The Rome Lab, Study Center for the History of Rome’s Jews, Opens in New York on September 14, 2017

(Centro Primo Levi Press Release): On September 14th, 2017, the Centro Primo Levi and the Jewish Museum of Rome will open a learning space, the Rome Lab, dedicated to the history of the Roman Jews and of the twenty-two centuries relations between Rome and Jerusalem. The Rome Lab, located in the Selz Gallery at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street will offer weekly presentations through January 14th 2018. The public, students and scholars are welcome to join and participate in the conversation. All programs are free. Check the calendar and join us at the Lab!

The project initiated at the invitation of Yeshiva University Museum, is designed to respond to and converse with the exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, which explores the Arch of Titus as symbol of continuity and rupture in the history of the Jewish people and state sovereignty. In the year 70 C.E., when Roman troops raided Jerusalem destroying the Second Temple and taking its treasures and the legendary golden menorah to Rome, a new era began. From then, the Jewish diaspora born with the Babylonian exile, was presented with a new gravitational center of Jewish life: Rome.

The Rome Lab, consisting of a semester long series of presentations, will be open daily offering a window onto the history, culture and traditions of Roman Jews through the virtual mapping of the collections of the Jewish Museum and the Historical Archive of the Rome Jewish Community. It will be a unique occasion to explore extraordinary documents and liturgical objects that testify to twenty-two centuries of uninterrupted history.

Programming will start on September 14th, with a session with Rav Alberto Funaro, teacher and cantor of the Spanish Temple in Rome.

We hope to see you there!
For information about our first event:
http://primolevicenter.org/events/roman-chazanut-lab/
For further program information:
http://primolevicenter.org/events/the-jewish-museum-of-rome-in-new-york/

The Rome Lab is held in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Rome, the Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Rome, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, the Università di Roma La Sapienza, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy, the Jewish Community of Rome, Yeshiva University Museum, the American Sephardi Federation, and the Center for Jewish History. With support from: The Viterbi Family, the Cahnman Foundation, Peter S. Kalikow, the Slovin Family Foundation, Claude Ghez, the Italian Tourism Board ENIT, the David Berg Foundation and Lice Ghilardi.

Corso Speciale di Iniziazione alle Antichita’ Cristiane 2017-2018 (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, Roma)

CORSO SPECIALE DI INIZIAZIONE ALLE ANTICHITÀ CRISTIANE - Anno LVI (2017-2018)

Ideato nel 1960 dal Prof. Pasquale Testini, il Corso ha lo scopo di diffondere la conoscenza dei monumenti paleocristiani di Roma in particolare, ma con ampi riferimenti alle altre regioni dell’Orbis christianus antiquus. Nella prospettiva inoltre di acquisire una visione critica dell’origine e dello sviluppo delle prime comunità cristiane sino all’epoca di papa Gregorio Magno (590-604), il Corso contribuisce alla formazione di docenti di storia della Chiesa antica e di altre discipline affini.
Le lezioni vengono integrate con proiezioni e con sopralluoghi a catacombe, basiliche e raccolte museali, offrendo l’occasione di conoscere e visitare i monumenti meno noti e spesso inaccessibili.
Inoltre, il corso avrà indubbia utilità per coloro che si dedicano alla pastorale, alla valorizzazione dei beni culturali in musei diocesani e collezioni pubbliche e private, nonché all’insegnamento della Religione negli Istituti secondari.
Si vuole anche offrire l’occasione ai numerosi studenti presenti a Roma di conoscere e visitare i più noti monumenti dell’antichità cristiana, in modo da fornire un utile completamento allo studiodelle discipline storiche e teologiche di altri atenei pontifici.

PROGRAMMA DELLE LEZIONI E DELLE VISITE DEL CORSO DI INIZIAZIONE 2016-2017

Novembre
sabato 11 ore 9,30-11,30: F. BISCONTI, Inaugurazione del corso: introduzione all’archeologia
cristiana
sabato 18 ore 9,30-11,30: S. HEID, L’agiografia e la liturgia di Roma
sabato 25 ore 9,30-11,30: C. SALVETTI, Leggi e riti funerari

Dicembre
sabato 2 ore 9,30: Visita alla necropoli dell’Isola Sacra-Porto (appuntamento a via Carlo Alberto, 3)
sabato 16 ore 9,30-11,30: L. SPERA, La cristianizzazione della città di Roma: forme e tempi
ore 15,30: Visita al Museo della Crypta Balbi (appuntamento in Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31)

Gennaio
sabato 13 ore 9,30-11,30: V. FIOCCHI NICOLAI, Le catacombe: origini e tipologia. Le tombe dei martiri fino alle traslazioni
sabato 20 ore 9,30: Visita alle Catacombe di Pretestato (appuntamento in via Appia Pignatelli, 11)
sabato 27 ore 9,30-11,30: Ph. PERGOLA, Dalla città classica alla città cristiana

Febbraio
sabato 3 ore 9,30-11,30: C. DELL’OSSO, Le fonti patristiche
sabato 10, ore 9,30-11,30: O. BRANDT, Lo sviluppo dell’architettura cristiana
sabato 17 ore 9,30-11,30: Visita alla Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo (appuntamento in via di Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7)
sabato 24 ore 9,30-11,30:D. MAZZOLENI, Origini e sviluppo dell’epigrafia cristiana

Marzo
sabato 3 ore 9,30: Visita alla collezione lapidaria di S. Agnese fuori le mura (appuntamento in via Nomentana, 349)
sabato 10 ore 11,30-13,00: F. BISCONTI, Lettura dell’immagine tardoantica. Pitture, mosaici e sarcofagi
sabato 17 ore 9,30: Visita alle Catacombe di Domitilla (appuntamento in via delle Sette Chiese, 282)
sabato 24 ore 8,30: Esami

ISCRIZIONI E CONTRIBUTI
Iscrizioni Le iscrizioni sono aperte a tutti, ecclesiastici e laici, che siano in possesso almeno di un diploma di scuola media superiore.
Il numero di posti disponibili è limitato.
Le iscrizioni si effettuano negli orari di apertura della Segreteria dell’Istituto (lunedì, 9,00-18,00, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì e venerdì 9,00-14,00) dal 2 ottobre al 6 novembre 2017.
Per l’iscrizione è necessario fornire due foto formato tessera.
Contributi e Facilitazioni La quota d’iscrizione è di € 300,00 pro capite.
La tassa per l’esame finale e per il relativo diploma è di € 60,00.
Ad ogni iscritto sarà consegnata una tessera, rilasciata dal PIAC, che ha validità per il solo anno del Corso indicato e un blocchetto personale della Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, da utilizzare entro la fine dell’Anno Accademico, valevole per un ingresso gratuito ad ognuna delle catacombe aperte al pubblico (S. Callisto, S. Sebastiano, Domitilla, Priscilla, S. Agnese, S. Cristina di Bolsena, S. Gennaro di Napoli, S. Senatore ad Albano). La tessera dovrà essere esibita ad ogni richiesta del personale dell’Istituto e della Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra.
Inoltre, sarà concesso, sempre dietro presentazione della tessera di iscrizione, uno sconto del 10% sulle pubblicazioni del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana. Tale tessera non consente l’accesso alla Biblioteca.

PONTIFICIO ISTITUTO DI ARCHEOLOGIA CRISTIANA
Via Napoleone III, 1 - 00185 Roma
tel. 0039-064465574 - email segreteria@piac.it - web www.piac.it

Monuments of Christian Rome 2017-2018 (Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology)

Moumenti di Roma Cristiana, a seminar series at the Vatican's Pontifical Institute for Christian Archaeology in Rome with weekly visits to ancient and medieval archaeological sites, will be held from November 2017 to April 2018. This course is open to students and scholars from all relevant disciplines, and can be taken for college credit.

The course examines in detail the Christian and Jewish catacombs, the burial grounds near St. Peter's, early Christian churches in the historic center and suburbs of Rome, and period artifacts now in museums and private collections. Many of the site visits are by special arrangement to places not ordinarily open to the public, including the Jewish Catacombs of Vigna Randanini and Sculpture Museum at the Catacombs of Pretestato.

The course may be taken on its own or with the Institute's Introduction to Christian Archaeology (Corso di iniziazione alle Antichità cristiane). Tuition for all lessons and visits is euro 800. The language of instruction is Italian. For information and registration, contact the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology, viale Napoleone III, 00185, Rome, Italy. Tel. 0039-064465574; email segreteria@piac.it.

Schedule: 
November 14 - 9 a.m. Introductory Lesson; 3 p.m. Santa Rosa necropolis at the Vatican (Carla Salvetti)
November 20 - 3 p.m.,  La catacomba di Vigna Randanini (Danilo Mazzoleni)
November 28 - 3 p.m., La Catacomba di Domitilla (Philippe Pergola)

December 4 - 3 p.m. Questioni agiografiche in relazione ai monumenti
analizzati (Stefan Heid)
December 18 - 3 p.m. Chiesa di Santa Sabina (Olof Brandt

January 15 - 3 p.m. Lesson on L’area archeologica sotto San Giovanni in
Laterano (Lucrezia Spera)
January 16 - 10 a.m. Visit to L’area archeologica sotto San Giovanni in
Laterano (Lucrezia Spera)
January 22 - 3 p.m. Il battistero lateranense (Olof Brandt)
January 29, 3 p.m. Lesson on il complesso di San Paolo fuori le mura (Lucrezia Spera)
January 30 - 10 a.m.  Visit to il complesso di San Paolo fuori le mura (Lucrezia Spera)

February 5 - 3 p.m. La basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Fabrizio Bisconti)
February 19 - 3 p.m. Il Cimitero di San Callisto (Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai)
February 26 - 3 p.m. Le strutture liturgiche delle chiese (Stefan Heid)

March 5 - 3 p.m. Lesson on Ostia tardoantica e cristiana (Philippe Pergola)
March 8 - 9 a.m.  Visit to Ostia tardoantica e cristiana (Carla Salvetti)
March 12 - 3 p.m. Il complesso di Sant’Agnese fuori le mura (Olof Brandt)
March 20 - 3 p.m. La catacomba di Priscilla (Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai)

April 10 - 3 p.m. Il museo di Pretestato (Fabrizio Bisconti)
April 16 - 3 p.m. Le collezioni paleocristiane dei Musei
Vaticani
April 24 - 3 p.m. Museo e collezione epigrafica di San Paolo fuori le mura (Danilo Mazzoleni & Giorgio Filippi)
April 30 - 8:30 a.m. - Exams

Job Alert: 2018-2019 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College

2018-2019 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College

Boston College and its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invite applications for a one year visiting appointment (renewable for a second year) as the 2018-2019 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, specializing in some aspect of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its earned equivalent, have published in the field, and hold (or have retired from) a tenured position (or its equivalent) in a university or seminary. Applications from all relevant disciplines are welcome. The Corcoran Chair will agree to take on specific responsibilities related to the mission of the Center. Stipend: $75,850/academic year plus travel and research expenses. The full description is available at www.bc.edu/cjl. A list of previous Chairs, and their conferences and courses during their tenures, is also available online.

Electronic submission of the following are requested: letter of application, CV, and a proposal for the research and writing to be done while holding the Chair, including an indication of how these fit into the guidelines above. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly. Applications are due by November 10, 2017. Decisions will be made by February 16, 2018. Communications should be addressed to Prof. James Bernauer, SJ (cjlearning@bc.edu), Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Stokes Hall N405, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA.

____________________________________________
Camille Fitzpatrick Markey, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
Boston College
Stokes Hall N405
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-552-4495
www.bc.edu/cjl

Introducing The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, an online digital catalogue of over a quarter of a million images was officially launched August 9th, 2017 during the annual World Congress of Jewish Studies by the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The index cover many genres and historical periods - from antiquity to the present, from personal objects to architectural elements, and a great deal more from across the globe. The index's diverse holdings strengthens its manifestation of the appearance and function of "Jewish" art. The broad categories are defined by time period (Ancient and Modern), material (manuscripts, architecture), and use (ritual/personal). One can also search by artist (if known), location, collection, and type. There are pieces made by Jewish artists and objects made for Jews but not necessarily by Jews. Apparently not included are works with Jewish-themed subject matter used in a Christian context (i.e. "Old Testament" depictions).

We made general and specific queries of the index using the set categories and search button features. Our first foray was into the collection of Ancient Jewish Art. The results, about twenty per page, brought up a large collection of black and white photographs of stone ossuaries. then a mix of coins, mosaics, sarcophagi, and more ossuaries. A few were in color; many, however, are historic photographs and plans. Clicking on an single image not only gives one a close up (with watermark), but also links to other images of the object or site. Not all the individual images are labeled to the same degree, but all provide geographical location, material typology, and some approximation of a date. Quite a few pieces are described in detail, though with no link to bibliography. The overwhelming majority come from Eretz Israel, with a few Diaspora mosaics, synagogue plans, and monumental panoramas. The catacombs, in other words, are going to be those at Beth She'arim, not Rome or Venosa. There also were no images of the decorated epitaphs from the tombs of Jews in Diaspora areas like Italy, Spain, and France, a large and essential supply of data on visual Judaism from the Late Antique, Byzantine, and Early Medieval periods.

Our interests naturally directed us to the category of Jewish Funerary Art. It turned out to be far richer in quantity - genealogists will rejoice - and geographical reach. Perhaps because of the sheer number of images - close to 50,000! - many search fields were not yet filled out, including a transliteration of the epitaphs. The collection, therefore, is searchable by location and iconographic subject (animal, design, object, etc.). From the fields still to be filled out, however, clearly, this is only the start of a very ambitious process to contextualize and "tag". 

The last tryout was of the search bar, with the focus on finding ancient items of the Greco-Roman period with Jewish markers or motifs. Typing in "clay lamp" got over 1,000 hits, but none fit the type of object we were looking for. We then went with location, choosing "Rome", an important site for unique artifacts produced in Antiquity for a Jewish clientele. The 18 results were exclusively of the modern temple of Rome and examples of manuscript illumination made in the area or kept in local collections. Venosa got no hits, nor did Syracuse or Catania. Italy, however, pulled up over 1,000 results. These confirmed the suspicion that the Index's real strength lay in Jewish Art from the Modern Period, not Antiquity. It is a helpful guide to modern Judaism, illustrating many places hard to reach or not regularly open to visitors. Any Jewish heritage trip to Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa should use this site to plan. But the fragmentary and particular artifacts from a more remote Jewish past are underrepresented - at least for now. May the continued patronage of the generous foundations and institutions that have backed these initial results support further record of the expressions of Jewish traditions and beliefs as they were first recorded in a visual form.

jdr

 

 

 

 

Job Alert: University Assistant (post doc) in Late Antique and Early Christian Archaeology (Vienna)

The University of Vienna seeks to fill the position from 01.10.2017 of a University Assistant (post doc) at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies. Job Reference number: 7876 Link to post.

The advertised position is in the research field of Late Antique and Early Christian Archaeology and offers unique opportunities for carrying out cross-disciplinary research.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s
Extent of Employment: 40.0 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description (link):
The position requires the active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves:
• Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
• Preparing/writing a habilitation thesis
• Involvement in research projects and active participation in fieldwork related to Late Antique and Early Christian Archaeology
• Participation in the key research areas „Material Culture and History of Visual Culture Cultures and Media of the Visual”
• Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third party funding.
• Independent teaching of students as defined by the collective agreement
• Supervision of students during fieldwork
• Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

Your Profile:
• PhD degree or equivalent qualification in archaeology (Classical or Late Antique and Early Christian Archaeology).
• Research record, international presentation experience and publications in the field of Late antique and Early Christian Archaeology
• Field work experience
• Skills in material culture studies and in applying archaeo-science to field study and to material culture
• Excellent command of academic English
• The ability to work in team

Desirable additional qualifications:
• Teaching experience
• Knowledge of university processes and structures
• Experience abroad
• Spoken German is an advantage but not a requirement

The applications must be written in English and include:
• Letter of motivation (1 or 2 pages max)
• Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
• Description of research agenda or of the intended research project (2/3 pages max)
• Contact details of 3 scholars who could provide a letter of reference (the latter will be contacted only if the application is under closer consideration)

Applications should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 01.09.2017, mentioning reference number 7876.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Basema Hamarneh
University of Vienna
Institute for Classical Archaeology
Franz-Klein-Gasse 1
1190 Vienna
Phone: +43-1-4277-40611
Mail: basema.hamarneh@univie.ac.at

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 7876
E-Mail: jobcenter@univie.ac.at

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

 

Job Alert: Assistant Professor in Early Judaism at UCLA

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in early Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor to be filled effective July 1, 2018.

Applications are invited from scholars with research and teaching interests in the cultures (especially 2nd Temple Judaism) and primary languages (especially Aramaic) of eastern Mediterranean world from the Achaemenid through the Sasanian periods.

Candidates will teach a variety of classes including large undergraduate courses, such as an Introduction to Judaism, literature of the Second Temple period, history of ancient Judaism, history of early Christianity, and small graduate text seminars (Hebrew, Aramaic and/or Syriac). We encourage the development of new courses in a candidate's field of expertise.

We value candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by June, 2018. Applicants should submit a letter of application describing research and teaching, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, writing samples and the names of three references. Letter should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee.

Applications should be submitted through https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03044. To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2017.

Introduction to Urban Speleology in Rome with Jewish Catacomb Site Visits (September-October 2017)

The Rome-based speleological association Roma Sotterranea is organizing two cycles of its popular "Introduction to Subterranean Rome" in September and October of 2017. This course consists of two evening lessons at its headquarters on the via Appia Antica (nn. 24-26) and two site visits, one of which is to the Jewish catacombs of the Vigna Randanini. The full calendar and program is here. 

Founded in 2000, Roma Sotterranea has a noted track record of collaboration with Rome's Archaeological Superintendency on the documentation of ancient underground cemetery galleries containing Jewish tombs. In 2007, the organization created a new map of the Vigna Randanini site with archaeologist Samantha Lombardi. in October of 2013, it penetrated the Monteverde Vecchio hillside through a narrow shaft to confirm the existence of vast quarries and an underground lake thirty meters below ground level, in the vicinity of (though not in direct connection to) other hypogean burial sites for Jews in Late Ancient Rome known as the "Catacombs of Monteverde". A 2016 film clip for RAI program Linea Verde (link, in Italian) illustrates the experience, and the site is still in study to determine any surviving connection between the Monteverde caves thirty meters below ground level and the Roman-era catacombs, largely excavated in a higher geological stratum south of the shaft opened along via Lorenzo Valla.

The International Catacomb Society has extensive photographic documentation of the Vigna Randanini catacomb in its DAPICS database from both historical and contemporary sources (link).