Our upcoming meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 13, starting at 5 PM at The Magnes (2121 Allston Way).
The meeting will follow this year’s multidisciplinary focus on the relationship between Jewish material culture and teaching practices, and allow participants to explore the extensive holdings of postcards at The Magnes Collection.
These materials, a veritable treasure trove, include postcards from Europe, early-20th-century Palestine, Israel, the Americas, Asia and North Africa, as well as greeting cards (mostly for the High Holy Days), and touch upon a variety of themes, including cultural mobility, iconographic conventions, anti-semitism, views of the “Holy Land,” material culture, synagogue life, and more.
The circa 3,000 cards are currently being re-inventoried in conjunction with a URAP project. Several items have already been digitized, and are easily accessible either via the The Magnes Online Catalog or on Flickr.
The meeting will consist in an overview of the postcard collection, and a multidisciplinary discussion of the ways in which these materials can be used to foster scholarship and teaching.