Shared Ritual Practices and Divided Historiography: Media, Phenomena Topoi: June 14–16, 2017 (Erfurt)

Shared Ritual Practices and Divided Historiography: Media, Phenomena
Topoi June 14–16, 2017 | Bildungshaus St. Ursula Erfurt and Rathausfestsaal

To register, please, contact: Claudia D. Bergmann Tel.: +49(0)361/737-1684
Email:; (Flyer_JuedischeRituale_Juni2017_web)


June 14

2 pm – | 2.15 pm: Welcome
2.15 pm – | 3 pm: Construing Boundaries between Religions on the Ground and in Retrospective Jörg Rüpke (University of Erfurt)
3 pm – | 3.45 pm: Did the Jews of Ancient Rome Have Ritual? Nicola Denzey Lewis (Brown University)
4 pm – | 4.45 pm: ’Borderland Mentality’: Medieval Intellectual Discourse in Narbonne as Evidenced in Pesiqta Rabbati Rivka Ulmer (Bucknell University)
4.45 pm – | 5.30 pm: The Hassidim Rishonim: Ancient and Modern Fantasies Michael Satlow (Brown University)

7 pm | Concert and Lecture Zwischen Schtetl und Judería: Aschkenasische und sephardische Musik in Werken von Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts Concert with Tehila Nini Goldstein and Jascha Nemtsov at Rathausfestsaal Alberto Hemsi (1898–1975) und die Entwicklung der jüdischen Kunst- musik im 20. Jahrhundert Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jascha Nemtsov (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar)

June 15

9 am – 9.45 am: Devotional Practices in Mortuary Contexts among Jews, Pagans, and Christians in Late Antiquity – 1 Karen Stern (Brooklyn College of CUNY)
9.45 am – 10.30 am: Devotional Practices in Mortuary Contexts among Jews, Pagans, and Christians in Late Antiquity – 2 Eric Rebillard (Cornell University)
11 am – 11.45 am: Olive Oil, Anointing, Ecstacy, and Ecology Jonathan Schorsch (University of Potsdam)

2 pm – 2.45 pm: Choices in Ritual Imagination: The Role of the Messiah in Early Jewish and Christian Texts about the Meal in the World to Come Claudia Bergmann (University of Erfurt)
2.45 pm 3.30 pm: The Unwashed Masses: Handwashing as a Ritual of Social Distinction in Rabbinic Judaism Jordan Rosenblum (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
3.45 pm 4.30 pm: ’Mitzvot of the Mouth’: Jewish Rituals of Eating and Reading, Eating and Talking About It Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus (Wheaton College)
4.30 pm 5 pm: Ritual Practices as Tools of Inclusion and Exclusion. Some Methodological Considerations of Group Membership among Jews in Late Roman Sardis Jessica van’t Westeinde (University of Tübingen) Respondent: Gerard Rouwhorst (Tilburg University)

5 pm – 5.30 pm: The She’elat Halom: A Jewish Private Ritual for Acquiring Hidden Knowledge Alessia Bellusci (Tel Aviv University) Respondent: Günter Stemberger (Universität Wien)
5.30 pm – 6 pm: The Problem of Difference: Havdalah Ritual among Contemporary British Jews Katarzyna Kowalska (Open University/ Leo Baeck College) Respondent: Judith Frishman (Leiden University)

June 16

9 am – 9.45 am: Ritual and Gender in Hebrew Illustrated Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Sarit Shalev-Eyni (Hebrew University)
9.45 am – 10.30 am: ‘All the World‘s a Stage’: Imagined Jewish Rituals in Medieval Christian Art and Drama Sara Offenberg (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
10.30 am – 12 pm: Concluding Discussion and Remarks

University of Erfurt Max-Weber-Kolleg Research Centre “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present” PF 900221 99105 Erfurt | Germany