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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Past, Present and Future

16 November, 2022

Precisely 75 years ago, on November 29th,  1947, Prof. Eleazar Sukenik, the founder of our institute, purchased three scrolls that were discovered by Bedouins in Qumran, in the northern Judean Desert. Sukenik immediately realized the importance of the discovery and the dating of the scrolls to the days of the Second Temple. Additional scrolls were later purchased by his son, Prof. Yigael Yadin, and the site in Qumran was excavated by Father Roland de Vaux from the French School of Biblical and Archaeological Research.

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Call For Papers: Jerusalem Journal of Archeology (JJAR)

16 November, 2022

The Institute of Archaeology is happy to announce that after three thematic issues, the Jerusalem Journal of Archeology (JJAR), published by the Institute of Archeology at the Hebrew University, addresses archaeology researchers with a call for its first eclectic issue!

JJAR is an academic journal that accepts articles dealing with all aspects of the archaeology of the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the Lower Paleolithic to the present, and especially those that present original interdisciplinary research.

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Setting Tables: Commensality, Social Boundaries, and Inter-Cultural Exchange (International Workshop, March 8-10, 2022)

8 March, 2022

The Workshop will take place on 8.3.22 - 10.3.22, in Room 530, the Mandel Building

The habitual practice of commensality – of feasting and eating in the company of others – makes for a dense social realm, rife with socio-political tensions. Eating together can be an everyday practice, bound to the domestic sphere, but it can also be ceremonial and festive. Diners may join the King's high table, dine at a Roman banquet, go out for a romantic dinner or hold a family BBQ in the park alongside many others. Yet, in all of these (and other) instances, eating together is bound to comply with a widely accepted set of rules and regulations, themselves the result of minute processes of intercultural contacts. Each and every aspect of the communal meal – from what to eat and when, and in the company of whom, to the roles specific participants play in the meal – determines how the meal functions as a public social interaction that delineates and reproduces a range of social identities and distinctions (class, gender, religious, ethnic, and other), both connects people and sets them apart. This international workshop aims to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and places in order to identify and reflect upon state-of-the-art developments in food studies and, more specifically, to offer better understandings of practices of shared eating, historical as well as contemporary. We shall unpack the social tensions, political forces, and cultural processes around commensality as a meaningful social interaction, and historically contextualize the normative functions of the meal in marking hierarchies and social boundaries, as well as ordering cultural exchange. We also seek to touch upon the connections between the material aspects of the meal, what is being eaten, in what order courses are being served, which dinnerware is being used, etc. At the same time, the conference will also seek to critically reflect on the methods and assumptions of this scholarly field. What are the analytical advantages of taking commensality and eating practices as our object of study?

The workshop concludes the work of the “Setting Tables” research group, hosted by the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies. The papers presented at the workshop will be published as an edited volume in Hebrew through an Israeli academic press. Papers originally written in English will be professionally translated. This volume will provide a much-desired gateway for Hebrew readership, for scholars, students as well as the general public, into the multidisciplinary and exciting field of food studies.

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