Meet the Participants

Namesort descending Institution    
Alvina Hovhannisyan Yerevan State University Alvina Hovhannisyan is a lecturer in the Dept. of Arabic Studies. Her specific areas of interest include intercultural relations between Jews and Arabs in the Middle Ages, comparative Semitic linguistics, Judeo-Arabic literature, Medieval Hebrew Philology, Modern Israeli literature, Jewish Arab coexistence in modern times, History of Israel
Anna Kawalko The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Anna Kawalko’s research interests include Jewish cultural property after 1945, ethnic cleansing in the XX century, Polish-Jewish relations in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and historical study of material culture. She is currently preparing her master’s thesis devoted to the German heritage in Lower Silesia after WWII.
Ariel Livneh The Hebrew University of Jerusalem My scope of work mainly regards Jewish-Christian polemics in 13th century Italy and Ashkenaz. I am currently researching the polemical aspects of Jewish-Italian philosophical texts such as the works of Moses of Salerno and Hillel of Verona, as well as the migration of polemical rhetoric throughout European Jewry.
Avishai Bar-Asher The Hebrew University of Jerusalem My main areas of academic interests are: - Jewish Esotericism - Medieval Jewish Philoshopy - Judeo-Arabic - Medieval Kabbalah - Early Modern \ Modern Jewish Mysticism - History of the Jews in the Maghreb
Brenda Rodríguez El Colegio de Mexico, A.C. My areas of interest: A) Antisemitism in Hungary B) Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital in Hungary, 1933-1945 C) Propaganda against Jewish Hungarians, 1933-1945
Carla Garcia Ramos The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) My areas of interest are: Hebrew medieval book production in the Iberian Peninsula, especially that of philosophical books. I am also interested in the production of books in the most important Sephardic communities during the XVI and XVII centuries, Salonika, Amsterdam and Venice, printed in Hebrew and especially in Ladino, Spanish and Portuguese.
Carli Anderson Arizona State University My research concentrates on notions of place and pilgrimage in Judaism, with special emphasis on women’s experiences and narratives. Currently I’m focusing on Rachel’s Tomb as a space where the sense of story grows out of a nexus of textual tradition and collective memory.
Dana Eichhorst Tel Aviv University My interests in brief: - Migration, translation (Hebrew-Latin) and dissemination of medieval Ashkenazi sources, mainly from the Haside Ashkenaz (from late 13th until early 16th c., especially in Germany and Italy, partly Spain) - Appropriation and transformation of Jewish (esoteric) concepts, topoi and tradition among Jewish and Christian intellectuals, e.g. Christian Kabbalists
Gabriel Meyer University of Haifa My main concentration is Holocaust historiography. My MA thesis studies the evolution of memory-history and memory-culture, as it takes place in the Holocaust museums. Specifically, I am now examining the participation of individuals who contribute to museum collections and comparing between Israelis, Americans and other diaspora cultures.
Gal Eblagon Ben Gurion University of the Negev My areas of interest are: Ancient Judaism and its cultural and historical context, Comparative research, first and foremost between Judaism and Christianity, Gender relations, the interaction of law and reality. I am focusing on Jewish (and other) texts from late antiquity.
Hanna Bar Nissim Shaul The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim is a Ph.D candidate at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research concentrates on the changing interface between Judaism and philanthropy in recent decades. Her dissertation explores changes in North American Jewish philanthropy: the case study of the UJA-Federation of New York. Further interests include philanthropy and philanthropists in Israel and towards Israel, the relationship between philanthropists and the Israeli government, cross-boundary giving and global philanthropy.
Imogen Bayley Central European University, Budapest, Hungary    
Jillian Stinchcomb University of Pennsylvania Jillian Stinchcomb is interested in Judaism of the Second Temple period, how it intersected with Hellenism, and how texts from that period were later received.
Jordan Paul University of Pennsylvania I am in most interested in the Statehood Generation of Israeli poets, and more specifically in how they make use of Bible, liturgy, midrash, etc in their poetry. I am also interested in the themes of 'loss of faith', poetry and prayer, and the experience of migration from Europe/to Israel in their poetry and poetics
Katarzyna Czerwonogóra Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) My general area of interest: historical and sociological contexts of emancipation of Jewish women. My PhD dissertation is about women in the early Zionist movement in Poland and Germany at the turn of the XIX/XX centuries. I am particularly interested in biographies, memoirs and correspondence of Zionist women from Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in materials regarding Puah Rakovsky (1865-1955) and Rahel Goitein Straus (1881-1965). )
Lindsay King University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) My dissertation considers Jewish radicals in and around Vienna from the 1830s to the 1850s, particularly those who were involved in the press industry. My work covers two major groups of writers: those who participated in satirical and theatrical press and those who belonged to student groups of radical activists.
Mariusz Kalczewiak Tel Aviv University Mariusz Kałczewiak’s [cow-che-viak] main focus areas include Jewish migration from Eastern Europe to Argentina, re-emigration; transnational history; social and cultural discourses between Polish Jews and Polish Jewish communities in diaspora; various aspects of Yiddish studies (mainly travel writing); migrants and redefinition of identities, ethnicity and its evolutions.
Martin Stechauner The Hebrew University of Jerusalem I am interested in the mobility of religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities and their relations to state institutions in an (early-)modern setting. My work focuses on the mobility of Sephardic Jews in Central and South-Eastern Europe and the role of Vienna in this vibrant Sephardic network.
Matej Grochal Palacky University An alumnus of York University in Toronto, Canada, Matej is an MA student at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. My main interest is Haskalah in the Czech lands, Moravia in particular, and its effects on education. I am also interested in Yiddish and its relationship to other languages, Jews of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Canada.
Maxence Klein Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) My Phd thesis deals with the influence on Zionism in the German-Jewish intellectual landscape during the first part of the 20th century. I mostly focus on certain historians and philosophers (M. Y. Berdyczewski, M. Buber, G. Scholem and Y. F. Baer) but I am also interested in the different cultural Zionists institutions that existed at that time in German-speaking Jewish communities such as the famous Bar Kochba Center in Vienna for example. The main goal of my research is to study the shaping of the Zionist narrative and its connection with the creation of new approaches toward the Jewish past in the German-Jewish intellectual context
Meira Wolkenfeld Rubin Yeshiva University I am interested in the social and cultural world of the Babylonian Talmud, including daily life, material culture and sensory history. I hope to focus particularly on the experience and understanding of smell in the Sasanian Empire, as evidenced in the Talmud as well as Middle Persian and Syriac texts.
Mihaly Kalman Harvard University I am interested in the history of Jewish armed self-defense against pogroms in Late Tsarist Russia, the Russian Civil War, and the migration of self-defense activists with the Third Aliyah to Mandatory Palestine. My primary sources are mainly archival materials, as well as contemporary Russian- Yiddish- and Hebrew-language periodicals.
Moshe Yagur The Hebrew University of Jerusalem My main field of research is the history of the Jews in Medieval Islam, mainly based on the Cairo Geniza documents but also in light of contemporary Jewish and Muslim literature more broadly. I am studying conversion to, and from, Judaism, as well as migration of Jews, and local identity.
Natali Wienstein The Hebrew University of Jerusalem The main fields that are relevant to my research are: Jewish Enlightenment, early period in Germany; "Haskalah" Hebrew literature in Germany at the end of 18th and during 19th centuries; Influence of medieval Hebrew literary models and poetics on the writing of Jewish writers during the Enlightenment period. I'm also interested in Culture Studies, Translation Theory and Comparative Literary research of texts.
Peter Daniel Garry Trinity College Dublin My area of interest is the Cork Jewish Community. I am very interested in looking at the reasons why Jews came and established a community in Cork in the latter half of the nineteenth century. I hope to interview existing members of the community and also those who have since left. )
Shaul Seidler-Feller The Hebrew University of Jerusalem My areas of interest include the following: history of German Jewry, rabbinic history, history of Halakhah, history of the book, and the relationship between language, religion, and society. I also have a penchant for Yiddish language and culture, especially in the early modern period.
 Dekel Shay  Schory Ben Gurion University of the Negev My areas of interest are Hebrew literature, German-Jewish literature, Jewish literature in the U.S., Jewish life in the German-speaking sphere. My PhD thesis compares five Jewish writers that worked in the German-speaking sphere (1900-1930): Zweig, Roth, Shoffman, Vogel and Goldberg. Their work raises interesting questions regarding Jewishness, Zionism, language and poetic influences.  
Shulamit Shinnar Columbia University My field of study is ancient Judaism with a focus on the intellectual history of rabbinic thought and ideas. My research focuses on rabbinic scientific and medical traditions within the framework of the history of science in antiquity. Examining scientific and medical discourse found within the corpus of rabbinic literature, I am interested in placing its development within the appropriate Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman contexts.
Sonia Beth Gollance University of Pennsylvania My dissertation examines depictions of Jewish mixed-sex dancing in Yiddish and German literature from the mid-19th century to the mid-20thcentury. In (regional) literature, often by authors who left small towns for cities, the trope of dance explores notions of boundary-crossing and the body that incorporate ethnography, social change, and gender roles. )
Søren Hjortshøj Blak Roskilde University My key focus is on the segment of so-called “assimilated Jews” of the 19th and early 20th century. Specifically, I focus on Georg Brandes’ writings but, for example, also Berthold Auerbach, Stefan Zweig, and Georg Simmel. Theoretically, I shed light on the interrelation between Jewishness and cosmopolitanism in this period.
Vardit Lightstone The Hebrew University of Jerusalem I am about to start my PhD, in which I will consider the memoirs of immigrants from Yiddishland to North America, specifically Canada, from about the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in personal narratives, immigrant experiences, and the way identity is (re)created in changing cultural, social, and political contexts.
Yedidah Koren Tel Aviv University I am currently researching the general categories of Jews who are prohibited to marry other Jews, such as mamzerim, as well as "real life" cases of such Jews. I am also interested in cases of Jews who were halakhically permitted, yet a stigma was attached to them in their communities, such as children of unmarried mothers or converts.
Yitz Landes The Hebrew University of Jerusalem I am a student of Late Antique Judaism with a particular interest in topics of religious history. My MA thesis deals with ritual transformations in Late Antiquity as they relate to Temple worship. I hope to dedicate my PhD dissertation to rabbinization in the wake of the Muslim conquests.
Yitzhak Lewis Columbia University Yitzhak Lewis is a PhD candidate in Hebrew and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His thesis is a comparative study of the writings of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav and Jorge Luis Borges.