Justine Isserles

 Researcher at the EPHE, Paris (IVth section-Equipe SAPRAT)

Justine Isserles (PhD, 2012), is presently working as a postdoctoral research associate for the "Books Within Books" project and fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, focusing on the identification and inventorying of Hebrew manuscript fragments from Italy and France. Between 2015 and 2016 she was a scientific collaborator at the University Library in Geneva (BGE), creating their catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts, and between 2011 and 2013 she was an associate researcher at the department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London, working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project led by Prof. Sacha Stern on Jewish and Christian calendars from Franco-Germany (12th-15th c). As an independent scholar, her areas of research are devoted to liturgical, calendrical, astrological and medical texts in Hebrew medieval manuscripts from western Europe, Hebrew codicology and palaeography, as well as the cultural and intellectual history of medieval Jewry in Western Europe.

Studies

2006-2012: Joint PhD degree at the EPHE (IVth section, Sorbonne, Paris) and at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (advisors: Prof. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Prof. Jean-Yves Tilliette) Thesis title: “Mazor Vitry : Study of a corpus of Hebrew Ashkenazi manuscripts of liturgical-halakhic type from the 12th to 14th centuries”. (French)

1996-2002: Masters degree in History of Art at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Masters title: “Codicological, palaeographical and iconographical analysis of the Haggadah of Hileq and Bileq (MS Heb.1333, BnF, Paris)”. (French)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Articles :

  • J. ISSERLES, « Bloodletting and Medical Astrology in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Western Europe », Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, (forthcoming summer 2017).

  • S. STERN et J. ISSERLES, « The Astrological and Calendar Section of the Earliest Mahzor Vitry Manuscript (MS ex-Sassoon 535) », Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism, 15.2 (2015), 199-318.

  •  J. ISSERLES, « Description d’un manuscrit liturgique de rite français supplémentaire, conservé à la Bibliothèque de Genève », Revue des Etudes Juives, 175 (3-4), July-December (2016) (forthcoming). Addendum to the article of Colette Sirat entitled « Les manuscrits liturgiques des juifs en France médiévale », Revue des Etudes Juives, 174 (3-4), July-December (2015), 325-357. 

  • J. ISSERLES, « Maḥzor Vitry : étude d’un corpus de manuscrits hébreux ashkénazes de type liturgico-légal du XIIe au XIVe siècle », Revue des Etudes Juives, 173, (1-2), January-June, (2014), 191-194. (abstract of doctoral dissertation).

  • P. NOTHAFT and J. ISSERLES, « Calendars beyond Borders: Exchange of Calendrical Knowledge Between Jews and Christians in Medieval Western Europe (12th-15th c.) », Medieval Encounters, 20 (2014), 1-37.

  • J. ISSERLES, « Some Hygiene and Dietary Calendars in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Ashkenaz », in Time, Astronomy and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition, Charles Burnett and Sacha Stern (eds.), (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 273-326.

  • J. ISSERLES, « Parallèles esthétiques des manuscrits hébreux ashkénazes de type liturgico-légal et des manuscrits latins et vernaculaires médiévaux», in Manuscrits hébreux et arabes: mélanges en l’honneur de Colette Sirat, Nicholas de Lange et Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (eds.), Bibliologia, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 77-114.

  • J. ISSERLES, « Medieval Hebrew Fragments in Switzerland: Some Highlights of the Discoveries », Proceedings of the European Association for Jewish Studies annual colloquium (18-20 July 2011, Wolfson College, Oxford), in Books within Books. New Discoveries in Old Book Bindings, Andreas Lehnardt and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (eds.), ‘European Genizah’: Texts and Studies, Studies in Jewish History and Culture, 3, (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2013), 255-269.

  • J. ISSERLES, « Fragments de manuscrits hébreux découverts dans des incunables de la BCU (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg) », BCU info, December (2012), Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg, 49-51.

  • J. ISSERLES, « De la Sortie d’Égypte à la Rédemption finale : analyse de cinq folios tirés du manuscrit Hébreu 1333 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris », Cahiers Archéologiques, n° 52, (2005-2008), 145-160.

     

    Online Publications:

  • Catalogue des manuscrits hébreux de la Bibliothèque de Genève, notices et commentaires.

    (link: http://doc.rero.ch/record/261214)

  • Books within Books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries. Technical descriptions of Hebrew manuscript fragments found in archives, incunabula, Latin and vernacular manuscripts, as well as old printed books in libraries and archives in Switzerland.

    (link: http://www.hebrewmanuscript.com/ )

 

        Books in Preparation:

  • J. ISSERLES, Catalogue des manuscrits hébreux de la Bibliothèque de Genève, notices et commentaires (Turnhout : Brepols, 2017).

  • J. ISSERLES, Mahzor Vitry: étude d’un corpus de manuscrits liturgiques et juridiques franco-ashkénazes du XIIe au XIVe siècle (Thèse de doctorat : Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris et Université de Genève, 2012).

    Peer Reviews:

  • 2014: Journal Viator: Medieval and Renaissance History (Turnhout: Brepols). Article: E. Baumgarten, « Shared and Contested Time: Jews and the Christian Ritual Calendar in the Late Thirteenth Century», Viator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vol. 46, 2 (2015), pp. 253-276.

 

CONFERENCES AND LECTURES

 

  • 14 November 2016: Lecture at the Institut Maïmonide, Averroès, Thomas d’Aquin in Montpellier, organized by the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris and the CNRS of Montpellier) within the Varia Judaica seminar. Title of paper: La saignée et la médecine astrologique dans les manuscrits hébreux médiévaux d’Europe occidentale. 

  • 5 January 2015: Lecture at the Institut Maïmonide, Averroès, Thomas d’Aquin in Montpellier, organized by the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris and the CNRS of Montpellier) within the Varia Judaica seminar. Title of paper: Calendriers Juifs et Chrétiens au sein de manuscrits hébreux et latins d'Europe médiévale (12e-15e s.): mise en page, usage et transmission.

  • 8 December 2014 :  Lecture at the Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden at the University of Trier, given within the framework of the research project : Medieval Ashkenaz : Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich. Title of paper:  Jewish and Christian Calendars in Hebrew and Latin Medieval Manuscripts from Western Europe (12th-15th c.): Layout, Use and Transmission.

  • 27-29 July 2014: International conference at the Institute for Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL), London, entitled Defining Jewish Medicine. Title of Paper: Bloodletting and Medical Astrology in Hebrew Manuscripts from Western Europe (13th-15th c.)

  • 20-24 July 2014: International Congress of the European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS), Paris, organized under the auspices of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, entitled Jewish and Non-Jewish Cultures in Contact: New Research Perspectives. Title of paper: The Use of Vernacular and Latin in Julian, Bloodletting and Regimen Calendars in Hebrew Manuscripts from Western Europe (13th-15th c.): Written and Oral Transmission.

  • 20 March 2014: Lecture within the framework of the interreligious Jewish and Christian dialogue group of Geneva at the Jewish Community Center in Geneva (CIG). Title of paper:Calendriers Juifs et Chrétiens au sein de manuscrits hébreux et latins d'Europe médiévale (12e-15e s.): mise en page, usage et transmission.

  • 10-12 November 2013: International conference at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, Germany, organized by the Heidelberg University Subproject B04 (SFB 933), entitled Text-Image Relationship and Visual elements in Written Hebrew Sources from the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period. Title of paper: Jewish and Christian Calendars in Hebrew and Latin Medieval Manuscripts from Western Europe (12th-15th c.): Layout and Use.

  • 25-27 June 2012: International conference at the Institute for Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL), London, entitled Time, Astronomy and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition. Title of paper: Some Hygiene and Dietary Calendars in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Ashkenaz.

  • 18-20 July 2011: Annual colloquium of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) on the European research project:  Books Within Books: New discoveries in Old Book Bindings, Oxford, Wolfson College. Title of paper: Hebrew Manuscript Fragments in Switzerland.

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