Glorious Cities (Jerusalem, 30 Apr-3 May 18)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 30 - May 3, 2018

"Glorious Cities: The Presence of Jerusalem in the Urban European Space"

The aim of the proposed workshop is to examine the presence of Jerusalem in European cities and map the borders of this phenomenon in European culture. The presence of Jerusalem abroad manifests itself through building, organization of space, strategic placement of monuments and objects, procession, pilgrimage, and cult. We seek to stress the social factors and the specific interests that dictated the use and manipulation of Jerusalem in European cities at certain moments of their history, as well as the conditions under which identifications with Jerusalem, once established, persisted and evolved. Presentations will focus on case studies and analyze both, the motivations – social, political, religious - and the consequences of the adoption of Jerusalem in the respective urban centers. The conference will include a range of topics comprising monumental genres (architecture, three-dimensional sculpture, installation) as well as objects and topics that served as tools of transmission and transposition, such as relics and reliquaries, liturgy and Andacht, prayer and music. The conference will strive to generate a discourse on possible parallels with the physical presence of Jerusalem in Jewish and Islamic communities. We strive to turn this conference into an important starting point to theorising cities as Jerusalem, and stress the human elements, the historical, social and political conditions alongside the architectural ones. In order to reach these goals, a group of distinguished scholars from Europe, the United States, and Israel who have engaged on various aspects of the topic in their previous research, have expressed willingness to enter new territory.

Organizers: Bianca Kuehnel, Neta Bodner, Hila Manor.

Full Program:

Glorious Cities - The Presence of Jerusalem in the European Urban Space

Conference Program

Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram Feldman Building, Conference Hall 130


9.00 Registration

9.30 Introduction: Bianca Kühnel

10.00 Jerusalem – Local Developments, Local Mutations

Chair: Iris Shagrir

Netta Amir, En Route to Calvary - The Formation of the Way of the Cross in

Vardit Shotten-Hallel, An Image of the Holy City in the Holy Land

11.00 Jerusalem in Rome

Chair: Ora Limor

Galit Noga-Banai, Two Bishops and Their Glorious Cities - Damasus of Rome
and Cyril of Jerusalem

Sible de Blaauw, The Lateran Jerusalem in the Middle Ages - Piety and

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 Jerusalem and Rome Elsewhere

Chair: Galit Noga-Banai

Irina Chernetsky, Florence as a New Rome and as a New Jerusalem in
Ghirlandaio's 'Visitation'

Maria E. Dorninger, Salzburg as a New Rome and a New Jerusalem

Lotem Pinchover, Triangulating the Sublime in the Enclosure - Jerusalem,
Gernrode, and Gerusalemme

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Jerusalem in Italy

Chair: Lola Kantor-Kazovsky

Alessandro Scafi, Jerusalem and Eden in Piedmont - Christ’s Passion and
Adam’s Fall in Early Modern Italy

Yamit Rachman-Schrire, Into the Clefts of the Body - the Rock of Golgotha
between Jerusalem and La Verna

Daniel Unger, Jerusalem as Bologna - Annibale Carracci’s Religious

17.30 Keynote Lecture

Chair: Lola Kantor-Kazovsky

Alina Payne, Portable Jerusalems

18.30 Reception (IIAS Main Hall)


9.00 Guest lecture

Chair: Katrin Kogman-Appel

Yohanan Friedmann, Jerusalem in Islam

10.00 Jerusalem in Spain

Chair: Katrin Kogman-Appel

Gerardo Boto Varela and Marc Sureda i Jubani, Jerusalem in Catalan
Romanesque Architecture - From Evocation to Presence

Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Between Soria and Jerusalem - A Visual Revival of a
Destroyed City

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 … in France

Chair: Mati Meyer

Renana Bartal, Cornerstones, Foundation Stories - Stones from the Holy
Sepulchre in Villers and Borgo San Sepolcro

Cynthia Hahn, The True Cross - Prayer and Power from Jerusalem to Toulouse

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00 … in The Netherlands

Chair: Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby

Claudia Jung, Gijsbert Raet’s Jerusalem Chapel in Late Medieval Gouda

Nadine Mai, Transforming the City with Blood - Jerusalem in Late Medieval

Justin A. E. Kroesen, Jerusalem in Brabant - Late Medieval Easter
Sepulchers in the Low Countries and their References to the Holy City

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Keynote Lecture

Chair: Sarit Shalev-Eyni

David Ganz, The City of the Book - The Gospels as 'Portable Fatherland' of
Christian Europe

17.30 Israel Museum (visit guided by Kobi Ben-Meir)

19.30 Conference Dinner


9.00 Jerusalem in the Holy Roman Empire I

Chair: Assaf Pinkus

Christian Freigang, A Faked Holy Land - Transferring Jerusalem Topography
to Western Cities in the Middle Ages

Shimrit Shriki-Hilber, Augspurgisches Jerusalem - Multiple Representations
of Jerusalem in Augsburg

Ingrid Baumgärtner, Jerusalem in Nuremberg - Maps, Chronicles and

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 … in the Holy Roman Empire II

Chair: Renana Bartal

Klara Benesovska, The 'Rotunda' Phenomenon - The Example of the Czech
Lands, 9th–12th Centuries

Orit Ramon, Prague as Jerusalem in the Eyes of Czech Travelers to the
Holy Land

Neta Bodner, Imagining Jerusalem in the Streets of Medieval Ashkenaz -
Worms, Speyer, Mainz, and Cologne

12.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 Jerusalem on the European Boundaries

Chair: Neta Bodner

Kristin B. Aavitsland, Scandinavian Jerusalems across the Lutheran
Reformation - From Medieval Nidaros to Early Modern Christiania and

Erik Thunø, Mtskheta - Narrative, Monument and Landscape in Medieval

Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, Between Jerusalem and Constantinople - City Views
and Crusade Mapping in Venice

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Concluding Session: Modern and Contemporary Translations

Chair: Bianca Kühnel

Kobi Ben-Meir, Locating a more Suitable Jerusalem - Adrian Paci's Via

Anastasia Keshman, Localism versus Idealism - Jerusalem in the Visual
Tradition of the Holy Land, Past and Present

18.30 Conference Dinner


Day trip: European enclaves in and around Jerusalem

Augusta-Victoria Hospital and the DEI / St. Etienne (École Biblique)
/Anglican St. George Church / Romanian Orthodox Church / Swedish
Theological Institute / Ethiopian Church / Russian Compound

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Beiträger: Hila Manor

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