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J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy

Getty

EXHIBITION: J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, September 27, 2016–Ongoing.

This permanent installation tells the story of J. Paul Getty, the businessman and art collector who used the bulk of his wealth to create the arts institution that bears his name. Considered the world’s richest man in the 1950s and 60s, Getty made his fortune in the oil business. Upon his death in 1976 he bequeathed his estate to his small namesake museum, along with a remarkably broad directive.

Accordingly, the J. Paul Getty Trust was created, the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. The installation includes objects that Getty collected personally, and a digital interactive experience that visitors can use to learn about his life, business dealings, and establishment of the Trust and the Museum.

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The Book Index

CONFERENCE: The Book Index, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Oxford, 22 – 23 June 2017.

This two-day symposium takes a timely opportunity to consider how the index – the foremost finding aid of the physical book – shaped reading and scholarly method over the last 800 years.

Programme

Thursday, 22 June 2017
Session 1 (Chair: Dennis Duncan)
* James Mussell (Leeds), ‘The indexes of some periodicals are good, but those of the many are bad’: Indexing Periodicals in the Nineteenth Century
* Liangyu Fu (Michigan), Indexing Science Translations in Nineteenth-Century China
* Florence Hsia (Wisconsin-Madison), Cutting Corners: The Problem of Indexing Chinese.

Session 2 (Chair: Olivia Smith)
* Florian Ehrensperger (UBC), Backstairs to Philosophy: Heidegger and Cassirer on Indexing
* Angela Carr (New School), The Index as Genre and the Lucretian Swerve.

Session 3 (Chair: Dennis Duncan)
* Ann Kingdom, Ann Hudson, Paula Clarke Bain, Pilar Wyman, Janice Rayment (Society of Indexers), Indexing Now.

Session 4 (Chair: Emily Steiner)
* Kyle Conrau-Lewis (Yale), Indexing and Appropriation: Valerius Maximus as Sermon Fodder
* James Freeman (Cambridge), ‘Towards acquaintance with following table’: The Earliest Indexes to Ranulph Higden’s Polychronicon.

Keynote (Chair: James Freeman)
* Emily Steiner (UPenn), Alphabetical Logic: John Trevisa’s Index to the Polychronicon.

Friday, 23 June 2017
Session 5 (Chair: Abigail Williams)
* Shef Rogers (Otago), The Eighteenth-Century Satiric Literary Index as a Measure of Cultural Authority
* Sean Silver (Michigan), John Locke and the Cognitive Index.

Session 6 (Chair: David Cram)
* Philip Tromans (De Montfort), Indexing America: Knowledge, Propaganda and Richard Hakluyt
* Nikolaus Weichselbaumer (Mainz), Indexes to Legal Commentaries in Early Print.

Session 7 (Chair: Adam Smyth)
* Eve Houghton (Yale), ‘Overmeasure’: The Indexes of Francis Daniel Pastorius
* Tom Clayton (Princeton), The Temple at The Gilded Lion: Revisiting George Herbert’s Index.

Keynote (Chair: Dennis Duncan)
* Ann Blair (Harvard), Indexing, liberal; Indexing, mechanical.

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Ruptures archivistiques

CONFERENCE - Ruptures archivistiques : de nouvelles archives pour de nouveaux usages ? (VIIIe-XIXe siècle), Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT), Centre Félix-Grat, 40 avenue d’Iéna (salle Jeanne-Vielliard), Paris, 7 Juin 2017.

Organisatrices: Isabelle Bretthauer (chercheuse associée à l’IRHT) et Marlène Helias-Baron (ingénieure de recherche à l’IRHT).

Cette journée d’étude, du mercredi 7 juin, vient clore le travail mené dans le cadre du séminaire « Administrer par l’écrit » consacré en 2016-2017 aux « Inventions et réinventions d’archives ». Elle se concentre sur les moments de « rupture archivistique » du haut Moyen Âge jusqu’au XIXe siècle (comptes rendus en ligne sur www.admecrit.hypotheses.org).

Cette journée d’étude, du mercredi 7 juin, vient clore le travail mené dans le cadre du séminaire « Administrer par l’écrit » consacré en 2016-2017 aux « Inventions et réinventions d’archives ». Elle se concentre sur les moments de « rupture archivistique » du haut Moyen Âge jusqu’au XIXe siècle (comptes rendus en ligne sur www.admecrit.hypotheses.org).

Programme

* Laurent Feller (Université Paris 1-Lamop) et Pauline Lemaigre-Gaffier (Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-DYPAC), Présentation du projet « Administrer par l’écrit »
* Nicolas Schapira (Université Paris X-Nanterre-CHISCO), Introduction.

Les ruptures archivistiques dans le temps long : approches générales
* Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck, University of London), Ruptures archivistiques, ruptures historiographiques. Réflexions à partir d’un projet récent sur l’Italie entre Moyen Âge et Âge Moderne.

Études de cas, époques médiévale et moderne
* Maria Pia Donato (CNRS-IHMC), Un arsenal pour l’Empire ? Reconfigurations et ruptures des Archives sous Napoléon 1809-1814 
* Clémence Revest (CNRS-Centre Roland Mousnier), Un retour sur le programme collectif Écritures grises, entre archivage du travail administratif et production d’instruments archivistiques.

Études de cas, époques médiévale et moderne
* Claire de Cazanove (Université Paris 1-Lamop), Étudier les ruptures archivistiques sans archives ? 
* Anne-Laure Alard-Bonhoure (Université Paris 1-Lamop), Les mutations archivistiques à l’abbaye de Saint-Martin de Pontoise (1320-1490) : entre spécialisation et hybridation du réseau documentaire 
* Guillaume Gaudin (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès-Framespa), Nouveau Monde, archives nouvelles. Les ruptures archivistiques dans la monarchie hispanique à partir du xvie siècle.

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Per Omnia Litora

CONFERENCE: Per Omnia Litora. Interazioni artistiche, politiche e commerciali lungo le rotte del Mediterraneo tra XIV e XV secolo, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Palazzo della Carovana (Sala Azzurra), Piazza dei Cavalieri,  9 – 10 giugno 2017. A cura di: Alessandro Diana e Caterina Fioravanti.

Delineare una geografia dei centri di cultura e produzione artistica del Mediterraneo all’alba della prima età moderna implica necessariamente una riconsiderazione dei rapporti politici e commerciali intercorsi lungo le sue sponde fra i piccoli e grandi potentati regionali: dall’Aragona all’Egitto mamelucco, dagli imperi coloniali italiani di Genova e Venezia al Maghreb, fino alla multiforme realtà egea, che vedeva contrapposti i signori dell’Oriente latino al sempre più esangue impero bizantino stremato dall’incalzante avanzata turca.

È in questo frangente che eventi traumatici come le «crociate tardive», in risposta all’espansionismo ottomano, fornirono per converso inusitati momenti di incontro e confronto culminati, ad esempio, in occasione del Concilio di Ferrara-Firenze. La compilazione di carte nautiche e portolani sempre più aggiornati incrementò la mobilità di persone e oggetti favorendo la grande rivoluzione marittima che scosse il Mediterraneo fra Trecento e Quattrocento, preludio alle grandi esplorazioni geografiche transoceaniche dei secoli successivi e del progressivo decadimento degli antichi empori mediterranei a favore dei porti dell’Europa settentrionale.

Le giornate di studio Mediterranea nascono dalla volontà di esaminare la complessità delle relazioni culturali che animarono le coste mediterranee in un periodo compreso tra la fine della peste nera e il definitivo collasso della civiltà bizantina. Un secolo trasversale, contraddistinto dalla proficua reciprocità di interazioni fra diplomatici, ecclesiastici, mercanti, umanisti e soprattutto artisti, che veicolarono con i loro spostamenti la diffusione di nuovi linguaggi, dalla Catalogna alla Dalmazia fino a Cipro, dando luogo così anche a fenomeni di ibridazione del lessico figurativo.

PROGRAMMA

Venerdì 9 giugno 2017
* Claudio Ciociola (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Saluti
* Alessandro Dianae Caterina Fioravanti (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Introduzione.

I sessione – Per Omnia Litora
Presidenza: Massimo Ferretti (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
* Sebastiano Gentile (Università degli Studi di Cassino), La riscoperta di Tolomeo nel Quattrocento: fra umanisti, cartografi, pittori e navigatori
* Clario Di Fabio (Università degli Studi di Genova), Le vie dell’ordinario. Genova, il Tirreno e il Mediterraneo nel XIV secolo. Casi artistici e questioni di metodo
* Davide Baldi (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbona), Il Concilio di Firenze: concilio di lingue e di popoli
* Marco Pellegrini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo), Un’età di “crociate tardive”. Oriente e Occidente tra XIV e XV secolo.

Sabato 10 giugno 2017
II sessione – Ab Occasu Solis
Presidenza: Alessandro Diana (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
* Massimo Ferretti (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Qualche esempio di circolazione tirrenica nella pittura del Trecento a Pisa
* Caterina Fioravanti (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Giuliano fiorentino. Un artista viajero tra Firenze e la Spagna nella prima metà del Quattrocento
* Giuseppe Petralia (Università di Pisa), Sicilia e Mezzogiorno aragonesi: congiuntura economica e struttura degli scambi mediterranei
* Luca Palozzi (University of Edinburgh), Storia e geografia eccentriche della scultura italiana: l’Adriatico nel tardo Medioevo
* Marco Collareta (Università di Pisa), L’oro della Serenissima. Uno sguardo verso est.

III sessione – Ad Orientem
Presidenza: Caterina Fioravanti (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
* Antonio Musarra (Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Firenze), Rotte, scali ed equipaggi nel Levante mediterraneo. Note dai registri di bordo genovesi (1350-1460 ca.)
* Alessandro Diana (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Le vie dell’antiquaria nel Mediterraneo orientale: percezione e recezione delle antichità greche fra XIV e XV secolo
* Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg), Interazioni artistiche lungo le vie d’acqua del Levante mediterraneo
* Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institutin Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), Litora et limina: il Mediterraneo e le storie dell’arte – veicoli, rotte, metodi.

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The Physiologus between East and West

Physiologus

CONFERENCE:  The Physiologus between East and West. Transmission and dissemination of an early Christian text on nature, Paris, Université de la Sorbonne – Maison de la Recherche, 15 – 17 June 2017.

Progamme

15 June 2017
Session 1 – The Greek Physiologus: Manuscripts and contexts (chair: S. Lazaris)
* Horst Schneider, Der Physiologus: Grundlagen und Perspektiven
* Arnaud Zucker, The evolution of the Greek Physiologus in the three recensions
* Adele Di Lorenzo, La tradition du Physiologus grec dans les manuscrits de la BNF et de la BAV. Réflexions pour une étude comparée
* Alain Touwaide, The Physiologus and the tradition of the iatrosophia.

16 June 2017
Session 2 – The illustrations of the Physiologus in a comparative perspective (chair: A. Dorofeeva)
* Massimo Bernabo, “The Smyrna Physiologus: a manuscript with many open questions”
* Jacqueline Leclercq-Marx, “Un champ métaphorique exemplaire. À propos du rapport entre texte et illustration dans le Bruxellensis 10066-77 (Meuse ?, fin du Xe s.)”
* Stavros Lazaris, “Un nouveau manuscrit illustré du Physiologus grec : à propos d’une découverte récente”

Session 3 – Eastern traditions 1 (chair: C. Macé)
* Gohar Muradyan & Aram Topchyan, The Armenian Physiologus
* Jost Gippert, The Georgian Physiologus.

Session 4 – Eastern traditions 2 (chair: J. Gippert)
* Alin Suciu, The Coptic Physiologus: Evidence of an Early Translation
* Massimo Villa, The Ethiopic Physiologus: Manuscript tradition and Desiderata
* Sami Aydin, The Syriac Physiologus Versions and Related Bestiaries.

Session 5 – Eastern traditions 3 (chair: V. Pakis)
* Sibylle Wentker, The Arabic Physiologus, early text in late transmission?
* Anissava Miltenova, The Physiologus in Balkan Cyrillic Manuscripts: from Textological to Socio-Rhetorical Approach
* Ana Stoykova, The Slavic translation of the Pseudo-Basilian recension: the compilation approach.

17 June 2017
Session 6 – Editions and future prospects (chair: A. Zucker)
* Anna Dorofeeva, The early mediaeval Latin Physiologus between tradition and innovation
* Emmanuelle Kuhry, Le projet Physiologus – Stemmatologie. Résultats et perspectives pour une édition électronique
* Caroline Macé, Why new critical editions of the Physiologus in various languages (in Greek and Latin especially) are still needed.

Session 7 – Round Table
On publication and editorial projects, led by Valentine A. Pakis.

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Trends in Manuscript Studies (2017)

COURSE: Trends in Manuscript Studies. Sources, Issues and Technologies, Liber International Summer School, Cassino – Montecassino (FR – Italy), 26 – 30 June 2017.

The University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, in cooperation with the Abbey of Montecassino, is pleased to announce the organisation of its third Summer School for the benefit of master and PhD students, scholars, librarians and other experts or interested persons working with medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

The School aims to provide an updated vision of research trends and achievements in the fields of Greek and Latin manuscript research, with a particular focus on the manuscripts preserved in Montecassino. The School will also off er a chance for participants to discuss their own research projects with some of the world leading experts in manuscript studies. The rich programme includes a guided tour to the Abbey of Montecassino, renowned for its abundance of medieval manuscript treasures.

SCHOOL PROGRAMME

26 June 2017
INTRODUCTORY CONFERENCE
* Donatella Nebbiai, Medieval Libraries. Sources, History, and Public (9th-15th Century).

27 June 2017
MONTECASSINO AND ITS TREASURES
Visit to the Abbey with dom Mariano Dell’Omo osb: the Museum, the Library and the Archive of Montecassino.

CODICOLOGY, MANUSCRIPT DESCRIPTION, DECORATION AND ILLUMINATION (1)
University of Cassino
* Marilena Maniaci, Codicology and Manuscript Description (1)
* Giulia Orofino, Manuscript Decoration and Illumination (1).

28 June 2017
CODICOLOGY, MANUSCRIPT DESCRIPTION, DECORATION AND ILLUMINATION (2)
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Marilena Maniaci, Codicology and Manuscript Description (2)
* Giulia Orofino, Manuscript Decoration and Illumination (2).

LATIN GRAMMAR MANUSCRIPTS HUMANISTIC AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS (1)
University of Cassino
* Paolo De Paolis, Latin Grammar Manuscripts (1)
* Sebastiano Gentile, Humanistic and Renaissance Manuscripts (1).

29 June 2017
LATIN GRAMMAR MANUSCRIPTS HUMANISTIC AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS (2)
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Paolo De Paolis and Maddalena Sparagna, Latin Grammar Manuscripts (2)
* Sebastiano Gentile, Humanistic and Renaissance Manuscripts (2).

HOMILIARIES, LITURGICAL AND MUSICAL MANUSCRIPTS
University of Cassino
* Roberta Casavecchia, Homiliaries at Montecassino
* Nicola Tangari, Liturgical and musical manuscripts.

30 June 2017
THREE MANUSCRIPTS: PALEOGRAPHY, TEXTS, LITURGY AND MUSIC
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Roberta Casavecchia, Texts and Liturgy
* Marco Palma, Latin Paleography
* Nicola Tangari, Music and Liturgy.

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Devotional Writing in Early Modern England

CONFERENCE: Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript in Early Modern England, 1558-1700, University of Warwick, Ramphal Building, Coventry, 26 June 2017. Registration is now open.

Devotions in early modern England, public or private, were central to the everyday lives of clergy and laity alike. Yet such practises were routinely transformed by men and women who did not just record but reconfigured their piety through writing.

From accounts of fasts, feasts, and thanksgiving days; prayers and sacred songs; covenants and confessing of sins; narratives of conversion, baptism or burial; biblical graffiti; repetition of sermons; conferencing and conventicles.

English citizens, individually and communally, and on either side of the confessional divide, had a regimen of acts that were to be performed and perfected during their lifetimes. This one day conference aims to investigate how print and manuscript cultures coalesced and collided in their re-presentation of post-Reformation devoutness.

Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript is a major one day multi-disciplinary conference, hosted by the University of Warwick’s English Department in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, The Humanities Research Centre and the Early Modern Forum.

Registration will close on 15 June 2017.

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Il buon secolo della pittura senese

Beccafumi-mostra

EXHIBITION: Il buon secolo della pittura senese. Dalla Maniera moderna al Lume Caravaggesco, Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia e Pienza, 18 marzo 2017 – 30 giugno 2017.

Sedi della mostra:
1. Domenico Beccafumi, l’artista da giovane, Montepulciano, Museo Civico Pinacoteca Crociani.
2. Dal Sodoma al Riccio: la pittura senese negli ultimi decenni della Repubblica, San Quirico d’Orcia, Palazzo Chigi Zondadari.
3. Francesco Rustici detto il Rustichino, caravaggesco gentile e il naturalismo a Siena, Pienza, Conservatorio S. Carlo Borromeo.

La grande mostra che si svolge in tre straordinarie città gioiello del Senese, si ispira, nel titolo, ad una frase dell’abate Luigi Lanzi, storico dell’arte vissuto tra Sette e Ottocento ed è dedicata ad uno specifico periodo storico che va dagli inizi del XVI alla metà del XVII secolo, quando l’arte senese brillava di eccellenti e singolari personalità artistiche ancora, nella maggior parte dei casi, troppo poco note al grande pubblico.

Allo scopo di migliorare la loro conoscenza, nasce l’idea di questa originale rassegna in cui le città di Montepulciano, S. Quirico d’Orcia e Pienza ospitano ciascuna, prendendo spunto da un capolavoro che si trova sul territorio, una sezione espositiva dedicata a un importante artista senese ed al suo ambiente. Ogni settore prevede un itinerario alla scoperta di opere altrettanto significative rispetto a quelle esposte ma che, per varie ragioni, sono rimaste nelle loro sedi originali.

Questa soluzione permette di completare idealmente la visita con il valore aggiunto di percorrere e scoprire una terra splendida e magnificamente conservata. Tutte le opere in mostra provengono da prestigiose collezioni pubbliche e private, chiese ed istituzioni religiose, allo scopo di donare ai visitatori una visione quanto più esaustiva possibile di un grande secolo un poco dimenticato.

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From Codex to the Cloud (Oxford-Medina)

LECTURE: Nicolai Sinai (University of Oxford) and Alasdair Watson & Keith Small (Bodleian Libraries), From Medina to Oxford, from Codex to the Cloud: Scenes from the life of the Qur’an, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Oxford, 30 May 2017.

Traditionally believed to be the revelatory irruption of divine speech into human history, the Qur’an is a literary document whose eventful biography spanning a millennium and a half yet remains to be written.

In a collaborative presentation, three Oxford scholars will present crucial waystations in the life of the Qur’an. Nicolai Sinai will guide the audience through current research seeking to reconstruct the literary genesis of the Qur’anic texts in late antique Arabia; Alasdair Watson will examine how early modern collectors and adventurers first introduced Qur’anic manuscripts to European libraries, including the Bodleian; and Keith Small will show how Qur’anic codices that have been dispersed by the vagaries of early modern manuscript hunting can now be virtually reunited by cutting-edge digital technology.

There will be a small display on the history of the Qur’an to accompany the lecture.

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The Book in the Low Countries

CONFERENCE: The Book in the Low Countries: New perspectives, Hidden Collections, IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, Basement, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E, 21 – 22 Jun 2017.

Great Britain and the Low Countries share a large part of their histories. There are countless stories of political and economic rivalries and wars, stories of religious and political exile in both directions, but also of cultural exchange and influence.

Also the book business of the early modern era was characterised by an influx of printers, materials and books from the Low Countries to England. Rare books and manuscripts were eagerly collected by English bibliophiles and most of these collections are nowadays found in libraries all over the country.

This two-day symposium has a double goal. In a combination of papers and collection visits, it wants to bring these often overlooked collections to the surface, and it also offers an overview of the latest research on Low Countries books.

Programme

Wednesday 21 June 2017
Session 1: Low Countries Collections
Chair: TBC
* Reinier Salverda (UCL and Fryske Akademy), Dutch Books in London Libraries: Early beginnings and future perspectives
* Catherine Wright (University of Oxford), The collection of the Dutch Church library: An expression of an Anglo-Dutch identity?

Visit 1: Lambeth Palace Library
Visit of the collection with Librarian and Archivist, Giles Mandelbrote.

Visit 2: British Library
Show and tell by Curator, Marja Kingma.

Session 2: International book history projects
Chair: TBC
* Goran Proot (University of Udine), The pricing strategy for books published by Jan Moretus I (fl.1589–1610) and his successors at the Officina Plantiniana in the first half of the 17th century
* Jaap Geraerts (UCL), The Archaeologies of Reading in Early Modern Europe: enter John Dee.

Thursday 22 June 2017
Visit 3: Dutch Church
Visit of the library.

Visit 4: Senate House Library
Show and tell of the Elzevier collection by Curator, Karen Attar.

Session 3: People of the book
Chair: TBC
* Patrick Storme (Universiteit Antwerpen), X-Ray Fluorescence as an analytical tool for studying the copper matrices in the Plantin- Moretus Museum collection
* Heleen Wyffels (KU Leuven), The women of the Bellère family and the making of a printing dynasty in Douai (1593-1711)
* Marja Smolenaars (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), “Printed in London? No, not really. A London publisher and his imports from the Netherlands”.

Session 4: Printed ephemera
Chair: TBC
* Steven Van Impe (Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience), A Provincial Newspaper in an Urban Setting. Reprints of the Gazette van Antwerpen in the Dutch Republic
* Arthur der Weduwen (University of St. Andrews), Ephemeral Politics. State Publications in the Dutch Golden Age
* Erik Geleijns (Museum Meermanno), The forgotten cousins. Elzevier family members in The Hague, 1590-1665.

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Jewish Books and their Christian Readers

EXHIBITION: Jewish Books and their Christian Readers: Christ Church Connections, Christ Church Library, Oxford, 22 May – 20 October 2017. Curated by Dr Rahel Fronda.

The four cases display the wealth of Hebraica and Judaica at Christ Church and around, following the story of Hebrew studies in Oxford from the late 16th century until the end of 18th century.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a detailed scholarly catalogue in print. The planning work for this is well in progress, and involves collaboration with the Bodleian Library, Oxford Conservation Consortium, Lincoln College, Merton College, Queens’ College in Cambridge, as well as the Westminster Abbey.

The exhibition is connected with the EAJS conference Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia.

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Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors

CONFERENCE: Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia, Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford, 22 – 23 May 2017.

A two day international EAJS conference that will deal with Christian collectors of Hebraica in order to understand how these collections, whether private or public, were acquired and assembled, and in what way they could be said to represent the cultural universe of their owners.

While there have been a proliferation of studies on the manifold ways that Latin and vernacular books were read and collected, there have been as yet few attempts to interpret the widespread phenomenon of Hebrew books read, collected and deposited (and sometimes catalogued) in the libraries of Christian scholars and merchants, as well as in universities and theological seminaries.

For over the centuries Christians and Jews were constantly in search of Jewish texts of all types, in both manuscript and print. This quest was carried out over a remarkable range of locations, from libraries in the heartlands of the various Christian confessions, to the studies of Jewish scholars and readers in both Europe and the Near East.

The purpose of this conference is to begin to explore the conspicuous presence of the Hebrew book and manuscript in a wide range of libraries in the Christian domain in England and Continental Europe as well as in Czarist Russia. It will examine how and why prominent individuals such as Matthew Parker, Ralph Cudworth, Edward Pococke, and Isaac Newton accumulated their collections of books.

Many of these private collections were donated to or bought by public institutions, and became central in establishing a basic curriculum for the study of Hebrew and Judaica. The topic necessarily raises the question of the availability of Hebrew books.

German humanists in the sixteenth-century circle of Johann Reuchlin and later in the ever wider republic of letters surrounding the great Hebraist Johann Buxtorf and Joseph Scaliger shared information about their latest acquisitions of Hebrew books and their dealings with booksellers and printers.

Other collectors such as the Christian Kabbalist Francesco Zorzi left detailed information about their library of Hebrew books in catalogues, revealing precious data about prices of books and numbers of copies of individual works in circulation.

Although the main focus of the conference will be on Hebrew collections in England and Continental Europe, some attention will also be given to collections in Czarist Russia and in the New World. James Logan’s library which became absorbed into the Library Company in Philadelphia attests to the importance of biblical and rabbinic literature in the New World.

As the foremost learned collection of its kind in colonial America Logan’s library demonstrates how the European Republic of Letters had not only reached the western shores of the Atlantic by the early eighteenth century but was also an important part of it.

No less significant were the outstandingly important Russian public and private libraries that were created and moulded by prominent Hebraists of distinctively different backgrounds – the Protestant theologian and Bible scholar Konstantin von Tischendorf and the Russian Orthodox Church archimandrite, Antonin, head of the Russian Orthodox mission in Jerusalem.

The Russian case highlights the main questions that this conference seeks to address. What was the motivation for collecting Hebrew books, how were they collected, and did confessional difference affect the criteria for building libraries? To bring these questions into even greater relief the conference will end with a response that comes from the realm of one of the greatest Jewish collections of Hebrew books, that of David Oppenheim, whose library was bought by the Bodleian library in the 19th century and became one of its greatest assets.

Programme

Monday, 22 May 2017
* Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church, Welcome
* Jan Joosten (University of Oxford, Introduction
* Saverio Campanini (University of Bologna), New Evidence on the Formation of Francesco Zorzi’s Library in Renaissance Venice
* Ilona Steimann (University of Munich), Forming a Hebraist “Canon” of Jewish Literature: German Hebraica Collections around 1500
* Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford), A Sixteenth-Century Censor and his Collection of Hebrew Books.

* Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford), The Library of Johann Buxtorf the Elder
* Kasper van Ommen (University of Leiden), ‘Je suis pauvre en tout, mesmement en livres’. Joseph Scaliger as a Book Collector of Hebraica
* Benjamin Williams (King’s College London), Connections at Christ Church: Edward Pococke and his Copies of Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah
* César Merchán-Hamann (University of Oxford), Short Presentation of Hebraica Collections in Oxford
* Rahel Fronda (University of Oxford), Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors: Christ Church Connections (Exhibition)
* Hugh Williamson (University of Oxford), Book Launch.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
* Theodor Dunkelgrün and Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Some Hebrew Collections and Collectors in the Colleges of Cambridge
* Shimon Iakerson (University of St Petersburg), Who Collected Hebrew Books in Czarist Russia and Why
* Arthur Kiron (University of Pennsylvania), An Atlantic Hebrew Republic of Letters
* Joshua Teplitsky (University of Stony Brook), Encounters Beyond the Text: Christian Readers and Jewish Libraries.

The conference will launch a major exhibition, Jewish Books and their Christian Readers: Christ Church Connections, curated by Dr Rahel Fronda.

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