This international working group aims to be a forum for graduate students and early stage post-doctoral researchers who study the materiality of Jewish texts – for example, Hebrew manuscripts, printed Yiddish books, Iberian archival materials, or other artefacts – and the gamut of knowledges cultivated therein – from kabbalah to the natural sciences, from halakhic […]
Mapping the Hand: Not Only Maniculae The visual model of hands has been well recognised as a vital element of the medieval and early modern representation of abstract concepts and cognitive processes. It played an important role as a teaching device in a variety of subjects, from rhetoric to mathematics to music, being available for […]
This event has been postponed to 2021. Save the date! We’re co-organising workshops on early modern Hebrew Mss with OCHJS at the Bodleian Library. First time in a new format, more info via: https://www.ochjs.ac.uk/summer-workshop-medieval-and-early-modern-hebrew-manuscript-studies/
Kabbalistic traditions in the early modern period have been mostly examined by previous generations of scholars along the historical lines of investigation defined by Gershom Scholem and his students. Only in the last generation, following Moshe Idel, have scholars become interested in new methodological approaches to study early modern kabbalah as a set of religious […]
In the last few years the study of Kabbalah in the early modern period, including the complex histories of Lurianic tradition and its dispersion beyond its birthplace in Palestinian Safed, have become a rapidly growing field. As opposed to focusing solely on its theoretical or theological framework, scholars have become interested in new methodological approaches […]
[First published: https://historyofknowledge.net/2019/04/11/practical-kabbalah-and-practical-knowledge-kabbalistic-manuals-and-natural-knowledge-in-early-modern-east-central-europe/ ] An impressive handwritten codex at the National Library of Israel embodies the intricacies and peculiarities of crafting, reading, and transmitting practical knowledge in early modern Jewish contexts. The volume, known today as manuscript NLI 8º 1070, was likely produced in the 1730s somewhere in the Polish territories. A variety of local […]
Patterns of Knowledge Circulation is the Emmy Noether Research Group, founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), based at the Department of Cultural and Historical Studies. It aims to explore how Jewish esoteric knowledge circulated throughout history in multiple moves of transmission and reception that took place in various social, cultural, and material contexts […]
We’re building our research group and currently offering two research associate positions at Freie Universität Berlin. For details please consult: https://www.fu-berlin.de/universitaet/beruf-karriere/jobs/english/GK-WiMi_2019_13056401_1.html and https://www.fu-berlin.de/universitaet/beruf-karriere/jobs/english/GK-WiMi_2019_13056401_2.html Looking forward to hearing from you!