Jerusalems: Memory, Heritage, Imagination


Huntington Room, King’s Manor, University of York, UK

Thursday 1st September

Download the Detailed Programme here

Join us for a series of short talks exploring the contested heritage of Jerusalem, its place on the global stage, and its real and virtual futures. Topics include the campaign to preserve the City’s cultural heritage, how Pokémon Go is remapping Jerusalem, and the city as viewed through the eyes of Palestinian poet laureates.  Curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer a dazzling preview of the forthcoming Exhibition, ‘Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven’.

The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion which asks how we might use the knowledge shared by our research community to imagine new futures, both for Jerusalem itself and for the idea of Jerusalem in public life.

The event is open to the public, and free of charge. All are very welcome to attend for the whole afternoon and evening, or for part of the discussions.

For further details, please contact Helen Smith (


2.30     Welcome

2.45-3.45          Session 1

Helen Smith, ‘Imagining Jerusalem’

Fabio Cristiano, ‘Pokémon Go’s Diminished Reality in East Jerusalem’

Anthony Bale, ‘Mount Joy and Jerusalem: Past, Present, Future’


4.00-5.00          Session 2

Gregor Lersch, ‘A Trip to Jerusalem, a Streetcar Named Desire and … ??” Thoughts Towards an Exhibition in the Jewish Museum, Berlin

Nora Parr, ‘“In Jerusalem” with two Generations of Palestinian Poet Laureates’

Maryvelma O’Neil, ‘Universal Cultural Heritage in Jerusalem: Death by a Thousand Cuts?’


5.15-5.50 ‘Every People Under Heaven’

Barbara Boehm & Melanie Holcomb, A Preview of the Forthcoming Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


6.00-7.00 Panel Discussion, including questions from the audience

Refreshments will be served at 3.45, 5.00, and 5.50

Forthcoming conference: Spatial Articulations of Collective Identities in the Context of Middle Eastern Cities


Friday 23rd September 2016, 9:00-19:00
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

This one-day symposium will attempt to discover themes of identification as an ongoing and changing process rather than identity as a rigid social construct embodied in the form of physical representations. Ideas of identity will be explored in terms of a search for the self, a reconstruction of a long lost collective sense of being, or a reconciliation between the cherished past, the intrusions of the present, and the unknown future.

For details, please see the symposium website.

CFP – From Comparative to Global History

Cromohs – Cyber Review of Modern Historiography is seeking submissions for an issue on the theme ‘From Comparative to Global History: Assessing Relational Approaches to the Past (1400-1900)’.

The editors ask contributors to consider the trajectory of recent scholarship:

It has been pointed out … that all too often the history of the world, especially when it is based to a large degree on (mostly English) secondary literature, has ended up being fashioned into a flat narrative of “the rise of the West and the Westernization of the rest.” For Sanjay Subrahmanyam, an alternative to the “grand narrative of modernization” would be for historians not simply to adopt a different scale, but to take a step sideways, finding a different vantage point and employing a decentring technique to identify previously hidden or unseen connections among places and cultures.

More recent comparative endeavours have seen scholars engaging more and more with what Serge Gruzinski has described as the “alchemy of hybridization,” and the “intensity of circulation … that reveals mixed landscapes”. Entangled histories (Espagne, Kocka, Werner, Zimmermann) have explored “mutual influencing,” “reciprocal or asymmetric perceptions,” and the intertwined “processes of constituting one another.”

For further details, and to download the full call, please visit the Cromohs website.

Jerusalems: memory, heritage, imagination


arcWe are delighted to be welcoming Barbara Boehm and Melanie Holcomb (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Margaret Kampmeyer (Jewish Museum, Berlin) to a wrap-up event for the ‘Imagining Jerusalem’ network, which will take place in York on 31st August and 1st September, and will consider the relationships between academic research, the heritage sector, popular history, and the politics of history and memory.  All are warmly welcome to attend.

The funding for the ‘Imagining Jerusalem’ network will soon be coming to an end. Over the past two years, it has been a privilege to bring together a group of international scholars, whose insights — across disciplines, and across time periods — have greatly enriched our understanding of the forms Jerusalem has taken in the collective, and in the individual, imagination. At the same time, our collaborations have thrown up significant divergences of approach and methodology, as well as differences of opinion relating to the place of politics in the historical study of this perenially-divided city.

Our August meeting will explore Jerusalem’s complex global heritage, asking how we might use the knowledge shared by our research community to imagine new futures, both for Jerusalem itself and for the idea of Jerusalem in public life. Though this is a closing event for the network in its current form, we anticipate that it will be the beginning of new forms of collaboration, bringing together network members with new audiences and constituencies.

More details will be posted soon; in the meantime, please email with expressions of interest.