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Transdisciplinary Perspectives in the Field of Jewish Cultural Studies | Diego Rotman

In the frame of the workshop ״ Transdisciplinary Perspectives in the Field of Jewish Cultural Studies״, at the Dubnow Institut in Leipzig, I presented an on-going research entitled “Repainting History: The Case of Fischach Wooden Sukkah”. In the paper, I dealt with the reconstruction of a replica of the Deller Sukkah (dating to 1840), installed as part of the core exhibition of Judaica at the Israel Museum. The replica is a perfect copy of the original, but for a few deliberate differences between it and the original—some substantive and some symbolic. As a consequence of the replication process, the paintings on the walls of the sukkah subtly transformed: the image of Jerusalem on one of the walls, which in the original was an object of yearning, became a kind of proprietary statement; the scenes of the pastoral German village on the three other walls, which used to provide a kind of visual record of the original landscape, became a wistful memorial of a community and a time that no longer exist. The presentation was done with a fruitful dialogue with Leontine Meijer-van Mensch, the new director of the Grassi Museum in Leipzig who chaired the session.

Fragile Spaces: Forays into Jewish Memory, European History and Complex Identities

אנו שמחים להזמינכם לדיון בספרו של פרופ’ סטיבן אשהיים Steven E. Aschheim Fragile Spaces: Forays into Jewish Memory, European History and Complex Identities (De Gruyter) משתתפים: יו”ר: פרופ’ ויויאן לישקה (Prof. Vivian Liska) פרופ’ בנימין פולק (Prof. Benjamin Pollock) פרופ’ שולמית וולקוב (Prof. Shulamit Volkov) פרופ’ עופר אשכנזי (Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi) מגיב: פרופ’ סטיבן אשהיים (Prof. Steven Aschheim) The event will be held on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 at 18:30, Refreshments from 18:00 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Room 530, Mt. Scopus campus Aschheim’s book covers the complex crises, tensions and dilemmas but also the positive potential in the meeting of Jews with Western culture. In numerous contexts and through the work of fascinating thinkers, the work examines some of the consequences of political, cultural and personal rupture, as well as the manifold ways in which various Jewish intellectuals sought to respond to these ruptures and carve out new options of thought and action.

היו זמנים באנטוליה: בין עבר עות׳מאני להווה תורכי

היו זמנים באנטוליה: בין עבר עות׳מאני להווה תורכי סדרת הרצאות בעריכת ד”ר צמרת לוי-דפני, פרופ’ אמנון רז-קרקוצקין ופרופ’ ירחמיאל כהן   כל ההרצאות תתקיימנה בימי שני בשעה 18:00 במכון ון ליר בירושלים     17 בדצמבר 2018 | יצירתה של אומה: המעבר מהאימפריה העות’מאנית למדינת הלאום התורכית פרופ’ אייל ג’יניאו, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים יו”ר: פרופ’ ירחמיאל כהן, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים   24 בדצמבר 2018 | היהודים במאה העות’מאנית האחרונה פרופ’ ירון בן-נאה, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים יו”ר: ד”ר אביגיל יעקבסון , האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים   7 בינואר  2019 | גלות ספרד במדינה העות’מאנית ד”ר אליעזר פאפו, אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב הדס פל-ירדן בשירים על קו התפר התורכי- ספרדי .יניב עובדיה בבגלמה יו”ר: ד”ר סוזי גרוס, אוניברסיטת בר-אילן                21 בינואר 2019 | בין דת לחילון: מאבקם של הסהר והכוכב בתורכיה    ד”ר איתן חי כהן-ינורג’ק, אוניברסיטת תל אביב יו”ר: ד״ר נדב סולומונוביץ’, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים   11 בפברואר 2019 | הג’יהאד של הרפובליקה החילונית: מלחמת קוריאה והתעמולה הדתית בתורכיה בשנות החמישים                                                                ד״ר נדב סולומונוביץ’, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים יו”ר: פרופ’ אמנון רז-קרקוצקין,  אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב   25 בפברואר 2019 | בין שני נרטיבים: מדוע נטבחו הארמנים במלחמת העולם הראשונה? פרופ’ דרור זאבי, אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב יו”ר: דויגו אטלס, מכון ון ליר בירושלים … Read More

Ad acta: The Hebrew University, Jewish Scholars, and the Exile from Europe

The exhibition marks the completion of a project to preserve and catalogue the //historical// archive of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1918-1948) and is based on archival materials now being revealed to the public for the first time. At its center stand seven scholars whose professional paths began in Germany and were later integrated within the Hebrew University in its early years: Gotthold Weil, Gershom Scholem, David Werner Senator, Richard Koebner, Aryeh Ludwig Strauss, Lea Goldberg, and Martin Buber. Some arrived as Zionists in the 1920s, while others arrived after being fired from their positions in Germany once the Nazis rose to power. On the “Students Table” within the exhibition visitors may browse/examine nine student files that represent the scores of applications received from young Central and Eastern European Jews seeking admission to the university and an immigration certificate that would allow them to escape Europe. Out of these two circles/milieus – of the scholars on the one hand and the students on the other – emerges a picture of the Hebrew University during the years of the British Mandate, the conflicts and challenges that accompanied its founding and development. … Curators: Ada Wardi and Adi Livny. Academic Director: Prof. … Read More

Collecting the Pieces of the Jewish Diaspora: Zionist Folkloristics Facing the Shoah / Dani Schrire

olk-culture is typically associated with continuity; how can one engage folk-culture in situations of destruction and extermination – the reality Zionist folklorists confronted facing the Shoah? With the first bits of information regarding the destruction in Europe, many of them assembled in Tel Aviv to form the Yeda Am folklore society; in tandem, the Institute for Jewish Folklore was formed in Jerusalem. The two competing organizations dealt with fragmentary lives in the Diaspora in different ways, in their quest to find new meanings from them. This book examines Zionist folkloristics at this dire hour from a perspective that views fractured reality as a fundamental principle in studying cultures in general, by combining approaches from folklore studies and science and technology studies. This book undermines the distinction between individualist scholarly knowledge and collective folklore by examining everyday scholarly habits: Archival practices, the use of letterheads, jubilee celebrations of scholars as well as practices of editing and laying out scholarly publications. The tension between national culture and ethnic cultures is revealed in new ways, as is the relationship between avant-garde and folklore studies.

Revisiting Vichy France / Vichy Revisité

Revisiting Vichy France / Vichy Revisité צרפת בימי שלטון וישי – עיון מחודש Jerusalem, 3-5 December 2018 / Jérusalem, 3-5 décembre 2018 ירושלים, כ״ה-כ״ז בכסלו, תשע״ט Monday, 3 December Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem / Institut Van Leer, Jérusalem 18:00 – 20:00 – Opening Evening Chairperson / Président de séance – Richard Cohen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Université hébraïque de Jérusalem) Greetings / Discours d’ouverture • Hélène Le Gal, French Ambassador to Israel / Ambassadrice de France en Israël • Barak Medina, Rector, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Recteur de l’Université hébraïque de Jérusalem Keynote Presentations / Conférences • Renée Poznanski (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/ Université Ben Gurion du Negev) Vichy France and the Jews: The Impact of Memory on Historiography / La France de Vichy et les Juifs: L’impact de la mémoire sur l’historiographie • Laurent Joly (EHESS-CRH) Vichy, Nazi Germany, and the Persecution of the Jews (1940-1944)/ Vichy, l’Allemagne nazie et la persécution des Juifs (1940-1944) Tuesday, 4 December Constantiner Lecture Hall Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 9:00 Gathering 9:30 – 12:30 – The French Population, Vichy, and Antisemitism Chairperson – Steven Aschheim (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) • Daniel Lee (University of Sheffield) A Sleepy English … Read More

American Jews and Their (Various) Others

We cordially invite the public to an outstanding array of lectures on an essential topic of current interest: “American Jews and Their (Various) Others,” which will consider the lives and thoughts of America’s Jews in light of their literary creativity, social and identity boundaries, encounters between religion and feminism, Israel-Diaspora relations, and more. The event will take place Nov. 18-20 at the Van Leer Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Mt. Scopus): see further details below.

Lecture by Neta Peretz in The 11th Congress of The European Association for Jewish Studies 2018

In July 2018 The Jagiellonian University in Krakow hosted the 11th Congress of The European Association for Jewish Studies under the title “Searching for Roots of Jewish Tradition”. Neta Peretz, a PhD candidate at the Art History Department and a “Daat-Hamakom” research fellow, participated in the conference in a session dedicated to Interwar Visual Modernisms, and gave a lecture on Jules Pascin. Pascin, the Bulgarian-born artist of Jewish origin, is usually regarded as the quintessential cosmopolitan and voluntary exile, and one of the leaders of the international École de Paris. In her lecture, Neta examined Pascin’s often neglected, yet perplexing question of Jewish identity. His non-Jewish, west European surrounding viewed him as an “Oriental Jew,” and his displacement recalled the myth of a “Wandering Jew.” As shown in the lecture, it seems that Pascin did not reject, and occasionally even consciously embraced these external views of himself. Moreover, this self-image led towards the artist’s identification with other marginal figures and outcasts, especially gypsies and immigrants. To conference website: To conference program:

על אמנות, הגירה ומה שביניהם ערב מיוחד לרגל נעילת תערוכת-היחיד: זויה צ’רקסקי: פְּרַבְדָה

על אמנות, הגירה ומה שביניהם ערב מיוחד לרגל נעילת תערוכת-היחיד “זויה צ’רקסקי: פְּרַבְדָה” יום שלישי | 16 באוקטובר 2018 | 20:00 אודיטוריום שפרינגר ערב מיוחד לרגל נעילת תערוכת-היחיד של האמנית זויה צ’רקסקי יוקדש לדיון ביצירתה ובנושאים העולים ממנה: העלייה הגדולה מרוסיה בשנות ה- 90, המפגש בין העולים למקומיים, דעות קדומות ונוסטלגיה לעבר הרחוק והקרוב   אוצר התערוכה ד”ר אמיתי מנדלסון ישוחח עם האמנית זויה צ’רקסקי על יצירתה ועל תפקיד האמנות כראי לחברה ד”ר מרים ריינר, המחלקה לאמנות יהודית, אוניברסיטת בר-אילן “ביקורת חברתית, הגירה ונוסטלגיה: ז’ויה צ’רקסקי ברוח אמנים יהודים מזרח אירופים בתחילת המאה ה-20” הסופר מאיר שלו “‘אנשים משונים’: העלייה השנייה – הרוסים של רומן רוסי” הערב נערך בשיתוף עם “דעת המקום” תיעוד אירוע הנעילה של התערוכה

Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society

Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society Edited by Richard I. Cohen Studies in Contemporary Jewry Presents a multifaceted view of the subtle and intricate relations between Jews and their relationship to place Covers Europe, the Middle East, and North America from the 18th century to the 21st Written by a diverse range of authors from many disciplines and areas of expertise, including philosophy, history, folklore, and literary studies. Table of Contents Symposium Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society Natan M. Meir, Home for the Homeless? The Hekdesh in Eastern Europe Yuval Tal, The Social Logic of Colonial Anti-Judaism: Revisiting the Anti-Jewish Crisis in French Algeria, 1889-1902 Scott Ury, The Urban Origins of Jewish Degeneration: The Modern City and the End of the Jews, 1900-1939 Saskia Coenen Snyder, An Urban Semiotics of War: Signs and Sounds in Nazi- occupied Amsterdam Andrea A. Sinn, Restoring and Reconstructing: Munich for Jews after the Second World War Vivian Liska, Jewish Displacement as Experience and Metaphor in 20th-Century European Thought Asher D. Biemann, Imagining a Homeland: The Election of Place and Time Mirjam Rajner, The Orient in Jewish Artistic Creativity: The Case of Maurycy Gottlieb Alec Mishory, Artists’ Colonies in Israel Björn Siegel, Envisioning … Read More

Samizdat Shakespeare 1944: Ludwig Berger’s Secret Midsummer Night’s Dream in Nazi-Occupied Amsterdam

Professor Christian Rogowski G. Armour Craig Professor in Language and Literature In the Department of German Amherst College Samizdat Shakespeare 1944: Ludwig Berger’s Secret Midsummer Night’s Dream in Nazi-Occupied Amsterdam Monday, May 28, 16:30 Rabin Building Room 2001 Mount Scopus In April 1944, a series of remarkable performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream took place in Amsterdam in the private home of German-Jewish film and theater director Ludwig Berger (1892-1969). Between 1940 and 1945, Amsterdamers endured oppression by the German occupying forces, including a tightly controlled cultural life, limited supplies of food and heating fuel, restrictions on public and private gatherings, as well as strictly enforced curfews. The city’s Jewish residents, moreover, faced continued raids and deportations, first to Dutch transit camps, then to the death camps further east. Having sought refuge in the Dutch city in 1937, Berger had directed two films in the Netherlands that won him the respect and admiration of the Dutch cultural elite, and he survived the Nazi occupation under as yet unclear circumstances. Despite the threat of brutal reprisals, and in a remarkable gesture of support for the celebrated refugee director, a sizeable group of Dutch theater lovers, among them acting students as well as representatives of … Read More

Internal Research Seminar of the Dubnow Institute Leipzig, 7–9 February 2018

Since 2002, the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, in Leipzig, holds an yearly internal research Seminar for graduate students. The basic structure of the seminar is comprised of short presentations of the students, engaging specific academic inquiries and considerations with which they are faced at the moment. This year, following Prof. Yfaat Weiss’s nomination as director of the institute, the institute’s administration decided to invite Prof. Weiss’s doctoral students from the Hebrew University to participate in the seminar, with the aim to encourage the establishment and further cultivation of research contacts between members of the Israeli and German communities of young researchers. Each participant in the seminar was requested to briefly introduce his or her dissertation projects and than delve into an research problem with which they are engaged at the moment. Each presentation was followed by a good half-an-hour disscution. Titles of Daat Hamakom’s PhD candidates’ presentations: Adi Livny: Spiritual Zionism in Practice: A pre-state history of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Amit Levy: The New Orient: German-Jewish Orientalism in Palestine/Israel Yael Levi: Sarasohn vs. The Workingmen’s Publishing Association: Socialists against Capitalists in the Yiddish Press in 1890’s New York Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan: German Answers to Israeli Questions: … Read More

Prof. Edwin Seroussi, winner of the Israel Prize for Research in Culture, the Arts and Musicology 2018

We extend warm congratulations to Prof. Edwin Seroussi from the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Humanities on winning the Israel Prize for Research in Culture, the Arts and Musicology. Prof. Seroussi researches ethnomusicology, Jewish and Middle Eastern music, popular music and related areas of music and technology. He is also the Director of the Jewish Music Research Center. Prof. Seroussi is recognized as the number one world expert in historical, diverse and ethnic Jewish music. We wish Prof. Seroussi good health and our sincere congratulations. Prof. Barak Medina, Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem link to kan israel

The Stage as a Temporary Home – On Dzigan and Shumacher’s Theater (1927-1980)

Hansen House, Daat HaMakom, Mamuta Art and Research Center, Beit Shalom Aleichem Launching of the book: The Stage as a Temporary Home – On Dzigan and Shumacher’s Theater (1927-1980)  Diego Rotman (Magnes Press, December 2017) Speakers: Ruthie Abeliovich, Ph.D., Haifa University Zehavti Stern, Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University Elyakim Rubinstein, Judge, Former Vice President of the Supreme Court of Israel Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University Artistic Reading: Josef Sprinzak, Ph.D., Lea Mauas (Sala-manca Group) Response: Diego Rotman, Ph.D., Contemporary Academy Monday, 19.2.18, at 20:00 Hansen House, Guedaliau Alon 14 , Jerusalem The Stage as a Temporary Home takes us through the fascinating stages in the life and career of the duo Shimen Dzigan and IsroelShumacher, over the course of half a century – from the beginning of their work at the Ararat avant-garde Yiddish theater in Łodz, Poland, and to their Warsaw theater, where they produced bold, groundbreaking political satire. The book further discusses their wanderings through the Soviet Union during the Second World War and their attempt to revive Jewish culture in Poland after the Holocaust, and finally describes their arrival in Israel, first as guest performers and later as permanent residents. Despite the restrictions on Yiddish actors in Israel, the duo … Read More

פרס שרת התרבות לאמנים פלסטיים 2017 לקבוצת סלה-מנקה – לאה מאואס ודיאגו רוטמן

מנימוקי השופטים: זה שנים רבות שקבוצת סלה-מנקה בהובלתם של לאה מאואס ודיאגו רוטמן, משפיעה על עולם האמנות הישראלי. קבוצה רב תחומית זו הפועלת בכיוונים שונים, מעלה שאלות מחקר מגוונות, המשתנות ומתחדשות בתדירות גבוהה ביותר. בפעילותה, מגלמת הקבוצה רעיונות חברתיים, ביקורתיים ותפיסתיים, תוך קיום שיתופי פעולה עם קהילת האמנות ועם קהלים מגוונים. וועדת הפרס מוקירה את פעולתם ומבקשת לתמוך ביצירתם באמצעות מתן הפרס. בתקשורת דוד בהר פרחיה, נבט יצחק וקבוצת סלה-מנקה בין זוכי פרס משרד התרבות לאמנות פלסטית דז’יגאן הוא גולדה, שומאכר — ר’ דוד מפלונסק

Experts or Witnesses

Experts or Witnesses Jewish Intelligentsia from Jerusalem and the Levant in the Beginning of the 20th Century Amos Noy The book tells the story of a circle of Mizrahi intellectuals who were active in Jerusalem of the late 19th century and through the 1930s, the best known of them being Yossef Meyuhas, Abraham Elmaleh, and Yitzhak Yehezkel Yahuda. Their upbringing, education, intellectual coming-of-age, and scholarly activity unfolded in the period of the waning of the Ottoman Empire and into the early days of the British Mandate in Palestine, and they saw themselves as harbingers of an intellectual elite that would combine “European” education and enlightenment with an indigenous and “Oriental” self-awareness. Organized around a discussion of their works, the book seeks to restore these scholars and their wide and mostly forgotten opus to the scholarly and public agenda.

North African Jewry – Oral History as a Research Horizon

North African Jewry – Oral History as a Research Horizon The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, November 14, 2017 Rabin Building, Room 3001 09:45 –  Gathering 10:00-10:15 – Greetings Daniel Blatmann – Head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University Sharon Livne – The Oral History Division, Hebrew University David Guedj – Tel Aviv University 10:15-11:30 – First Session Chair: Joseph Yossi Chetrit, (University of Haifa) Amos Noy, (Hebrew University/Daat Hamakom) Speaking in Innocence: Theoretical Aspects of Oral Documentation Yehudit Henshke, (University of Haifa) Judeo-Arabic Influence on Contemporary Hebrew: Documentation and Analysis 11:30-12:00 – Coffee Break 12:00-13:15 – Second Session Chair: Yoram Bilu (Hebrew University) Esther Schely-Newman (Hebrew University) Telling as / or Documentation: Constructing the Past. Tom Fogel, Department of Folklore and Folk Culture Studies, (The Hebrew University) Goitein Archive –  60 years of Documenting Yemenite Jews  13:15-14:15 – Lunch Break  14:15-15:45 – Round Table: Past and Future in Oral History Chair: David Guedj, (Tel Aviv University) Joseph Yossi Chetrit (University of Haifa),  Hila Baharad (The Hebrew University/Daat Hamakom),  Yoram Bilu (The Hebrew University), Nina Pinto-Abecasis (Bar Ilan University and the Open University).

Egypt: A Journey through Time and Space

This year’s series of lectures sponsored by “Daat Hamakom” and the Van Leer Institute of Jerusalem deals with modern Egypt. The public is invited to participate in an exciting journey to the Nile. Once again we bring together seasoned and younger scholars from different universities. Each of them will offer a taste of their scholarship in a wide variety of themes.  These include the evolution of modern Egypt and its rich social mosaic; aspects of Egypt’s Jewish community, the discovery of the “Cairo Genizah” and its ramifications, and the Karaite community. Other lectures will treat cultural developments in Egypt – literature, music, and film. We will be treated to the “The Voice of Egypt” – Umm Kulthum – and her contribution to the Egyptian national spirit. The series will conclude with a lecture on the present efforts to preserve Cairo’s synagogues followed by a presentation by an Israeli performer who integrates aspects of Egyptian culture into her  work. Join this intellectual journey to Egypt. Convened and moderated by Prof. Yoram Meital, Prof. Richard I. Cohen, Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin. In conjunction with Da’at Hamakom and I-Core Israel Center of Research Excellence.  All lectures will take place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Tuesday, 18:00 Maariv Hashavua. 16/2/18 Galei Zahal 7/2/18 

Difficult Pasts and Haunted Presents: Dissonant Heritage in Historical Perspective

  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, October 29, 2017 | Rabin Building, Room 2001 In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the notion of cultural heritage in both Humanities and Social Sciences research. The vast scholarship has brought us enriched and profound understanding of this subject as well as various new contexts for its analysis and interpretation. Inter alia, a stronger focus has been placed on the heritage associated with conflicts, massive violence, atrocities, persecutions and other traumatic events, in light of which it appears as “ambiguous”, “ambivalent”, or “negative” heritage. As such, it presents a significant challenge to everyday life of individuals, social structures, political agendas and national imaginaries, yet often evolving into an inseparable part of local landscapes. The conference brings together scholars dealing with various examples of cultural heritage (artifacts, monuments, sites, places, buildings, properties etc.), that became a repository of dissonant memory of wars, battles, pogroms, expulsions, and ethnic cleansing. How did they influence the local communities and their relation to the traumatic events? How were they perceived and accommodated within the language as well as social and political practices – were they remembered, rewritten, restructured, reused, neglected, forgotten? What was their role … Read More

Dialogues of Knowledge | Dr. Cynthia Gabbay

Daat HaMakom Program supported my participation in LASA International Conference – “Dialogues of Knowledge” held in Lima, Peru, between April 29 and May 1, 2017. There, I presented my research “Epistemology of the Encyclopedic Work of Antonio Leon Pinelo” (1590-1660). Besides the presentation in the conference, being in Lima allowed me to have access to León Pinelo’s unique manuscripts and first editions edited in Spain and Peru, and discovering the first studies held by the most important researchers of Colonial Peru. I worked two full days at the National Library of Peru, which has established severe security conditions in an attempt to preserve the national patrimony that have been looted in previous centuries. People from Peru are extraordinary kind and received us wonderfully. The opening took place at the Museum of Art (MALI) which is placed at a beautiful building and has many collections of much interest. The conference received people from all over the globe and was one of the most enriching experiences I had. Latin American research and academy are radical, illuminating and innovative. My presentation was received with enthusiasm and the panel – focused on Colonial Literature – gave me interesting intertextual relations to think further and … Read More

Musicians in the Mediterranean: ‎Narratives of Movement

In June 2016 I was fortunate enough to attend the first joint symposium of the ICTM Study Group ‘Mediterranean Music Studies and the International Musicological ‎Society titled: “Musicians in the Mediterranean: ‎Narratives of Movement”‎ taking place in Naples Italy, thanks to a generous travel grant of the “Da’at Hamakom”: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World. The conference was a unique chance for me to meet and hear leading and emerging researchers from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Cypress and elsewhere all dealing with different aspects of music-making in the Mediterranean from a mainly ethno-musicological perspective. The paper I presented which was later presented at the third Daat Hamakom Fellows conference, focused on the music of one individual Rabbi Naftali Margolis Abulafia, born in the late 19th century in Safed. Using rare recordings, acquired and resounded with special permission of Abulafia’s family, I showed how his repertoire chronicled Ottoman-era Safed’s shared Arab- Jewish soundscape. His unique repertoire which was documented extensively in New York in the 1950s encompassed the liturgical Ashkenazi prayers and Yiddish folk songs reflecting his belonging to the minority Ashkenazi group in Safed; as well as Arab melodies set to … Read More

A German Island in Israel: Lea Goldberg and Tuvia Rübner’s Republic of Letters

As part of the series “Mifgashim” (Intersections), “Daat Hamakom” Center invites the public for the book launch of the book Perhaps Only Migrating Birds Know (Hebrew, ed. Giddon Ticotsky, Sifriat Poalim, 2016) Participants: Rafi Tsirkin-Sadan (Chair) Lina Barouch Anat Weisman Tamar S. Hess Respondent: Giddon Ticotsky The event will take place, Monday, 27/2/2017 at 18:30  Reception at 18:00 Room 2001, Rabin Building, The Hebrew University in Mount Scopus. This event will focus on the intellectual relationship between two leading Hebrew-European poets, as revealed in their recently discovered extensive correspondence, published in the book Perhaps Only Migrating Birds Know (Hebrew, ed. Giddon Ticotsky, Sifriat Poalim, 2016). Beyond the significant biographical revelations offered by their letters, their correspondence (mainly during the years 1949–1969) sheds light on the complexities of the two poets’ position as European artists in nascent Israeli culture. . . Perhaps only migrating birds know— suspended as they are between earth and sky— this heartache of two homelands. (Lea Goldberg, trans. Rachel Tzvia Back)     Photo by: Tuvia Rivner Cover design: Tamir Lahav-Radelmeser

Jewish Cultures Mapped (JCM) | A web-based platform developed by Da’at Hamakom

Jewish Cultures Mapped (JCM) is an interactive web-based map currently being developed by Daat-Hamakom. It is based on innovative digital-mapping and information visualization technologies designed to explore and experience Jewish cultures in their historical development from a perspective of time and space. It was designed as a flexible platform for incorporating, presenting and sharing data from existing databases and archives. The map visualizes dynamic relations and trajectories characteristic of the Jewish world through a uniquely designed interface combining a map with a timeline. It will present multimedia documentary information,including sound,images, and film, along with quantitative geographic information (GIS). The map is intended to serve as a context for worldwide scholars and experts of all cultural fields to generate and share time-space based information. JCM provides Easy accessibility of high quality content to a wide range of publics, such as university researchers, schoolteachers, students and laypersons searching for information in a platform that differs from extant searching and data mining engines. Jewish Cultures Mapped link to the JCM Project Data Upload Tutorial Clips

A panel discussion about Eli Lederhendler’s new book “American Jewry A New History”

You are cordially invited to a panel discussionabout Eli Lederhendler’s new book, American Jewry A New History Published by  Cambridge University Press Panelists: Chair: Prof. Uzi Rebhun, Head of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dr. Yael Sternhell, Tel-Aviv University Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University Prof. Menahem Blondheim, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the “Da’at Hamakom” Center Response: Prof. Eli Lederhendler, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the “Da’at Hamkom” Center The event will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Reception at 16:00 Opening remarks at 16:30 Beit Maiersdorff, Room 502, Mt. Scopus Campus   The book surveys over 350 years of Jewish existence on American soil, as it developed across different eras. It presents these developments as a series of “many new beginnings,” rather than as an organic narrative of direct evolution from early beginnings to today. The book considers the world Jewish historical context in which these events took place, in order to situate American Jewish history within global Jewish trends. This is the first history of American Jewry to be written outside the United States. Cover credit: The Pens at Ellis Island, Photograph by Edwin Levick, New … Read More

Spiritual Homelands/Wahlheimat/Elective Exiles

An interdisciplinary international workshop organized by Da’at Hamakom: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Modern Jewish Society and the University of Virginia January 1-2, 2017,  Yad Hashmona January 1 9:30am-10am Welcoming remarks 10am-12:30pm Exile and Erasures: Home and Unhousing Chair: Professor Jeffrey Grossman Dr. Nina Fischer (University of Edinburgh), “Remembering/Imagining Palestine from Afar: The Homeland in Contemporary Palestinian Diaspora Literature” Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhom (Kibbutzim College and Emunah College), “My Homeland is a Suitcase: The Suitcase in the Israeli Theatre as a Neurotic Container” Professor Richard Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) presenting Professor Pierre Birnbaum’s (Université Paris I) paper, “The End of Exile? The Metz Contest of 1787 Revisited” 12:30pm-2pm Lunch 2pm-3:40pm Writing the Homeland Chair: Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhom Professor Regina C. Range (University of Alabama), “Realms of Exile: Gina Kaus’ Migration of Worlds, Words and Womanhood” Dr. Diego Rotman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Performing Homeland in Post-Vernacular Times: Dzigan and Shumacher’s Yiddish Theater After the Holocaust” 3:40-4:20pm Coffee break 4:20-6:00pm Language in Exile Chair: Dr. Nina Fischer Dr. Stefani Hoffman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ret.), “The World as Exile and the Word as Homeland in the Writing of Boris Khazanov” Judith K. Lang Hilgartner (University of Virginia/Elon … Read More

Agunot and Converts to Islam: Jews and Muslims in Yemen from 1950 to 1962 by Menashe Anzi

After the mass immigration to Israel from 1948 to 1950, about 2000 Jews remained in Yemen. These Jews lived in small communities and continued to maintain their religious environment as it was. In the years that followed, many of them, however, moved from Yemen to Israel with the assistance of the Jewish Agency and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The community was of a small size and the fact that it was dispersed throughout the predominantly Muslim areas, created a certain closeness between the two groups. About ten percent of the Jews chose to convert to Islam, many of them in groups. In about twenty cases, the husbands chose to convert to Islam while their wives emigrated to preserve their Judaism. Some of the converts refused to grant their wives a divorce, because, according to Muslim law, conversion is enough to sever the marital relationship. This procedure is called ʿAgunot. Meaning, women bound in marriage to a husband and they no longer lived together, but the husband didn’t formally ‘released’ her from marriage union. The article follows the efforts undertaken to release the ʿAgunot, and shows that Jewish and Muslim scholars were able to find solutions to the ʿAgunot problem and, … Read More

Assaf Shelleg: Recipient of the 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for his book “Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History”

  AJS ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH STUDIES AJS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. Please join us in celebrating the recipients at a reception on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 9:15pm in the Elevation Room of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California during the 48th AJS Annual Conference. Support for this program is generously provided by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. Information about the 2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards will be available on the AJS website in early 2017. WINNERS Recipients of a $10,000 prize  In the category of Jews and the Arts (Visual, Performance, Music) Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History ASSAF SHELLEG, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press) The Jordan Schnitzer Book Award was established in 2008 by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation to honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. In making this year’s award, the selection committee wrote about the book: “Assaf Shelleg’s inspiring study of Israeli music is an impressive investigation and important contribution to Jewish Studies, Israel studies, music, and cultural studies. Shelleg problematizes the issues of … Read More

To Remember Baghdad

To Remember Baghdad Lecture Series Convened and moderated by Profs. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Richard I. Cohen, and Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin In conjunction with Da’at Hamakom and I-Core Israel Center of Research Excellence  All lectures will take place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Wednsday, 18:00 Few cities in modern times produced such a variegated cultural mosaic as did Baghdad. From distinguished orthodox thinkers, who shaped religious commentary to this day, to Jews of communist leaning integrally integrated into Baghdad society, Jews felt at home in the city, attached to its sounds and manners in a myriad of ways and expressions, figuratively and literally. Paradoxes and dichotomies abound in its midst, as was the case with the evacuation of the city. Tens of thousands of Jews continued to remember Baghdad after they left it, the great majority to Israel, though only a small minority had been of Zionist leaning prior to their immigration. What are the elements that distinguished this fascinating community and its vibrant association with Baghdad society will be at the centre of the series “To Remember Baghdad,” organized by the I-Core Centre of Excellence Da’at Hamakom and the Van Leer Institute. 16 November 2016 Prof Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New … Read More


The development of legal language and its interpretation: Linguistic and pragmatic aspects of the evolution of the synchronic understanding of legal texts August 1-4, 2006, The University of Haifa, Israel ABOUT THE LLD6 CONFERENCE The Conference, the theme of which is “The development of legal language and its interpretation: Linguistic and pragmatic aspects of the evolution of the synchronic understanding of legal texts,” is taking place for the first time in the sunny Middle East (after China and Sweden). It affords the participants an opportunity to present, listen to and discuss, in plenary sessions and workshops, fundamental issues regarding this topic, in a global context, from the perspectives of several systems of law in different historical areas, including ancient systems of law (Chinese, Roman, etc.), religious law (Jewish, Christian, etc.), as well as modern Continental and common law. The Conference also provides opportunities for the participants and accompanying persons to continue their discussions during the social activities of the Conference, which include visits to historical and traditional venues of Israel.. ABOUT THE LLD6 CONFERENCE’S THEME The development of legal language and its interpretation; linguistic and pragmatic aspects of the evolution of the synchronic understanding of legal texts It is generally accepted by … Read More


International Graduate and Post-Doctoral Summer Workshop and Public Panel July 10-12, 2016 The Forum for Contemporary Ethnomusicology and Da’at Hamakom – Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World Present: Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco New University of Lisbon, Portugal; President of the International Council for Traditional Music The Heritagization of Arabic Music in Twentieth Century Egypt The heritagization of Arabic music in twentieth century Egypt was marked by two milestones: the Arabic Music Conference held in Cairo in 1932 with the goal of establishing a canon for Arabic music theory and practice; and the founding in 1967 of Firqat Al-Musiqa Al-‘Arabiyah, a vocal and instrumental ensemble that aimed at reviving and disseminating Arabic music heritage/turath. The 1932 conference established Al-Musiqa Al-‘Arabiyyah (Arabic music) as a discursive field grounded in the ideal of authenticity. However, its influence on performance practice was negligible. Thirty-five years following this landmark event, Firqat Al-Musiqa Al-‘Arabiyyah (FMA) established a new performance model and aesthetic for Arabic music, providing a new sonic substance to the notion of al-musiqa al-‘arabiyyah, conceptualized as heritage/turath. Taking into account Egyptian nationalism, pan Arabism, and the modernization efforts that characterized the Nasser era (1956 -1970), this lecture … Read More

The 3rd annual conference of “Daat Hamakom”

A two day conference of “Daat Hamakom”  will be held at Yad Hashmona on the  3rd and 4th of July,  2016. All the speakers at the conference will be doctoral and post-doctoral students of the Center who have received its support. This will be the Center’s third annual conference.

Pedagogy of Separation: Hebrew Education and Arab Education in British Mandatory Palestine

Academic workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rabin Building, Room 2001 | Mount Scopus Campus | Wednesday-Thursday, June 22-23, 2016 (cover photo: courtesy of the Israel State Archives) The seminar will be held in Hebrew except two lectures that will be given in English (see the program) “The existing Arab and Jewish school systems are definitely widening and will continue to widen the gulf between the [Jewish and Arab] races” (The Peel Commission Report, 1937) The period of British rule over Palestine, saw the emergence and crystallization of two national movements: the Zionist movement and the Arab-Palestinian movement. During that period, two distinct education systems, an Arab one and a Hebrew one, served as central agents of social mobilization and helped to shape the national and cultural identity of these two communities. The two education systems were by and large completely separate ̶ not only physically but also conceptually. The framing of the workshop and our debate, therefore, will be this very separation, its features and consequences.  The workshop will focus on the way the relationship between these two national communities was reflected in their respective pedagogic systems as well as in the development of pedagogic thought. The participants … Read More

Between German and Hebrew: The Counterlanguages of Gershom Scholem, Werner Kraft and Ludwig Strauss

On Thursday, May the 26th, 2016, 16:00, in Room 2001, Rabin Building, The Hebrew University in Mount Scopus. As part of the series “Mifgashim” (Intersections), “Daat Hamakom” Center invites the public for the book launch of Dr. Lina Barouch’s “Between German and Hebrew: The Counterlanguages of Gershom Scholem, Werner Kraft and Ludwig Strauss”. This book traces the German-Hebrew contact zones in which Gershom Scholem, Werner Kraft and Ludwig Strauss lived and produced their creative work in twentieth-century Germany and later in British Mandate Palestine after their voluntary or forced migration in the 1920s and 1930s. Set in shifting historical contexts and literary debates – the notion of the German vernacular nation, Hebraism and Jewish Revival in Weimar Germany, the crisis of language in modernist literature, and the fledgling multilingual communities in Jerusalem, the writings of Scholem, Kraft and Strauss emerge as unique forms of counter language. The three chapters of the book are dedicated to Scholem’s Hebraist lamentation, Kraft’s Germanist steadfastness and Strauss’s polyglot dialogue, respectively. The examination of their correspondences, diaries, scholarship and literary oeuvres demonstrates how counteractive writings practices helped confront concrete and metaphorical crises of language to produce compelling alternatives to literary silence, amnesia or paralysis that were … Read More

LabLitArch Jerusalem

Matteo Pericoli‘s “LabLitArch Jerusalem”, a laboratory in literary architecture, brings together advanced students from the Programs of Cultural Studies and Creative Writing at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, as well as architects and writers, for collaborative, plastic-theoretical and actual work on questions about the making of space and place. What is a place, or a space; how are they made; what are they made of; and to what human needs do they respond? Can literary inhabitability, structures of feeling such as rhythm, tone, or reticence, literature’s spatialization of time, and literary ways of world-making be expressed in architectural terms? Is there a building underlying our literary text? The international Workshop by Prof. Arch. Matteo Pericoli (Turin) and assisted by Dr. Carola Hilfrich (Jerusalem) and Arch. Ytav Bouhsira (Jerusalem) taking place in collaboration with the Program in Cultural Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Department of Architecture, The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Participants include: Tamar Alon, Michal Amit, Tiferet Basel, Alex Ben-Ari, Dror Burstein, Dor Cohen, Sonja Dickow, Amnon Direktor, Maya Diskin, Or Drucker, Zohar Elmakias, Karel Finkelstein, Tom Gal, Orit Gidali, Tahel Goldsmith, Or Haklai,  Amir … Read More

Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place

International Conference The opening event will be held in the National Library of Israel, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, May 15th. The conference will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, May 16th– 17th and at Tel Aviv University, May 18th. For the conference program please click on the link or see below. For queries: Dr. Gali Drucker Bar-Am, conference coordinator A festival marking 100 years for the passing of Shalom Aleichen will be held in Cinematheque Tel Aviv on May 17th and 18th. For the further details about the festival and tickets please refer to the Cinematheque website or phone number: 03-6060800. See also the festival poster posted below (Hebrew only).   

Paris – A City and Its World

“Paris – A City and Its World” is a series of lectures organized by Prof.Richard Cohen and Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky. Designed for the general public, the lectures explore various aspects of life and culture in the Paris, known as the capital of the nineteenth century. Scholars from Israel and abroad will lecture (in Hebrew and English) on the history of the city and its Jews, French cinema, philosophy and literature at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the attraction of and engagement with French artistic trends and their impact on Israeli artists.. The concluding lecture will deal with twentieth century music in France and the Jewish component. All lecture will take place at 18:00 at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem. Free Admission The lecture series is organized and sponsored by the “Daat Hamakom” – Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair for French Jewry History at the Hebrew University and the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem. The lectures are available online (Click the link or the gallery below in order to watch the lectures).

The Information Revolution in the Humanities: A Workshop on Digital Research Tools for Humanities

The rapid growth in the digitization of historical and cultural documents enables to concentrate, save and quickly process huge quantities of information. These possibilities make new digital research methodologies relevant for researchers in the Humanities. While in the past the utilization of these tools required extensive training, current developments in software platforms enable easy application for researchers without prior knowledge. Held by Prof. Memachem Blondheim and Dr. Zef Segal, the workshop aims to familiarize participants with new methodologies, techniques and tools. The workshop will consist of introduction meetings and hands-on exercises in two primary fields: Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The Campus and the Village: Studying the Humanities facing Issawiya

March 27, 2016, The Auditorium in Mandel building, The Hebrew University in Mount Scopus. The seminar “The Campus and the Village: Studying the Humanities facing Issawiya” will take place in the new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel building. This building, the Mandel building, which was inaugurated a year ago is the scholarly home of masters and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and senior scholars, who work and study there. The whole upper floor of the building is distinguished by its very large windows that overlook the village below. Thus, on entering the building one is confronted with the presence of the village. The seminar aims to raise awareness about the proximity between the village and the Mandel building. The seminar will consist of three sessions: The first will be dedicated to the history of the village, the second to sovereignty and law, and the third to education in the village. Following these sessions an open discussion will be held on “Studying the Humanities facing Issawiya.” The seminar is open to the general public.

Eternal Sukkah: On Hybridization, Transience, and Refugees

On February 2nd, 2016 a discussion focusing on “The Eternal Sukkah”, a project by the Sala-Manca group (Lea Mauas and Dr. Diego Rotman – “Daat-Hamkom”) in collaboration with Itamar Mendes-Flohr and Yeshaiau Rabinowitz, took place at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. In the discussion took part: Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn – Curator of Israeli Art at the Israel Museum, Mr. Abu Suleiman -Spokesman of the Jahalin Tribe, Prof. Rachel Elior – Hebrew University, Dr. Daphna Ben-Shaul – Tel Aviv University, and the arquitect Alon Cohen-Lipshitz -Bimkon non-profit. For more info on the project​

Zohar Elmakias Lectures at Vienna about the Jaffa Train Station

In November 2015, the University of Vienna hosted an international graduate conference under the title “Move On: Mobility meets (little) resistances.” The conference dealt with contemporary questions in mobility studies in both the social sciences and the humanities. The conference included lectures from various disciplines such as sociology, cultural studies, and history and provoked critical thought on the mobility of individuals and communities. Emphasizing potential cultural and social forms of resistance in different spaces, speakers addressed the questions of freedom of movement and resistance through mobility regarding Kurdish immigrants in Austria; the treatment of Chinese citizens living overseas by the Chinese government; Turkish tourism to the Greek island of Lesbos and its connection to EU regulations; the archaeology of barricades in revolutionary Paris; resistance through dance, and more. Under the title “”End of the Line: the Ceasing of Movement at the Jaffa Train Station, 1892-2010,” Zohar Elmakias presented results from her current research on issues of place and movement, carried out as a research fellow at the “Da’at Hamakom” Center. Focusing on the historical train station in Jaffa and its architectural transformation throughout the 20th-century, and using a variety of textual and visual materials, the paper analyses the possibilities of movement at the station as it changes from an imperial Ottoman train … Read More

Domestic Echoes of the Ashkenazi Liturgy: Naomi Cohn-Zentner Lectures at Leeds University

On June 15th -19th an international conference dedicated to the research of the music of the Jewish prayer took place in the University of Leeds. “Magnified and Sanctified: an International Academic Conference on the Music of the Jewish Prayer” funded and organized by the Art and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’ project. This project is motivated by the desire to discover and engage with the musical, theatrical and literary output of Jewish artists and to theorize and re-conceptualize the Jewish archive as ‘co-textual’: all artifacts are components of a non-hierarchical, non-linear system that destabilizes the relationship between past, present and future, origin and diaspora. The conference itself explored recent research into aspects of Jewish liturgical music, including Hebrew Psalmody, cantillation, Jewish modes and melodies, piyyutim, missinai tunes and synagogue composition, both cantorial and choral in areas where Jewish communities have flourished across the globe and through the centuries. It was a meeting place for scholars worldwide dealing with mainly Ashkenazic synagogue music but also incorporating themes such as the interface between Jewish liturgical music and Christian, Muslim musics etc. Daat hamakom postdoctoral fellow Naomi Cohn Zentner participated in the conference in a session on Synagogue music in Israel, and gave a lecture on “Domestic Echoes of the Ashkenazi Liturgy”. Viewing Frankfurt’s seasonal melodies, originating mainly from the festive synagogue piyyutim, and their domestic usage as … Read More

Jewish Law, Hasidic Lore, and Hollywood Legend – An Article by Levi Cooper

Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt (1882-1933) was offered an opportunity that would make any performer swoon: a star role in the ground-breaking film The Jazz Singer (1927). Yet Rosenblatt refused this artistic opportunity of the lifetime. This paper contextualises Rosenblatt’s baffling decision, by exploring one possible relationship between art and law; in this case – the art of storytelling and the Jewish legal system. The study demonstrates where the two pursuits tread separate, unlinked paths to a common end. This vector is refracted through the lens of performance of prayers outside of the religious synagogue service; specifically the propriety of cantorial concerts that presented prayers from the High Holy Day liturgy. This issue appears in Jewish legal writing and in storytelling – each modality using its own tools to tackle the trend. It is noted that legal systems without effective enforcement mechanisms – such as Jewish law in the late modern period – could use arts as compensatory media for achieving societal order. More significantly, however, arts are not umbilically connected to law; each cultural creation independently strives to fashion society. bibliographical information:Levi Cooper, ‘Jewish Law, Hasidic Lore, and Hollywood Legend: The Cantor, the Mystic, and the Jurist,’ Critical Analysis of Law … Read More

Daat Hamaka’s Research Fellows at an international conference about Knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges held in Lisbon

On July the 15th until the 18th 2015 an international conference devoted to the study of Knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges was held in Lisbon. The conference was hosted by the University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) and organized by the Portuguese Center for Global History (CHAM). Three I-CORE fellows and Phd candidates at the department for the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry – Miriam Szamet, Adi Livny and Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan – have jointly initiated a panel dedicated to several aspects concerning processes of knowledge transfer and the transmission of cultural practices from Central Europe to Palestine/Israel. The panel, titled Central Europe to the Levant: Jewish immigration and the re-orientation of cultural knowledge in Palestine/Israel, was comprised out of three sessions hosting three speakers each and divided to distinguished thematic loci. The panel attracted considerable interest among the attending scholars. The first topic evolved around the transfer of professions, the second focused on prominent agents in varied fields, whereas the last was dedicated mostly to the institutional aspect. The three loci were rendered central in the understanding of historical and sociological processes of transfer of cultural, professional and normative knowledge from Central Europe to Palestine and later Israel. to … Read More

Love is in the Air: New Places and New Emotions in the Jewish Marriage Market of Early 20th Century Berlin

Until the late nineteenth century, the overwhelming majority of the young Jews of Berlin – and indeed of Germany and more broadly of Europe –married a partner chosen and arranged for them. Marriage was primarily a socio-economic relationship; personal desire played little role in its formation. Yet, over the course of a short and dramatic thirty years – from the late nineteenth century until the 1920s – the dominant marital pattern was overturned. What happened? How do we and should we account for such a momentous change? This lecture considers the marriage market of young Jews in Berlin by both exploring the emotional register (e.g. pronouncements of love and self-fulfillment) and by turning our attention to a new and expanding market of leisure and social spaces. The lecture will take place in the Contemporary Jewry Bld, Room 400, Mount Scoupus on Monday December 7, 2015 at 17:00 pm.  The Lecture is open to the public.

Lecture by Ktzia Alon held in an international conference in honor of Sami Michael

In October 2015 Dr. Ktzia Alon participated in an international conference, which took place at Northwestern University Chicago, U.S., in honor of the Israeli author Sami Michael. Her lecture’s title was “His Stand, Our Stand”, which was based on the work done at The Eliashar Center and The Daat Hamakom Project, both of which participated in financing her trip.  Klick hear for more details about the conference

Lecture by Zef Segal in the International Conference for Border Research (BRIT 14) in Belgium and France

During November 2014, the international conference for border research (BRIT 14) was held in Belgium and France. This year’s conference emphasized the border as a source for innovation and activity, and was convened in the cities of Lille, Arras (France) and Mons (Belgium) along the French-Belgian border. “Daat-Hamakom” research fellow, Dr. Zef Segal, with the support of the center, lectured in a panel dealing with the interrelations between borders and maps, which included speakers from France, Spain, Netherlands and Israel. Segal’s paper examined various ways in which the border is constructed, and in particular depicted the story of the 19th century borders of the state of Bavaria. The border, as claimed in the paper, is much more that an administrative decision and a physical-geographical line implementing that decision. The border is a constantly changing dynamic region, which is constructed by cartographic and symbolic images, the existence or absence of infrastructures that enable movement, and especially human interactions that stop at the border or cross it (migration, trade and communication). The paper presented conceptual ideas and methodologies that were developed as part of the research taking place at “Daat Hamakom”, which explores 19th and 20th century Jewish communication networks and the … Read More

Lecture by Gil Weissblei in conference about Boris Pasternak at Stanford University

A delegate of Daat Hamakom at an international conference on Poetry and Politics in the 20th Century: Boris Pasternak, His Family, and His Novel Doctor Zhivago. The international conference “Poetry and Politics in the Twentieth Century: Boris Pasternak, His Family, and His Novel Doctor Zhivago” was held at Stanford University between September 28 and October 2, 2015. This conference was organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University in cooperation with the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, which holds the largest collection of Pasternak family papers and printed materials in the world. This conference was the largest ever on Boris Pasternak. As a part of new sector of Pasternak scholarship, which studies the historical significance of the creative work and biographies of other members of this remarkable family, some papers were dedicated to the poet’s father, Leonid Pasternak and to his sisters, Josephine and Lydia. More than fifty papers were presented by scholars from the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, and Israel. Dr. Gil Weissblei, a research fellow of Daat Hamakom, presented in this conference his paper on Leonid Pasternak’s trip to Palestine in 1924. In this paper, Dr. Weissblei described the … Read More

Lecture by Dvir Tzur in the conference “Sustainable Israel” in Concordia University, Montreal

In 1-3/6/2015 the annual conference of the AIS (Association for Israel Studies) was held in Concordia university in Montreal. The conference was titled “Sustainable Israel: A Changing society in the 21st Century”. During the conference, Dvir Tzur presented his paper titled “Place, Border Crossing, Identity and Mysticism: The Case of Two Contemporary Israeli Novels”. The paper focused on two contemporary Israeli novels by Pinchas Sadeh and David Shahar. Both writers make clear references to ancient Jewish mysticism, while they write about local issues in Israel. Both also use these references in order to outline the possibility of border crossing between different identities. Mysticism is based on the conception that border crossing between man and transcendental entity. And though much criticism was written about the concept, it is clear that both Sadeh and Shahar are representing it as a valid phenomenon. They turn it into a subversive tool, pointing at the problem of borders in Israel. Moreover, the use of mysticism relates to the alternative the writers present. In a country where identity is described as solid and relations between different identities are presented as binary, mysticism allows to think about Israel identities as liquid, unstable and hybrid to some extent. … Read More

Map Song – A performance of Josef Sprinzak in UCLA

A sound performance and lecture by Dr. Josef Sprinzak in the digital humanities conference INERTIA: A CONFERENCE ON SOUND, MEDIA AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES That took place in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) between 30.4.2015 – 2.5.2015 The conference webpage The trip was supported by the Hebrew University and by Da’at Hamakom center for the study of modern  jewish culture.

Spiritual Homelands—Wahlheimat—Elective Exiles

An interdisciplinary conference organized by the University of Virginia and Daat Hamakom­Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity. The Richard J. Gunst Colloquium, October 7­-9, 2015 All events, unless noted otherwise, are free and open to the public. With the generous support of: The Gunst Trust The Buckner W. Clay Endowment The Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia The Center for German Studies, University of Virginia The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Daat Hamakom­ Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity

German Orientalism and the Jewish ‘Arab Question’: On the Study of Arabic Language and Culture in the Jewish Community in Mandatory Palestine

On Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center and Daat Hamakom co-organized a workshop dedicated to the special contribution and place of Jewish-German scholars as well as Jewish scholars who studied in Germany to the crystallization of Oriental and Arabic studies in the Jewish community in Mandatory Palestine. The workshop focused on transfer and reproduction of knowledge, from Europe to Palestine, with regard to Oriental and Arabic studies. It centered on the unique case of the Jewish community in Palestine in the national setting of the British Mandate. In the workshop, four panels highlighted four angles on the topic. The first panel, titled “Orientalism in Palestine: German and Local Perspectives”, shed light on the establishment of the Oriental School at the Hebrew University, and on the special characteristics that have shaped the school of thought that was connected to the actual School. The second panel, titled “Pedagogical sites of German-Jewish education in Mandate Palestine”, analyzed the field of Arabic studies in Mandatory Palestine: from the public to the educational sphere. The third panel, titled “Studying Arabic from Europe – studying Arabic from Palestine”, unearthed the reproduction of knowledge, vis-à-vis Arabic studies in Palestine during the British … Read More

Phil Solomon: Archaeology in Reverse

Exhibition and symposium at Mamuta Art and Media Center, Hansen House / Screening at “Intersections” program, the Jerusalem Film Festival (15 July 2015) On the occasion of the Jerusalem Film Festival 2015, an exhibition of films and digital installations by experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon will open at Mamuta Art and Media Center, Hansen House, Jerusalem. The festival will screen of five of the artist’s early films (1989-1995), on the evening of 15 July. Mamuta Art and Media Center, the Hansen House,  in collaboration with Daa’t HaMakom and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design will host a symposium on gaming and experimental cinema, with an emphasis on the representation and experience of place (15 July). Phil Solomon (b.1954) is a prominent American experimental filmmaker. His works have been widely exhibited. Solomon has been shown at the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the New York Film Festival, MoMA NY, Tate Modern, London, and innumerable other venues in the US, Europe, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, and India. American Falls, commissioned by Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC in 2010, has since been shown worldwide. This 56 minute, three channel digital video will be the highlight of the exhibition at the Hansen Center. The grandson … Read More

To Moscow, to Moscow! The European Metropolis and the Birth of Modern Hebrew Literature

International Conference 15-16 March, 2015 Room 2001, The Rabin Building, The Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus Modern Jewish culture has been formed under the marking, on the one hand, of the Jewish migrations from Eastern and Central Europe to America and the Land of Israel, and on the other hand, to the great imperial cities, such as Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and St. Petersburg. For authors and artists born in the Pale and in Galicia these cities served as inter-cultural meeting places and poetic spaces. The movement from a mostly Jewish to a distinct non-Jewish space exposed modern trends in art and literature – an exposure that although came across with parallel trends within Jewish culture, it had placed a dilemma for the Jewish artists and authors with regards to their cultural and national identity. The workshop wishes to map out the main literary strategies used by Hebrew and Yiddish authors on the backdrop of the transition from the peripheral Jewish centers to the imperial cities.

The Holy Site as a focal point of conflict: Meiron – to whom does she belong?

The Holy Site in Israel as a focal point of Devotion, Confrontation and Dispute Seminar Series conducted by Prof. Elhanan Reiner Second Seminar Meiron – To Whom Does She Belong? Tuesday, May 12, 2015, between 13:00-19:30 The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem, 02-5605222 Free Entry No parking on Institute property (authorized parking on nearby streets only). Photographs taken at the event will be displayed on the Institutes’ website and on social media. Supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation (grant No.1798/12).

Hélène Cixous: “Ay Yay! The Shout of Literature”

May 5, 2015, Israel Museum, 19.00 (Free entry at registration desk from 18.15) RSVP in advance to Link to conference Writing / Reading Place: Fields of Belonging – Interpreting Jewish Literatures

Psalms in/on Jerusalem: Aesthetics, Ethics and Hermeneutics

Conference: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, June 4, 2015, 9:00-20:00 For many readers, Psalms has been the most personally present of all biblical books. In geographic terms, it has had a pivotal role in making Jerusalem the privileged landscape and inscape of belief for both Jews and Christians. We would like to explore the ways in which Jerusalem is represented in Psalms – from its position in the context of liturgical and pilgrim songs to its role as metaphor. Special attention will be given to questions of reception, to the ways in which the Book of Psalms has travelled across its native bounds into other cultural settings, acquiring new forms and meanings. Among the topics to be addressed in the conference: What characterizes the geographic imagining of Psalms in the aesthetic zones of literature and music? How is psalmic Jerusalem represented in public discourse and political conflicts in different historical contexts? Participants:  Robert (Uri) Alter, University of California, Berkeley Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University Richard I. Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Sidra Dekoven Ezrahi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ruth Ginsburg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Galit Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ruth HaCohen, The Hebrew University … Read More

Call for Papers: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place

International Conference, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, 16-18 May 2016 “Da’at Hamakom”– Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World funded by I-CORE/ Israel Centers of Excellence; co-sponsored by the Yiddish program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; The Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University; The Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Beth Shalom Aleichem, Tel-Aviv. The centennial of the death of Sholem Aleichem, the most well-known and celebrated Yiddish author, affords us an opportunity to revisit his life and work. His direct and indirect influence permeates literary, theatrical, and cinematic representations of East European Jewish life and, in his late work, America. Straddling the fine line between empathy and irony, Sholem Aleichem’s writing is a sensitive guide to the vicissitudes of cultural modernization, secularization, migration, and revolution. As a research consortium based in four Israeli universities, the “Da’at Hamakom”/ ICORE Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World invites interested scholars and senior graduate students to submit proposals (for individual papers or for panel sessions), which will aim to illuminate the various facets of “place” in Sholem Aleichem’s oeuvre or in … Read More

הר ציון כמוקד קונפליקט

המקום הקדוש בישראל כמוקד של דבקות, עימות ומחלוקת סדרת ימי עיון בעריכת פרופ’ אלחנן ריינר יום עיון ראשון הר ציון כמוקד קונפליקט יום שלישי, ה’ באדר תשע”ה, 24 בפברואר 2015, בשעות 14:00–19:30 תוכנית יום העיון: 14:00–14:15 דברי ברכה: פרופ’ אמנון רז-קרקוצקין, מכון ון ליר בירושלים; מרכז דעת המקום; המחלקה להיסטוריה של עם ישראל, אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב פרופ’ ירחמיאל כהן, מרכז דעת המקום; החוג להיסטוריה של עם ישראל ויהדות זמננו, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים דברי פתיחה: פרופ’ אלחנן ריינר, מרכז דעת המקום; החוג להיסטוריה של עם ישראל, אוניברסיטת תל-אביב 14:15–15:45 – מושב ראשון יו”ר: פרופ’ ירחמיאל כהן עמי מיטב, היחידה לפיתוח ויזמות במזרח ירושלים הר ציון: אתרים, גבולות ומוקדי מתיחות – תוכניות ומציאות ד”ר דורון בר, מכון שכטר למדעי היהדות בין קבר דוד למרתף השואה: תהליך הישראליזציה והייהוד של הר ציון לאחר מלחמת העצמאות ד”ר אמנון רמון, יד יצחק בן-צבי; מכון ירושלים לחקר ישראל; החוג למדע הדתות, האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים סטטוס קוו? מציאות משתנה בקבר דוד ובחדר הסעודה האחרונה, 1967–2015 15:45–16:15 – הפסקת קפה 16:15–17:45 – מושב שני יו”ר: פרופ’ אמנון רז-קרקוצקין רב-פקד אילן ברחק, ראש לשכת שיטור קהילתי, מרחב דוד הר ציון: הגורמים הפעילים, תמונת מצב יסכה הרני, מומחית לנצרות, יועצת ומרצה צליינות וצליינים בהר ציון: אפיונים ייחודיים של החוויה הנוצרית … Read More

אותיות יהודיות בספרית פושקין: יצירתו של יוסף חיים ברנר וזיקתה לספרות ולמחשבה הרוסית

אנו שמחים להזמינכם למפגש הראשון סביב ספרו של רפי צירקין-סדן, אותיות יהודיות בספרית פושקין: יצירתו של יוסף חיים ברנר וזיקתה לספרות ולמחשבה הרוסית (מוסד ביאליק). המפגש יתקיים ביום שני 5.1.2015 בשעה 18:30 בניין רבין, חדר 2001, קמפוס הר-הצופים משתתפים: יו”ר: פרופ’ אריאל הירשפלד פרופ’ יונתן מאיר דר’ דימיטרי שומסקי דר’ רפי צירקין-סדן באמצעות הסדרה “מפגשים” אנו מבקשים לפתוח שיח רחב סביב מונוגרפיות חדשות, העוסקות ביוצרים ויוצרות שיצירתם משמשת מקום מפגש בין התרבות היהודית,  בעברית וביידיש, לבין הספרות הרוסית והגרמנית. הסדרה נערכת בחסות מרכז “דעת המקום” ומרכז מינרבה על שם רוזנצווייג באוניברסיטה העברית.

Mt. Zion as a Focal Point of Conflict

The Holy Place in Israel as a Focal Point of Devotion, Confrontation and Conflict A Series of Seminars conducted by Prof. Elchanan Reiner First Seminar Mt. Zion as a Focal Point of Conflict Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 14:00-19:30 The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem, 02-5605222 Free Entry No parking on Institute property (authorized parking on nearby streets only). Photographs taken at the event will be displayed on the Institutes’ website and on social media. Link to documentation gallery of seminar Supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1798/12)

Prof. Brandon LaBelle – Invisibilities

Da’at Hamakon: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity In collaboration with Mamuta – Art and Media Center at Hansen Compound Invite the public to a lecture by Prof. Brandon LaBelle (Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway) Invisibilities In the Framework of the Interdisciplinary Seminar of the School of the Arts Soundscapes: Mapping Places through Sound and Voice March 26, 2015 at 19:00 Hansen Compound, Gedaliyah Alon 14, Talbiyeh, Jerusalem Refreshments and a tour of the Hansen Compound will be offered starting at 18:00 Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent projects include “Civic Center”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, “Sixth Housing Estate”, South London Gallery, London, and “Hobo College”, Marrakech Biennial parallel project. His recent publications are Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006).

קול קורא למלגות פוסט-דוקטורט לשנת תשע”ו בנושא חקר תרבויות מקום בעולם היהודי המודרני

מרכז “דעת המקום” מכריז על קול קורא למלגות פוסט-דוקטורט לשנת תשע”ו בנושא חקר תרבויות מקום בעולם היהודי המודרני. • המלגה מיועדת עבור חוקרים השוהים בארץ אשר הוכיחו מצוינות, עומק ומקוריות במחקרם, ואשר מחקריהם עשויים להעשיר ולהפרות את השיח האקדמי והתרבותי בנושאי תחום המחקר הנזכר. • רשאים להגיש מועמדות מי שכבר קיבל אישור על עבודת הדוקטורט שהגיש, ושעבודתו התקבלה לא לפני 1 ביוני 2012. • המלגות תינתנה לשלושה חוקרים נבחרים, למשך שנה אחת, בין התאריכים אחד באוקטובר 2015 ועד ל- 30 בספטמבר 2016, ותעמודנה על סך של 75,000 ₪ לכל מלגה. • המלגות מוענקות על בסיס תחרותי וללא העדפה של תחום מסוים. תנאי המלגה: – המלגאים יקדישו את מרב זמנם למחקר וישתתפו בכל הכנסים והפעילויות של המרכז. – למלגאים מותר לעבוד בעבודה נוספת בהתאם לתקנות האוניברסיטה העברית ובאישור של הנהלת מרכז “דעת המקום”. – מלגות המרכז כפופות לתקנון המזכירות האקדמית למלגות פוסט-דוקטורט. המעוניינים בהגשת מועמדות יעבירו את המסמכים הבאים בשלושה העתקים: הצעת המחקר המתוכנן לשנת תשע”ו פרק מתוך עבודת הדוקטור/מאמר שפורסם שתי המלצות. (תשלחנה ישירות לכתובת המייל – קורות חיים מועד אחרון להגשת הבקשות – 1 במרץ 2015 (י’ באדר, תשע”ה) תשובות תינתנה בשלושה במאי 2015 (יד’ באייר, תשע”ה) המודעה מיועדת לנשים וגברים כאחד נתמך על ידי תכנית מרכזי המצוינות של הוועדה לתכנון … Read More

The City as Text and as a Work of Art: A Critical Approach to Saint Petersburg

Prof. Edwin Seroussi, Dr. Olga Levitan, Dr. Nina Rudnick Spring Semester 2015, Tuesdays, 12:30-14:00. Faculty of Humanities, 2715, Mount Scopus Campus “Da’at Hamakom” – The Center of the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World – invites the public at large to a series of open lectures about the city of Saint Petersburg and its culture. These encounters will address the criticism of the urban landscape as an “artistic text” in general, and the “Saint Petersburgian text” in particular, as this concept developed among Russian semioticians. Ideas about “the urban” from the Renaissance until the present will be explored as well. The “cultural biography” of Saint Petersburg will unfold through an examination of the artistic capital that shaped and still shapes the Petersburgian landscape in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, theatre, film and music. Among other issues, we shall examine the role of Jewish artists and intellectuals in the modeling of this “cultural biography” and urban landscape at the turn of the twentieth century. The encounters will include analyses of selected masterpieces amid inquiries into artistic processes in Russian culture using concepts of urban studies and the contemporary interdisciplinary toolkit of studies of the city.

Soundscapes: Mapping Places through Sound and Voice

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar of the School of the Arts, In the Framework of Da’at Hamakon: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity (ICORE) Prof. Edwin Seroussi, in collaboration with Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich, Dr. Diego Rotman, Dr. Joseph Sprinzak Spring 2015, Tuesdays 18:30-20:00, Mount Scopus Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 2729 Course #23805 We use the aural sense to outline, analyze and critically engage with environments and cultures and yet, the eye dominates our perception of place. This seminar challenges the primacy of the scopic regime in constructing our social imagination and perception of places. We address the aural qualities of a place as a prism that reveals myriad sensitivities and distinctions of how sounds shape our cultural and mental awareness of space. As part of an ongoing project of audio-visual mapping of Jewish and Israeli culture within the framework of  “Da’at Hamakom” Center for Modern Jewish Culture, this seminar explores the spatial traits of sound as well as the sonic aspects of significant places. We will critically examine and creatively interrogate the production of sound with regard to its containment in space, through a wide array of disciplinary approaches, encompassing ethnomusicology, performance-art, folklore, and cultural studies. The … Read More

Reading Place/Displacing Reading: German-Jewish Texts on the Margins”

Invitation for a Public Lecture by Prof. Leslie Morris – University of Minnesota Monday, November 17, 2014, 18:15 Room 2601, Humanities Bld., Mt. Scopus The lecture will explore the complex re-patternings of Jewish text and the trace of Jewish history in Germany. In suggesting a rethinking of the very status of German-Jewish poetic text, Morris’ reading complicates the borders of “Jewish” and “German” text and the matrix of German-Jewish history, memory, culture, and urban space. Leslie Morris is Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota and the Vice-President of Publications at the Association for Jewish Studies. She is the author of a book on history and memory in Ingeborg Bachmann’s poetry, and the co-editor, with Karen Remmler of Contemporary Jewish Writing in Germany and, with Jack Zipes, Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis.

Writing / Reading Place: Fields of Belonging – Interpreting Jewish Literatures

International Workshop, in collaboration with the Program in Cultural Studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 5-7, 2015, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club   Keynote: Hélène Cixous (Paris), “Ay Yay! The Shout of Literature” May 5, 2015, Israel Museum, 19.00 (Free entry at registration desk from 18.15) RSVP in advance to   The workshop explores literary cultures of place, focusing on questions of belonging in modern and contemporary Jewish Literatures and Literary Thought. In five panels – The Shout of Literature In Other(s’) Languages Speaking, Being Looking Back Architectures – speakers discuss aural, textual, visual, and architectural configurations of place across a variety of literatures, including works by H. Cixous, A. Shammas, G. Scholem, A. Pizarnik, C. Lispector, N. Krauss, and J.S. Foer, as well as contemporary Austrian-Jewish and Post-Soviet American Jewish literatures. Participants include: Ytav Bouhsira (Jerusalem), Hélène Cixous (Paris), Sonja Dickow (Hamburg), Ruth Ginsburg (Jerusalem), Natasha Gordinski (Haifa), Carola Hilfrich (Jerusalem), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), Eric Prenowitz (Leeds), Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan (Jerusalem), Anastasia Telaak (Gdańsk), Susanne Zepp (Berlin) Attendance by registration only, to

Machboim (hiding places) – An Exhibition by SANDRA VALABREGUE and Panel on Spaces, Word and Image

Machboim (Hiding Places) – An Exhibition by SANDRA VALABREGUE and Panel on Spaces, Word and Image Opening: 20.06.14, 19:00 onwards. Panel on Spaces, Word and Image: 03.07.14, 17:00 Open to the public on 27.06.14 – 11.07.14, Sun. – Thu. 15:00 – 18:00, Fri. 10:00 – 13:00. At Beit Ot HaMotzar HaYerushalmi, Derech Hebron 12, Jerusalem (across from the Jerusalem Cinematheque). The Panel is part of the research group Missing Spaces at The J. R Elyachar Center for Studies in Sepharadi Heritage at Ben- Gurion University and with the support of Matanel Foundation, and the I-CORE center: Da’at Hamakom – Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World. Panel Participants: Prof. Haviva Pedaya, Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum, Dr. Ketzia Alon, Dr. Ruth Kaniel Kara-Ivanov, Dr. Sandra Valabregue. Moderator: Roi Horn. For access to Art Works and other relevant information, please visit the following address:

Once We Were – Tarnów

11 June – 24 August 2014 Kinga Bielec, Marek Chlanda, Ulrike Grossarth, Assaf Gruber, Stefania Gurdowa, Tadeusz Kantor, William Kentridge, Wilhelm Sasnal, Ireneusz Socha, Wiola Sowa & Dorota Krakowska, Wojciech Wilczyk The curators: Dorota Krakowska, Anna Bujnowska The opening ceremony: Tuesday 10 June 2014 7 p.m The Regional Museum in Tarnów at Rynek 20-21 8 p.m The BWA Modern Art Gallery in Tarnów at 1, Słowackiego Street The opening of the exhibition will be preceded by: 12 p.m – a press conference with the participation of the curators and the artists (The BWA Modern Art Gallery at 1, Słowackiego Street in Tarnów) 5 p.m – “The artist and war” a lecture by Anda Rottenberg (The town hall in the Main Market Square The exhibition titled “Once We Were”, which combines the works of modern artists with historic materials, is devoted to the Jewish people from the pre-war Tarnów and adjacent towns. The exhibition is located in the BWA Modern Art Gallery situated in the neo-Gothic Pałacyk Strzelecki (Hunting Lodge) and in the 16th-c. building of the Regional Museum in the Tarnów Rynek (Market Square), now empty before the renovation. Some projects are based on local archive materials like photographs or recordings and … Read More


19th of March 2014  The Nazi genocide against the Jews of Europe, in which murder was accompanied by plunder and theft, gave rise to the complex phenomenon of restitution in general and cultural restitution in particular in the post-war era.  Property rendered heirless by mass murder was dispersed throughout Europe. Its fate and future began to concern Jewish scholars from 1943 onward, together with growing awareness of the destruction of European Jewry. Its collection and redistribution after 1945 is a core issue of ongoing juridical and public debates as well as historical research. Basing itself on archival findings and recent scholarly publications, the International Conference currently under preparation will explore the various initiatives that were undertaken during the second half of the 1940s to rescue and repatriate these cultural artifacts to Jewish successor organizations in England, the United States and Palestine/ Israel. By doing so, the conference will seek to contextualize the current public debates about ownership and its legitimacy that form the backdrop to relevant historical, legal, and semantic discourses.  The workshop will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the 19th of March 2014, and is being prepared jointly by the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center for … Read More

Oh Ariel, Ariel – Jerusalem in Literature and Culture – Open Courses for the public

Yearly course No. 17199 – Wednesdays 14:30-16:00 We’ll discover the multi faces of Jerusalem in different eras, through Literature, music, arts and cinema. We’ll discuss the dramatic changes in the city and its image, and other characteristics of the city, that refuse to change. The list of lecturers include: Haim Be’er, Bilha Ben-Eliyahu, Israel Bartal, Aminadav Dikman, Ariel Hirshfeld, Yair Zakowitch, Nurit Zarchi, Haviva Pedaya, Micha Shalvi, Avigdor Shinan Moderator: Tamar Hess For further details and registration, please call: Students: Tzipi Rabinowitz at 02-5883616 Public: Anat Reches at 02-5880328

MAPS: Representations of Place in the Arts

Second Semester (Spring 2014) – Course no. 23915 An Interdisciplinary Seminar of the School of the Arts, Spring 2014: In the Framework of Da’at Hamakon: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity (ICORE):  Prof. Edwin Seroussi and Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich with the ATOM (Arts, Technologies, Science and Media) Research Group at the School of the Arts: Dr. Hava Aldouby, Dr. Diego Rotman, Dr. Omri Ruah-Midbar, Dr. Joseph Sprinzak and Dr. Danny Schrire. Distinguished guest scholar: Prof. Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Culture, Goldsmiths College, London University  Cartography is a field of study and a practice that outlines the spatial relations between location and identity. It is based on the idea that reality can be codified into a signifying structure that clarifies and communicates spaces. This seminar will look into artistic strategies, with emphasis on new resources open to artist by digital technologies and cyber art, confronting the naturalized relations between geographical accounts and systems of representations: language, history, perspective, sound and transparency. Maps ease our basic anxiety when facing disorientation. This anxiety also functions as a reflexive metaphor for the identity of the self (assuming of course that identities can indeed be delineated): the map is … Read More

Minorities & Nativity Workshop

11-12 May 2014, Hebrew University, Mt Scopus, Jerusalem Chair: Prof. Eli Lederhendler A two-day workshop, attendance by invitation, will seek to explore the dimensions of place in modern Jewish history and culture: “Minorities and Nativity: Ethnicity, Culture, History, and Languages.” The workshop will be held at the Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus campus, 11-12 May 2014. Participants will include: • Prof. David G. Roskies (Jewish Theological Seminary of America/Hebrew University) • Dr. Ze’ev Levin (Hebrew University) download abstract • Dr. Anna Lipphardt (University of Freiburg) • Dr. Gali Drucker Bar-Am (Tel-Aviv University) • Dr. Samuel Barnai (Hebrew University) • Dr. Raz Segal (Lady Davis Fellow, Hebrew University) download abstract • Mr. Markus Krah (Potsdam School of Jewish Theology/Jewish Theological Seminary of America) download abstract • Ms. Constance Pâris de Bollardière (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) download abstract • Prof. Eli Lederhendler (Hebrew University) Further details may be obtained by inquiry via Anat Reches or Eli Lederhendler:  

Saul Tchernichovsky Conference

March 23-24, 2014  “Da’at Hamakom”: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, and the department of Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will hold a conference about Saul Tchernichovsky’s life and works, marking seventy years since his death, on March 23-24, 2014.  Tchernichovsky is one of the founding fathers of modern Hebrew literature. Aside from his original works, his translations introduced classic epic, drama and poetry into Hebrew. The conference will focus on concepts of place in modern Hebrew poetry in general and specifically in Tchernichovsky’s poetry and translations. The conference will bring together scholars from Israel and the US. Among our guest speakers are Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer of the University of Wisconsin and Professor Barbara Mann of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.  The conference opens on Sunday March 23 at 6:00pm with a reception and keynote addresses by Ariel Hirschfeld and Tamar Berger, in The Rabin Building, room 3001, Mt. Scopus campus.Sessions will be held on Monday March 24, starting at 9:30am in the Rabin Building on Mt. Scopus. The closing session will take place at the National Library in Givat Ram, at 8:30pm.

Place & Displacement in German and German-Jewish Culture

The Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, 18 May, 2014 The workshop “Place and Displacement” will discuss original ways to integrate categories of place into the study of modern German and German-Jewish history and culture. In particular, the speakers will underscore and complicate the experience of displacement and its role in the works of twentieth century German speaking artists and intellectuals. The Workshop will be held at the Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, 18 May, 2014  The Participants: Adelia Chrysler, University of Minnesota Amir Engel, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main Amos Goldberg, The Hebrew University Aya Elyada, The Hebrew University Björn Siegel, University of Sussex Claudia Siebrecht, University of Sussex Dan Tamir, The Hebrew University Edwin Seroussi, The Hebrew University Gideon Reuveni, University of Sussex Hanan Harif, The Hebrew University Kim Wünschmann, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University Leslie Morris, University of Minnesota Manuela Consoni, The Hebrew University Moshe Zimmermann, The Hebrew University Nichole Neuman, University of Minnesota Ofer Ashkenazi, The Hebrew University Rick McCormick, University of Minnesota Further details may be obtained by inquiry via Anat Reches or Ofer Ashkenazi

Exhausted Geographies

Jerusalem, Hansen Compound, June 19, 2014 at 18:30 Refreshments and a tour of Hansen House will be offered starting at 17:30 Exhausted Geographies are those that cannot sustain the claims they have been mobilized for – territorial, national, regional, ethnic, cultural, economic, and ideological. In particular I am interested in how a geography in crisis, whether political, economic or climactic — can or cannot sustain and its identity. And so I have been thinking of exhaustion in relation to political conflict, not a mode of opting out and withdrawing, but as one of recognizing the limits of a logic that has dominated that conflict for most of its duration. When ‘place’ has been exceedingly mobilized for claims of belonging and legitimacy, it can turn to exhaustion rather than to negation. I suspect that this exhaustion takes the form of an act of treason, in Deleuze’s sense of treachery, a refusal to support and sustain that which demands it of you, because it claims to support and sustain you. For in the realm of living out long term political conflict, treason and exhaustion are not unrelated to one another. The exhausted geographies of which I speak are the material manifestations of … Read More