Travelling set comprising two Torah scrolls in silver cases, with pointers acting as securing pins when the scroll is closed. The scrolls and cases were made for Rabbi Falk, the Ba’al Shem of London. Originally from Germany, he was well-known as a follower of the Jewish mystical tradition of kabbalah, also acting as a popular healer.
The Departments of Religious Studies, History and Sociology of Science, Slavic Studies, and the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania would like to invite you to a talk by Dr. Avery Gordon, Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. This talk is the year-end event of the “Penn Ghost Project,” a multi-disciplinary SAS faculty working group that investigates the pervasive scientific and cultural interest in ghosts.
Date: Friday, April 25th / Time: 4-6pm / Place: Annenberg Hall 111
How to tell the story of a very old place of confinement and punishment? What happens if all the pictures are wrong or missing and the people long gone? What traces and messages might they have left for us to find? Is it possible now, after such terrible treatment, to offer those confined in the prison a more hospitable welcome? This is the hope. In this lecture, Gordon will The Workhouse: Room 2, a collaboration with Berlin artist Ines Schaber produced for documenta(13), which engages with the history of the former monastery, workhouse, and prison Breitenau.
Over time, Breitenau has confined many persons considered extraneous and disposable, subjecting them to a regime of punishment and “correction.” Consisting of photographs, curtain, text, and audio files, The Workhouse: Room 2 presents glimpses of fugitive knowledge that emerge in and around this prison in order to conjure historical alternatives that could have been taken but were not and to contribute to an ongoing archive of re-memory whose aims are not correction.
Medieval Islamic Map of the World, ca. 1300 CE. South lies at the top in this medieval Islamic world map.
From The Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Sources in World History by Professor Patricia Seed, which illustrates how peoples and cultures throughout the human past have imagined their worlds through a diverse collection of historical maps from the Paleolithic to the present.