International Master Class Places and Rituals of Memorialisation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

I returned this week from Germany where I participated in the International Master Class Places and Rituals of Memorialisation. This workshop is organized by Prof. Dr. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati, of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and Prof. Dr. Carla Danani, of the University of Macerata, Italy. The workshop brought together students from LMU, Macerata, Göteborgs Universitet, the University of Zurich, and Leiden University in a scholarly exchange on place, ritual, and memorialization. The conversations were excellent. I presented on “Place, Writing, Memorialisation, and the People of the Book,” using Deut 27:1-8, in which Moses commands Israel to build a monument (memorial?) of stones covered with plaster once they cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan, and then to write on those plaster-covered stones “all the words of this Torah,” making the argument that this actions places the newly entered land under the governance of the book. My thanks to both Dr. Pezzoli-Olgiati and Dr. Danani for the invitation to attend and participate.

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