Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference March 9-10, 2014: Jews, Christians, & Visuality

2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference March 9-10, 2014

Jews, Christians, & Visuality 

This looks like a not-to-miss conference - though I'm not sure I can get to Boston those days.  Anyone interested in Jewish manuscripts and illustration should make the effort. 

Here is the schedule:

Corcoran Chair International Conference Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College

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Sunday 9 March, 2014 12p.m.-6:00 p.m. Gasson 305  

Monday 10 March 2014, 9:00am-3:30pm Corcoran Commons Heights Room

Free and open to the public, on the campus of Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Sunday 9 March, 2014, 12p.m.-6:00 p.m., Gasson 305:

Words of Welcome: James Bernauer, S. J., Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College
Greetings: Marc Michael Epstein,
Visiting Corcoran Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, Boston College

12:30-1:40 p.m. 

"The Illuminated Haggadah: Fourteenth-Century Contexts" Adam S. Cohen, University of Toronto

1:45-3:45 p.m.  Session 1: Contrarywise: Starting with a view from the margins Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College, Chair

 "Meanings in the Margins: Text and Image in the Medieval Haggadah" Abby Kornfeld, The City College of New York "'The End of the Deed is Implicit in the First Thought': Implied ensuing action in medieval manuscripts made for Jewish audiences."
Marc Michael Epstein, Boston College / Vassar College

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-6:00 p.m.  Session 2: Seeing God and Seeing Each other: Ocular meditations Hartley Lachter, Muhlenberg College, Chair 

"The iconography of God's presence in medieval Hebrew and Christian illuminated manuscripts" Aleksandra Buncic, University of Zagreb "The Eyes have it: Looking at Looking in the Iberian Haggadot" Julie A. Harris, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Monday 10 March 2014, Corcoran Commons Heights Room

9:00-11:00 a.m. Session 3: Texts and Contexts 

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Boston College, Chair "'And the earth did not cover him': The murder of Zechariah and its revenge" Zsófia Buda, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Bodleian Library, Oxford "Pharaoh Alfonso the French Falconer"
Leor Jacobi, Bar Ilan University

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

12:30-2:30 p.m. Session 4: Between Jews and Christians 

Ruth Langer, Boston College, Chair "Jews and Arts in Medieval Apulia" Linda Safran, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies  "Stars and Bones: Revisiting Ezekiel's Visions"
Pamela Berger, Boston College

2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Concluding Roundtable Discussion Hartley Lachter, Muhlenberg College, Chair Adam Cohen, University of Toronto Emma O'Donnell, Boston College

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