The working group on mapping diasporas is resuming its monthly meetings for the Spring Semester. Meetings involve the exploration of theoretical issues, collaborative collection research (based on the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life), and the critical examination of digital tools and platforms.
The first meeting of the semester will include:
- Curating Memory: Theoretical Approaches to Diasporic Culture, led by Cindy Nguyen, PhD candidate in History at UC Berkeley
- Research on ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) in The Magnes Collection: these manuscripts, which are often painted or otherwise decorated, include a unique form of geolocation, intersecting toponyms and references to bodies of water (rivers, seas, oceans).
- A close look at Footprints (also on Facebook): an online platform created to trace “the history and movement of Jewish books since the inception of print.”
Looking forward to the engaging discussions!