Ages at the University of Birmingham (2018–2020). Having studied and taught in four countries (Britain, Germany, China, Israel), Johannes holds a PhD in Chinese Studies (University of Manchester, 2017) and a MA in History/Chinese Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, 2012). From 2018–2021, he has been the main curator of the exhibition ‘Qing: China’s Multilingual Empire’ at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Johannes is a historian of East Asia with a focus on the nature and impact of ‘non-Chinese’ empires in ‘China’; on sedentary/nomadic cooperation and conflict; and specifically on the Mongols and their predecessors.
Fellowships and Grants
2012-2015: President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, University of Manchester
2019: Awarded Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy
2020-2022: Post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ERC project ‘The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China,’ led by Professor Gideon Shelach-Lavi
2018: Winner of the inaugural Bayly Prizeof the Royal Asiatic Society for best PhD thesis in the East Asia field
2012: Magister (MA) degree in History / Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
2017: PhD degree in History / Chinese Studies at University of Manchester
24 March 2022: ‘Language Contact and Conflict,’ delivered at Association for Asian Studies conference 2022, Honolulu (in-person), panel ‘The Great Chinggisid Crisis’, organised by Johannes S. Lotze.
2 November 2021: ‘Qing: China’s Multilingual Empire,’ delivered online at Manchester China Institute (MCI) to mark the launch of the eponymous exhibition at the John Rylands Library (curated by Johannes S. Lotze and Julianne Simpson).
22 March 2021: ‘Multilingual Empires,’ delivered at Association for Asian Studies conference 2021, Seattle (online), panel ‘Trajectories of Multilingualism/Translation’, organised/chaired by Johannes S. Lotze.
20 January 2021: ‘Great Walls and Linguistic Barriers: Nomadic Regimes as Catalysts of Language Study in the Chinese World,’ Asian Studies departmental seminar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
14 June 2019: ‘Inside or Outside the Empire? Language Policies in the Yuan-Ming-Qing Transition’: delivered at Nordic Association for China Studies conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.
5 November 2018: ‘The Significance of Multilingualism in Middle and Late Imperial China, or: 元明清時期多語制的意義 [Yuan-Ming-Qing shiqi duoyuzhi de yiyi]’: invited bilingual paper, delivered at University of Glasgow, Confucius Institute.
15 June 2018: ‘Multilingual Objects: Material Culture as Evidence of Ming China’s Global Engagement’: delivered at the international workshop ‘Chinese Objects and their Lives’ at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris.
18 April 2018: ‘The Jesuits and the Four Barbarians (Siyi四夷) in Seventeenth Century China’: delivered publicly for the research project ‘East Asian Uses of the European Past’ at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
9 September 2017: ‘Monolingual Translators? Translation as Collaboration in Early Ming China’: paper delivered at international workshop ‘Translation and Translators in East Asia,’ University of Oxford.
My current research interest concerns the relationship between Indonesia and the Middle East. After I researched Indonesians’ ideas of ‘Arabness’ in the context of pilgrimage and labor migration to the Arabian Peninsula, I am now working on religious tourism from Indonesia to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
2017-2019: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, funded by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation (grant No 12/1754).
PhD in Social Anthropology 1/2013 – 2/2017 PhD Thesis: Indonesians and their Arab World: Guided Mobility among Labour Migrants and Mecca Pilgrims Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, date of conferral: 09.02.2017
Master of Arts in Social Anthropology 10/2010 – 12/2012 MA Thesis: Between ‘Good’ and ‘Real’ Governance – An Anthropological Perspective on Public Service Delivery in Indonesia. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, date of conferral: 19.12.2012
Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies 10/2007 – 9/2010 BA Thesis: Muslimische Predigerinnen in Marokko. Die Mourchidat als Gestalterinnen einer ‚Islamischen Moderne‘? (Female Muslim Preachers in Morocco. The Mourchidat as Designers of an Islamic Modernity?) Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, date of conferral: 06.09.201
Peer Reviewed Articles
Lücking, Mirjam (forthcoming). "Israeli Dead Sea Cosmetics and Charity for Palestinian Children: Indonesian Women’s Shopping Activities on Pilgrimages to Jerusalem." In: Reconfiguring Muslim pilgrimage through the lens of women’s new mobilities, edited by Buitelaar, Marjo; Stephan-Emmrich, Manja; Thimm, Viola. London: Routledge.
Lücking, Mirjam (2019) 'Reciprocity in Research Relationships: Learning from Imbalances', In: Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography, edited by Stodulka, Thomas; Dinkelaker, Samia; Thajib, Ferdiansyah. New York: Springer.
Lücking, Mirjam (2017) ‘Working in Mecca. How Informal Pilgrimage-Migration from Madura, Indonesia, to Saudi Arabia Challenges State Sovereignty’, In: European Journal of East Asian Studies. Volume 16, Issue 2, Special Issue: Challenging State Sovereignty: A multi-level approach to Southeast and East Asian migration. pp: 248–274.
Lücking, Mirjam and Evi Eliyanah (2017) ‘Images of Authentic Muslim Selves: Gendered Moralities and Constructions of Arab Others in Contemporary Indonesia’, In: Social Sciences 6(3): 1-20.
Lücking, Mirjam (2016) ‘Beyond Islam Nusantara and ‘Arabization’: Capitalizing ‘Arabness’ in Madura, East Java’, in: ASIEN. The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, Nr. 137 (April): 5-24.
Lücking, Mirjam (2014a) ‘Making ‘Arab’ One’s Own. Muslim Pilgrimage Experiences in Central Java, Indonesia’, in: Internationales Asienforum. International Quarterly for Asian Studies 45 (1-2): 129-152.
Lücking, Mirjam (2014b) ‘Arabness’ as Social Capital in Madura’, in: Islamika Indonesiana. Vol. 1 (2): 37-46.
“Indonesians in Jerusalem: Pilgrimage, Conversion and Competition” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities, Sternberg Prize Awarding Ceremony, Jerusalem, 12 March 2019
“Food unites us… not anymore.” – Indonesian pilgrims eating kosher and halal in Jerusalem
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, ISF Workshop, Eating Religiously: Food and Faith in the 21st Century, Beer Sheva, 23 May 2019
“Mecca Selfies and Images of Jerusalem. Indonesian Pilgrims’ Online Performances of ‘Having Been There’”
Annual Assembly of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Beer Sheva, 27 May 2019
“The Mount of Olives as a site of sacred separation? Experiences of tourists and residents”
Conference on “Sacred Spaces”, Center for the Study of Conversion and Interreligious Encounters, Beer Sheva, 4 June 2019
“Narratives of separation, pragmatic cooperation and surprising similarities: Movement between Israel, Indonesia and Palestine”
EuroSEAS Humboldt-University Berlin 10-13 September 2019
“Israeli Dead Sea Cosmetics and Charity for Palestinian Children: Feminized Inter-Religious Competition among Indonesian Jerusalem Pilgrims”, Biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Stockholm, 15 August 2018
“Untold Stories from Israel and Palestine”, Islamic Boarding School Pondok Pesantren Al-Kahfi Somalangu, Kebumen, 28 July 2018
“Ziarah Persaingan – Perjalanan Orang Indonesia ke Yerusalem”, Fakultas Adab, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, 25 July 2018
“Contemporary Journeys of Conversion from Indonesia to Israel”, International Conference on “Conversion, Then and Now”, Center for the Study of Conversion and Interreligious Encounters, Beer Sheva, 28 May 2018
“Asian Values and Islamic Piety among Female Migrant Workers in Java and Madura, Indonesia”, biennial conference of Asian Studies in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 24 May 2018
“Indonesians’ Competitive Pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem”, Israeli Anthropological Association, Annual Conference, Dimona, 23 May 2018
“Between Arab-Phobia and Pop-Arabness: Ambivalent Muslim lifestyles in Contemporary Indonesia”, Jerusalem 30 November 2017, “Introducing Indonesia” – International Conference, The Hebrew University 29/30 November 2017
“Islam und Demokratie in Südostasien“, Seminar: Südostasien – Ein Einblick in die Tigerstaaten, Baden Württembergischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Studienhaus Wiesneck, Buchenbach, 25 March 2017
“Academic and Religious Pilgrimages from Indonesia to the Middle East”, with Judith Schlehe, Conference “Trans-l Encounters: Religious Education and Islamic Popular Culture in Asia and the Middle East”, University of Marburg, Marburg, 26 May 2016
“Labour Migrants in Central Java and Madura: Between K-Pop and Piety”, Workshop “EuroSEAS PhD Master Class”, EuroSEAS Conference, Vienna, 10 August 2015
“Making ‘Arab Others’: Gendered Moralities, Identities and Journeys to the Middle East among Indonesian Muslims”, with Evi Eliyanah, Workshop “Social Identities in Indonesia”, Australian National University, Canberra, October 2015
Political Economy Political Sociology Innovation Policy Development Political Geography
Erez’s dissertation, Politics of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial State and the Making of Israel’s ‘Start-Up Nation’, is a state-led account of Israel’s transformation from traditional manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy. Rather than the invisible hand of market forces, his work underscores the crucial role of industrial policy and the collaboration between private and public actors. His current research project focuses on Israel’s “Digital Health Initiative”, a new government program that seeks to foster economic growth and addresses a host of social-health related challenges that have only become more pressing following the Covid-19 epidemic
Fellowships and Grants
2021-2025 Martin Buber Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2021-2023, Faculty of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, University of Toronto (Declined)
2020-2021 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University
2020-2021 The Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Declined)
2018-19 GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University
2016-18 Israel Institute Doctoral Fellowship
2013-18 Henry MacCracken Fellowship, New York University
2012 Herzl Fellowship, Bernard Cherrick Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2021- Halpern Award for Best PhD Dissertation, Association for Israel Studies
2020 - Louis Guttman Best Paper Award, Israeli Sociology Society
2020 - Early Career Workshop Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE))
2012 - Rector’s Prize of Excellence in a Master's Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2012 - Dean’s List of Outstanding Students, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2011 - Kurt Grunwald Award
2020 Ph.D. Sociology, New York University
2015 M.Phil. Sociology, New York University
2013 M.A. Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2010 B.A. Sociology, Anthropology and International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2021 “Wage-Led Growth Is Dead! Long Live Wage-Led Growth! Labor’s Role in the (Re)Formation of Israel’s Growth Model” (with Assaf Bondy), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Meeting (virtual Conference)
2020 “The Politics Innovation: Lessons from Israel.”Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Meeting, Amsterdam (virtual conference).
2019 “The Politics of Innovation Policy: Lessons from Israel.” American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, New York.
2017 “Discipline, Development and Sources of State Capacity.”American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Montreal.
2016 “Sources of State Capacity and the Developmental State”Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Meeting, Berkeley.
2012 “Politics, Planning, Market: The Israeli Settlement Policy in the Metropolitan Area of Jerusalem”, (with Marco Allegra). European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS) Annual Meeting, Munich.
My research project seeks to cast new light on transatlantic Jewish culture and intellectual history from Fascist Italy to Postwar America, as seen through the case of a remarkable, but neglected, scholar, Isaiah Sonne, who was active in the crucial decades of the Fascist regime in Italy, left for Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Race Laws in 1938, and devoted the rest of his life in the United States to disseminating the Science of Judaism, as a research scholar, librarian, and private collector. Though a reconstruction of his life, I hope to write a new chapter in the history of the Jewish experience under Fascism and beyond.
Fellowships and Grants (selection)
2023 Israel and Ione Massada Fellowship, Worcester College, University of Oxford
2020 Martin Buber Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2020-2021 Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (declined)
2019-2020 Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2019 Bursary, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford
2018-2019 Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University
2018 Fall Weekend Seminar Fellowship, Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
2018 Part-time Postdoctoral Scholar, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes-CNRS, Paris (funded by Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe)
2018 Enhancement and Research Fellowship (to conduct independent research in Israel), Sapienza University of Rome
2017 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Universität Hamburg
2016 Rabbi Theodore S. Levy Tribute Fellowship, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati
2015 German Language Grant, DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst)
2014 Modern Hebrew Language Grant, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe
2014-2016 Doctoral Fellowship, University of Roma Tre
2022 Giuseppe Alberigo Award 2021, Special Mention of Excellence, Junior category
2015 Placidia Coen Prize for Outstanding Master Thesis, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Italo Mancini,” University of Urbino
2014 Distinguished Service Award “Donna, genere: Sapienza,” Sapienza University of Rome
2013 Master Thesis Degree Award, Laziodisu
2011 Bachelor Thesis Degree Award, Laziodisu
2017 Double Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies, University of Roma Tre and Universität Hamburg, Summa cum laude (Dissertation: Living under the Evil Pope: Paul IV and the Jews in the Hebrew Chronicle by Benjamin Neḥemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent.)
2013 M.A. in Historical-Religious Sciences (Hebrew Language and Literature), Sapienza University of Rome, Summa cum laude
2011 B.A. in Historical-Religious Sciences (Hebrew Language and Literature), Sapienza University of Rome, Summa cum laude
Life in Ink: The Journey of a Bibliophile from Renaissance Italy to Postwar America (manuscript in preparation)
Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by Benjamin Neḥemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent. (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020)
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“Judeo-Italian Manuscripts in the Bodleian Collections,” in The Margins at the Centre: Jewish Languages in the Bodleian Collections, eds. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and César Merchán-Hamann (Oxford: Bodleian Library Publishing) (in preparation)
“Nuovi dettagli sull'Inquisizione romana e il carcere di Ripetta alla morte di Paolo IV (1559)” (in preparation)
“Nel vicolo delli hebrei. La presenza ebraica a Civitanova Marche tra Quattro e Seicento” (submitted)
“Notes for a Biography: A Portrait of Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960),” Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture 19/1 (2022): 1-10
“Zeh yihyeh lanu le-Zikaron. Memorie, note e appunti di ebrei italiani all’interno di alcuni libri a stampa (secc. XVI-XIX),” Materia Giudaica 26/2 (2021): 305-313
(with Luca Andreoni), “«Tutta l’arte de rabini». Un caso di confisca di libri ebraici ad Ancona: controllo e conflitto (1728),” in L’Inquisizione e gli ebrei. Nuove ricerche, ed. Marina Caffiero (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2021), 49-81
“From Menasseh ben Israel to Solomon Proops. Amsterdam Jewish Druckwesen in the Library of Isaiah Sonne,” in The Jewish Bookshop of the World: Aspects of Print and Manuscript Culture in Early Modern Amsterdam, ed. Theodor Dunkelgrün, special issue of Studia Rosenthaliana 46/1 (2020): 97-116
“When the Rabbi’s Soul Entered a Pig. Melchiorre Palontrotti and His Giudiata against the Jews of Rome” Jewish History 33/3-4 (2020): 351-375
“Isaiah Sonne, 1887-1960,” in Il patrimonio archivistico e bibliografico delle Comunità israelitiche italiane. Ovvero, la Relazione di Isaia Sonne. Note a margine, ed. Stefania Roncolato (Milan: Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea, 2020), 4-6
“Sara, Smeralda, Stella e le altre. Donne ebree a Civitanova Marche negli anni centrali del Cinquecento,” Proposte e Ricerche 80 (2018): 109-123
“The Jews and Their Doubts: Anti-Jewish Polemics in the Fascicolo delle vanità giudaiche by Antonino Stabili (1583),” Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies 1 (2016): 59-75
“The Pope and Haman in Renaissance Italy,” Martina Mampieri, The Jerusalem Post (March 15, 2022)
“Notes from the Harry Starr Fellows,” CJS News,Spring Review (Cambridge, MA, 2019): 13-14
Invited Lectures and Seminars
Alberigo Award Lecture, Author Meets Critique, Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna (June 22, 2022)
“For the Love of Books: The Story of Isaiah Sonne and His Collection,” The Zeev Rubin Forum, The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University (March 22, 2022) – online
“Life in Ink: The Journey of a Bibliophile from Renaissance Italy to Postwar America,” Martin Buber Colloquium, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (December 20, 2021)
“A Jewish Historian in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan’s Chronicle of Pope Paul IV,” Early Modern Scholarship and Religion Seminar, University of Cambridge (March 5, 2021) – online
“Writing under the Evil Pope: A Moneylender from the Papal States and His Chronicle about Pope Paul IV (16th cent.),” JEWTACT Seminar, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva (January 21, 2021) – online
“From the Printing Press to the Shelf: Early Jewish Books in the Isaiah Sonne Collection,” Forschungskolloquium zur Europäischen Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (February 5, 2020)
“Mah Nishtanah? Why is This Night Different from all Other Nights? Italian Passover Haggadot in Manuscript and in Print,” Harvard University (April 12, 2019)
“Studying and Collecting Medieval and Early Modern Judaica and Hebraica Treasures between Fascist Italy and Postwar America. Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960) and His Collection,” Starr Seminar, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (April 4, 2019)
“Isaiah Sonne: His Papers and Correspondence between Italy and the U.S. (1922-60),” The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati (May 10, 2016)
“The Jew Who Married an Ox: An Alleged Blood Libel against the Jews of Hamburg,” The 68th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, The Convention Centre Dublin (March 30, 2022)
“From Galicia to Fascist Italy: Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960) and Italy’s Jewish Cultural Heritage,” Conference Jewish Crossroads: Between Italy and Eastern Europe, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (July 22, 2021) – online
“Il piacere dell’archivio. Fare ricerca archivistica tra Italia, Israele e Stati Uniti,” Giorno dei Ricercatori, University of Roma Tre (April 8, 2021) – online
Book discussion, Conference Cultura e religione in Italia tra Medioevo ed età moderna, Stroncature. Cantiere storico-filologico (February 13, 2021) – online
“Book Lists through Four Centuries: A Source for the Jewish Presence in Early Modern Mediterranean Europe,” International Conference #DHJewish – Jewish Studies in the Digital Age, University of Luxembourg (January 13, 2021) – online
“What Jewish Authors Wrote about the Popes in the Early Modern Era,” The AJS 52nd Annual Conference, Washington DC (December 13-17, 2020) – online
“Gli ebrei a Civitanova Marche sotto Paolo IV ed i Cesarini. La cronaca di Benjamin ben Elnathan (Guglielmo di Diodato, XVI sec.),” Civitanova Marche (September 12, 2020)
“Neophytes, Slanderers, and Jewish Dogs: Imagining and Defining the Jews at the Outskirts of the Papal States (16th century),” Conference Imagining the Renaissance/Defining the Jews, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem (January 12-15, 2020)
“Zeh yehì lanu le-Zikaron. Memorie, note, appunti di famiglia all’interno di alcuni libri della collezione di Isaiah Sonne (secc. XVI-XIX),” The 33rd AISG International Congress, University of Bologna, Ravenna (September 2-4, 2019)
“Footprints for the History of Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era,” The 65th Annual RSA Meeting, Sheraton Centre, Toronto (March 17-19, 2019)
“Reading, Detecting, and Encoding Manuscript Variants. Sefer ha-Shorashim and Its Challenges,” Launch Workshop of the Project RACINES. Critical Edition of David Qimḥi’s Sefer ha-Shorashim and its Latin Translation, in Digital Form, IRHT-CNRS, Paris (February 26, 2019)
“Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them: Isaiah Sonne and the Quest for Hebrew Books,” The AJS 50th Annual Conference, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston (December 16-18, 2018)
“Christian Hebraism in a Polemical Key. The Case of Melchiorre Palontrotti,” Fall Weekend Seminar The Many Faces of Hebraism in Early Modern Europe directed by Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg, Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC (September 2018)
“From Frankfurt to Jerusalem. Italian Hebrew Manuscripts in the Nauheim Collection at the National Library of Israel,” The 11th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (July 15-19, 2018)
“היהודים במחוז למארקה התיישבות [La vita ebraica nelle Marche nelle generazioni],” Conference Le Marche. «O bel paese con li dolci colli…» organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Jerusalem, The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (May 10, 2018) [in Hebrew]
“Melchiorre Palontrotti and the First Giudiata against the Jews of Rome (1647-48),” The 64th Annual RSA Meeting, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans (March 22-24, 2018)
“Nel vicolo delli hebrei: la presenza ebraica ai margini dello Stato della Chiesa nell’età dei ghetti,” International seminar Intorno al confine. Esperienze religiose tra marginalità ed esclusione in Europa e America, University of Roma Tre (January 15, 2018)
“Writing the History of Popes in the Renaissance. The Chronicle on Paul IV by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th cent.),” The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus (August 9, 2017)
“History in Translation. Translating a Hebrew Chronicle of Renaissance Italy,” Nachwuchstagung Judaistik - Fifth Conference for Young Researchers in Jewish Studies. Methods and Disciplines between Germany and Israel, University of Potsdam (July 3, 2017)
“Sara, Smeralda, Stella, Regina e le altre. Donne ebree a Civitanova Marche negli anni centrali del Cinquecento,” International Workshop Doter pour transmettre? Une histoire économique et sociale de la famille juive (XVe-XIXe s.), École française de Rome (December 11, 2015)
“The Jews and Their Doubts. Anti-Jewish Polemics and Christian Apologetics in the Fascicolo delle vanità giudaiche (1583) by Antonino Stabili,” BAJS Annual Conference Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism, University of Manchester (July 7, 2015)
“Living Under the Evil Pope’: Paul IV and the Jews according to the Jewish Chronicle by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th century),” BAJS Annual Conference Jews and Political Discourse, Trinity College Dublin (July 14, 2014)
My work explores the role of performance and aesthetic forms as a means of expressing belonging and identity in activist settings. In the context of LGBTQ rights activism in the Mediterranean, I examine the usage of aesthetic forms in communicating trans and queer rights claims for migrants and refugees.
Carolin Müller is at the Buber Society since October 2021. She studied Art Education and EFL at Technische Universität Dresden, where she wrote a semiotic analysis of William Kentridges animated drawings, and focused on the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder during her studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University, where she also defended her PhD. Her doctoral thesis explores musical activism as a mode of civic activism that opposed the recent resurgence of anti-immigrant and neo-fascist attitudes and policies in the city of Dresden, Germany. Her overall research examines the relationship of art, performance, and politics in migration issues.
As a PhD student, she co-founded the Migration Studies Working Group at the Ohio State University, a doctoral student-led network of researchers, teachers, and community organizers, and continuous her work as a Social Media manager for the platform. Carolin has also organized and managed several artist residencies and exchanges with performers from Germany, Burkina Faso and the United States, whose projects focused on transnational connections and exchanges through artistic expression. She was a co-curator for the Migrants Music Manifesto in Cologne, Germany, during which questions of sustainability and network issues for transnational migrant artists were discussed. Apart from her academic and curatorial work, she is an avid printmaker and art educator herself.
As a coordinator of the Education & Technology program at Technische Universität Dresden, she led a doctoral colloquium, designed hybrid participation formats for doctoral candidates, and coordinated and managed an international summer school that took place in hybrid formats in 2021.
(2021) Open Access Publication Grant, Technische Universität Dresden
(2019-2020) Ohio State Presidential Fellowship
(2019) Ohio State Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant
(2019) Ohio State Council of Graduate Students Career Development Grant
(2019) Ohio State Alumni Grant for Graduate Research
(2018-2019) Research Fellowship, Technische Universität Dresden
(2018) Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability Seed Grant
(2018) Mershon Center for International Security Studies Graduate Student Research Grant
(2017) Global Mobility Graduate Student Research Grant
(2017) Felice M. Grad Endowed Scholarship
(2018) Graduate Associate Distinguished Teaching Award in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University
(2018) Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students Committee Chair Award for Excellence.
(2017) Ohio State Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship (Spring, Autumn)
(2020) Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (Music Activism in Germany – Case Study of Musical Citizenship through Banda Internationale in the city of Dresden)
(2016) M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (Film Studies)
(2015) M.Ed. in Art Education and EFL, M.Ed. Thesis: “Semiotische Analyse der Animierten Zeichnung von William Kentridge”
(2013) B.Ed. in Art Education and EFL, B.Ed. Thesis: “dOCUMENTA (13) – transhumane Sichtweisen”
Chapters in books
“The transience of prisoners’ memoirs in Abbas Khider’s Die Orangen des Präsidenten (The President’s Oranges),” Abbas Khider Anthology, Karolin Machtans, David Coury (Eds.) Peter Lang, 2021.
---, Schwarz, Mandy. “Perspectives in German Art Pedagogy,” The International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education, Richard Hickman (General Ed.), John Baldacchino, Kerry Freedman, Emese Hall, and Nigel Meager (Volume Eds.). Wiley & Sons, 2019.
“Transcultural Engagement in Protest Music as a Mode of Scene,” Zapruder World. (abstract accepted)
“Countering Discrimination through Inter-Cultural Heritage production in Music and Theatre,” Special Issue: Discrimination and Interculturalism: Exploring their Intersection in Theory and Practice. Zenia Hellgren and Ricard Zapata-Barrero (Guest Eds.) International Migration. (under editorial review).
“Challenging the Sound of Integration: Intersectional Approaches to Music in Integration Projects in Germany,” Challenging Integration through Everyday Narratives, Peter Scholten, Marcus Nicolson, Doga Atalay, and Umut Korkut (Volume Eds.) IMISCOE Research Series. (under editorial review).
Review of Die Sommer by Ronya Othmann, Chamisso Preis Hellerau Begleitband, THELEM Universitätsverlag und Buchhandel. (under editorial review)
Review of Alle Hunde müssen sterben by Cemile Sahin, Chamisso Preis Hellerau Begleitband, THELEM Universitätsverlag und Buchhandel. (under editorial review)
“Anti-Racism in Europe: An Intersectional Approach to the Discourse on Empowerment through the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025,” Soc. Sci. 10, no. 4 (2021): 137. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10040137
“Musical Border-ness: Contesting Spaces Through Cultural Engagement,” Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 10:2 (2019) pp. 261–279, doi: 10.1386/cjmc_00006_1
“Discussing Mobility in Liminal Spaces and Border Zones: An Analysis of Abbas Khider’s Der falsche Inder (2008) and Briefe in die Auberginenrepublik (2013),” Textpraxis (No. 17, 2.2019).
“Performing Critical Voice: On the Relationship of Citizenship and Belonging to the Articulation of Contemporary Critiques,” On_Culture: the Open Journal for the Study of Culture (7.2019).
Review of Euro-Visions: Europe in Contemporary Cinema, edited by Mariana Liz. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (31st March, 2017).
“Raising Awareness: Piper Kerman's 'Orange is the New Black' and the oppression of women in U.S. Prisons,” London: HYSTERIA PRESS (July 24, 2014).
“Intangible Heritage as Discursive Practice: Negotiating ‘Integration’ Through Art, Music and Theater” in Workshop: Connecting cultures, negotiating heritages: The role of cultural heritage in migrants’ integration and social cohesion, IMISCOE Annual Conference, Luxembourg. (digital presentation)
“Challenging the Sound of Integration: Intersectional Approaches to Music in Integration Projects in Germany,” VOLPOWER ‘Challenging Integration through Everyday Narratives` Academic Workshop, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. (digital presentation)
“Conditions and Limitations for Citizenly Participation by Non-Citizen Artists in Saxony,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C.
“Strategien der Ab- und Ausgrenzung in der Organisation Sozialer Teilhabe für Künstler mit Fluchtgeschichte,” der 3. Konferenz des Netzwerks Fluchtforschung an der Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany. (digital presentation due to COVID-19)
“What it Means to Have a Seat at the Table: On the Ambiguities of Inclusion,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Association for Cultural Studies Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. (postponed due to COVID-19)
“Intangible Heritage as Discursive Practice: Negotiating “Integration” Through Art, Music and Theater,” IMISCOE Conference, Luxembourg. (digital presentation due to COVID-19)
“Countering Discrimination Through Inter-Cultural Heritage Production in Music and Theater,” Discrimination and Interculturalism: Exploring their Intersection in Theory and Practice Workshop, Barcelona, Spain. (postponed due to COVID-19)
“Destabilizing the Notion of “Refugeeness”: The Capacity to Perform Citizenship through Music,” Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.
“The Strategies and Risks of Performing Citizenship and Rights Through Music,” Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, Dayton, OH.
“Negotiating Mediatized Performance and Everyday Practice in Music,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
“Spaces of Musical Production as Cultural Borderlands,” The Migration Conference, Bari, Italy.
“Pushing for Insurgent Mobile Citizenship and Resisting the Pitfalls of Humanitarianism: The Chances and Challenges of Cross-Border Artistic Exchanges,” IMISCOE Spring Conference, Sheffield, UK.
“The Dialogic Dynamics of Musical Space: Understanding Musical Subjectivities and Musical Speech in Travelscapes with the Banda Internationale,” MUSICAL FREESPACE: Towards a radical politics of musical spaces and musical citizenship, Venice, Italy.
“Strategies of Deconstructing Borders toward Social Inclusion of Migrants: A Case Study of the Work of the German Musician Collective ‘Banda Internationale’, Cultural Mobilization: Cultural consciousness-raising and national movements in Europe and the world at the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Prison wall epigraphs: The transience of prisoners’ memoirs in Abbas Khider’s Die Orangen des Präsidenten”, North East Modern Languages Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.
“Music as a Passageway to Social and Cultural Integration of Migrants in Germany,” Critical European Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.
“Teaching about the stories of “migration” in the project-based learning space of a German language classroom,” Modern Languages Association, New York City, NY.
“Im Zeichen des Hasen – Angst? Parody of the “other” radical in performance art”, Midwest Modern Languages Association, Cincinnati, OH.
My main interest lies on researching sacred architecture and the role it plays for communities and regions. In my current project I will be working on the Byzantine settlements in the Negev desert, because these provide an extraordinary object of study for the interaction of church architecture within urban spaces in Late Antiquity.
The Negev desert offers several settlements that had a uniquely high standard of living in Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. These towns are endowed with numerous churches that show a very distinct style in their architecture and ornamentation. The location of the Negev between Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza and Petra places it at the nexus of pilgrimage and trade routes. Multi-lateral influence would therefore not only be possible, but expected. Nevertheless, the churches exhibit a particularly homogeneous, unostentatious style.
Based on art-historical and archaeological methods I will examine the architecture of the churches. Furthermore, cultural-historical interpretations will be utilized to explore the role of the churches in shaping the cultural space constituted by the Negev settlements. Since churches are markers and hallmarks of pre-modern urban spaces, I aim to provide a better understanding of the underlying cultural tendencies that made the Byzantine towns in the Negev such an interesting success story.
Fellowships and Grants
2021 Post-Doc Fellow, Minerva Stiftung, Institute for Art History, HU Jerusalem
2015 Research Grant, German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA)/ DEI Jerusalem
2014 – 2015 Graduate Scholarship of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
2012 – 2014 Graduate Scholarship of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich
2005 – 2006 Scholarship of the Dr. Auguste Schaedel-Dantscher Foundation, Garmisch
2016 – 2018 Assistant Director and Excavation Manager for the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA)/ DEI Jerusalem. Management of the project: Stadtgeschichte Jerusalems. Archäologische Grabung im Protestantischen Zionsfriedhof in Jerusalem (The GPIA’s Mt. Zion Excavation Project).
2011 – 2016 PhD at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich; Department for the History of Late Antique and Byzantine Art / Byzantine Studies. Title of the PhD: “Das unverrückbar Heilige: Jerusalems Loca Sancta in der Kreuzfahrerzeit” (The immovable Holy: Jerusalem’s Loca Sancta in Crusader Times).
2005 – 2011 Magister Artium at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich; Classical Archaeology, History of Late Antique and Byzantine Art, History of Art. Topic: “Labra – Luxus in Marmor. Verwendung und Funktion”.
Palmberger, Katharina: Das unverrückbar Heilige – Jerusalems Loca Sancta in der Kreuzfahrerzeit, Wiesbaden 2020.
Bergmeier, Armin; Palmberger, Katharina (ed.): Erzeugung und Zerstörung von Sakralität zwischen Antike und Mittelalter. Beiträge der internationalen Tagung in München vom 20.-21.10.2015, DWJ Special Issue_vol. 1, Heidelberg/München 2016.
03/2019: Die Kreuzfahrer – Geschichte und Kunst. Study Program “Studium in Israel”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
01/2019: Jerusalem: Kunst – Politik – Religion. Chair for Catholic Theology, RWTH University of Aachen.
12/2018: Church Architecture in the Crusader Period. In: Tempel, Synagogen, Kirchen und Moscheen: Sakralarchitektur in Palästina von der Bronzezeit bis zum Mittelalter. Deutscher Verein zur Erforschung Palästinas (DPV) / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
05/2018: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its History of Plundering. In: Pillaging Sacred Spaces, International Workshop. University of Cologne; Department for Antiquity, Chair for Byzantine Studies.
01/2018: Das Unverrückbar Heilige. Jerusalems Loca Sancta in der Kreuzfahrerzeit. Chair for Byzantine Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.
11/2017: Die Ausgrabungen auf dem Zionsberg. Stiftungen der EKD im Heiligen Land, Redeemer’s Church, Jerusalem
11/2015: How to destroy sacrality? The history of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In: Old and Modern Art: A New Vision. Symposion, Department of Art History, Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
11/2014: Architectural Translations of Jerusalem in Georgia. In: On the Verge: Time and Space. Symposium, Department for Art History, Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
My research focuses on the nature and value of rationality, reasons and argumentation. I address these issues in the setting both of Ancient Philosophy and current epistemology and ethics. Currently, I work on the roots of our understanding of moral responsibility in Classical Antiquity, in and before Aristotle, and on the question in which way rationality and moral responsibility are interconnected. I am also interested in topics in social epistemology, such as the epistemic justice, fake news and the value of arguing with others.
Fellowships and Positions
2020-2021 Lecturer in Philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)
2020 Research Fellow at the Cluster “Philosophy, Science and the Sciences”, Humboldt University Berlin
Doctoral Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DGF), Humboldt University Berlin
Cambridge Trust Scholarship
2019 Humboldt University Berlin, PhD in Philosophy, Graduate Program of Ancient Philosophy
Title: The Epistemic Value of Logos. Gorgias, Isocrates and Plato on the Possibility of Giving Reasons to Others
2012 University of Cambridge, MPhil in Classics
2011 Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, MPhil in Philosophy, Logic, and Theory of Science
2010 University of Oxford, Queen’s College, Visiting Student in Philosophy
Psychoanalysis as Dance: Performance and the Aesthetics of Ruptures- An interdisciplinary project to explore the entanglements of psychoanalysis and dance science and to investigate moments of rupture in the psychotherapeutic interaction
Fellowships and Grants
2020 Post-graduate grant / International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
2017-2018 Post-graduate grant / Baumgartstiftung
2013-2016 Graduate fellowship / Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk
2007-2011 Undergraduate fellowship / Gerhard C. Starck Stiftung
Bleimling, J. (2018). Gegenübertragung und soziales Trauma. Eine Mikroanalyse des szenischen Erinnerns der Shoah in videografierten Zeitzeugengesprächen. Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag.
Chapters in books
Stankovic, B., Bleimling, J., Hamburger, A. (2018). How to Do (Awkward) Things with Just a Few Words. Moments of Meeting in Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof. Damen und Herren über 65. In G. Brandstetter, M. B. Buchholz, A. Hamburger, & C. Wulf (Eds.), Rhythmus Balance Resonanz – Multiperspektivische Mikroanalysen von Interaktivität (p.368-385). Berlin: Paragrana – Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie, 27(1).
Bleimling, J. (2018a). Assessing Traumatic Reenactment – Now Moments in Survivor Interviews. In A. Hamburger (Ed.). Trauma, Trust and Memory. – Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Trauma (p.179-188). London: Karnac.
Bleimling, J. (2017). Über Worte und Bewegungen. Eine empirische Analyse von moments of meeting in videographierten Zeitzeugengesprächen. In T. Breyer, M. Buchholz, A. Hamburger, S. Pfänder (Eds.). Resonanz, Rhythmus und Synchronisierung: Erscheinungsformen und Effekte (p.377-390). Bielefeld: Transcript.
Bleimling, J., Kind, A. (2016). Stalag Holocaust – Pornografie. Eine psychoanalytische Betrachtung der Transformationen des Traumas im Schatten des Eichmann-Prozesses in den 1960er Jahren in Israel. Psychosozial Zeitschrift, 71-83.
Bleimling, J. (2021). Nonverbal moments of meeting – an analysis of three psychodynamic therapy sessions. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/17432979.2021.1888805
2016 Panel: Scenic memory of the Shoah 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Jerusalem
2017 Now Moments in a child psychoanalysis and a school conflict Psychoanalytic Interdisciplinary Conversation Research, International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin
2020 Dance of Words - physical expression and unconscious processes in psychotherapies Institute for Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy Psychosomatics, Berlin
In my project, provisionally entitled "Ars se necandi. Cultural poetics of suicide in the Middle Ages", I am seeking to link different historical, theological, linguistic, legal and literary statements dealing with suicide. The interplay of both traditional and subversive discourses in medieval culture, thus the assumption, are represented in literary productions, and vice versa literary texts played a significant part in stimulating those negotiations. The project will consider theological treatises and sermons, legal documents, case studies from medieval chronicles and legends as well as vernacular texts from different genres (Kaiserchronik, Iwein, Minnesang, Mysticism). It will assess how their perspectives discursively influence and productively interact with each other. One question among others will be whether – and to what extent – literary texts reflect their aesthetic potential as specifically poetic texts, and are thus able to transcend other discourses.
10/2019 – 12/2022 Departmental Lecturer in German, University of Oxford, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in connection with Somerville College
10/2016 – 12/2019 D.Phil. in Medieval and Modern Languages – University of Oxford
05/2011 – 09/2016 'Staatsexamen' History / German studies – Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
10/2014 – 05/2016 M.A. in History / German studies – Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
10/2014 – 07/2015 M.St. in Modern Languages – University of Oxford
05/2011 – 09/2014 B.A. in History / German studies – Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Fellowships, Grants and Prizes
07/2022 – 08/2022 Research Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
06/2022 – 06/2022 TORCH International Partnership scheme (manuscript research in Toledo and Paris)
09/2021 Travel Award, Deutsches Historisches Institut Rome, Italy (manuscript research in the Biblioteca Vaticana)
08/2021 – 06/2022 COVID-19 Research Rebuilding Momentum Fund (John Fell Fund, Oxford)
04/2021 – 03/2022 British Academy Small Research Grant (Project: 'MMMMO – Mechthild's Medieval Mystical Manuscripts Online' (Link: http://www.helftamysticism.org)
04/2017 + 04/2018 David McLintock Graduate grant, University of Oxford (financial support for manuscript related travel)
10/2016 - 09/2019 Arts and Humanities Research Council (PhD scholarship, fees)
‚Frauenmystik‘ digital. Big Data und neue Wege in der Überlieferungsgeschichte (together with Marcus Ventzke and Lauritz Brinkmann), in: Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften (in preparation)
Eine Braut Christi für die Bräute Christi? Die hl. Agnes in der geistlichen Literatur des Mittelalters. (article; in preparation)
Geistliche Literatur und Nationalphilologie – eine forschungsgeschichtliche Perspektive, in: Latein und Deutsch zwischen 1100 und 1600. Internationales Arbeitsgespräch und interdisziplinäre Forschungsperspektiven, ed. by Daniel Pachurka. (with the editors)
Reisen als Grenzüberwindung – Übergangsriten im ‘Fortunatus’, in: Daphnis. Zeitschrift für deutsche Literatur und Kultur der Frühen Neuzeit. (accepted)
Vom Meister lernen. Perspektiven der ‘Frauenmystik’-Philologie am Beispiel Mechthilds von Hackeborn, in: Meister Eckhart-Jahrbuch 16 (2022). (accepted)
LiberorLibri. The Latin transmission of Mechthild’s text, in: The Boke of Gostely Grace. The Middle English Translation and its European Vernacular Contexts, ed. by Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa and Anne Mouron, Liverpool 2022. (with the editors)
Kartäusische Gebetbücher. Zur Kohärenz von Bibliotheksordnungen in den Kartausen Basel und Erfurt, in: Die Kartause als Text-Raum mittelalterlicher Mystik-Rezeption. Wissensdiskurse, Schreibpraktiken, Überlieferungskonstellationen, ed. by Balázs Nemes et al. (with the editors)
Assessment of the Latin manuscripts of the Liberspecialis gratiae in England, in: The Boke of Gostely Grace, edited from Oxford, MS Bodley 220, ed. by Mark Atherton, Anne Mouron and Naoe K. Yoshikawa, Liverpool 2022. (forthcoming)
Johannes Platterberger/Dietrich Truchseß: Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters (KdiH). Begonnen von Hella Frühmorgen-Voss und Norbert H. Ott, hg. von Ulrike Bodemann, Kristina Freienhagen-Baumgardt, Pia Rudolph, Peter Schmidt, Christine Stöllinger-Löser und Nicola Zotz. Bd. 1ff. München 1991ff. (forthcoming)
Mechthild of Hackeborn, in: Dictionary of Cistercian Saints, ed. by Mirko Breitenstein, Jörg Sonntag and Alkuin Schachenmayr, Frankfurt/M. 2021.
Konrad of Brundelsheim, in: Dictionary of Cistercian Saints, ed. by Mirko Breitenstein, Jörg Sonntag and Alkuin Schachenmayr, Frankfurt/M. 2021.
Gertrude of Hackeborn, in: Dictionary of Cistercian Saints, ed. by Mirko Breitenstein, Jörg Sonntag and Alkuin Schachenmayr, Frankfurt/M. 2021.
Lucardis of Oberweimar, in: Dictionary of Cistercian Saints, ed. by Mirko Breitenstein, Jörg Sonntag and Alkuin Schachenmayr, Frankfurt/M. 2021.
Verschichten von Geschichte(n). Metachronikalisches Erzählen als Narrativierungsstrategie in den Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Geschichte erzählen. Strategien der Narrativierung von Vergangenheit in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters, ed. by Sarah Bowden, Manfred Eikelmann, Stephen Mossman and Michael Stolz, Tübingen 2020, pp. 283–297.
Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 367. Von Kupferstichen und Einbänden — Die Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Oxford German Studies 46 (2017), pp. 241-247.
Die politische Mission Deocars. Ein Beispiel für die fränkische Durchdringung des frühmittelalterlichen Bayern, in: Zeitreisen. Geschichten von heute, gestern und davor aus Herrieden, Aurach und Umgebung, vol. 21 (2015), pp. 10-20.
Book Review of Racha Kirakosian: From the Material to the Mystical in Late Medieval Piety. The Vernacular Transmission of Gertrude of Helfta’s Visions, Cambridge University Press 2021, in: Medium Ævum. (in preparation)
Book Review of Stefan Matter: Tagzeitentexte des Mittealalters. Untersuchungen und Texte zur deutschen Gebetbuchliteratur (Liturgie und Volkssprache 4), Berlin/Boston 2021, in: Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung (2022). (forthcoming)
Book Review of Vincent Evener: Enemies of the cross. Suffering, Truth, and Mysticism in the early Reformation. Oxford University Press 2021, in: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 73 (2022), pp. 647–649.
Book Review of Racha Kirakosian: The Life of Christina of Hane. Translation, Introduction and Annotation, Yale University Press 2020, in: Medium Ævum 90 (2021), pp. 382f.
Ein Netz voll(er) Visionen – Mechthild’s Medieval Mystical Manuscripts Online als Fallbeispiel digitaler Überlieferungsgeschichte (Workshop: Digital Humanities in der germanistischen Mediävistik. Erschließung – Analyse – Vermittlung), Greifswald 3.12.2022.
simplicitas praedicationis. Praxeologische und poetologische Reflexionen deutschsprachiger Prediger des Mittelalters (Einfachheit. Mediävistische Perspektiven auf einen schwierigen Begriff. XXVII. Anglo-German Colloquium), Münster, 7.–11.9. 2022.
Mechthild von Hackeborn in Wolfenbüttel und anderswo. Die Multifunktionalität eines spätmittelalterlichen Bestsellers (Stipendiatisches Kolloquium der HAB), Wolfenbüttel, 8.8.2022.
Im Dialog mit der Tradition. Die Minnelieder Steinmars (Neue Forschungsbeiträge aus dem Umfeld der Forschungsstelle für geistliche Literatur des Mittelalters), Eichstätt, 9.7.2022.
‚Frauenmystik‘ digital. Mechthild von Hackeborn, Big Data und neue Wege in der Überlieferungsgeschichte (Forschungskolloquium Universität Bielefeld), Bielefeld, 10.1.2022.
Eine Braut Christi für die Bräute Christi? Die hl. Agnes in der geistlichen Literatur des Mittelalters (Liturgie und Volkssprache im Mittelalter, Kolloquium des ‘Berliner Repertoriums’), Berlin, 15.12.2021.
Mystik(er)rezeption im 21. Jahrhundert. Dorothea von Montau, Meister Eckhart und Mechthild von Magdeburg (Mediävistisches Kolloquium der Universität Erfurt), Erfurt, 23.11.2021.
Knowledge and Knowledge Transfer in Pre-Modern Literature (together with Almut Suerbaum and Anna Wilmore), German Research Seminar, Oxford, 4.11.2021
Geistliche Literatur und Nationalphilologie – eine forschungsgeschichtliche Perspektive (Latein und Deutsch zwischen 1100 und 1600. Internationales Arbeitsgespräch und interdisziplinäre Forschungsperspektiven), Bochum, 24.–25.6.2021.
Kartäusische Gebetbücher. Zur Kohärenz von Bibliotheksordnungen in den Kartausen Basel und Erfurt (Die Kartause als Text-Raum mittelalterlicher Mystik-Rezeption. Wissensdiskurse, Schreibpraktiken, Überlieferungskonstellationen), Freiburg, 21.–22.5.2021
The many faces of the Liber specialis gratiae in Upper German (Love in Religion. Three Helfta Visionaries), Oxford, 11.–12.9.2020 (invited, moved to 10.–11.9.2021).
(Neu)rechtes Mittelalter: Alternative Narrativierungsstrategien in Populärkultur und Politik (Ringvorlesung Berner Mittelalter Zentrum: Das Mittelalter nach dem Mittelalter: Rückbezüge und Imaginationen), Bern, 23.4.2020 (invited).
Vom Meister lernen. Perspektiven der ‘Frauenmystik’-Philologie am Beispiel Mechthilds von Hackeborn (Doktorandenprogramm, Jahrestagung der Meister-Eckhart-Gesellschaft: Der unbekannte Eckhart), München, 26.–29.3.2020 (invited, moved to 14.–17.1.2021).
How to write a chronicle? (Hi-)Storytelling in 15th century Nürnberg (Graduate Research Seminar), King’s College London, 18.3.2020 (invited).
Gralsburgen, Archäologen und Mythen – und wie davon erzählen? (Fachschaftstagung Geschichte des Cusanuswerkes: Alles Mythos? – Entstehung, Wirkmacht und Rezeption eines kulturgeschichtlichen Phänomens), Bielefeld, 9.–12.1.2020.
Place and identity: Storytelling of lieux de memoire. The example of Montségur (Medieval Studies and the Far Right), Oxford, 11.5.2019.
Mystik als Textgeschichte(n). Mechthild von Hackeborn im Wandel der Zeit (XVI. Internationales Graduiertentreffen Deutsche Mediävistik. Oxford – Freiburg i. Br. – Fribourg – Genève), Oxford, 1.-4.5.2019.
My current research focuses on the emergence of urbanization in the Early Bronze Age in the southern Levant (3700-2500 BCE). It includes three complementary components: 1) Tel Qedesh excavation project – a new field project designed to reconstruct the socio-economic development of one early urban mega-site in the Galilee during the Early Bronze Age; 2) Regional and inter-regional analysis of the settlement system around the mega-site of Tel Qedesh and other urban centers in adjacent regions; 3) Comparative analysis of late-historical and ethnographic data to study the pre-modern era relating to the Arab village of Qadas (located on Tel Qedesh until 1948) and the Galilean settlement system.
2018 – 2020 Zvi Yavetz Post-doctoral Fellow at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University.
2014 – 2018 Rotenstreich Scholarship for Ph.D. candidates granted by the Council for Higher Education.
2013 – 2017 President Fellowship, The Hebrew University Honours Program for excelled Ph.D. candidates in the Humanities.
2014 Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Fellowship for excellent Ph.D. candidate.
2017 State of Israel, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space. Travel grant for an excellent doctoral student for international conference.
2015 Grant for Research Initiative. Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.
2014 Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology (Ph.D. field project).
2013 Ruth Amiran Fund for archaeological research in Israel, Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University (Ph.D. field project).
2010 Ruth Amiran Fund for archaeological research in Israel, Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University (M.A field project).
2013 – 2018 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ph.D. in Archaeology.
2009 - 2012 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.A. magna cum laude in Archaeology and Geography (urban and regional studies).
2005 – 2008 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A in Archaeology and Geography.
Wachtel, I. Kisilevitz, S., Ayalon, E., Darawshi, H., Gadot, Y. and Nadan, A (in press), An Interdisciplinary Study of Qālūnyā during the First Half of the 20th Century. New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region, Proceedings of the International Conference on Motza 2020.
Wachtel, I., Zidon, R. and Shelach-Lavi, G (2020). Using the Maximal Entropy Modeling Approach to Analyze the Evolution of Sedentary Agricultural Societies in Northeast China. Entropy 22(3): 307-326.
Wachtel, I., Zidon, R. Garti, S., and Shelach, G. (2018). Predicting modeling for archeological sites location: comparing logistic regression and Maxent in north Israel and North-East China. Journal of Archaeological Science 92: 28-36.
Wachtel, I. (2018). Monumentality in early urbanism: Early Bronze Age north Levantine monument in context. Journal of Asian Archaeology 1: 75-93.
Wachtel, I., Sabar R., and Davidovich, U. (2017). Tel Gush Halav in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Strata 35: 113-132.
Wachtel, I. (2014). The Mystery of 'Gal Yithro': Monumental Structure in The Upper Galilee. Qadmoniot 147: 16-18 (in Hebrew).
Mazar A. and Wachtel I. (2015). The Persian /Early Hellenistic Fortress at Hurvat Eres, Israel Exploration Journal 65(2): 214-244.
Shelach-Lavi, G., Wachtel, I., Golan, D, Ellenblum, R. and Honeychurch, W. (in press). Long-Wall construction in the Mongolian steppe during the Medieval Period (11th to the 13th centuries CE), Antiquity.
Shelach-Lavi, G., Teng, M., Goldsmith, Y., Wachtel, I., Stevens, C. J., Marder, O. & Polissar, P. (2019). Sedentism and plant cultivation in northeast China emerged during affluent conditions. Plos One, 14(7): 1-14.
Bloch, G., Francoy, T. M., Wachtel, I., Panitz-Cohen, N., Fuchs, S. and Mazar, A. (2010), Industrial apiculture in the Jordan valley during Biblical times with Anatolian honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (25): 11240-11245.
Chapters in books / edited volumes
Wachtel I. (in press), Sixty years after Aharoni: The Iron I settlements in the Upper Galilee, in Lipschits, O., Sergi, O., & Koch, I. (eds.), From Nomadism to Monarchy? "The Archaeology of the Settlement Period" – 30 Years Later. Eisenbrauns publishing.
Wachtel, I. (2016), La Galilea, non sempre una zona di confine, LIMES 10\15: 332-342 (Italian).
Using a Maxent model for analyzing nomadic activity patterns: The Southern Judean Desert as a case study. Digital Archeology: New Studies and Advance Technologies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2019.
Settlement shifts and demographic changes in the Upper Galilee during the Bronze and Iron Ages. ASOR 2017 Annual Meeting, Boston.
Predictive model for early settlements locations: The Upper Mountainous Galilee as a case study, Landscape Archaeology Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2017.
Sixty Years after Aharoni: A New Look at the Iron Age I Settlement in the Upper Galilee, From Nomadism to Monarchy? “The Archaeology of the Settlement Period”– 30 Years Later, Tel Aviv University, 2017.
Predicting modeling for archeological sites location: comparing logistic regression and Maxent in north Israel and North-East China, Digitization of Cultural Heritage, XIIIth Annual International Conference for Professionals in Cultural Heritage Van Leer, Jerusalem, 2016.
Bronze and Iron Ages settlement patterns in the mountainous upper Galilee Israel, Landscape Archaeology Conference, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2016.
Excavations in the Lower City of Hazor: 2008–2010, Memorandum: In memory of Dr. Sharon Zuckerman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015.
'Jethro's Cairn’ - An Early Bronze Age Site in the Upper Galilee, Israel: Function and Significance, ICAANE 2014, Basel, 2014.
The Renewed Excavation at Tel ‘En Gev, Area H (2009-2011): Stratigraphy, Finds and General Overview. The Land of Geshur: Archaeological Reconstruction, Tokio, 2012.
My various different research interests are held together by the question of how definitions are used in scientific practices such as mathematical proofs, experiments in the natural sciences, and clinical diagnostics. My current main project is a reconstruction of the ways in which definitions are employed in ancient Greek mathematical proofs, most notably in Euclid’s Elements and in applied mathematics. Besides, I also conduct collaborative interdisciplinary medical research on language and (meta-)cognition in schizophrenia and related disorders.
Fellowships and Grants (selection):
2022 Conference Grant “The Problematic Berkeley” at the University of Edinburgh by the International Berkeley Society
2017 Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2014-17 Doctoral Scholarship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Presentations on History and Philosophy of Mathematics:
"Text-Based Approaches to the History and Philosophy of Mathematics."
UNESCO World Logic Day 2022: Inceptiones et Receptiones: On the Trace of Logic, Reason, and Mathematics, January 2022 (online), National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru.†
"Euclid’s Definitions: A Typology."
Lyceum Classics Community Seminar, April 2021 (online), Department of Greek and Latin, University of London, UK.†
Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar, March 2021 (online), Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, UK.†
"Euclid’s Definitions of Regular Polyhedra."
British Society for History of Science Post Graduate Conference, April 2021 (online), School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.†
British Society for the History of Mathematics annual Research in Progress Meeting, February 2021 (online), The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK.†
"Style and Philosophy in Euclid"
9th European Society for the History of Science Conference: Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science, September 2020 (online), University of Bologna, Italy.†
"Hidden Messages in Greek Mathematics: Results of a Statistical Analysis"
New Classicists Conference: Collaboration and/or New Techniques in the Classics, December 2019, King’s College London, UK.†
"Euclid’s Kinds and (Their) Attributes"
Lake Geneva Graduate Conference 2019: Kinds in Philosophy and Its History, October 2019, University of Geneva, Switzerland.†
"What the Order of Euclid’s Definitions Tells Us About Euclid’s Philosophical Commitments"
5th International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, January 2020, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.†
30th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematical Cultures, Values and Norms, November 2019, Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée, University of Strasbourg, France.†
14th Annual Philosophy Conference for Postgraduate Students in Philosophy (Open Minds XIV), August 2019 (online), University of Manchester, UK.†
9th Princeton-Humboldt Graduate Conference in Philosophy, June 2019, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.†
48th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies, May 2019 (online), Tel Aviv University, Israel.†
"Euclid’s Definitions: A History"
14th London Ancient Science Conference, February 2019, University College London, UK.†
29th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: History of Mathematical Concepts and Conceptual History of Mathematics, November 2018, University of Sevilla, Spain.†
Presentations on Ancient Philosophy:
"The Logical Form of Debates with Lay People: Aristotle on Inductive Dialectic."
11th Congress of the Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP): Philosophy and the Public, September, 2022, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.†
"Dialectical Deductions and Dialectical Inductions: Aristotle, Topics I.12."
Workshop Induction from Aristotle to Galilei – Induction in Aristotle and the Greek commentators, November 2021 (online), University of Stockholm, Sweden / University of Helsinki, Finland.*
"Why Mathematicians Should Care About (Aristotelian) Dialectic."
The 4th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), June 2022 (online), University of California, Irvine, USA.†
The British Society for the History of Mathematics & The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics Joint Conference: People, Places, Practices, July 2021 (online), The University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.†
"Was Euclid a Platonist Philosopher?"
4th International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2022), March 2022, Technical University Berlin.†
Categories and Kinds: Ancient Philosophers on the Structure of Reality, July 2022, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.†
3rd Annual Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, May 2022, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.†
British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference, April 2022, University of Edinburgh, UK.†
Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar 2021/22, June 2022 (online), Institute of Classical Studies / School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK.†
Lyceum Classics Community Seminar 2021/22, June 2022 (online), Department of Greek and Latin, University College London, UK.†
Classical Association Conference 2022, April 2022 (online), Swansea University, UK.†
British Society for the History of Mathematics annual Research in Progress Meeting, February 2022 (online), The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK.†
32nd Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics in Times of Crisis, November 2021 (online), The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. †
Workshop: Intuition and Rigour in Geometrical Thinking from Antiquity to the 19th Century, December 2020 (online), Czech Academy of Sciences & Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.†
"Aristotle on Why Women Make a Difference"
The Women’s Classical Committee Annual Meeting 2020: Green Shoots in Classics, April 2020 (online), University of Manchester, UK.†
"The Definitions of the Human Being in Ancient Philosophy"
Culture and International History VI: Visions of Humanity, May 2019, Free University Berlin, Germany.†
"Scientific Definitions: A Difficulty for Pyrrhonian Scepticism"
93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, July 2019, Durham University, UK.†
British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference 2019, April 2019, King’s College London, UK.†
3rd International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2019), February 2019, University of Cologne, Germany.†
10th French Philosophy of Mathematics Workshop (FPMW10), November 2018, École normale supérieure de Paris / Université Paris Diderot, France.†
10th Triennial Congress of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10), September 2018, University of Cologne, Germany.†
Workshop Argumentation and Language in Hellenistic Philosophy, August 2018, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*
18th Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science Conference, June 2018, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.†
11th Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic, January 2018, St John's College, University of Cambridge, UK.†
28th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy, November 2017, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.†
"Sextus Empiricus and the Art of Geometry"
13th London Ancient Science Conference, February 2018, University College London, UK.†
International conference Scepticism from Antiquity to Modern Times, May 2017, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism, Hamburg, Germany.†
"Mathematical Examples in Topics VI"
Workshop Aristotle’s Topics – The Central Books, July 2017, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*
"What’s Odd About Euclid’s Definitions of Even and Odd? Aristotelian Dialectic and Ancient Arithmetic"
Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.†
2nd Berlin-Munich Ancient Philosophy Joint Workshop, February 2016, LMU Munich, Germany.*
"How Many Noses Did Socrates Have? Aristotle on the Definition of Snub Nose"
9th Congress of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ECAP9), August 2017, LMU Munich, Germany.†
91st Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, July 2017, University of Edinburgh, UK.†
7th HU-KCL Graduate Philosophy Conference, June 2017, King’s College London, UK.†
61st Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.†
5th Stockholm Philosophy Graduate Conference, April 2017, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Philsoc meetings, April 2017, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.†
Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Workshop: Argument in Ancient Thought, April 2017, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.*
49th Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association, March/April 2017, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA.†
11th Southeast Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 2017, University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida, USA.†
North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference 2017, February 2017, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.†
20th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference, November 2016, University of Oxford, UK.†
"Mathematical Babbling: Aristotle on Definitions with Repetitions"
Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL): Repetition in Ancient Literature, September 2016, University of Oxford, UK.†
Presentations on Philosophy of Medicine / Medical Humanities / Psychiatry:
"Linguistic vs. Metalinguistic Testing in in Recent Research on Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)
4th International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2022), March 2022, Technical University Berlin.†
"The Value of Philosophy of Language for Diagnosing Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)
Philosophy in Medical Education: Colloquium on Psychiatry, November 2020 (online), King’s College London, UK.†
"The Proverbs Test in Clinical Practice" (with Ivan Nenchev)
Advanced Training Course for Clinicians, May 2021 (online), Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Medical University Berlin, Germany.*
Advanced Training Course for Clinicians, February 2020, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Medical University Berlin, Germany.*
"Metaphor Comprehension in Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)
British Society of Aesthetics Conference: Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities, February 2020, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.†
21th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry: Experts in Mental Health, October 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland.†
Exeter Medical Humanities Postgraduate Conference 2019: Embodiment, Health, and Medicine, June 2019, University of Exeter, UK.†
Graduate Conference Socratic Dialectic Applied: How Can Principles Be Justified?, February 2019, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*
"What’s Odd about Euclid’s Definitions of Even and Odd?"
New Classicists Conference, December 2019, King’s College London, UK.
15th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques / Classical Association of England and Wales Joint Conference (FIEC/CA 2019), July 2019, UCL Institute of Education, Senate House, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.†
My project works towards a poetics of Hannah Arendt’s writing. To that end, it aims to identify the constitutive textual elements and practices of Arendt’s art of writing as well as to chart their dynamic interplay and integration into ever more complex discursive scenarios. Such a comprehensive philological description in turn becomes the reflexive medium for exploring in depth the various modes in which the concepts that emerge from Arendt’s singular space of writing are shaped by its tightly interwoven processes, temporalities, and rhythms of narrativization, figuration, citation, and (inter-)linguation.
2010-2013 Doctoral scholarship, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
2005-2007 Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2003-2004 One-year scholarship, DAAD, English Studies Programme
Academic work experience
2014-2017 Research assistant, edition project: Hannah Arendt: Complete Works. Critical Edition. Print and Digital. Editors: Anne Eusterschulte, Eva Geulen, Barbara Hahn, Hermann Kappelhoff, Patchen Markell, Anne Vowinckel, and Thomas Wild. Wallstein: Göttingen 2018ff. Philological work on Volume 6: Hannah Arendt: The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs. Edited by Barbara Hahn and James McFarland. With the support of Ingeborg Nordmann and Ingo Kieslich. Wallstein: Göttingen 2018.
2019 - PhD Dissertation, German Literature, Freie Universität Berlin: Early Romantic Paradox: Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Hölderlin (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt)
2012 - Visiting Researcher, Department of Comparative Literature,Stanford University, Stanford
2010-2013 - Doctoral candidate, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
2009 - Magister Artium (MA), Freie Universität Berlin
2001-2009 - Master Studies in German Literature and English Philology, Freie Universität Berlin and University of Aberdeen, UK
"Nach der Kernschmelze der Erinnerung: Valzyhna Morts neue Gedichte 'Musik für die Toten und Auferstandenen'," in: "Die Welt/Literarische Welt," 19.06.2021, p. 29.
"Mugged Cup of Black Tea," in: "Recipes under Confinement," edited by Sharon Kivland. London: Ma Bibliothèque 2021, p. 214.
“Die Nächte der Catherine Pozzi,“ in: Die Wiederholung. Zeitschrift für Literaturkritik, Volume 10 (Heidelberg, June 2020), Edited by Leonard Keidel, Jost Eickmeyer and Alexander Knopf, pp. 5-47.
“Einsteinrosarauschen,“ in: The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Edited by Dale Holmes and Sharon Kivland. London: Ma Bibliothèque 2019, pp. 147f.
“Wenige Liebesnächte, wenige Gedichte, ein All aus Nichts. Über Milo de Angelis' Non é più dato,“ in: Die Wiederholung. Zeitschrift für Literaturkritik, Volume 6 (Heidelberg, May 2018), edited by Jost Eickmeyer and Leonard Keidel, pp. 15-25.
“Afterword. The Task of the Sonneteer: Walter Benjamin's Poetry as a Manifold Tradition,” in: Walter Benjamin: Sonnets. Translation, Introduction, and Commentary by Carl Skoggard. Foreword by Megan Ewing. Albany, NY: Fence Books 2017, pp. 293-318.
“[Benjamin's Stars],” in: The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin. Edited by Helen Clarke and Sharon Kivland. Essays by Helen Clarke, Sam Dolbear, and Christian A. Wollin. London: Ma Bibliothèque 2017, pp. 25-29.
"daß je näher man sich mit mir einläßt je mehr wahrheit man von mir hört‘: Rahel Levin Varnhagens epistolare parrhesia mit Karl Gustav von Brinckmann,“ in: Begegnungen mit Rahel Levin Varnhagen. Edited by Barbara Hahn. Göttingen: Wallstein 2015, pp. 45-70.
"Sedis animi est in memoria: Hannah Arendt liest," “Mittwochsseminar,“ Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, 06/12/2017.
"Quotation as Hermeneutical Metaphrasis in Hannah Arendt around 1953," Presentation, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Houston, TX, 16/09/2022.
My current project examines the shared or adjacent dwelling of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the urban centers of Egypt and Greater-Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk periods (10th-15th centuries) as an arena of daily inter-religious encounters of the non-elite.
Fellowships and Grants:
2020-2021 – The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, post-doctoral fellowship
2020-2021 – The Halpern Center for the Study of Jewish Self-Perception, Bar Ilan University, post-doctoral research fellowship
2019-2020 – The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, post-doctoral fellowship
2018-2019 – Fulbright Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2018-2019 –Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies – research fellow
2018-2020 – Yale University Judaic Studies program post-doctoral fellowship in Jewish history (declined)
2017-2018 – University of Haifa post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Middle Eastern History
2021 – The Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel's Bleiman prize for a doctoral dissertation – special commendation of excellence
2021 - The Zalman Shazar Center's Yuval Heiman Prize for an outstanding Hebrew dissertation in Jewish history (to be published as a book in Shazar Press)
2017 – Annual PhD Candidate Award, The Joseph & Racheline Barda Chair for the Study and Research of Jewish Heritage in Egypt, University of Haifa
2015 – Wald Award for PhD candidate, The Zalman Shazar Center
Chapters in books:
“Communal Borders and Religious Conversion”, The Jews of Medieval Egypt, ed. Miriam Frenkel, Boston: Academic Studies Press (2021): 47-71
“Converts, Captives, Concubines: A Gendered Rite of Passage in the Medieval Near East”, Language, Gender and Law in the Judaeo-Islamic Milieu, eds. Amir Ashur, Zvi Stampfer, Leiden: Brill (2020): 88-109
“The Donor and the Gravedigger: Converts to Judaism in the Cairo Geniza Documents”, Contesting Inter-Religious Conversion in the Medieval World, eds. Yaniv Fox, Yossi Yisraeli, New York: Routledge (2017): 115-134
“The cautious beginnings of Sephardi self-identification: a view from the Cairo Geniza (tenth-thirteenth centuries)”, forthcoming in Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 15.1 (2023)
“Excommunication and apostasy: re-drawing Jewish communal boundaries in Fatimid and Ayyubid Egypt” – forthcoming on 2022 in Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean
“Shaving hair and paring nails: the origins and transmutations of a unique rite of passage in medieval Judaism” [Hebrew], Tarbiz 88.1 (2021): 109-132
“Ezra in Ashkelon: a medieval local tradition in its geo-political context” [Hebrew], Zion 86.1 (2020): 31-56
“Religiously-mixed families in the Mediterranean society of the Cairo Geniza”, Mediterranean Historical Review 35.1 (June 2020): 27-42
“Several documents from the Cairo Geniza concerning conversion to Islam”, Conversion to Islam in the Premodern Age: A Sourcebook, eds. Nimrod Hurvitz, Christian Sahner, Uriel Simonsohn, Luke Yarbrough, Los Angeles: University of California Press (2020): 227-231
11.8.2022 – ̔̔Shared, not dividedʼ: Inter-religious ownership of private dwellings in medieval Fustatʼ, 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
13.5.2022 – ʽNarratives of the ideal proselyte in documentary sources from the Cairo Genizaʼ, international workshop at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, titled ʽThe Status of Converts in Jewish Communities and Jewish Thought, from Biblical Times to Contemporary Israelʼ
25.4.2022 – ̔Contesting religious identity in Muslim courtsʼ, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Annual conference
29.4.21 – ʽThe ruined house of Abu Ali Yefet ben Avraham, Judge Street, Fustatʼ, Jews and Objects, Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa
30-31.3.2019 – ʽThe Jewish ritual of circumcision under medieval Islam: Common practice, exclusive identity and the ʽnarcissism of minor differencesʼʼ, 39th Annual conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, NYC
27-28.3.2019 – ʽTo be or not to be a Sephardi: The case of Rabbi Isaac b. Samuelʼ - Frankel Center for Judaic Studies' Annual Symposium, 'Sephardic Identities: Medieval and Early Modern'
27.10.18 – ʽConversion as a non-issue: Conversion to and from Judaism under the Fatimidsʼ, University of Chicago, Shi'i Studies Group Annual Symposium
5.7.18 – ʽFrom Judaism to Islam and Back: A 14th-Century Autobiography of a Relapsed Convertʼ, International Medieval Congress (Leeds)
6.8.17 – ʽForeigners in the Bedroom: Jewish Men, Slave Women, and their Childrenʼ, 17th World Congress for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
12.6.17 – ʽManumitted Female Slaves and their (lack of) Cultural Capitalʼ, International Conference of the Research Group Jewish Women's Cultural Capital, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem
24.5.17 – ʽʽAre You With the Jews, Your Father's People, or With Your Mother and the Gentiles?ʼʼ, The 4th International Conference of The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
16.5.17 – ʽReligious Conversion and Social Boundaries: Outlining the borders of ‘Genizah Societyʼʼ, From Fustat to Haifa: An International Workshop Celebrating 120 Years of Genizah Research, University of Haifa
The Making of Arab Cuisine: Production and Transmission of Culinary Knowledge in the Medieval Islamic World.
Fellowships and Grants
2012-2013 Ph.D. Fellowship in Humanities & Social Sciences, the Embassy of France in Israel.
2009-2010 Bursary Program Israel 2009, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.
2007-2008 The Authority for Advanced Studies Scholarship for MA Excellence, University of Haifa.
2010 Dean’s Honor Student for Advanced Studies, University of Haifa.
2009 Dean of Humanities Excellency for MA Studies, University of Haifa.
2020 Ph.D., History and Civilisations, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
2010 M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, University of Haifa.
De la recette au recueil: les livres de cuisine du Moyen-Orient médiéval (IVe-Xe/Xe-XVIe siècles) (From the Recipe to the Collection: Cookbooks of the Medieval Middle East, Fourth-Teneth/Teneth-Sixteenth Centuries) [in french] (in preparation for Brill). (see no. 1, 3, 5, 8, 14)
“On Form and Content: Medieval Culinary Recipe-poems in Arabic,” Micrologus 32. (forthcoming)
“Productive Laziness: How Historical Arabic Cookery Literature Developed Out of Boredom,” Dibur. (under review)
“Beyond Cooking: The Roles of Chefs in Medieval Court Kitchens of the Islamic East,” Food & History, 15:1-2 (2017), pp. 85-114.
Chapters in books
“Un choix diététique ou gustatif? Les préparations digestives selon la littérature culinaire arabe médiévale” (Gustatory or Dietetic Choice? Digestive Confections according to Medieval Arabic Cookery Literature) [in French] (under review)
“Thou Shalt Not Speak at the Table? Table Manners According to Medieval Arabic Literature” in Yair Furstenberg, Dana Kaplan, Nathan Wasserman, and Zeev Weiss (eds.), Setting Tables: Eating, Social Boundaries and Intercultural Transfers. [in Hebrew] (forthcoming)
“Medieval Middle Eastern Court Taste: The Mamluk Case,” in Yuval Ben-Bassat (ed.), New Perspectives in Mamluk History, Leiden: Brill, 2017, pp. 76-96.
Articles in Encyclopedia
“Food,” in Fitzpatrick, C. & Walker, A. (eds.), Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture; An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2014, pp. 211-216.
Elmakias, Avraham, The Naval Commanders of Early Islam: A Prosopographical Approach, English trans. by Limor Yungman. Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2019.
2021 “Cadeaux et relations diplomatiques dans le monde musulman” (Gifts and Diplomatic Relations in the Islamic World), Congrès du GIS Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans 28 au 2 juillet 2021 (in French).
2021 “On Form and Content: Medieval Culinary Recipe-poems in Arabic,” The Culinary Recipe from the XIIth to the XVIIth centuries (Europe, Islam, Far East), Online Symposium - 17th to 29th May 2021.
2020 “The Arab Cuisine in the Middle Ages in the Mirror of Culinary Recipes,” invited lecture, the Mandel Scholion Research Group ‘Setting Tables: Eating, Social Boundaries and Intercultural Transfers,’ The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 19 November 2020 (in Hebrew).
2020 “L’art de la fermentation dans les recettes anciennes coréennes et arabes” (The Art of Fermentation in Korean and Arab Historical Recipes), Les jeudis de CoReMa: séminaire mensuel d’histoire de la cuisine, Villa Rabelais, Tours, France, 12 November 2020 (in French).
2019 “Les livres de cuisine arabes de l’Orient musulman” (Arabic Cookbooks of the Islamic East), Les jeudis de CoReMa: séminaire mensuel d’histoire de la cuisine, Villa Rabelais, Tours, France, 21 Mars 2019. (in French)
2017 “Manuscrits de traités culinaires: méthodes de travail au XXIe siècle” (Manuscrits of Cookery Books: Working Methods in the 21st century), Stage d’initiation aux manuscrits arabes (Training course) organized by IRHT, BULAC, Paris, France, 13-14 November 2017. (in French)
2017 “In the Name of the Recipe: Medieval Middle Eastern Recipes and Their Titles. An Evolutionary Examination,” Third International Conference on Food History and Food Studies, IEHCA, Tours, France, 1-2 June 2017.
My current project deals with the socio-economic history of the Parthian Empire (247 BCE- 224 CE), mainly through an analysis of legal, administrative and literary texts. The project examines issues such as ethnic composition, social hierarchies, land management, labour, capital, markets and inter-regional trade in three key areas of the Parthian empire: The imperial capital of Nisa (Mithradatkirt) and its rural hinterland, Babylonia and the Parthian frontier regions.
Fellowships and Grants
2020- Fulbright Post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
2016- 2019- The Rotenstreich scholarship for PhD students.
2015-2017- Member of the research group: “A Question of Identity”, The Mandel-Scholion Research Center.
2014-2019: Ph.D. in Assyriology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation topic: At the Gates of all Nations: A study of displaced and migrant minority groups in the center of the Persian Empire (Advisor: Prof. Wayne Horowitz).
2017- Visiting scholar at the Oriental Institute, University of Vienna.
2015- Visiting scholar to the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
2012-2014: M.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Assyriology and Archaeology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Thesis topic: The Neo-Assyrian Presence in the Southern Levant- Social and Economic Aspects. (Advisors: Prof. Wayne Horowitz and Prof. Yossef Garfinkel)
2009-2011: B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Assyriology and Archaeology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Horowitz W., Oshima T., Sanders S., with Bloch, Y., Safford, J., Wilson, J. and Zilberg, P., 2018, Cuneiform in Canaan- The Next Generation, University Park, Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns.
Garfinkel Y., Kreimerman I., and Zilberg P., 2016, Debating Qeiyafa: A Fortified City in Judah from the Time of King David, Jerusalem: The Israel Exploration Society.
Horowitz W., Greenberg Y., and Zilberg P., with Pearce L. and Wunsch C., 2015, By the Rivers of Babylon- Cuneiform Documents from the Beginning of the Babylonian Diaspora (In Hebrew), Jerusalem: The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and the Israel Exploration Society.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Zilberg, P., and Levavi, Y., 2019, A New Legal Compendium from the Eanna archive, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie 109 (1): 75-89.
Zilberg, P., Pearce, L. and Jursa, M., 2019, Zababa-šar-uṣur and the Town on the Kabar Canal, Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 113: 175-179.
Golub, M., and Zilberg, P., 2019 From Jerusalem to Āl-Yāhūdu: Judean Onomastic Trends from the Beginning of the Babylonian Diaspora, Journal of Ancient Judaism 9: 312-324.
Zilberg P., Lands and Estates around āl-Yāhūdu and the Geographical connection with the Murašû Archive, Archiv für Orientforschung 54 (In press).
Siddall, L. R., Horowitz, W., Zilberg, P., 2018, Old Babylonian clay bullae from Lagaba in the Australian Institute of Archaeology and other collections, Buried History 54: 11-15.
Lambert†, W.G. and Zilberg, P., 2017 A Silver Bowl with an Inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 111: 141-146.
Zilberg P., and Horowitz W., 2016, A Medico-Magical Text from the Otago Tablets, Dunedin New Zealand, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie 106 (2): 175-184.
Horowitz, W., Reeves, S., Stillman, L., White, M. and Zilberg, P., 2015, Cuneiform Texts in The Otago Museum: A preliminary report, Buried History 51: 51-56.
Zilberg, P., 2015, A New Edition of the Tell-Keisan Cuneiform Tablet, Israel Exploration Journal 65 (1) : 90-95.
Chapters in books
Zilberg, P., 2019, In his Majesty’s Service: Semites in the Achaemenid Heartland, pp. 23-42 in: Hacham, N., Hermann, G., Leibner, U., Sagiv, L., and Katz D. (eds.), A question of Identity- Formation, Transition, Negotiation, Oldenbourg: De Gruyter.
Zilberg, P., 2018, From Dragomans to Babel- The role of interpreters in the first Millennium BCE, pp. 193-207 in: Keimer, K. and Davis, G. (eds.), Registers and Modes of Communication in the Ancient Near East: Getting the Message Across, London: Routledge.
Zilberg, P., 2018, The Assyrian Provinces of the Southern Levant: Sources, Administration, and Control, pp. 56-88, in: Aster, S.Z and Faust, A. (eds.) The Southern Levant under Assyrian Domination, University Park Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns.
Zilberg, P., 2016, The Assyrian Empire and Judah: Royal Assyrian Archives and Other Historical Documents pp. 383-406, in: Ganor, S. et al. (eds.), From Sha‘ar Hagolan to Shaaraim Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.
2017- Lands, estates, and the city of Yāhūdu, Babylonians and Jews in the 6th Century BCE (session), in The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2017- Friend or Foe? People from the Indus valley in the Achaemenid Empire, Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East- A workshop of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Aram and Israel, Bar-Ilan University.
2017- Princes, Exiles and Scribes: An Analysis of the Iranian Name Corpus in Achaemenid Babylonia, Symposia Iranica- Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
2016- Persian Princes, Aramaic Scribes- the Impact of Old Persian on Aramaic in the Persian Achaemenid period, Continuity and Innovation in Hebrew: Inner developments and Language contact, The Hebrew University, Mandel-Scholion.
2016- Immigrants or exiles? - People from the Indus valley and other minorities from the Eastern Provinces of the Achaemenid Empire, Anērān in Ērānšahr: Ethnic Groups in the Iranian Realm, Jerusalem- The Bible Lands Museum and the Hebrew University.
2015- The Socio-Economic Context of the Mesopotamian Population in the Assyrian Provinces of the Southern Levant, The Southern Levant under Assyrian Domination, Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi (Invited Lecture).
2015- From Dragomans to Babel: the role of interpreters in communication between minority and majority groups in Achaemenid Babylonia, Communications in the Ancient Near East, Sydney, Macquarie University.
2015- "Go up on to the old ruin-mounds"- Some Notes on Settlements and Canals in the Area of Al-Yahudu (Hebrew), Jerusalem in Babylonia- The 18th Annual Conference of the Israeli Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Jerusalem, The Bible Lands Museum.
European History French Colonialism Mediterranean Studies Jewish Studies Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Yuval is currently pursuing two research projects. He is completing a book manuscript, “French Republicanism and the Problem of Empire: Muslims, Catholics, and Jews in French Algeria, 1870-1921.” This study explores the desires of all non-French groups in colonial Algeria - Muslims, Jews, and Catholic immigrants from Italy, Spain, and Malta - to become French while retaining their communal identities. It argues that France’s republican project of national assimilation, despite its explicit universalism, was predicated on the notion that only Catholic Europeans were a priori capable of becoming French. Yuval is also working on a new research project, “The Limits of Solidarity: Ethnicity and Class Politics in the French Mediterranean, 1918-1962.” This project explores interactions between French, Italian, Spanish, Muslim, and Jewish workers in labor unions and during strikes in the Mediterranean cities of Marseille, Tunis, Algiers, and Constantine.
Fellowships and Grants
2020-2021 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the
Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2016-2018 The Posen Society of Fellows
2014-2016 The Owen Scholars Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
2012-2013 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Fellowship
2016-2020 Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University
2011-2014 M.A. Magna cum laude, Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2007-2010 B.A. Magna cum laude, History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“The ‘Latin’ Melting-Pot: Ethnorepublican Thinking and Immigrant Assimilation in and through
Colonial Algeria,” French Historical Studies 44:1 (2021), 85-118.
“The Social Logic of Colonial Anti-Judaism: Revisiting the Anti-Jewish Crisis in French
Algeria, 1889-1902," Studies in Contemporary Jewry 30 (2018), 17-36.
“Working-Class Politics, Social Resentment, and Jewish-Muslim Relations in
Twentieth-Century Colonial Algeria” (in progress)
"Jewish and Sexual Identities in the Works of George Mosse," Hayo Haya 9 (2012), 64-84.
Applied Linguistics Freirian Pedagogies English in Local-Global Contexts Cultural Discourses Language and Identity Politics
My current projects investigate how the increasingly influential Global Citizenship Education framework might be brought into productive conversation with pedagogies for teaching English to speakers of other languages, building on my previous research on the role played by English language teaching in Israel in reproducing exclusionary ideologies.
Fellowships and Grants
2018-2019: Postdoc fellowship at The Hebrew University: The Center for the Studies of Multiculturalism and Diversity.
2019-2020: Visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA): The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, The Paulo Freire Institute.
B.A. & M.A: Department of English Language & Literature, Haifa University.
PhD (2017): Department of English Language & Literature ,Haifa University Title of Dissertation: EFL Materials: A Means of Reproduction or Change? Supervisor: Professor Ron Kuzar
Chapters in books.
Awayed-Bishara, M. (2015). Integrating the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) and anti-racist education, In A Lesson for Life: Anti-Racist Education, Tel Aviv, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel publication (pp. I-XXV).
Awayed-Bishara, M. (Invited in preparation). Education in the Middle East: Challenges and opportunities. In R. Arnove, Torres C.A., & Misiaszek L. (Eds.) Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local (5th edition), Lanham, Maryland, Invited by Rowman & Littlefield, to be submitted by November 2020.
Awayed-Bishara, M. (2015). Analyzing the cultural content of materials used for teaching English to high school speakers of Arabic in Israel. Discourse & Society, 26(5), 517–542. https://doi.org/edsjsr.26376399
(2015) 14th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) on Language and Adaptability, Antwerp, Belgium. Lecture: Analyzing the cultural content of materials used for teaching English to high school speakers of Arabic in Israel.
(2016) Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), University of Catania, Italy. Lecture: EFL Textbooks and Identity Construction among Arabic/Hebrew Speakers.
(2016) Invited lecture by The Department of Communication, University of Athens, Greece. Lecture: English Education Discourse: A means for global communication?
(2017) American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Portland, USA. Lecture: EFL Textbooks and Identity Construction: A Case Study of Arabic/Hebrew Speakers in Israel.
(2017) 15th International Pragmatics Conference on “Pragmatics in the Real World” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Panel: About subjectivity and otherness in language and discourse. Lecture: EFL Narratives: Creating Agents or Interpellating Subjects?
(2018) Sociolinguistics Symposium, University of Auckland, New Zeeland. Panel: Language and Neoliberal Governmentality. Lecture: Commodified Necropolitics with Tommaso Milani.
(2019) Language and Education in Asymmetrical Contexts: Between Teaching, Text, and Pedagogy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Organization & Lecture: EFL cultural discourse: Ideological reproduction or social transformation?
Contemporary Studies Utopian and Dystopian Literature Digital Humanities Diaspora Studies Arabic and Hebrew Modern Prose
My first book project, Reaching for the Far-Fetched, draws attention to the unprecedented proliferation of speculative fiction and art in both Palestinian and Israeli cultures of the past twenty years. My second project, titled Shatature: Mapping Palestinian Cultural Capital, sets out to visually chart Palestinian diasporic literature as a material system that is in constant interaction with other literary systems around the world, using computational tools and quantitative research.
Fellowships and Grants
Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2020-22 (awarded and declined)
Association of Jewish Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2020-21 (awarded and declined)
Memorial Fund for Jewish Culture Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-20
Pigott Fellowship, Stanford University, 2017-18
Graduate Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 2014-20
The Lea Goldberg Prize, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013
The Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Foundation Scholarship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013
School of Literatures Prize, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2012-13
PhD, Comparative Literature, 2020
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
M.A. Magna cum Laude, General and Comparative Literature, 2014
B.A. General and Comparative Literature & Art History, 2011
“The Rise of the Speculative Hebrew Novel: Contemporary Prophecies of Change,” under review.
“The Future of Temple Mount: Imagined Possibilities in Contemporary Palestinian and Israeli Art.” Dibur Literary Journal 6 (Fall, 2018): 7-17.
“Can the Future Speak? Futurity, Agency, and Voice in Palestinian Literature,” Futurity Beyond the West, Society of Oriental and African Studies, London, July 2019
“Modification and Decentralization: Three Poetic Strategies in Contemporary Palestinian Culture,” The University of Michigan and the Tel Aviv University Annual Workshop, Tel Aviv University, May 2019
“Vanished: The Presence of Absent(ee)s in Palestinian Prose,” American Comparative Literature Association, Georgetown University, Washington DC, March 2019
“The Limits of Probability and the Shortsightedness of Imagination: The Case of Future Jerusalem,” Contemporary Visions of the Future, EHESS, Paris, March 2018
“Conceiving New Horizons in Contemporary Israeli and Palestinian Art,” ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present, UC Berkeley, October 2017
“The Unimaginable Future, Imagined: Palestinian and Israeli literary Prophecies,” The Prophetic Word: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation, Oxford University, September 2017
“Reconstituting the Self Through Love: The figure of Rita in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish,” Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World from the Middle Ages to the Present, The University of Leiden, June 2016
“The Death Motif as an Interpretive Key to Yoel Hoffmann’s language in The Shunra and the Schmetterling,” The National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Brown University, Providence, June 2016
“The Prophet in Paris: Shaping the Present through Words, Images and Bullets,” The Prophetic Workshop, Stanford University, May 2016
“The Last Works of Marguerite Duras and Clarice Lispector,” The Graduate Forum on the Novel, Stanford University, November 2015
"Displaying Restraint and Spinning Penal Fantasies: Notes on the Death Penalty in Israel, 1967-2015", under review
"Rights Choices", Journal of Human Rights Practice, 6(3), 2014, pp. 389-398.
“Rescues for Humanity: Rescuers, Mass Atrocities and Transitional Justice”, Human Rights Quarterly, 34(1), 2012, pp.1-38.
“Informers and the Transition in Northern Ireland”, British Journal of Criminology, 52(1), 2012, pp.32-54.
“Thinking Critically about Armed Groups and Human Rights Praxis”, Journal of Human Rights Practice 4(1), 2012, pp.1-29 [co-authored with Kieran McEvoy].
“Closing the Gap: Armed Groups and Symbolic Reparations”, International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 93, No. 883, 2011. pp 783 – 808.
“Climate Change and Human Rights Practice”, Journal of Human Rights Practice 1(2), 2009, pp. 294-307.
“The Long View: Human Rights and Humanitarian Activism, Past and Present”, Journal of Human Rights, 7(3), 2008, pp. 299-309.
“A Model for Dealing with the Past in the Israeli-Palestinian Context”, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 1(2), 2007, pp. 249-267.
“A to Z of Abuses: ‘State of the Art’ in Global Human Rights Monitoring”, Development and Change, 38(6), 2007, pp. 1255-1265.
“Becoming a War Criminal: Insights from The Hague” [peer-reviewed review essay], Social and Legal Studies, 16(2), 2007, pp. 301-310.
“Triangle of Betrayal: Collaborators and Transitional Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, Journal of Human Rights, 6(1), 2007, pp. 37-58 [co-authored with Hillel Cohen].
“Advocacy with Footnotes: The Human Rights Report as a Literary Genre”, Human Rights Quarterly, 28(3), 2006, pp. 783-795.
“Understanding Perpetrators of Genocides and Mass Atrocities” [peer-reviewed review essay], British Journal of Sociology 57(4), 2006, pp. 699-707.
“Human Rights Dilemmas in Using Informers to Combat Terrorism: The Israeli-Palestinian Case”, Terrorism and Political Violence 17(1), 2005, pp. 229-243 [co-authored with Hillel Cohen].
“The Wall, the Law and the Court: Reflections on the Beit Sourik Case in the Israeli Supreme Court”, Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law 10, 2004, pp. 471-488.
Selected book chapters
"Forward", in Bruna Seu, Passivity Generation: Human Rights and Everyday Morality, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
“Dealing with the Past when the Conflict is Still Present: Civil Society Truth-Seeking Initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, in Rosalind Shaw and Lars Waldorf (eds.), Localizing Transitional Justice, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010, pp.228-252 [co-authored with Hillel Cohen].
“Can You Describe This? Human Rights Reports and What They Tell Us about the Human Rights Movement”, in Richard Wilson and Richard Brown (eds.), Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) pp. 245-267.
“Human Rights Dilemmas in Using Informers to Combat Terrorism”, in Magnus Ranstorp and Paul Wilkinson (eds.), Terrorism and Human Rights, New York & London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 213-227 [co-authored with Hillel Cohen].
“Transitional Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, in Christine Chinkin, David Downes, Conor Gearty and Paul Rock (eds.), Crime, Social Control and Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Stanley Cohen, Cullompton: Willan, 2007, pp. 329-342.
International migration and refugees Border crossing and territorial passages Space and spatiality in world politics International relations theory Sociological theory Law and society
2013-2016 Post-doctoral fellow, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2011, 2012 Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) post-doctoral fellow, department of sociology and International Institute, UCLA Nazarian post-doctoral fellow, UCLA
2011 Ph.D, Sociology and Anthropology & International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation title: "Betrayal, Morality and Transnationalism: Identity Construction Processes among the Members of the South Lebanese Army in Israel" Rector (Einstein) Excellence Scholarship for Doctoral Students, Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University
2006 M.A, International Relations & Sociology and Anthropology (personal joint program), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude). MA Thesis title: "Political Exile, Estrangement and Identity: The Case of Latin American Political Exiles in Israel" Rector Excellence Scholarship for MA students, Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University
2006 LL.B, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2003 B.A, Sociology and Anthropology & International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (magna cum laude)
Gazit, O., 2014. "From a Militia to a Diasporic Community: The Changing Identity of the South Lebanese Army" in Miodownik, D. and Barak, O. (eds.), Nonstate Actors in Intrastate Conflicts, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press
Yair, G. and Gazit, O. (eds.), 2010. Collective Identities, States and Globalization – A Tribute to SN Eisenstadt, Jerusalem: Magnes Press
Gazit, O., 2010. "Political Exile and Identity Construction: The Case of Political Exiles from Latin America to Israel" in Yair, G. and Gazit, O. (eds.), Collective Identities, States and Globalization – A Tribute to SN Eisenstadt, Jerusalem: Magnes Press.
Yair, G. and Gazit, O., 2010. "Collective Identities, States and Globalization – Exploring the Legacy of SN Eisenstadt" in Yair, G. and Gazit, O. (eds.), Collective Identities, States and Globalization – A Tribute to SN Eisenstadt, Jerusalem: Magnes Press
Löwenheim, O. and Gazit, O., 2009. "Power and Examination: A Critique of Citizenship Tests", Security Dialogue 40(2): 145-167
Yair, G. and Gazit, O., 2006. "Learning in Chaos: The Battle over Children's Engagement with Learning in High Poverty Immigrant Families", Research in Sociology of Education 15: 239-264.
Gazit, O., 2013. Nonstate Actors, Identity and Change: The South Lebanese Army between Lebanon and Israel, The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations Working Paper Series, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gazit, O., 2006. 'No Place to Call Home' – Political Exile, Estrangement and Identity: Processes of Identity Construction among Political Exiles from Latin America to Israel, 1970-2004 (Hebrew), Jerusalem: The Shain Center for Research in Social Sciences, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University.
Gazit, O., 2006. Poverty and Education in Israel, 1999-2005 (Hebrew), Jerusalem: NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, School of Education, The Hebrew University.
Social and Theological Aspects of Christianity in Late Antiquity Formation of the Patristic Canon, Textual Commentary and Scholarship in Late Antiquity Jewish-Christian Relations under Islam and in Medieval Europe Historiography of the Jesus Movement
2013: Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University
2010-2011: M.A., M.Phil., Religious Studies, Yale University
2005: B.A., magna cum laude, Classics and Linguistics, Hebrew University
1995-2000: Talmudic Studies, Yeshivat Har Etzion
Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, forthcoming 2016). ISBN: 9780520289994; e-book ISBN: 9780520964341.
“Fish eats Lion eats Man: Saadia Gaon, Syriac Christianity and the Resurrection of the Dead,” Jewish Quarterly Review 106 (forthcoming, 2016). Recipient of the Prof. Shlomo Pines Award for Outstanding Scholarship (Hebrew University).
“‘I Trapped you with Guile:’ Rationalizing Theology in Late Antiquity,” in Yohannan Friedmann and Christoph Markschies, eds., Rationalization and Religions (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming, 2016).
“‘From Syria all the way to Rome:’ Ignatius of Antioch’s Pauline Journey to Christianity,” in Maren R. Niehoff, ed. (with Reinhard Feldmeier), Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming, 2016).
“Severus of Antioch’s 83rd Cathedral Homily,” in Youval Rotman and Bar Blinitzky, eds., Anthology of Syriac Literature (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, forthcoming, 2016) (In Hebrew).
“Severing Severus: On the Survival of Severus of Antioch’s Writings in Greek,” In review for Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies.
“The Language of Paradise: Hebrew or Syriac? Linguistic Speculations and Linguistic Realities in Late Antiquity,” in Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds., Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 120-137.
“Scholasticism, Exegesis and the Historicization of Mosaic Authorship in Moses bar Kepha’s On Paradise,” Harvard Theological Review 104:3 (2011), 325-348.
“Disorder in the Bible: Rabbinic Responses and Responsibilities,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19:2 (2012), 104-128.
“Noblest Obelus: Rabbinic Appropriations of Late Ancient Literary Criticism,” in Maren R. Niehoff, ed., Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters: Between Literary and Religious Concerns (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 245-267.
“‘Packed with Patristic Testimonies:’ Severus of Antioch and the Reinvention of the Church Fathers,” in Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Lorenzo Perrone, eds., Personal and Institutional Religion: Thought and Praxis in Eastern Christianity (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 227-250.
“In What Language Did Rashi Teach Torah? Hints from his Commentary on the Talmud,” in Avinoam Cohen, ed., Rashi and his Disciples (Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 2013), 139-149 (In Hebrew).
“The Rise and Function of the Holy Text: Severus of Antioch, the Babylonian Talmud, and Beyond,” in Carol Harrison et al., eds., Patristic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 521-545.
Philo of Alexandria: De Plantatione: Translated from Greek into Hebrew with an Introduction and Annotations (Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Sciences and the Bialik Institute, 2015).
Shifting Moral Orders: Mutual Commitments between Individuals and Society and the "New Wars" Durkheim and the Concerns of Social Theory Van Gennep and the Study of Transitions Individuals, Societies and their Military: Soldiers' Suicide; Captivity and Homecoming Cultural Dynamics between Israel and the United States
1. Military Suicide and the Truths of 'the Social'
1.1 The Post-Contractual and the Rhetoric of Hugging
1.2 Sociology and Suicide: The Finale?
2. An Age of Abduction and the Effects of "the New Wars"
2.1 One of a Kind: Reintegration of Former Captives in the United States and Israel
2.2 From Captivity to Abduction: The Media's Impatience and the New Wars
2.3 Reclaiming van Gennep's "The Rites of Passage", with Dr. Francesca Fiaschetti (International Workshop, 15-16 May 2016, Jerusalem)
Education and Fellowships
Since 2013, Research Fellow, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
June 2016, The New School, ICSI Summer Seminar, Why Marx Today? led by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
2015, Fall Semester, Visiting Scholar, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Prof. Carolyn Marvin.
2013, PhD dissertation: "The Domestication of Suicide through Solidarity and Responsibility: Suicide of Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces as Portrayed in Psychology, Law and Modern Hebrew Literature". Supervised by Prof. Edna Lomsky-Feder and Prof. Eyal Ben-Ari, at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation in the various field of Israel Studies.
2006, MA in Cultural Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2002, BA in Psychology and Communication and Journalism, the Hebrew University.
Co-led with Dr. Adam Klin-Oron, "Theoretical Tremors: The Split of the Disciplines", The Advance Studies Unit, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
"Living Together: Exploring Modes of Political Membership", Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. Academic Director: Dr. Raef Zreik.
2014-2016 Presentations in Conferences and Workshops:
May 2016, Time Fighters: Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and the Morality of Current Warfare.
July 2015, "Casualty Aversion and Self-Sacrifice: Reintegration of Former Captives in the United States and Israel", first workshop of a tri-national project on contemporary reconfigurations of civil-military relations in Japan, Denmark and Israel.
June 2015, "Studying Transitions: Coming Back from Captivity, Coming Back to Arnold van Gennep", the Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association.
February 2015, "Without Captivity, Without Return: the Weak Society and 'the Hannibal Directive' (permission to shoot toward captive soldiers and their abductors in order to prevent their imprisonment)", the Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society.
January 2015, "'Hugging the Soldiers', 'Embracing the People of the South': Positing the Possibility of Post-Contractual Social Relations", in: "Love, Respect and the Political: An Interdisciplinary Workshop", The Minerva Center for the Humanities, Tel Aviv University and The Faculty of Law, University of Haifa.
June 2014, "Gendering Military Suicide: Between a Loved Country and an Unloved Self", Leadership & Critical Decisions, Association for Israel Studies (AIS), Ben-Gurion University.
May 2014, "Modern Hebrew Literature and the Ethos of Self-Sacrifice: A Sociological Perspective", Hebrew Literature Thought: Consciousness and History, Ben-Gurion University.
March 2014, "Solidarity and Responsibility in Cultural Attitudes towards Suicide", The Military and the People, the Hebrew University.
(Forthcoming), Suicide and Our Shared Fate, Tel Aviv University Press (in Hebrew)
(Under review), Intellectual, Moral and Practical Imperatives: Assessing Two Moments in the Sociology of Suicide
(Under review), Handling Transitions: the Current Status of Captivity and its Trials
(Under review), Psycholawgy and its Moral Effects, with Eyal Ben Ari
"The Age of Abduction: Israel's Turn from the Terminology of Captivity and its Socio-Moral Implications, Haaretz Weekend Magazine, September 4th 2015, pp. 56-58 (in Hebrew).
(February 2016) "Book Review of 'Captives' edited by M. Mack", Israeli Sociology: a Journal for the Study of Society in Israel, Volume 17 (1).
(Forthcoming) "'An Apolitical yet Heartbreaking Event': Negotiating Female Soldiers' Suicides", in: Sasson-Levy, O. and Lomsky-Feder E. (eds.), Gender and Military, Jerusalem: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (in Hebrew).
2008 (Author) "Face of Angst", HeartQuake, Jerusalem: the Museum on the Seam, pp. 92-95 (in Hebrew), pp. 314-319 (in English).
2008 (Editor) HeartQuake, Jerusalem: the Museum on the Seam (English and Hebrew).
Early modern European history Polish history Economic history Material culture
Buber Fellow: 2011 to 2013
A research associate (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Bielefeld University, Germany.
currently working on a project on Jewish dress and outward appearance and its perceptions by Christians and Jews in early modern German speaking lands and Poland.
Fellowships and Grants
International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) of the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), 2006-2007
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Philadelphia, 2008-2009
October 2018 to current: lecturer/researcher (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Bielefeld University
April 2013 - September 2018: research associate (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz
September 2010 - March 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Jerusalem
2004-2010 PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2003-2004 Warsaw University
2000-2003 Freie Universität Berlin (MA)
March 1999-July 2000 Hebrew University Jerusalem
1996-1999 Leipzig University
The Jewish Economic Elite. Making Modern Europe. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.
Chapters in books
"Transfer of Credit, Mercantile Mobility, and Language among Jewish Merchants in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Central and East Central Europe," in: Stefania Gialdroni et al. (eds.), Migrating Words, Migrating Merchants, Migrating Law. Trading Routes and the Development of Commercial Law. Leiden: Brill, 2019, 232-259.
"Merchants, Army Suppliers, Bankers. Transnational Connections and the Rise of Warsaw's Jewish Mercantile Elite (1770-1820)," in: Glenn Dynner, François Guesnet (eds.), Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis. Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky. Leiden: Brill, 2015, 42-69.
"Daily Business or an Affair of Consequence? Credit, Reputation, and Bankruptcy among Jewish Merchants in Eighteenth-Century Central Europe," in: Rebecca Kobrin, Adam Teller (eds.), Purchasing Power. The Economics of Jewish History. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, 71-90.
"Narrative jüdischer Wirtschaftsgeschichte in Osteuropa," in: François Guesnet (ed.), Zwischen Graetz und Dubnow. Jüdische Historiographie in Ostmitteleuropa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Leipzig: Leipziger Akademische Verlagsanstalt, 2009, 177-201.
Special journal issues
The Jewish Body. Central Europe, 20 (2020, forthcoming).
with Denise Klein and Thomas Weller. Dress and Cultural Difference in Early Modern Europe. European History Yearbook 20 (2019).
"From Noble Dress to Jewish Attire. Jewish Appearances in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire." European History Yearbook 20 (2019), 90-112.
Jewish Mobility in the Eighteenth Century: Familial Networks of Ashkeanzic Merchants across Europe." European History Yearbook 16 (2015), 15-32.
"Between Amsterdam and Warsaw. Commercial Networks of the Ashkeanzic Mercantile Elite in Central Europe." Jewish History 27,1 (2013), 41-71.
“Lavish Dress and Luxurious Lives: Court Jews on the Margins of Jewish Society?”, Konferenz: 50th Annual AJS Conference, Boston, December 17, 2018.
“From Noble Dress to Jewish Attire: Jewish Appearances in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the German Speaking Lands”, Conference: Clothes Make the (Wo)man: Dress and Cultural Difference in Early Modern Europe, IEG Mainz, October 26-28, 2017.
“Jewish Practices at Fairs, Courts, and Notaries. Was there a Jewish ‘Space’ in Christian Places?« Conference: ‘Space’ as a Category in the Research of the History of Jews in Poland, DHI/ Museum Polin, Warsaw, September 11-12, 2017.
“What Clothes Make a Jews? Perception and Self-Perception through the Lens of Jewish Sumptuary Laws”, World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 7, 2017.
“Looking Jewish? Dress as a Marker of Difference”, Workshop: Jewish History and Culture in the Early Modern World. New Perspectives in Research, Exhibitions and Digitalization, Simon-Dubnow-Institute Leipzig, June 19-20, 2017.
“Covering the Female Jewish Body. Dress and Dress Regulations in Early Modern Ashkenas”, Workshop: Identifying, Narrating, Regulating, Covering, Healing the Jewish Body: (Eastern) Ashkenas in the Early Modern Period, UCL London, April 25, 2017.
“From mamran to wisselbrief: Ashkenazi Merchants in Central European Commerce”, 4th Conference: Migrating Words, Migrating Merchants: Migrating Law. The Making of Commercial Law, Frankfurt a.M., September 19-21, 2016.
“Commercial Cosmopolitans? The Eighteenth-Century Jewish Mercantile Elite between Warsaw and Amsterdam”, Conference: Jews, Commerce, and Culture, University of Antwerp, June 20-22, 2010.
“Polish Jews and Their Transnational Commercial Networks”, Conference: Between Coexistence and Divorce. 25 Years of Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jewry and Polish-Jewish Relations, Hebrew University Jerusalem, March 17-19, 2009.
Chinese History Inner Asian History History of the Mongol Empire World History Mongolian Studies Ethnicity and Identity Cross-cultural exchanges between Inner and East Asia Yuan dynasty Non-Han dynasties Globalization in Asia
Buber Fellow: 2014 - 2018
University of Vienna
October 2014 - present: Research Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2015: PhD in Sinology, LMU University, Munich.
2008: MA in Sinology, “Sapienza” University of Rome.
2005: BA in Sinology, “Sapienza” University of Rome.
Fellowships and Awards
October 2014- till present: Post-doctoral Fellow, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2013- 2014: Visiting Research Fellow in the framework of the ERC Project “Mobility, Empire and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia”, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
June-September 2013: PhD scholarship, Graduate Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
June 2011: AAS-CIAC Small Grant Award for the co-organization of the Workshop “Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on non-Han Empires in China”, Ghent, 15th -17th June.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Limits of Belonging: The Concept of Foreign Land in Yuan China, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz [in preparation].
Paul D. Buell, Francesca Fiaschetti, Historical Dictionary of the Mongol World Empire, Second Edition (Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras), Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2018.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider (eds.) Political Strategies of Identity Building in non-Han empires in China (Asiatische Forschungen 157), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider, Angela Schottenhammer (eds.) Ethnicity and sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on non-Han empires in China, Crossroads: Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World, vol. 5, Special Issue, (April 2012), Gossenberg: Ostasien Verlag.
Articles and Book Chapters
Francesca Fiaschetti, “Translating Heaven: Divination and Political Authority under the Yuan Dynasty”, in: Patrick Manning, Abigail Owen (eds.), Found in Translation: World History of Science 1000-1800 CE, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press [in press].
Francesca Fiaschetti, “Mongol Imperialism in the Southeast – Uriyangqadai (1201-1272) and Aju (1127-1287)”, in: Michal Biran (ed.) In the Service of the Khans: Elites in Transition in Mongol Eurasia, special issue of Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, vol. 71.4 (2017), 1119-1135.
Francesca Fiaschetti, “The Six Duties: Yuan Diplomatic Interactions with Southeast Asia” in: Archivium Eurasiae Medii Aevii vol. 23 (2017), 81-101.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Paul D. Buell, “Est vs Ovest in termini mongoli: I Qan, le loro corti e il mondo esterno„ , in: Davor Antonucci (ed.), Ad Tartaros. La Mongolia tra Cina ed Occidente, Sulla Via del Catai, vol. 13 (2016), p. 41-63.
Francesca Fiaschetti, “Tradition, Innovation and the Construction of Qubilai’s diplomacy” in: Ming Qing yanjiu, vol. XVIII (2014), 65-96.
Francesca Fiaschetti, “The Borders of Rebellion: The Yuan Dynasty and the Rhetoric of Empire” in: Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider (eds.), Political Strategies of Identity Building in non-Han empires in China, (Asiatische Forschungen 157), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014, p. 127-146.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider, “Introduction”, in: Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider (eds.), Political Strategies of Identity Building in non-Han empires in China (Asiatische Forschungen 157), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014, p. 1-8.
Francesca Fiaschetti, “Fortuna e Ideologia Imperiale nei Documenti di Epoca Yuan”, in: Associazione Italiana di Studi Cinesi, Atti del XIV Convegno, Napoli: Il Torcoliere, 2014, p. 63-76.
Francesca Fiaschetti, "Fremde oder Barbaren? Zu den Auslandsbeziehungen in der Yuanzeit", in: Lena Henningsen, Martin Hofmann (eds.): Tradition? Variation? Plagiat? – Motive und ihre Adaption in China (XXI DVCS Jahrestagung), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012, p. 99-111.
Francesca Fiaschetti, Julia Schneider, “Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on non-Han Empires in China. Workshop Report”, in: Crossroads: Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World, vol. 4 (Oct. 2011), p. 243-247.
Inner Asia and the Spatial Politics of Empire: Archaeology, Mobility, and Culture Contact, by William Honeychurch. in: Asian Highlands Perspectives vol. 39, p. 417-424.
China’s Encounters on the South and Southwest: Reforging the Fiery Frontier over Two Millennia, by James Anderson and John Whitmore (eds.) in: Asian Highlands Perspectives vol. 39, p. 403-425.
China as a Sea Power, 1127-1368. by Bruce A. Elleman and Lo Jung-Pang in: Journal of Asian History, 47.2 (2013), p. 254-256.
L’incontro fra l’Italia e la Cina: il contributo italiano alla sinologia, Atti del V Simposio Internazionale di Sinologia dell’Università Cattolica Fu Jen by Antonella Tulli, Zbigniev Wesolowski (eds.) in: Journal of Asian History, 47.2 (2013), p. 266- 268.
I Mongoli. Espansione, imperi, eredità. by Michele Bernardini and Donatella Guida, in: Journal of Asian History, vol. 47.1 (2013), p. 121-124.
A oriente. Città, uomini, dei sulle vie della seta. by Francesco D’Arelli and Pierfrancesco Callieri (eds.), in: Journal of Asian History, vol. 47.1 ( 2013), p.119-121.
History of the Horn of Africa Ethiopian history and culture European Expansion Religious contact and cross-cultural exchanges in the Middle Ages Late medieval and Renaissance art in Europe Medieval trade routes Women in history Material culture studies
Royal Women as Political and Cultural Agents in the Horn of Africa, 1300-1650
Diplomatic, cultural and trade contact as well as artistic transmission between Solomonic Ethiopia and Latin Christianity in the 15th and 16th century
JewsEast - Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies of Interaction between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (a European Research Council project at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
2014 Dr. phil. / PhD, summa cum laude, University of Constance, Germany, and Mekelle University, Ethiopia (bi-national degree)
2010 M.A. in History with distinction, University of Constance, Germany and University of York, UK
2007 B.A. in Literature, Art and Media Studies with distinction, University of Constance, Germany
Academic and Research Experience
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University Jerusalem (2014 – present)
Visiting researcher at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University; specialist for object and artwork description for the European Research Council research project "ETHIO-SPARE: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia: Salvation, Preservation, Research" (Dr. Denis Nosnitsin) (intermittently from 2012-2014)
Visiting researcher at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Mek'elle University, Ethiopia (2011-12)
Visiting researcher at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2011)
Fieldwork research team leader during a four-month fieldwork research trip through Tigrai and Amhara regions of Ethiopia (2012)
Scholarships & Research Funding
2014-15: Martin Buber Fellowship, Hebrew University and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
2013-14: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) completion scholarship for the PhD project
2012: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) fieldwork research funding grant
2011-12: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) research grant for research in Ethiopia
2011: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) PhD start-up funding for preliminary research trips to Addis Ababa and Mek'elle, Ethiopia
2010-13: Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg State PhD Fellowship Bursary) 3-year PhD scholarship award
2008-09: Graduate Erasmus Scholarship to study Medieval History (M.A. level) at the University of York, UK
Modernist Literature World Palestinian Literature Postcolonial and Globalization Theory Psychoanalytic Theory
My current research examines how Palestinian literary productions have surmounted their circumscribed position within the Arabic context. Looking beyond the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Arab diaspora, it is a sine-qua-non condition to recognize artistic expressions of Palestinian experiences articulated in English, Spanish, Italian, Danish, and Hebrew, among other languages from the Americas, Europe, and Israel. The critical move of interlacing literary productions by Palestinian authors in different languages is necessary in the case of Palestinian literature, since it amalgamates works that represent diverse deterritorialized experiences in the absence of a successful nation-building project. My contention is that these writings are critically important insofar as they expand the scope of the linguistic-cultural framework whereby it is possible to express and interpret today’s increasingly diverse Palestinian experiences.
Fellowships and Grants:
The ISF Grant 2018-2021: Israel Science Foundation.
The MAOF Grant for Outstanding Young Researchers 2017-2020: Council for Higher Education, Israel.
The Martin Buber Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-17: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award 2009: The Joseph Conrad Society of America.
The Dickens Project Prize 2009: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Annenberg Fellowship 2008-9: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph. D.in English Literature (2007-2012).
Doctoral Dissertation: “Symptoms of the Real in Joseph Conrad’s and William Faulkner’s Fiction.”
Danish (mother tongue): Speak, read, and write fluently.
Arabic (mother tongue): Speak, read, and write fluently.
English (mother-tongue fluency): Speak, read, and write fluently
Hebrew (fluent): Speak, read, and write fluently.
Fellowships and Prizes
The Annenberg Fellowship 2008-9: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Dickens Project Prize 2009: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award 2009: The Joseph Conrad Society of America.
The Martin Buber Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-15: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Conferences and Others
“The Emergence of a New Paternal Specter.” Seminar Study Group organized at The Dickens Universe annual convention. University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S. 1st-8th August, 2009. Attended The Joseph Conrad Society of America banquet dinner to accept The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award at the MLA annual convention. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. 27th-31st December, 2009.
“From Symptom to Sinthome: A Discourse of Psychosis.” Presented at the ACLA annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana U.S. 1st-4th April, 2010.
“Confronting the Nonsensical: Narrations of Survival.” (Organizer) Presented at the ACLA annual convention. Brown University: Providence, Rhode Island U.S. 29th March - 1st April, 2012.
“Palestinian Prose in the Global Context.” Presented at the ACLA annual convention. New York University: New York U.S. 20th-23rd March, 2014.
“Becoming Palestinian, Becoming Israeli in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.” Presented at the annual conference of the School of Literature of the Hebrew University. Jerusalem, Israel. 9th-10th March 2015. “Heidegger.” Seminar Study Group with Professor Simon Crichtley organized by the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. New York, U.S. 14th-21st June 2015 .
“The Problem of Nonsense from Conrad to Faulkner.” Presented at the Joseph Conrad Society’s (UK) 41st Annual Conference. London (Polish Cultural Center, Westminster) UK. 2nd-4th July 2015.
Membership in Professional Societies
Member of the Modern Language Association since 2009.
Member of American Comparative Literature Association since 2010.
Member of The Joseph Conrad Society of America 2009-2012.
Conrad, Faulkner, and the Problem of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Being There, Being Here: Palestinian Writings in the World (Forthcoming)
Benjy’s Howl: From Symptom to Sinthome in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.” E-rea [Online], 12.1 | 2014, Online since 15 December 2014, connection on 15 December 2014. URL: http://erea.revues.org/3949 ; DOI : 10.4000/erea.3949.
“Palestinian Writings in the World: a Polylingual Literary Category Between Local and Transnational Realms.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 19. no. 2, 2017: 258-282. On the internet since 20 October 2016. DOI:10.1080/1369801X.2016.1231590.
“Literary Trespassing in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.” Comparative Literature Vol. 69 no. 2, 2017: 222-237. DOI: 10.1215/00104124-3865413
“When the Exile Brings a Key: the Poetics of Palestinian “Homecomings.” (Hebrew). OT, Vol. 7, Spring 2018.
“The Palestinian Nation and its Women across Borders and Generations.” ACLA annual convention. Georgetown University, Washington DC. 7th-10th Mar, 2019.
“When the Exile Brings a Key.” Talk for the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies. Duke University, Durham. 5th March 2019.
“Leaving Palestine.” (Workshop Global History, Literature, and Culture). Freie Universität Berlin, 14 February, 2019.
“What the Sea brought to Palestine.” (Workshop GlobalHistory, Literature, and Culture). University of Haifa, 13 December, 2018.
(Invited) “1948 in Israel and Palestine.” (Workshop). Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, University of Massachussetts, Amherst. 4th-6th Oct, 2018.
“Literary Solidarities among Palestinian Women Authors in the Diaspora.” ACLA annual convention. University of California, Los Angeles. 29th Mar-1st Apr, 2018.
(Invited) “‘Our’ English Department.” The Annual Conference of the Study of English Literatures in Israel (SELI). Bar Ilan University, 1 February, 2018.
(Invited) “Palestinian Writings in the World.” Colloquium in the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies, Bar Ilan University. 23rd Jan, 2018.
“The Anglophone Palestinian Novel.” (also organizer with Dr. Shai Ginsburg (Duke University) of the seminar “Dis-connect? Re-Assembling the Israeli-Palestinian Encounter Anew”). ACLA annual convention. University of Utrecht, Netherlands. 6th-9th July 2017.
“The Palestinian Story in English!” The Inaugural Conference of the Study of English Literatures in Israel (SELI). The University of Haifa, Port Campus. 8th-9th February, 2017.
(Invited) “Borrowed Palestinian Returns between Memory and Narration.” ACLA annual convention. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts, U.S. 17th-20th March 2016.
Religions of late antiquity Ritual and discourse Purity and defilement Demonology Biblical exegesis in late antiquity
Education and Positions
2014-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
2013-2014 Junior Research Fellowship at the Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel.
2011-2014 DPhil in Theology, University of Oxford. Dissertation title: ’All is Pure for the Pure’: Redefining Purity and Defilement in Early Greek Christianity, From Paul to Origen. Supervisor: Prof. Guy G. Stroumsa.
2009-2010 MA in Religious Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated with honors. Dissertation title: Vegetable Offerings in the Roman Empire.
2006-2008 BA in General History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated with honors.
2000-2002, 2005 Talmudic Studies, Yeshivat Har Etzion.
2015 Religions in the Greek and Roman worlds (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
2014 Messaging God: ancient Jewish, Christian and pagan views on religious practice (Ben Gurion University of the Negev).
2013 Ancient ritual theory (Mansfield College, University of Oxford).
2011-2012 Anthropology of Classical religions (Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford).
Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire (Worcester College, University of Oxford).
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2013-2014 Junior Research Fellowship at the Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
2011-2013 Doctoral Studentship in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford).
2009 Sternberg Prize for Interfaith Understanding (Department of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
2006 Merit scholarship for undergraduate studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Additional Academic Work Experience
2012-2013 Research and editing for the volume Priests and Prophets among Pagans, Jews and Christians, edited by Beate Dignas, Robert Parker and Guy G. Stroumsa (Leuven: Peeters, 2013).
2010-2013 Research assistant to Professor Guy G. Stroumsa.
2008-2009 Editor and translator of academic publications for the Macro Center for Political Economics.
Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions, with Guy G. Stroumsa and Adam Silverstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press [forthcoming]
Journal articles and book chapters
“Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics against Death Defilement”, Studia Patristica 63 (2013), pp. 373-84.
“How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter on the Nature of Impurity”, Harvard Theological Review.
“Purity and Defilement”, in The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions, edited by Guy G. Stroumsa, Adam Silverstein and Moshe Blidstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
“Between Ritual and Moral Purity: Early Christian Views on Dietary Laws”, in Authoritative Texts and Reception History: Aspects and Approaches, edited by Dan Batovici and Kristin De Troyer. Biblical Interpretation Series. Brill.
“Demons and Pollution: Greek, Jewish and Christian Models”, Kernos Supplements, Proceedings of the 14th conference of the Centre international d'étude de la religion grecque antique.
Translation into Hebrew of Guy G. Stroumsa, The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity (קץ עידן הקורבנות: תמורות דתיות בשלהי העת העתיקה, ירושלים: מאגנס, 2013).
Thinking Bible, a 30-lesson online course on the Book of Judges for Yeshivat Har Etzion’s online study program, 2005.
“Deed and Word in Late Ancient Christian and Jewish Biblical Exegesis”, European Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Paris, July 2014.
“Behind the Temple: The Form and Function of Back Rooms in Ancient Sanctuaries”, Conference of the Israeli Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies, Beersheva, May 2014.
“Demons and Pollution: Greek, Jewish and Christian Models”, 14th conference of the Centre international d'étude de la religion grecque antique, Liège, October 2013.
“Asceticism and Identity: Perspectives from Early Christian Discourse on Purity and Defilement”, Interdisciplinary Seminar for the Study of Religion, University of Oxford, Hilary Term, 2013.
“Purifying Purity: Approaches to the Problem of Embodiment in Early Christian Discussions of Purity Laws”, Conference of the European Society for the Study of Religion, Utrecht, August 2012.
“Perceptions of Space and Death Defilement in Early Christianity”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Amsterdam, July 2012.
“How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter in Eighth Century Syria”, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, April 2012.
“Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics Against Death Defilement”, 16th International Conference of Patristics, Oxford, August 2011.
“Vegetal offerings in the Roman Empire: A New Look at the End of Sacrifice”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London, July 2011.
“Between Ritual and Moral Purity: Early Christian Views on Dietary Laws,” The St. Andrews Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies: Authoritative Texts and Reception History, June 2011.
“Visions of Purity: Porphyry and Julian on Religious Elites”, Graduate Workshop of the Princeton-Oxford Project, Oxford, January 2011.
“Vegetable Offerings in the Roman Empire”, Graduate Seminar of the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 2010.
Theater and performance studies Sound, voice and auditory media in theater and performance-art Feminist theater and performance theory
2005-2012 Ph.D. Theatre Studies. The Faculty of the Arts, Tel-Aviv University. Dissertation title: “Voice-Identity-Presence: The Rhetoric's of Ventriloquism in Contemporary Women’s Vocal Performance Art”. Supervisor: Professor Freddie Rokem
2004-2005 M.A. Theatre Studies (Summa cum Laude). The Faculty of the Arts, Tel-Aviv University. (Direct doctoral program)
2001-2003 B.A. The Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts (Summa cum Laude). The Faculty of the Arts, Tel-Aviv University.
2002: Cited on Dean’s List for Excellence, Faculty of the Arts, Tel-Aviv University.
Scholarships and Fellowships
2014- The Martin Buber Fellows Society. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University.
2014 Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University. Declined.
2013-2014 ICORE Post-Doctoral scholarship. Da'at Hamakom: Center for Research Excellence for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World.
2009-2010 German-Israeli Foundation (GIF) Scholarship.
2008-2009 Salter Scholarship.
2007-2008 Tel-Aviv University President’s Doctoral Fellowship in Fine Arts.
2007 The Dr. Lillian Chutick and Dr. Rebecca Chutick scholarship for Outstanding Female Doctoral Students. Tel-Aviv University.
2005-2007 Tel-Aviv University Rector (Provost) Doctoral Fellowship in Fine Arts.
Abeliovich Ruthie. 2009. Envoicing the Future: Victoria Hanna’s Exterior Voice. Theatre Research International, 34:159-165.
Abeliovich Ruthie. 2013. In Search of the Authors Voice: 'The Strindberg Project', a Performance by the Cullberg Ballet. European Stages 1.1: 101-105.
Abeliovich Ruthie. Voice, Identity, Presence: Stammering as an Aural Image in Victoria Hanna's Performance ‘Signals.’ Theatre Journal (Forthcoming).
Abeliovich Ruthie. The Occupying Spectator: Audio-Spatial Ruptures in Performative Representation of Israeli-Palestinian Encounters.” Performance Research 19.6 (Forthcoming).
Abeliovich Ruthie, Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, and Linda Ben-Zvi (Eds.). 2015. A stage of Their Own: Seven American Feminist Plays. Tel-Aviv University press: Assaph. (Hebrew).
Abeliovich Ruthie. 2012. Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre: Advanced course Study Guide. Raanana: The Open University of Israel Press. (Hebrew).
Abeliovich Ruthie. The Liberating Language of "Ach Ach Boom Trach!", A play written by Norman Issa and Yoav Bar Lev. (Hebrew). Multicultural Theatre in Israel. Eds. Shimon Levy, Olga Levitan and Shai Bar-Yaakov. Tel-Aviv: Safra. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).
Abeliovich Ruthie. The voice of The Nation's Mother: Hanna Rovina as An Acoustic Icon. Habima: New Studies on National Theatre. Eds. Gad Kaynar, Dorit Yerushalmi and Shelly Zer-Zion. Tel-Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).
Yankowitz Susan. "Night Sky". In: Abeliovich Ruthie, Linda Ben-Zvi, and Sharon Aronson-Lehavi and (Eds.). A Stage of Their Own: Hebrew Translations of American Women Playwrights. Tel-Aviv University press: Assaph. (Hebrew) (Forthcoming).
Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in the southern Levant Archaeological theory Archaeology of the present Classification and typology
Cultural Crystallization, Disintegration and Redefinition: Articulations and transformations of archaeological assemblages between the Neolithic and Urban revolutions in the southern Levant
Hanaton: a Neolithic-Chalcolithic site in the Lower Galilee, Israel
Archaeological survey of E-Dlemm, a Bedouin cemetery in the Negev highlands
Archaeology of modern landfills in Israel
Undergraduate and graduate studies
1996-1999 BA in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient Near East, Tel Aviv University
2001-2005 MA in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient Near East, Tel Aviv University (Magna cum laude)
2006-2010 Ph.D. in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
2012 Bedouin cemeteries in the Negev, Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Host: Prof. R. Kark.
2013-14 Hanaton (south): Neolithic-Chalcolithic transition in the Lower Galilee, Israel, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa. Host: Dr. D. Rosenberg.
2006 “Neolithic pottery production: A view from Nahal Zehora II.” Techniques and People: anthropological perspectives on technology in the archaeology of the proto-historic and early historic periods in the Southern Levant; Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem, French-Israeli workshop.
2009 “Structuring identity upon Death: Chalcolithic Burial Caves in the Southern Levant.” DDD9 - The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 9th International Conference; Centre for Death and Dying Studies, Durham University
2009 “Social and ideological aspects of interregional variability during the Chalcolithic Period: the case study of the burial caves of the Mediterranean climatic zone.” 35th Archaeological Congress; Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2012 “Ard el-Samra (Yavor): Chalcolithic and Bronze Age remains in the Akko Valley (with Mark Iserlis).” Joint Symposium of the Archaeological Department of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority; Tel Aviv University.
What is archaeology? trends and currents in contemporary archaeological discourse in Israel (with M. Iserlis); Tel Aviv University.
2011 Between past and present: Cemeteries as symbols during the Chalcolithic Period and today; Archaeology Departmental Seminar, Tel Aviv University.
2011 Sequences and durations: Time and archaeological interpretation; Archaeology Departmental Seminar, The University of Haifa.
2013 What one sees from here: contemporary and Chalcolithic cemeteries in Israel; MA Seminar, Ben Gurion University
2013 What is a cemetery? MA Seminar, Tel Aviv University
Nativ, A. 2010. Prying into Cultural Gaps: An Analysis of Chalcolithic (6500-5700 BP) and Contemporary Cemeteries in the Southern Levant. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv. (English with Hebrew summary, 381 p.). Supervised by Prof. Avi Gopher.
Nativ A. 2014. Prioritising Death and Society: The Archaeology of Chalcolithic and Contemporary Cemeteries in the Southern Levant. Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology Series, Durham: Acumen.
Nativ A. 2008. A note on Chalcolithic ossuary Jars: Metaphors of metamorphosis. Tel-Aviv 35: 209-214.
Rosenberg, D., Shimelmitz, R. and Nativ, A. 2008. Basalt bifacials production in the Southern Levant: A glance at the quarry and workshop site of Givat Kipod, Israel. Antiquity 82:367-376.
Nativ, A. and Gopher, A. 2011. The cemetery as a symbol: A reconsideration of Chalcolithic burial caves in the southern Levant. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(2): 229-245.
Nativ, A., Iserlis, M. and Paz. Y. 2012. Transformations of Lodian pottery assemblages as recorded at the site of Yesodot, Israel. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 42: 115-135.
Paz, Y. and Nativ, A. 2013. Yesodot: A case for a post Ghassulian Chalcolithic. Paléorient 39: 83-93.
Nativ, A., Rosenberg, D. and Nadel, D. 2014. The southern tip of the northern Levant? The pottery assemblage of Tel Ro`im West. Paléorient 40.1: 99-115.
Nativ, A., Shimelmitz, R., Agha, N., Ktalav, I. and Rosenberg, D. in press. Hanaton: Interim report on a Neolithic-Chalcolithic settlement in the Lower Galilee. Israel Prehistoric Society.
Nativ, A. in press. Anthropocentricity and the archaeological record: towards a sociology of things. Norwegian Archaeological Review.
Nativ, A. and Paz, Y. 2005. El-Midiah. Pp. 104-113. Salvage Excavation Reports 2. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
Paz, Y., Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2005. Excavations at Lod: Neolithic and Chalcolithic Remains and an Egyptian Presence in the Early Bronze Age. Pp. 114-158. Salvage Excavation Reports 2. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
Shimelmitz, R., Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2005. Giv‛at Kipod: A basalt quarry and a workshop for the production of bifacial tools in the Manasseh Hills, Israel. Neo-Lithics 1/05: 9-12.
Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2006. A Pottery Neolithic clay surface from Lod – characteristics and possible meanings. Neo-Lithics 1/06: 20-23.
Nativ, A. 2012. Petrography of the MB pottery: A preliminary report. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 76-82. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
Nativ, A. 2012. Middle Bronze Age ovens: Construction, use and spatial distribution. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 83-87. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
Nativ, A. 2012. Small finds. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 184-188. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
Nativ, A., Gopher, A. and Goren, Y. 2013. Pottery production at Nahal Zehora II. In: A. Gopher, Village Communities of the Pottery Neolithic Period in the Menasheh Hills, Israel: Archaeological Investigations at the Sites of Nahal Zehora. Pp. 657-696. Tel Aviv Institute of Archaeology Monograph Series 29. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
Arie, E. and Nativ, A. 2013. Level K-6. In: I. Finkelstein, D. Ussishkin, and E. Cline (eds.) Megiddo V: The 2004-2008 Seasons. Pp. 165-177. Tel Aviv Institute of Archaeology Monograph Series. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
Nativ, A., Iserlis, M., Shimelmitz, R., Sapir-Hen, L. and Ktalav, I. in press. Ard el-Samra: A Chalcolithic, Early Bronze and Intermediate Bronze Age site at the Akko plain. Salvage Excavation Reports. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
Since September 2014 Assistant Professor (without tenure track) at the Professorship for Epistemology and Theory of Science, University College Freiburg/Department of Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg.
Michal Frenkel is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she has served as a department chair (2018-2022). Her research focuses on power relations in and around organizations, examined through a dual lens: (i) How power relations affect the production of managerial knowledge and practices and how the latter are institutionalized, transferred, and implemented across national boundaries; and (ii) The role of such knowledge and practices in the reproduction of gender-, ethnicity-, race-, and religiosity-based social hierarchies. She studies the multilayered nature of power and theorizes the interrelations between the global, national, organizational, and interpersonal power dynamics and how these shape organizational control and members’ compliance, agency, and resistance in organizations. Her current studies focus on gender-religiosity intersectionality at work and the intersection of gender and age in shaping academic careers.
As a public sociologist, she applies insights from her studies (and others) to help public and private organizations implement more inclusive employment practices and become more family-friendly and egalitarian in their approach toward marginalized groups. She is a frequent commentator on questions of work, organization, and gender equity in the Israeli media. She enjoys mentoring up-and-coming scholars and has worked closely with more than fifty graduate and postdoctoral students in developing their studies and academic careers.
Yona Hanhart-Marmor is a lecturer in French literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of two essays on Claude Simon’s and Pierre Michon’s works and on numerous articles devoted to 20th and 21 st -century literature. She is currently working on family inquiries written by descendants of Holocaust victims and, in particular, on questions conveyed by contemporary French literature about Jewishness. Among her recent publications, we can mention « L’ère de la filiation inversée dans la littérature mémorielle contemporaine » (French Studies), « Ni tout à fait la même, ni tout à fait une autre : la mélancolie paradoxale des récits d’enquête autour de la Shoah » (Roman 20-50), « Enquêtes françaises contemporaines : les limites de l’entreprise mémorielle » (Etudes littéraires) « La réception française des Disparus ou le symptôme d’un évitement (Littérature) and « La place de l’étoile : mémoire et amnésie dans quelques films français autour de la Shoah » (Europe). She has also started to work on international adaptations of Israeli TV series.