Printing the Arba’ahTurim in 1493 Constantinople, and Other Stories from Jewish Books in Toronto Collections

When and Where

Monday, March 21, 2022 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Event


Alex Gillespie


The Joseph and Gertie Schwartz Memorial Lecture“Printing the Arba’ahTurim in 1493 Constantinople, and Other Stories from Jewish Books in Toronto Collections"

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2022Time: 4:00pm

*Delivered on Zoom: THIS LINK

Description: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto contains a number of Jewish books made and moved along the Silk Roads in the premodern period – among them the first text printed in Ottoman Constantinople, a Mishneh Torah manuscript from 1490s Yemen, and textual artefacts from the Jewish community in Kaifeng, China. Professor Gillespie will describe recent interdisciplinary research on these fascinating objects, work points the way towards a new, collaborative approach to the global history of the book.

 Professor Gillespie is Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga, Vice-President of the University of Toronto, and Professor of English and Medieval Studies. Her research is concerned with medieval and early modern texts and books, especially the shift from manuscript to print; the global development of early book technologies; and digital and non-destructive scientific approaches to the study of premodern books. She is the author of Print Culture and the Medieval Author (2006) and editor of, among other projects, The Production of Books in England (2011, with Daniel Wakelin) and The Unfinished Book (2020, with Deidre Lynch.

This lecture will be delivered on Zoom. To attend, please click THIS LINK at 4pm on Monday, March 21st , 2022. 

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Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies


Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies