Justine Isserles

Associate researcher at the EPHE (IVth section, Sorbonne, Paris) and scientific collaborator at the University Library, Geneva (BGE)

Justine Isserles (PhD, 2012), is presently working as a scientific collaborator at the University Library in Geneva (BGE), creating their catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts. 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 calendars and medical astrology in Hebrew medieval manuscripts, 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)

 

Major Conferences, Congresses and Lectures :

-       5 January 2015 : Lecture at the Nouvelle Gallia Judaica in Montpellier, organized by the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) and the CNRS of Montpellier.

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 (Germany) 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 organized by the Institute of Jewish Studies and the British Medical Association at University College, London (UCL), entitled: Defining Jewish Medicine.

Title of paper: Bloodletting and Medical Astrology in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Western Europe (13th-15th c.).

 

-       20-24 July 2014 : 10th International Congress of the European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS), Paris, organized by 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.

 

-      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), entitled: Time, Astronomy and Calendars in Jewish Tradition.

Title of paper: Some Hygiene and Dietary Calendars in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Ashkenaz.

 

-      18-20 July 2011 : International conference at Wolfson College (Oxford) organized by the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), dedicated to the research projet Books Within Books. Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries.

Title of paper: Hebrew Manuscript Fragments in Switzerland.

 

Publications

Articles

- J. ISSERLES, « Bloodletting and Medical Astrology in Hebrew Manuscripts from Medieval Western Europe (13th-15th c) », in Defining Jewish Medicine, proceedings of the International conference organized by the Institute for Jewish Studies and the British Medical Association,  University College, London (UCL), (27-29 July 2014, (Leiden: Brill, 2015) (in preparation).

 

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

 

-       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. (published summary of the doctoral thesis)

 

-      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 Jewish Tradition, Charles Burnett et 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, 2, (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 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, 52, (2005-2008), 145-160.

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Call for Paper / EAJS Lab June 2016

Tuesday March 24, 2015

"Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies. A Critical Overview Based on Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Cairo Genizah and European Genizah" / 6th to 8th June 2016, MSSH, Aix-en-Provence

 

VIe Journée d’étude en paléographie et diplomatique hébraïques de l'EPHE

Monday October 27, 2014

mardi 2 décembre 2014, 9h - 18h30, Salle Vasari, INHA, 2 Rue Vivienne, Paris

Journée organisée avec le soutien de l’Ecole Doctorale de l'EPHE, de l’équipe SAPRAT et de Labex HaStec.

Opening of the Books within Books database

Friday May 16, 2014

The Books within Books database of the fragments of Medieval Hebrew manuscripts from European libraries, archives and collections is now open. You can have access to some 1500 items containing images and catalog descriptions of the fragments found in collections of France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland and Czech Republic. New entries will be added daily to the database.

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