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070157 SE BA-Seminar - Decent and powerful. Jewish Women in the late Middle Ages (2019W)

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 09:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Monday 18.11. 08:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Monday 02.12. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Monday 16.12. 08:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Monday 13.01. 08:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Monday 27.01. 08:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Monday 03.02. 09:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 04.02. 09:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9


Aims, contents and method of the course

At the one hand, the business activities of Jewish women were highly esteemed, but at the other they were edged out of the public space of the synagogue. The seminary will deal with the basis and the living spaces of Jewish women in the late Middle Ages, i. e. in the 13th to 15th centuries. Geographically it will cover the cultural space “Ashkenaz”, the German speaking parts of the Roman Empire with Jewish population. Subjects will be the legal position of Jewish women, their economic activities, family life and family law, her social position in Jewish and Christian society, and her roles in the synagogue, orthopraxis and during persecutions.
The methods of Historical Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and concepts of space will serve to compare the relevant categories – Gender, Religon, social class a. o. – with the Christian society. The seminary consists of an historical introduction, guided reading, discussion, and contextualisation of historical sources (German sources in edition or transcription, Hebrew sources in German translation). Illuminations of medieval Hebrew manuscripts, pictures of grave stones and material objects will complete the source material.
Knowledge of Jewish history in medieval Austria; knowledge of the methods of Cultural and Gender studies; analysis of the different types of sources (privileges, business documents, rabbinical responsa, pictures); insight into the position of Jewish women in the Middle Ages by comparing their living spaces with the Christian sphere; active discussion, good presentation of an oral paper, written paper based on good scientific practice.

Assessment and permitted materials

This seminary is a course with continuous assessment of students' performance, personal attendance is compulsory. The monitoring is based on the presentation of a paper (10 minutes), and a written paper of 12 pages on one of the presented subjects.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

No previous knowledge is required, but the introducing paper (available on moodle) has to be read. The evaluation is based on active discussion (20%), and the oral and written paper (40% each).

Examination topics

continuous assessment

Reading list

Martha Keil, Sittsam und mächtig: Jüdische Frauen im Spätmittelalter. In: Gerald Lamprecht (Hg.), „So wirkt ihr lieb und hilfsbereit…“. Jüdische Frauen in der Geschichte. Graz 2009 (Clio - historische und gesellschaftspolitische Schriften 8), 35-49 (auf Moodle)

Association in the course directory

BA (2012): 9 ECTS

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