Curriculum Vitae Katrin Kogman-Appel July 2012 Personal: Address:
Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev P. O. B. 653, Beer Sheva 84105, ISRAEL Tel.: 972-8-6477760, Fax.: 972-8-6472822 home: Har Kitron 14, Tsur Hadassah
PhD degree, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, thesis: "The Second Nuremberg Haggadah - An Iconographic and Stylistic Analysis"
undergraduate and graduate program in the History of Art, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
undergraduate and graduate program in Jewish Studies at the Institut für Judaistik, Vienna University, degree earned: Dr. phil.
Professional Experience 2011-present Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, Full Professor 2011-present Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Faculty of Humanitites and Social Sciences, Deputy Dean 2010-11
Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Kreitman School for Graduate Study, Associate Dean (resigned to assume visitorship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, Evelyn Metz Memorial Research Chair in Art
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, chair
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, Associate Professor
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, chair
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, Senior Lecturer (tenured 2002)
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Department of the Arts, Lecturer
(Spring Term) Teaching appointment, University of Pittsburgh (Nov.-Dec.) Teaching appointment, Universidad Hebraica, Mexico-City
Herodotos Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
Junior lecturer, Department of Art History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Assistant, Österreichisches Jüdisches Museum, Eisenstadt, Austria
Research Assistant, University of Vienna (Institut für Judaistik), Österreichischer Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaften
Appointment as Visiting Lecturer Sept-Oct 2004
University of Vienna: Institut für Kunstgeschichte: Selected Topics in Medieval Jewish Art (block course)
University of Vienna: Institut für Kunstgeschichte: Iconography of the Old Testament in the Middle Ages (block course)
University of Pennsylvania: Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies: workshop in the History of the Jewish Book
Research Funding Publication Grants, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: 2003/04, 2001/02, 1998/99 Research Grants, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: 2002/03, 2001/02, 1999/00, 1997/98 2012/15
Research Grant, Israel Science Foundation for research on the work of Elisha Cresques ben Abraham (Mallorca, 14th c.)
Seed Grant from the Office of Sponsored Research, BGU (together with Dr. Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, Department of Jewish History)
Fund for a workshop “Art, Liturgy, and Cult in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages,” Israeli Science Foundation 2
Research Grant, Israel Science Foundation for research on Ashkenazi prayerbooks
Research Grant, Maurice Amado Foundation for Sephardic Studies, UCLA
Research Grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York
Publication Grant, Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem
Research Grant, Israel Science Foundation for research of Sephardi haggadot
Research Grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York
Fellowships, Honors and Awards 1993-94
Herodotos Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
Choice Outstanding title for Illuminated Haggadot From Medieval Spain: Biblical Imagery and the Passover Holiday
Premio del Rey Prize, American Historical Association, awarded biennially for the best book in Spanish History before 1516, for Illuminated Haggadot From Medieval Spain: Biblical Imagery and the Passover Holiday
Teaching Award, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Peer reviewing Journals: Presses: Grants:
Speculum, Gesta, Medieval Encounters, Ars Judaica, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies Harvard University Press; Cambridge University Press; Princeton University Press; Yale University Press; Mossad Bialik, Jerusalem; Magnes Press, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Open University ISF, G.I.F., Rothschild Foundation Europe, ESF
Memberships Medieval Academy of America (US) International Center of Medieval Art (US) (international associate, Board of directors of ICMA 2004-06) Society for Jewish Art (Israel) World Union of Jewish Studies (Israel) (Board member since 2010) Association of Jewish Studies (US) Imago – Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages (Israel) Doctoral Students and Post-doctoral Researchers Supervision 3
Dr. Anastasia Keshman, Kreitman Post-doctoral fellow
Dr. Nirit Ben Arye-Debbi, Kreitman Post-doctoral fellow: Preaching and the Arts on Renaissance Pulpit
Sara Offenberg (together with Prof. Daniel Lasker, Department of Jewish Thought), Ph. D. student: Jewish Reactions to Antisemitism in Jewish Art, Literature and Thought Graduated with distinction in 2009
Margo Stroumsa-Uzan, (together with Prof. Yitzhak Hen, Department of General History), Ph. D. student and Kreitman fellow: Secular art and the Transition from Medieval to Early Modern Art Graduated with distinction in 2010
Galit Aviman, (together with Prof. Izumi Takeo, Kyoto University, Japan), Ph.D student and Kreitman fellow: Religious Art of Japanese Monks in the 18th century Graduated in 2010
Atida Amit: Ph.D. student: Representation of Women in Medieval Sephardic Art
Polina Shtemler, Ph. D. student and Kreitman fellow: Representations of Madness in Medieval Art
Deborah Elhadad, MA student
Margalit Cassapu, MA student
Dafna Nissim, MA student
Tal Goitain, PhD student: Midrashic Imagery in Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts
Iris Tresman, MA student
Ruth Appelbaum, PhD student: The Synagogues of Toledo
PhD Students Committees: 1999-2006
Anastasia Keshman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: Anthropomorphic Reliquiaries
Daliah Ruth Halperin, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: The Catalan Mahzor
Renana Bartal, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Evaluation of Doctoral Dissertations 4
Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University Service to the University 2002-2003:
Member of Committee assessing the departmental budgetary needs in the Humanities and the Social Sciences for library acquisitions
Member of the Committee for MA Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies
Chair of the Committee for PhD Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies
Chair of the Distinguished Visitors Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies
2012-present Member of the Hiring and Promotion Committee, Faculty of Humantities and Social Sciences Academic activity outside BGU 2003-2006:
ICMA, International Center of Medieval Art - Associate Board Member
Imago – Israeli Association of Visual Culture in the Middle Ages - Founding member and chair
2009-present: World Union of Jewish Studies - Executive Committee 2009-present: Ars Judaica - editorial board Publications 1.
A Mahzor from Worms: Art and Religion in a Medieval Jewish Community (research supported by an ISF Grant), Harvard University Press 2012
Illuminated Haggadot From Medieval Spain: Biblical Imagery and the Passover Holiday (research supported by an ISF Grant), Penn State University Press, University Park 2006 Reviewed in The Medieval Review, Choice, Parergon, Medievalia et humanistica, Ars Judaica, The Jerusalem Post, Speculum, Shofar, Trumah, Studies in ChristianJewish Relations, History, Art History, Burlington Magazine, Jewish History, Studies in Iconography, History 2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2008 Premio del Rey Prize, American Historical Association 5
Jewish Art Between Islam and Christianity: The Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Spain (in Hebrew), Sifriat Heillal ben Hayyim, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv 2001 English version E. J. Brill, Leiden and Boston 2004 Reviewed in Bulletin codicologique 2005; Studies in Iconography 27, 2006; Jewish Quarterly Review Spring 2009
Die Zweite Nürnberger und die Jehuda Haggada: Jüdische Künstler zwischen Tradition und Fortschritt, Peter Lang, Europäischer Verlag für Wissenschaft, Frankfurt/Main-Berlin-New York-Paris-Wien 1999
The Washington Haggadah. A Fifteenth-Century Manuscript from the Library of Congress, authored part II of the commentary to the facsimile edition, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (MA) 2011, 52–120.
Between Judaism and Christianity: Art Historical Essays in Honor of Elisheva (Elisabeth) Revel-Neher, co-edited with Mati Meyer, E. J. Brill, Leiden 2009
Haim shel Omanut: Studies Offered to Haim Finkelstein by Artists, Curators and Art Historians (in Hebrew), co-edited with Ruth Iskin and Haim Maor, Magnes Press, Jerusalem 2011.
Contributions to Books and Festschriften (reviewed)
“Portrayals of Women with Books: Female (Il)literacy in Medieval Jewish Culture,” in: Reassessing the Roles of Women in Medieval Art, ed. by Therese Martin, Leiden, E. J. Brill 2012, 526–563.
“Sephardic Ideas in Ashkenaz: Visualizing the Temple in Medieval Regensburg,”in: Israel Bartal and Gad Freudenthal (eds.), Science and Philosophy in Ashkenazi Culture: Rejection, Toleration, and Accommodation (Jahrbuch des Simon-DubnowInstituts; Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 8 ), Leipzig, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010, 245–77
“The Temple of Jerusalem and the Hebrew Millenium in a Thirteenth-Century Jewish Prayer Book,” in: Gerhard Wolf (ed.), Jerusalem as Narrative Space, Florence, forthcoming 2012
“The Scales in the Leipzig Mahzor: Penance and Eschatology in Fourteenth-Century Germany”: in: 2. 1.
"The Tree of Death and the Tree of Life: The Hanging of Haman in Medieval Jewish Manuscript Painting,” in: Colum Hourihane (ed.), Between the Image and the Word. Essays in Honor of John Plummer, Penn State University Press 2005, 187-208
"Bible Illustration and the Jewish Tradition", in: J. Williams (ed.), Imaging the Early Medieval Bible, Penn State University Press, University Park - London 1999, 61-96 (second edition 2002).
"Die Modelle des Exoduszyklus der Goldenen Haggada (London, British Library, Add. 27210)", in: C. Thoma, G. Stemberger, J. Maier (eds.), Judentum - Ausblicke und Einsichten. Festgabe für Kurt Schubert zum siebzigsten Geburtstag, Frankfurt/Main—Berlin—New York—Paris—Wien 1993, 269—300.
Reviewed Articles in Scientific Journals and Conference Proceedings
“The Leipzig Mahzor and the Medieval Praying Rite of Worms (in Hebrew),” Knishta (forthcoming)
“Jewish Art and Cultural Exchange: Theoretical Perspectives,” Medieval Encounters 17/1-2 (2011), 1–26.
“Christianity, Idolatry, and the Question of Jewish Figural Painting in the Middle Ages,” Speculum 84/1 (2009), 73–107.
“Kulturaustausch und jüdische Kunst in der Spatantike und im Mittelalter,” Chilufim 4 (2008), 79–118
“Picture Bibles and Re-written Bibles: The Place of Moses dal Castellazzo in Early Modern Book History,” Ars Judaica 2 (2006), 35–52.
"Illustration and Decoration in Maimonides’ Texts from Spain (in Hebrew),” Peamim 93 (2003, appeared in 2004), 27–62.
co-authored with Shulamit Laderman: "The Sarajevo Haggadah – The Concept of Creatio ex nihilo and the Hermeneutical School Behind It" Studies in Iconography 25 (2004), 89–128 Hebrew version in; Yerahmiel Cohen (ed.), Image and Sound: Art, Music, History Shazar Institute Jerusalem 2007, 131–64.
"Hebrew Manuscript Painting in Late Medieval Spain: Signs of a Culture in Transition," The Art Bulletin 84/2 (2002), 247-72
"Jewish Art and Non-Jewish Culture: The Dynamics of Artistic Borrowing in Hebrew Manuscript Illumination,” Jewish History 15 (2001), 187-234.
"The Iconography of the Biblical Cycle of the Second Nuremberg and the Yahuda Haggadah: Tradition and Innovation", Proceedings of an International Symposium "The Old Testament as Inspiration in Culture", Prague, Sept. 4—10, 1995, Prague, Charles University 2001, 118-31.
"Coping with Christian Pictorial Sources: What Did Jewish Miniaturists Not Paint? " Speculum 75/4 (2000), 816-58
"The Picture Cycles of the Rylands Haggadah and the so-called Brother Haggadah and their Relation to the Western Tradition of Old Testament Illustration," Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library, 79/2 (1997), 3–20 (appeared December 1998)
"The Sephardic Picture Cycles and the Rabbinic Tradition: Continuity and Innovation in Jewish Iconography" Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 60/4 (1997), 451–82
"Der Exoduszyklus der Sarajevo Haggada: Bemerkungen zur Arbeitsweise spätmittelalterlicher jüdischer Illuminatoren und ihrem Umgang mit Vorlagen", Gesta 35/2 (1996), 111—27.
"The Iconographic Models of the Sephardic Illuminated Haggadot" (in Hebrew), pe'amim 50 (1992), 29—68.
"Die alttestamentlichen Szenen im Langhaus von Santa Maria Maggiore und ihr Verhältnis zu jüdischen Vorlagen", Kairos 32—33 (1991), 27—52.
"Abraham als dreijähriger Knabe im Feuerofen des Nimrod", Kairos 25 (1983), 36— 40.
Unrefereed Contributions, Entries in Encyclopedias
"The Second Nuremberg Haggadah and the Yahuda Haggadah: Were They Made by the Same Artist?" Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies held in Jerusalem, June 1993, Section D, vol. 2, Jerusalem 1994, 25—32
"Jewish Art III, Wall Paintings and Mosaics", The Dictionary of Art, London (McMillan), 1996
“Hebräische Buchkunst und Jüdisches Leben im Mittelalter,” 8. Arye Maimon Vortrag an der Universität Trier, 23. November 2005, Kleine Schriften des Arye Maimon Instituts, Trier 2006
“A Wedding in Bamberg: The Yahuda Haggadah as a Mirror of Medieval Jewish Life,” in: Collection of Papers Delivered at a Conference in Memory of Mordechai Narkiss at the 100th Anniversary of the Bezalel Museum of Art (in Hebrew), forthcoming
Encyclopedia Entries, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, 2012
“Another Look at the Illustrated Sephardic Haggadot: Communal and Social Aspects of the Passover Holiday,” Temps i espais de la Girona Jueva, ed. Silvia Planas Marcé, Gerona 2011
“Jüdische Buchmalerei,” Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kulture, ed. Philipp Graf, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming
“Medieval Jewish Art,” in Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. 5, ed. by Robert Chazan and Marina Rustow, forthcoming
Encyclopedia Entries, Grove Encylopedia of Mediaeval Art, Oxford Bibliographies Online 2012
“La iluminacíon de libros hebreos en la Iberia bajomedieval/Hebrew Book illumination in Late Medieval Iberia,” in: Biblias de Sefarad/Bibles of Sepharad, exh. cat. Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional de España 2012, 87–124
Book Reviews etc.
Online review for “The Medieval Review (Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo)”: Mary Coker Joslin and Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson, The Egerton Genesis, London: The British Library, Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press 2001.
Online review for “The Medieval Review (Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo)”: Debra Higgs Strickland, Saracens, Demons, and Jews. Making Monsters in Medieval Art, Princeton University Press 2003
Review of John D. Martin, The Representations of Jews in Late Medieval and Early Modern German Literature, New York et al., Peter Lang Verlag für Europäische Wissenschaften 2004, Mediävistik 18 (2005), 362-66
Review of Pamela Patton, Pictorial Narrative in the Romanesque Cloister. Cloister Imagery and Religious Life in Medieval Spain, New York et al., Peter Lang Verlag für Europäische Wissenschaften 2004, Mediävistik 19 (2006)
Review of Suckale, Robert, Das mittelalterliche Bild als Zeitzeuge. Sechs Studien, Berlin: Lukas Verlag 2002, Mediävistik 19 (2006)
Review of Weiss, Zeev, The Sepphoris Synagogue. Deciphering an Ancient Message through Its Archeological and Socio-Historical Contexts, Jerusalem, Israel Exploration Society 2005, Studies in Iconography 27 (2006), 201-204.
Kurt and Ursula Schubert: in Memoriam”- an Obituary, Ars Judaica (2008)
Online review for “The Medieval Review (Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo):”Martin, Therese and Harris, Julie (ed.), Church, State, Vellum, and Stone. Essays on Medieval Spain in Honor of John Williams, Leiden, E. J. Brill 2005
Review of Jackson, Deirde, Marvellous to Behold. Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts, London, The British Library 2007, The Catholic Historical Review 2009
Review of Marc M. Epstein, The Medieval Haggadah. Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination, Yale University Press 2010, Ars Judaica 2012
Projects in progress
Medieval Jewish Attitudes to the Visual: Art Historical and Social Historical Perspectives, in collaboration with Dr. Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, Department of Jewish History, BGU (research supported by a BGU seed grant)
Joel ben Simeon: A Jewish Scribe and Artist of the Fifteenth Century
Elisha Cresques ben Abraham: Scribe, Illuminator and Mapmaker in FourteenthCentury Mallorca (supported by an ISF grant 2012–15)
“Joel ben Simeon Looking at the Margins of Society,” submitted to a collective volume on Christian-Jewish interactions in the Middle Ages, ed. by Ephraim Shoham-Steiner Hebrew version to be published in a Festschrift, Bar-Ilan University 2011
“Word, Signs, Letters: The Integration of the Written Word in the Decoration of Hebrew Initial Panels,” in preparation
“The Audiences of the Late Medieval Haggadah,” submitted for a collective volume on the patronage of Jewish sacred books, ed. by Jonathan Decter and Esperanza Alfonso
“Der Leipziger Machsor und die jüdische Gemeinde von Worms,” submitted for a collectiove volume on the Medieval “Shum” Communities of the Rhineland (Speyer, Worms, Mainz), ed. Ursula Reuter, Landesmuseum Mainz
“Polemical Motifs in the Catalan Atlas of 1375,” in preparation for a collective volume on Religious Polemics and the Growth of Knowledge, ed. Harvey Hames
“Cresques Abraham Reconsidered: Book Production and Map Making in Late Medieval Mallorca,” in preparation for a collective volume on The Hebrew Book in the Western Mediterranean: 13th to 16th Centuries, ed. Javier del Barco
Conferences and Talks Organized Sessions and Conferences 1.
37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, session organizer: Methodological Problems in Interdisciplinary Research on Medieval Art (May 2002)
International symposium “The Art of Narrative,” Ben Gurion University of the Negev, co-organized with Avital Heyman (March 2004)
International Conference at the Medieval Institute, Leeds, Great Britain: Session Organizer: “Jews and Christians and the Visual Arts, (I and II),” (July 2005)
International Workshop, sponsored by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation: Art, Liturgy, and Religious Cult in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (June 12-14, 2006)
Conference Contributions 1.
Conference: "Sephardic Jewish Art," Center for Jewish Art, Jerusalem: "The Late Antique Models of the Sephardic Haggadahs" (May 1992)
11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: "The Second Nuremberg Haggadah and the Yahuda Haggadah - Were the Created by the Same Artist?" (June 1993)
20th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Ann Arbor, MI: "The Sephardic Haggadot and Byzantine Art" (Oct. 1994)
12th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Medieval Association - "Children and the Family in the Middle Ages", Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL: "The German-Jewish Household During the Passover Holiday - Written and Visual Evidence" (Feb. 1995)
30th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI: "The Sephardic Picture Cycles and the Rabbinic Tradition: Evidence of a Late Antique Jewish Prototype or Late Medieval Innovations?" (May 1995)
Annual Conference of the College Art Association, New York: "Judaism between Islam and Christianity: Jewish Self-Identification in Sephardic Art" (Feb. 1997)
Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Los Angeles: "Coping with Christian Pictorial Sources: What Did Jewish Miniaturists Not Paint?" (Feb. 1999)
International Conference: "Picture and Scripture: The Bible in Christian, Jewish and Moslem Art", Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: "'Sibling Relationships' in Biblical Cycles of Sephardic Haggadot' (June 1999)
International Conference of the Association of Jewish Studies, Boston: "Hebrew Manuscript Painting and Cultural Struggle in Late Medieval Spain, " (Dec. 2000)
Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Chicago: “The Place of Biblical Narrative in Late Medieval Sephardic Culture,” (Feb. 2001)
International Conference of the Medieval Academy of America, Minneapolis: “Creatio ex nihilo in the Sarajevo Haggadah: Nahmanides versus Allegorists” (April 2003)
International Conference at the Medieval Institute, Leeds, Great Britain: “Ideology, Culture Struggle and Social Criticism among Sephardic Jews of the 14th Century: Pictorial Narratives as Message Carriers” (July 2003)
Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Seattle: The Issue of Pictorial Sources Re-considered: Models Reproduced from Memory in the Sephardic Haggadot (February 2004) 11
International conference “Art in the Mediterranean,” Haifa University: “Italian Borrowings in Sephardic Haggadot” (May 2005)
International symposium “Illuminating Narrative: Visual storytelling in Gothic Manuscripts,” Courtauld Institute of Art, London: ‘The Firm Believer Discerns Thy Truth:’ Abraham as a Role Model for the Persecuted Believer (July 2005)
International Conference at the Medieval Institute, Leeds, Great Britain: “The Tree of Life and the Tree of Death: the Hanging of Haman in Jewish Manuscript Painting” (July 2005)
14th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: “The Scales in the Leipzig Mahzor: Penance and Eschatology In Fourteenth-Century Germany” (August 2005)
International Conference of the Medieval Academy of America, Toronto: “The Beginnings of Medieval Jewish Figural Art “ (April 2007)
International Conference, “Jerusalem as Narrative Space,” Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence: “The Temple of Jerusalem and the Jewish Millenium in a ThirteenthCentury Hebrew Prayer Book (December 2007)
15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: “The Leipzig Mahzor and the World of R. Eleazar of Worms” (August 2009)
Annual Meeting of Imago – Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages, Bar-Ilan University: “The Performance of Rituals in the Leizpig Mahzor” (April 2012)
International Conference, “Traditions and Perspectives in History of Jewish Art,” Bar-Ilan Unversity: “Elisha ben Abraham, Known by the Name of Cresques:” Scribe, illuminator, and Mapmaker in Fourteenth-Century Mallorca” (September 2012)
Colloquium Talks, Guest Lectures and Invited Conference Participations 1.
University of Vienna: "Jüdische Handschriften des Mittelalters" (Sept. 1990)
Symposium: "Die jüdischen Wurzeln der frühchristlichen Kunst", University of Vienna: "Die Mosaiken im Langhaus von Santa Maria Maggiore in Rom und ihr Verhältnis zu jüdischen Vorlagen" (Sept. 1990)
Symposium in Honor of Professor Herbert L. Kessler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "The Mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and Jewish Pictorial Sources" (March 1992)
Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton: "The Second Nuremberg Haggadah: the Evidence of a Jewish Workshop for Illuminated Manuscripts in Late Medieval Germany" (March 1994)
University of Pittsburgh, Program for Jewish Studies: "The Midrash in Jewish Art as Manifestation of the Jewish Experience" (Oct. 1995) 12
University of Pittsburgh, Department of the History of Art and Architecture: "Twin Manuscripts from a Medieval Jewish Workshop" (Nov. 1995)
Symposium: "Imaging the Early Medieval Bible," University of Pittsburgh: "Bible Illustration and the Jewish Tradition" (March 1995)
Symposium: "The Old Testament as Inspiration in Culture", Prague, Academy of Sciences and Charles University: "The Iconography of the Biblical Cycle of the Second Nuremberg and the Yahuda Haggadot: Tradition and Innovation" (Sept. 1995)
First International Meeting of the Center for German Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: "A Jewish Workshop for Illuminated Manuscript in Late Medieval Germany" (March 1998)
International Workshop: "Muses and Visions - The Cultural Performance of Religious Art," Ben Gurion University of the Negev: "Jewish Iconography: the Translation of Christian Themes into a Jewish Pictorial Language" (Dec. 1998)
International Conference: "Sephardic and Ashkenasic Jewries", Leo Beck Institute, The Israeli Historical Society, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: "The Dynamics of Cultural Interchange in Late Medieval Sepharadic and Ashkenazic Art" (May 1999)
Tel Aviv University, Cimbalista Jewish Heritage Center: “Jewish Art Between Islam and Christianity: Sephardic Bible Decoration,” (April 2000)
Princeton University, Index of Christian Art, Medieval Studies Program: “Hebrew Manuscript Decoration and Cultural Transition in Late Medieval Spain,” (Feb. 2001)
Tel Aviv University, Department of Art History: The Hanging of Haman on the Tree of Life (April 2004)
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Department of Art History, Series of three guest lectures: Methodological Problems in Old Testament Imagery, The Socio-historical Background of the Sephardic Illuminated Haggadot, The Hanging of Haman on the Tree of Life (Spring 2004)
University of Trier, Arye Maimon Institut für Geschichte der Juden: “Hebräische Bildkunst und jüdisches Leben im Mittelalter” (November 2005)
Isabella and Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Symposium on Mediterranean Cultural Encounters, “Jewish Art and Cultural Exchange in Medieval Europe,” (March 12, 2006)
International Research Workshop, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Israel Science Foundation: The Judeo-Spanish Proverb from Northern Morocco (Haketia): “Illuminated Passover Haggadot from Medieval Spain,” (June 2007)
Open University, Workshop on Medieval History: Text and Context: “The History of the Talit as Ritual Attire,” (June 2007) 13
Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (research group: Transmission and Appropriation of the Secular Sciences and Philosophy in Medieval Judaism: Comparative Perspectives, Universal and National Aspects): “Cultural Interactions in Medieval Europe: Methodological Considerations from the Art Historian’s Point of View,”(June 2007)
Vienna University, Symposium in Memory of Kurt Schubert: “Die Erneuerung jüdischer figuraler Kunst im 13. Jahrhundert” (Oct. 2007)
International Conference, “Science and Philosophy in Ashkenazi Culture,” Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Visual Perceptions of the Temple in Ashkenaz and Sepharad: Diverse Imagery or Cultural Differences?” (January 2008)
International workshop “The Jewish Presence in Art”, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan: “The Medieval Ashkenazi Mahzor in the Service of the Community: The Case of the Leipzig Mahzor” (June 2008)
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX: (1): “Christianity, Idolatry, and the Question of Hebrew Figural Painting in the Middle Ages,” (2) “Jewish Art and Cultural Exchange: Theoretical Perspectives” (Oct 2008)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: “Christianity, Idolatry, and the Question of Hebrew Figural Painting in the Middle Ages,” (Nov 2008)
International Conference, “The Jewish Community of Gerona,” Gerona, Institute of Nachmanides Studies: “Another Look at the Illustrated Sephardic Haggadot: Communal and Social Aspects of the Passover Holiday” (March 2009)
International Conference, “Imaging Jerusalem,” University College, Oxford: “Sephardic Ideas in Ashkenaz: Visualizing the Temple in Medieval Regensburg” (March 2009)
University of Glasgow, UK: “Coping with Christian Art in the Jewish Community of Worms: Examples from an Early 14th Century Hebrew Prayer Book” (March 2009)
International Workshop: “Intricate Interfaith Networks: The Variety of JewishChristian Contacts in the Middle Ages,” Central European University, Budapest: “Between the Italian Renaissance and Southern German Book Art: Joel ben Simeon and Cultural Exchange in the Fifteenth Century” (Feb 2010)
International Conference: “Reassessing the Roles of Women as Makers of Medieval Art and Architecture,” Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid: “The Owners of the Medieval Haggadot” (May 2010)
International Conference: “Patronage and the Sacred Book in the Medieval Mediterranean,” Brandeis University: “The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval Jewish Society – The Current State of Research” (Oct 2010)
Symposium: “Jewish and Christian Relations in the Middle Ages,” Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven: “Cultural Exchange in Jewish Art” (Nov 2010)
International Workshop: “Visual Constructs of Jerusalem,” Institute for Advanced Study, Jerusalem: “The Messianic Temple Imagined in Late Fifteenth-Century Sepharad: A New Look at Isaac de Braga’s Illuminated Bible” (Nov 2010)
Annual Meeting of The Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Princeton University: ”Women with Books in Jewish Art: Female Education and (Il)literacy from Cairo to Worms (Dec 2010)
University of Toronto: “Joel ben Simeon: Scribe, Artist, and Agent of Cultural Exchange,” (Feb 2011)
Harvard University: “Art and Ritual in the Late Medieval Jewish Community of Worms: the Leizpig Mahzor,” (March 2011)
Library of Congress, Washington, DC: “The Illustrations of the Washington Haggadah,” (March 2011)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: “The Illustrations of the Washington Haggadah,” (April 2011)
Landesmuseum Mainz, Symposium Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zur materiellen und geistigen Kultur der SchUM-Gemeinden: “Der Leipzig Machsor und die jüdische Gemeinde von Worms,” (Nov. 2011)
Fondation Hardt and University of Geneva, international Symposium Religious Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge: The Brighter Side of Inter-Religious Debates in Medieval Europe: “Polemical Motifs in the Catalan Atlas 1375” (February 2012)
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC – Biblioteca Nacional de España Madrid, international Symposium The Hebrew Book in the Western Mediterranean: 13th to 16th Centuries: “Cresques Abraham Reconsidered: Book Production and Map Making in Late Medieval Mallorca,” (March 2012)
University of Chicago, Center of Jewish Studies: “Popularizing Books in a Manuscript Culture: The Visual Language of the Late Medieval Haggadah”(May 2012
Hochschüle für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg in conjunction with the Municipality of Erfurt, workshop Bild und Text im Judentum: “Bild - Text - Kontext: Beispiele aus illuminierten Handschriften des Mittelalters,” (July 2012)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC, International Symposium Sign and Design: Script as Image in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (3001600 CE): “The Representation of the Divine in Initial Panels of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts” (Oct 2012)
Sarah Lawrence College, Jewish Studies Program: “The Leizpig Mahzor,” (Oct 2012) 15