EAJS ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM: Books within Books - New Discoveries in Old Book Bindings

Thursday March 17, 2011
Wolfson College, Oxford 18th - 20th July 2011

It has been known for many years that medieval Hebrew manuscript fragments have been reused, and thus preserved, in the bindings of books and archival files.  In recent years this corpus – sometimes called the ‘European Genizah’ – has demonstrated its variety, importance and strong research potential (e.g. Emanuel, 1997; Perani, 1997).

The EAJS Colloquium ‘Books within Books 2011’ offers an opportunity for concerted, international and interdisciplinary research on this corpus. The newly organized network project “Books within books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries” deals simultaneously with a systematic inventory, detailed descriptions and an assessment of conservation. Moreover, this project enlists these new sources to contribute to major European cultural and historical issues.

The two-day colloquium will offer the opportunity for the presentation of new discoveries from all over Europe, and for discussion of new ways of cataloguing fragments. We will also try to identify where further Hebrew fragments may be found.

For further information and registration for observers please contact:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Lehnardt


Seminar für Judaistik, Johannes Gutenberg University, Fachbereich 01,

D-55099 Mainz, Germany

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