Conferences & Symposia

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Glorious Cities
The Presence of Jerusalem in the European Urban Space
April 30 - May 3, 2018

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus (in Givat Ram), Feldman Building - Institute of Advanced Studies, Room 130

This conference aims to examine the presence of Jerusalem in European cities and map the borders of this phenomenon in European culture. The presence of Jerusalem abroad manifests itself through building, organization of space, strategic placement of monuments and objects, procession, pilgrimage, and cult. We seek to stress the social factors and the specific interests that dictated the use and manipulation of Jerusalem in European cities at certain moments of their history, as well as the conditions under which identifications with Jerusalem, once established, persisted and evolved.

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Dec2014 Workshop

Relics and Representation
The Holy Land Transported, Parts I & II
February 17, 2017

CAA 105th Annual Conference, New York (USA)

Two sessions orginized by SPECTRUM in the framework of the CAA Annual Conference, NY, February 15-18, 2017.

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Dec2014 Workshop

Per Saecula
Jerusalem-Bilder und -Rezeption in Literatur, Musik und Kunst
April 21, 2016

Universität Salzburg, Zentrum für Jüdische Kulturgeschichte (ZJK)

One-day workshop on the perception of Jerusalem in Art, Literature and Music.

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Spain 2016

On the Route to Santiago da Compostela: Jerusalem Translations in Castile and Navarre
Mobile Symposium
Spain, March 17-24, 2016
With the participation of Dr. Gerardo Boto Varela (The University of Girona) and Dr. Javier Martínez de Aguirre (The Complutense University of Madrid)

On the left: Santa María de Eunate, second half of the 12th century.


Dec2014 Workshop



Translations of Jerusalem - New Case Studies
A Workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
December 1-3, 2014

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus (in Givat Ram), Feldman Building - Institute of Advanced Studies, Room 130

Three-day workshop looks at the visual projections of Jerusalem in Europe; the meeting points between the ”shapes of the holy” in Jerusalem and those created by translation elsewhere, especially in Europe; and the dynamics between the three monotheistic religions as expressed visually when referring to Jerusalem.

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Dec2014 Workshop

Perceptions and Translations of Jerusalem in German and Italian Speaking Areas
An International Workshop
August 2-7, 2014

Augsburg and Maria Medingen and the University of Salzburg

Orginisers: Maria Dorninger, University of Salzburg and Bianca Kühnel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A one week workshop was organised by Professor Maria Dorninger of the Universität Salzburg, in collaboration with Prof. Bianca Kühnel of the European Forum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its Center for Austrian Studies. The workshop was generously sponsored by the Universität Salzburg and its Zentrum für Jüdische Kulturgeschichte. Additional support was provided by Stadt:Salzburg, Kultur Land Salzburg, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen and the Botschaft des Staates Israel.

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Jerusalem Elsewhere: The Italian Recensions
A Mobile Symposium
Italy, 1-9.9.2013

(Orta, Varallo, Domodossola, Mantua, Bologna, Reggio-Emilia, Pisa, Florence, San Vivaldo)
During this study trip a variety of sites evoking Jerusalem in north Italy will be visited. The main aim is to identify similarities and differences between the Italian sites and the Jerusalem originals, on one hand, and between the Italian complexes and those of other European countries, on the other. Although the sites will be studied in terms of their connections to local religious, artistic, historical and cultural circumstances and developments, this will be part of an effort to contextualize the Italian sites within the broader phenomenon of representing Jerusalem in Europe, specifically in comparison with Jerusalem sites in Germany and Central Europe, visited in June and October 2011.
The sites included in the tour provide ample opportunities to discuss central aspects of the phenomenon of translating Jerusalem to Europe, for example, by comparing urban (Pisa, Mantua, Florence) with isolated locations (San Vivaldo, Varallo), or “copies” of individual monuments with those of large compounds.
The September 2013 trip to Italy is the concluding event of a trilateral project “The Holy Land Elsewhere”, sponsored by GIF (2010-2013) and conducted jointly by the SPECTRUM project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the History of Art Department of Hamburg University and the Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz. The participants are graduate students from Germany, Israel and Italy.

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International Medieval Congress 2013
University of Leeds
July 1-4, 2013
Sessions 717 & 817 - Jerusalem of the Senses: Re-Enacting the Passion in Late Medieval Europe
Sponsored by Spectrum | Visual Translations of Jerusalem
Pleasure and pain were intertwined in the experience of medieval pilgrims following Christ’s footsteps in the drama of Passion, either in Jerusalem itself or in its transpositions elsewhere. Pilgrimage involved physical hardship, emphatic misery and exaltation, and was carried out through different means. Reproductions of loca sancta architecture and topography, Maps and relics, as well as visual representations in a variety of media were used in order to generate emotionally charged cathartic experiences. Papers in this session will explore the way devout believers used such reproductions of Jerusalem to achieve the benefits of pilgrimage and in turn how such objects, architectural complexes, or visual representations were constructed and staged to create emotional and/or performative encounters with the holy city.

Sessions 717 - Jerusalem of the Senses, I: Re-Enacting the Passion in Late Medieval Europe
Tuesday 2.7.13, 14:15-15:45

Organiser: Renana Bartal
Moderator: Hanna Josephine Vorholt

Marking the Stations of the Cross: The Case of the Convent of Wienhausen

Lotem Pinchover, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Passion Devotion in an Illuminated Meditationes Vitae Christi (Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 410)
Renana Bartal, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

The Idea of Florence as a New Jerusalem in Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, 1425-1452
Irina Chernetsky, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Session 817 - Jerusalem of the Senses, II: Re-Enacting the Passion in Late Medieval Europe
Tuesday 2.7.13, 16:30-18:00
Organiser: Renana Bartal
Moderator: Renana Bartal

Maps of Jerusalem and the Passion
Hanna Josephine Vorholt, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Treading the Path to Salvation: The French Cathedral Labyrinth as a Penitential Device
Shiri Fridman Waisbard, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Charles IV: Passion and Pride
Bianca Kühnel, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

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The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9-12, 2013
Session 81 - Between Jerusalem and Europe: Shaping and Reshaping Sacred Sites
Sponsored by Spectrum | Visual Translations of Jerusalem
Thursday 9.5.13, 13:30
Jerusalem’s buildings, most notably the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and its sacred routes, such as the Stations of the Cross, were often recreated in Europe as architectural copies, complexes and devotional sites. The city’s sacred locations were not only transferred to Europe, they were also constantly being reshaped by the literary, liturgical or visual traditions of European visitors. The papers in this session will explore this reciprocal influence. They will offer new perspectives on the strategies of transferring sacred locations and devotional routes from Jerusalem to Europe, as well as the way Jerusalem sites and their perception were shaped by European expectations. Speakers will consider the recreation of devotional sites and routes through visual representation and devotional practice, as well as the influence of historiographical traditions on the reconstruction of Jerusalem’s monuments.
Organiser: Renana Bartal
Presider: Renana Bartal

Rome, the New Jerusalem

Nancy Ross, Dixie State College of Utah

Medieval Modes of Transference: Diverse Strategies of Transporting Jerusalem to Pisa
Neta Bar-Yoseph Bodner, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

The Tomb Aedicule of Narbonne: A Visual Representation of the Holy Land in Southern Gaul
Shimrit Shriki, Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Jerusalem in the Heart of Europe
A conference in honor of Prof. Bianca Kühnel
on the occasion of her retirement from the Hebrew University

March 5, 2013
Hebrew University, Rabin Building, Room 3001
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Jerusalem Elsewhere: The German Recensions
Minerva Gentner Symposium 2011
Germany, 21-28.10.2011

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Visual Constructs of Jerusalem
International Conference, Jerusalem

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