Our upcoming meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16, starting at 5 PM at The Magnes (2121 Allston Way). (Please note the time change).
The meeting will inaugurate this year’s focus on the relationship between Jewish material culture and teaching practices. We will consider Jewish Studies courses (includingPerforming Texts: Music, Liturgy and Jewish Life, the first UC Berkeley course based on The Magnes Collection), recently offered at UC Berkeley, as well as other ongoing initiatives that bridge the study of Jewish objects and texts. The meeting will consist of an open discussion, starting from a few case studies.
1. Circumcision Knife and Ritual Slaughter Knife. Germany, 1750-1850. Intersection between close reading and close examination of objects, tradition and modernity, ritual and violence.Presented by Eli Rosenblatt, Doctoral Candidate, Jewish Studies.
2. Amulet for the protection of pregnant women and newborn children, Middle East/Italy/India, 18th century. Intersection between text study, essay in localization, the study of pan-Diasporic folk practices (vigil before a Circumcision), and Digital Humanities. Presented by Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The Magnes.
3. The Museum in/and the Classroom. Andrea A. Sinn, Daad Visiting Professor, German and History and Greg Niemeyer, Professor, Art Practice.