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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: Transcultural Interpretation and Transmission

Monday, Apr 4, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This conference (online and onsite) brings together scholars to consider different manuscript communities in Europe, their textual and iconographic traditions, and more globally, an exploration of communities that produced “families” of Hebrew manuscripts and enabled transmissions across languages and societies.

Motivation to organize this conference stems from The J. Paul Getty Museum’s recent acquisition of the Rothschild Pentateuch. This manuscript serves as a case study on how a single object crosses geographical and religious boundaries and provides the impetus for wider discussion on Hebrew manuscript culture as a touchstone of interaction and contact.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pacific Time
Schedule for Monday April 4, 2022
Welcoming Remarks
  • Zrinka Stahuljak, Director of CMRS-CEGS (UCLA)
  • David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities (UCLA)
  • Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator of Manuscripts (The J. Paul Getty Museum)

Panel 1

Chair: Luke Yarbrough

  • Katrin Kogman-Appel (University of Münster)
    “Hebrew Book Art in Shared Spaces: Tudela and Perpignan, c. 1300”
  • Adam Cohen (University of Toronto)
    “Hide and Seek in the Margins of Hebrew Manuscripts”
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break

Panel 2

Chair: Yonatan Binyam
Institute for Society and Genetics (UCLA)

  • Evelyn Cohen (Independent Scholar)
    “A Fifteenth-Century Illustration in the Rothschild Pentateuch of 1296”
  • Marc Michael Epstein (Vassar College)
    “Detectives in the Archives: A Mysterious Absence in the Rothschild Pentateuch in Transcultural Context”
3:00-3:30 Break

Panel 3

Chair: Matthew Fisher
English (UCLA)

  • David Shyovitz (Northwestern University)
    “Zoocephalism Reconsidered: Humanity and Hybridity in Medieval Ashkenazic Visual Culture”
  • Susan Einbinder (University of Connecticut)
    “City Mouse and Country Mouse: Jews, Rodents, and Plague”

Organized by Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator of Manuscripts, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Zrinka Stahuljak, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and CMRS-CEGS Director.

Hosted by UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.

COVID-19 Attendance Policy for event entry:
For UCLA students, staff, and faculty: completion of campus symptom monitoring survey; present clearance certificate.
For the public: Valid ID and proof of vaccination or, Valid ID, verbal attestation to an exception, and a negative COVID test within 72 hours.
Please note that all attendees must wear face masks.

Register here for onsite attendance in Royce 314 or online attendance on Zoom.


Monday, Apr 4, 2022
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Category:


CMRS Center for Early Global Studies
The J. Paul Getty Museum