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

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