Starts: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
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Dr Ilana Wartenberg received her B.Sc. in pure mathematics (1995), M.A. in general linguistics (1997) and M.Sc. in applied mathematics (1998, cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Her Ph.D. in history of science was a joint doctorate between Tel-Aviv University and Université de Paris VII (2007, mention très honorable à l’unanimité du jury). In her dissertation, she studied the first known Hebrew treatise on algebra The Epistle of the Number from late 14th century, written by Isaac ben Solomon Ibn al-Ahdab in Syracuse, Sicily.
Dr Wartenberg taught courses in modern mathematics to B.A., M.B.A. and M.A. students at Tel-Aviv University, the Hebrew University and the Open University in Israel. She also worked as a linguist in the Israeli Hi-Tech company Comverse, programming dialogues between Man and Machine in Hebrew, Arabic, German, French, and Italian.
Since October 2008 she has been a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. Together with Dr Israel Sandman, she is working in the AHRC-funded research project on monographs on the Jewish calendar in the 12th century, directed by Professor Sacha Stern.
Dr Wartenberg's research fields encompass the study of medieval Hebrew manuscripts on mathematics, astronomy and calendar-reckoning, as well as fragments on these themes in the Cairo Genizah. She also researches how Hebrew scientific terminology was created in the Middle Ages, and the how science was transmitted from the Arabic into the Hebrew realm.
- The Epistle of the Number by Ibn al-Ahdab; the transmission of Arabic mathematics to Hebrew circles in medieval Sicily (in preparation).
- Jacob ben Samson’s Book on the Jewish Calendar (Sod ha-‘Ibbur), critical edition, translation and commentary (in preparation).
- With Israel Sandman, Abraham bar Hiyya’s Book on the Jewish Calendar (Sefer ha-‘Ibbur), critical edition, translation and commentary (in preparation).
- "The Epistle of the Number: An Episode of Algebra in Hebrew", Zutot: Perspective on Jewish Culture 5 (2008), pp. 95-101.
- "Iggeret ha-Mispar: by Isaac ben Solomon Ibn al-Ahdab (Sicily, 14th century) (Part I: The Author)", Judaica 64 (2008), pp. 18-36.
- "Iggeret ha-Mispar: by Isaac ben Solomon Ibn al-Ahdab (Sicily, 14th century) (Part II: The Text)", Judaica 64 (2008), pp. 149-161.
Chapters in Books
- "The Epistle of the Number: The Diffusion of Arabic Mathematics in Medieval Europe", in Ahmad Hasnaoui (ed.), Actes du colloque de la SIHSPAI (Florence, 16-18 février 2006) (in press)
- “The Naissance of the Medieval Hebrew Mathematical Language as manifest in Ibn al-Aḥdab’s Iggeret ha-Mispar”, to appear in the proceedings of EAJS colloquium on the history of Hebrew grammar (Oxford, July 2008).
- “Convexity-preserving Interpolation by Dual Subdivisions Schemes”, with David Levin, (Proceedings of the conference Curves and Surfaces, Saint Malo, 2000).
- ‘Mathematical Terminology (medieval and modern)’ in Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Brill (to appear in 2012).
- Elisheva Carlebach’s Palaces of Time, to appear in Zion (in Hebrew).
- ‘Mathematics and Judaism’, entry for the Encyclopaedia on Sciences & Religions (Springer Verlag, to be published in 2012)
- A chapter on medieval Hebrew algebra, to appear in a collection of medieval mathematical sources, in a volume edited by Victor Katz.