Session Title

New Directions in Jewish Art History

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Julie Harris

Organizer Affiliation

Spertus Institute

Presider Name

Therese Martin

Presider Affiliation

Instituto de Historia (CCHS-CSIC)

Paper Title 1

Reading the Medieval Spanish Synagogues: A New Approach from the Perspective of Nasrid Art

Presenter 1 Name

Daniel Muñoz Garrido (Congress Travel Award Winner)

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. de Granada

Paper Title 2

The Hunter and the Hunted in an Inverted World: Marginality in the Barcelona Haggadah

Presenter 2 Name

Abby Kornfeld

Presenter 2 Affiliation

City College of New York

Paper Title 3

The Moses Problem and Other Mysteries of BL MS Or 2737 (the Hispano-Moresque Haggadah)

Presenter 3 Name

Julie Harris

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1340

Description

Today, historians of the visual arts made by and for Medieval Jews are working within a historical framework that recognizes a much richer and more frequent interaction between Jews and Christians than was noted in previous scholarship. This recognition is beginning to resonate in academic treatments of Hebrew manuscripts, for example, where it has overtaken older preoccupations with stylistic or iconographic influence or resistance thereof to emphasize instead questions concerning audience, gender, and the relationship between word and image that are applicable throughout the Medieval world. What emerges from this perspective is a notion of Jewish visuality and a re-evaluation of its place in the Medieval world that recognizes, but is not determined by, adherence to the Second Commandment or the possibilities for polemical intent embedded in its visual programs.

This session will present papers from scholars working on art or architecture made for Medieval Jews whose research applies contemporary methodologies and participates in a substantive dialogue with those working in other subfields of Medieval Art History.

Julie Harris

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May 15th, 10:00 AM

New Directions in Jewish Art History

Schneider 1340

Today, historians of the visual arts made by and for Medieval Jews are working within a historical framework that recognizes a much richer and more frequent interaction between Jews and Christians than was noted in previous scholarship. This recognition is beginning to resonate in academic treatments of Hebrew manuscripts, for example, where it has overtaken older preoccupations with stylistic or iconographic influence or resistance thereof to emphasize instead questions concerning audience, gender, and the relationship between word and image that are applicable throughout the Medieval world. What emerges from this perspective is a notion of Jewish visuality and a re-evaluation of its place in the Medieval world that recognizes, but is not determined by, adherence to the Second Commandment or the possibilities for polemical intent embedded in its visual programs.

This session will present papers from scholars working on art or architecture made for Medieval Jews whose research applies contemporary methodologies and participates in a substantive dialogue with those working in other subfields of Medieval Art History.

Julie Harris