Reconfiguring Diaspora: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Antiquity

Speakers and Abstracts

Listed below are the workshop speakers and their lecture titles. Please click on a title to read the abstract of each lecture and view related photos.


Philippe Blanchard (Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives–INRAP, and UMR 5199 PACEA, France):

‘Places Of Burial and Funeral Rituals from Medieval Jewish Communities in Europe: Comparison of Archaeological Data’


Michael Brocke (Salomon L. Steinheim-Institut fuer deutsch-juedische Geschichte an der Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Germany):

Medieval Martyrdom Remembered and Reflected  in Cemeteries and Spolia


Nicolò Bucaria (Independent scholar, Luxemburg):

‘Jewish Vestiges in Sicily’


Antonio Enrico Felle (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Italy):

Religious Identity in the Funerary Inscriptions by Jews (and Christians) between the 3rd and 7th centuries CE – Rome and Southern Italy’


Sonia Fellous (Centre national de la recherche scientifique–CNRS, and University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, France):

‘Jewish Names and French Medieval Jewish Cemeteries’


Erica Hunter (SOAS University of London):

‘Men Only. The Medieval Jewish Cemetery at Jam, Afghanistan’


Jane McComish (York Archaeological Trust, UK):

‘A Comparison of Medieval Christian and Jewish Burial Practices in York, England’


Daniel Polakovič (Prague Jewish Museum, Czech Republic): ***Lecture has been cancelled*** ‘Medieval Hebrew Inscriptions in the Bohemian Lands’


Max Polonovski (General Curator of Jewish Heritage for the French Ministry of Culture, France):

‘Archaeology and Jewish Cemeteries : Political and Religious Issues’


Arturo Ruiz Taboada (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain):

‘The Contemporary Interpretation of the Medieval Jewish Cemetery in Toledo: The Archaeology of a Forgotten Place’


Linda Safran (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada):

‘Remembering the Jewish Dead in Medieval Apulia (and Basilicata)’


Michaela Selmi Wallisová (The Czech Society of Archaeology, Czech Republic):

‘The Jewish Settlement and Cemeteries in Mediaeval Prague’