Prof. Tamar Herzig

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חוג להסטוריה כללית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Tamar Herzig
Phone: 03-6405293
Office: Gilman-humanities, 464

about

                                                                                     For a complete CV, see here.

Tamar Herzig is Associate Professor of Early Modern European History, specializing in the religious history of fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy and in gender history. She serves as Director of Tel Aviv University's Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies.

Prof. Herzig is the author of Savonarola’s Women: Visions and Reform in Renaissance Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2008; Italian edition published by Carocci in 2014); of a book in Hebrew on the Italian Renaissance (2011; 2014); and of  ‘Christ Transformed into a Virgin Woman’: Lucia Brocadelli, Heinrich Institoris, and the Defense of the Faith (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2013). She is also co-editor of Ebraismo e cristianesimo in Italia tra ’400 e ’600: Confronti e convergenze [Special issue of Archivio Italiano per la Storia della Pietà 25 (2012)]; of Knowledge and Religion in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Honor of Michael Heyd (Leiden: Brill, 2013); and of Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly; Sixteenth Century Journal; Journal of Early Modern History; Church History; ReligionsArchiv für Reformationsgeschichte; Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, and various Italian journals.

She has been the recipient of a George L. Mosse Fellowship, Hanadiv Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yigal Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Junior Faculty, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and of Israel Science Foundation research grants (2010-2013; 2015-[2019]). In 2012, she was elected member of the Young Academy of Israel (founded by the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities), and in 2013 she was awarded a Jean-François Malle one-year fellowship at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

She is currently the Renaissance Society of America's Discipline Representative for the field of Religion and member of the editorial boards of Renaissance Quarterly  and of I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. She also serves as member of the academic board of the Medici Archive Project (Florence); of the research project Observer l’Observance: Diffusion, réseaux et influences des réformes régulières en Europe (École française de Rome); of the editorial board of Brill's book series The Medieval Mediterranean; of the scientific advisory board of the international research group for Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism (EmoDir), and of the humanities and social sciences editorial board of the Bialik Institute Publishing House.

CV

Education:

2000-2005: Ph.D History, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1998-2000: M.A History, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1995-1998: B.A History and Philosophy, Summa cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Academic Employment:

2015-present: Associate Professor, Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

2014-present: Director, Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies, Tel Aviv University.

2011-2015:  Tenured Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

2007-2011:  Senior Lecturer [without tenure], Department of History, Tel Aviv University.

 2006-2007: Course Instructor, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Research Students

Supervision of Graduate Students at Tel Aviv University

2018-present: Inbar Dabull, Ph.D thesis on The Daily Life of Elite Women in Post-Tridentine Italy.     

2017-present: Ori Ben-Shalom, M.A. thesis on The Construction of Masculinity in Post-Tridentine Italy (tentative title).

2017-present: Maayan Aner, M.A. thesis on Sexual Identities in Early Modern Spain (tentative title; joint supervision with Prof. Iris Rachamimov).

2014-2017: Inbar Dabull, M.A. thesis on Daily Life in the Convent of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (Rome): Between Theory and Practice (approved in October 2017).

2013-present: Meytal Cohen, M.A. thesis on The Walnut Tree of Benevento and the Origins of the Belief in the Witches Sabbath.

2012-2015: Shai Zamir, M.A. thesis on Gender and Anti-Jewish Polemics at the Trent Blood Libel of 1475 (approved in October 2015).

2011-2012: Yonatan Glazer-Eitan, M.A. thesis on Divine Inspiration and Earthly Authority: Maria de Agreda’s Mística ciudad de Dios (joint supervision with Prof. Miriam Eliav-Feldon) (approved in August 2012).

2010-2011: Oz Michaeli, M.A. thesis on Prophetic Discourse in the Writings of Girolamo Savonarola (approved in October 2011).

Publications

I. Current Book Project:

The Virtuoso Jew: Conversion, Crime, and Art in Renaissance Italy (in progress).

 

II. Published Monographs:

1. ‘Christ Transformed into a Virgin Woman’: Lucia Brocadelli, Heinrich Institoris, and the Defense of the Faith. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2013.

 

2. The Italian Renaissance (in Hebrew). Raanana: The Open University of Israel Press, 2011, 2014.

                                                                                                                     

3. Savonarola’s Women: Visions and Reform in Renaissance Italy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.

            * Awarded the Medieval Academy of America Publication Subvention Award for a First Book in Medieval Studies

 

3a. Le donne di Savonarola: Spiritualità e devozione nell’Italia del Rinascimento. Rome: Carocci Editore, 2014 (revised Italian edition of Savonarola’s Women).

 

III. Edited Volumes

1. Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe [co-edited with Miriam Eliav-Feldon].  Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

 

2. Knowledge and Religion in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Honor of Michael Heyd [co-edited with Asaph Ben-Tov and Yaacov Deutsch]. Leiden: Brill , 2013.

 

3. Ebraismo e cristianesimo in Italia tra ’400 e ’600: Confronti e convergenze [co-edited with Luca Baraldi and Gabriella Zarri]. Special issue of Archivio Italiano per la Storia della Pietà 25 (2012).

 

IV. Articles

1. “Saints and Mystics before Trent.” Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret L. King. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 [peer-reviewed invited article, published online: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399301/obo-9780195399301-0377.xml?rskey=6gcnE3&result=263  ].

 

2. “‘For the Salvation of This Girl’s Soul’: Nuns as Converters of Jews in Early Modern Italy.” Religions 8:11 [special issue on Gender and Spirituality in the Renaissance: Teaching Women’s Religious Writings, 1300–1650, from Europe and the Americas, ed. Jane C. Tylus] (2017): 252-265 [published online: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/11/252 ].

 

3. “The Hazards of Conversion: Nuns, Jews, and Demons in Late Renaissance Italy.” Church History 85:3 (September 2016), pp. 468-501.

 

4. “Nuns, Artists, and Baptized Jews: The Vestition Ceremony of Suor Theodora, Quondam Hebrea.” Memorie domenicane n.s. 46 (2015), pp. 243-264.

 

5.“Stigmatized Holy Women as Female Christs.” Archivio italiano per la storia della pietà 26 (2013) [special issue on Discorsi sulle stimmate dal Medioevo all’età contemporanea, edited by Gábor Klaniczay], pp. 149-174.

 

6. מתודולוגיה ואידיאולוגיה: אתגרים בחקר ההיסטוריה של המגדר. דברי פורום צעירי מדעי הרוח והחברה של האקדמיה הלאומית הישראלית למדעים 1 (תשע"ג) , עמ' 1-22.

[“Methodology and Ideology: The Challenges of Studying Gender History,Proceedings of the Young Scholars Forum of the Humanities Division of the Israeli Academy of Sciences 1 (2013), pp. 1-22 (in Hebrew)].

 

7. “Anti-Jewish Polemics and Female Stigmatization in Renaissance Ferrara.” Archivio italiano per la storia della pietà 25 [special issue on Ebraismo e cristianesimo in Italia tra '400 e '600: Confronti e convergenze, edited by Luca Baraldi, Tamar Herzig, and Gabriella Zarri] (2012), pp. 113-138.

 

8. “Le ‘sante vive’ italiane tra propaganda antiereticale, appello alla crociata e critica luterana.” Genesis: Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche 10:1 (2011), pp. 125-146.

 

9. “The Demons and the Friars: Illicit Magic and Mendicant Rivalry in Renaissance Bologna.” Renaissance Quarterly 64.4 (Winter 2011), pp. 1025-1058.

 

10. “Heretics, Witches, and Gender: Inquisitorial Discourse before the Establishment of the Roman Inquisition.” Atti dei Convegni Lincei 260 [A dieci anni dall'apertura dell'Archivio della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede: Storia e Archivi dell'Inquisizione] (2011), pp. 197-224.

 

11. “Flies, Heretics and the Gendering of Witchcraft.” Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 5:1 (Summer 2010), pp. 51-80.

 

12. “Bridging North and South: Inquisitorial Networks and Witchcraft Theory on the Eve of the Reformation.” Journal of Early Modern History 12:5 (December 2008), pp. 361-382.

 

13.  “Women’s Participation in the Savonarolan Reform in Ferrara.” Rivista di Storia del Cristianesimo 4:2 (Fall 2007), pp. 331-354.

 

14. “Witches, Saints, and Heretics: Heinrich Kramer’s Ties with Italian Women Mystics.” Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 1:1 (Summer 2006), pp. 24-55.

*Selected as Article of the Month for Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index (January, 2008)

 

15. “The Rise and Fall of a Savonarolan Visionary: Lucia Brocadelli’s Contribution to the Piagnone Movement.” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 95 (2004), pp. 34-60.

 

16. “The Demons’ Reaction to Sodomy: Witchcraft and Homosexuality in Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola’s Strix.” Sixteenth Century Journal 34:1 (April 2003), pp. 53-72.

 

V. Forthcoming Journal Articles (Accepted for Publication):

17. “Renaissance Hagiography: Saints and their Lives in the First Age of Print.” Forthcoming in Quaderni Storici [invited essay].

 

18. "רפורמציה, נזירות ומנזרים בעת החדשה המוקדמת." זמנים: רבעון היסטורי (גליון מיוחד: 500 שנה לרפורמציה), בדפוס.

“Reformation, Nuns, and Nunneries in the Early Modern Era.” Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly (special issue on 500 Years to the Reformation), forthcoming [in Hebrew].

 

VI. Commissioned Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Currently in Preparation:

19. “Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola: Faith, Imagination, and Skepticism.” Invited introduction for the special issue of Renaissance and Reformation (Summer/Fall 2018) on New Approaches to Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola, edited by Marco Piana (in preparation).

 

VII. Published Book Chapters:

1. “Fear and Devotion in the Writings of Heinrich Institoris,” in Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, ed. Laura Kounine and Michael Ostling [Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions] (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 19-35.

 

2. “The Prosecution of Jews and the Repression of Sodomy in Fifteenth-Century Italy,” in L’Inquisizione Romana, i giudici e gli eretici: Studi in onore di John Tedeschi, ed. Anne Jacobson Schutte and Andrea Del Col (Rome: Viella, 2017), pp. 59-74.

 

3. “Las Mujeres, la Reforma y la Biblia en Italia,” in Reformas y Contrarreformas en la Europa Católica (siglos XV-XVII), ed. Adriana Valerio and Maria Laura Giordano. Navarre: Editorial Verbo Divino, 2016, pp. 41-51 [published also in Italian as “Le donne, la Riforma e la Bibbia in Italia,” in Donne e bibbia nella crisi dell’Europa Cattolica (secoli XVI-XVII) (Trapani: Il Pozzo di Giacobbe, 2014), pp. 37-48; English and German editions forthcoming by Brill and Kohlhammer ].

 

4. “Female Mysticism, Heterodoxy, and Reform,” in A Companion to Observant Reform in the Late Middle Ages and Beyond, ed. James Mixson and Bert Roest [Companions to the Christian Tradition 59]. Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 255-282.

 

5. “Genuine and Fraudulent Stigmatics in Sixteenth-Century Europe,”  in Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe, ed. Miriam Eliav-Feldon and Tamar Herzig. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 142-164.

 

6. “Witchcraft Prosecutions in Italy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, ed. Brian P. Levack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 (rev. ed. published in 2014), pp. 249-267.

 

7. “Italian Holy Women against Bohemian Heretics: Catherine of Siena and ‘the Second Catherines’ in the Kingdom of Bohemia,” in Catherine of Siena: The Creation of a Cult, ed. Jeffrey Hamburger and Gabriela Signori [Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, vol. 13]. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013, pp. 315-338.

 

8. “Introduction,” in Knowledge and Religion in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Honor of Michael Heyd, ed. Asaph Ben-Tov, Yaacov Deutsch, and Tamar Herzig. Leiden: Brill, 2013, pp. 1-9.

 

9. “Le mistiche domenicane nella lotta antiereticale a cavallo del Quattro e Cinquecento.” In Il velo, la penna e la parola. Le domenicane: storia, istituzioni e scritture, ed. Gabriella Zarri and Gianni Festa [Biblioteca di Memorie Domenicane 1]. Florence: Nerbini, 2009, pp. 133-149.

 

10. “Heinrich Kramer e la caccia alle streghe in Italia”. In “Non lasciar vivere la malefica”: Le streghe nei trattati e nei processi (secoli XIV-XVII), ed. Dinora Corsi and Matteo Duni. Florence: Florence University Press, 2008, pp. 167-196.

 

11. “Leandro Alberti and the Savonarolan Movement in Northern Italy.” In L’Italia dell’inquisitore. Storia e geografia dell’Italia del Cinquecento nella ‘Descrittione’ di Leandro Alberti, ed. Massimo Donattini. Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2007, pp. 81-95.

 

VIII. Forthcoming Chapters in Books 

12. “Gender, Witchcraft, and the Sabbath in Renaissance Italy,” in Hexensabbat: Fantasien der Nacht und die Erkundung des Imaginären, ed. Wolfgang Behringer, Johannes Dillinger, and Iris Gareis. Weingarten: Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart (forthcoming).

 

13. “The santa viva and the Dragon: Witchcraft and Religion in the Writings of Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola,” in Scritture, carismi e istituzioni: Percorsi di vita religiosa in età moderna, ed. Concetta Bianca and Anna Scattigno. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura (forthcoming).

 

14. “Femmes mystiques et propagande antihérétique,” in Femmes, mysticisme et prophétisme en Europe du Moyen Age à l’Europe moderne, ed. Denise Ardesi, Elise Boillet, and Hélène Michon. Paris: Classiques Garnier (forthcoming).

 

15. “Colomba da Rieti in the Writings of Heinrich Institoris (Kramer),” in La Beata Colomba (Rieti, 1467-Perugia, 1501): Agiografia, culto, iconografia, ed. Giovanna Casagrande et al. Vatican City: Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche (forthcoming).

 

16. “The Coerced Conversion of Convicted Jewish Criminals in Fifteenth-Century Italy,” in Coming to Terms with Forced Conversion: Coercion and Faith in Premodern Iberia and Beyond, ed. Mercedes García-Arenal Rodríguez and Yonatan Glazer-Eitan. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).

 

17. “Rethinking Jewish Conversion to Christianity in Renaissance Italy,” in Renaissance Religions [Europa Sacra, no. 23], ed. Nicholas Terpstra and Peter Howard. Turnhout: Brepols (forthcoming).

 

18. “Letters and the Study of Jewish Conversion to Christianity in Renaissance Italy,” in The Renaissance of Letters, ed. Paula Findlen and Suzanne Sutherland. New York: Routledge (forthcoming).

 

IX. Commissioned Book Chapters Currently in Preparation

19.“The Malleus Maleficarum Revisited.” Invited essay for The Science of Demons: Early Modern Thinkers Facing the Devil, ed. Ian Machielsen (in preparation).

 

20. “The Spectacle of Conversion in Renaissance Ferrara.”  Invited Essay for Threatened Identity in Early Modern Europe: Between‘Jewish Conspiracy’ and ‘Islamic Expansion’, ed. Giorgio Caravale, Andreas Holzen, Klaus Ridder, and Darwin Smith (in preparation).

 

X. Articles in Historical Encyclopedias

1. “Isolani, Isidoro.” In The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition, 4 vols., ed. Richard M. Golden. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006, vol. 2, pp. 573-574.

2. “Rategno, Bernardo of Como,” in The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition, 4 vols., ed. Richard M. Golden. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006, vol. 4, pp. 951-952.

3. “Cagnazzo, Giovanni of Taggia,” in The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition, 4 vols., ed. Richard M. Golden, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006, vol. 1, p. 158.

 

4. “Armellini, Girolamo,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 4 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi, John Tedeschi, and Vincenzo Lavenia. Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011, vol. 1, p. 99.

5. “Gargnano, Domenico da,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 3 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi, John Tedeschi, and Vincenzo Lavenia. Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011, vol. 2, pp. 645-646.

6. “Pico, Gianfrancesco,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 3 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi, John Tedeschi, and Vincenzo Lavenia. Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011, vol. 3, pp. 1208-1209.

7. “Savonarolismo,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 3 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi, John Tedeschi, and Vincenzo Lavenia. Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011, vol. 3, pp. 1387-1389.

8. “Silvestri, Francesco,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 3 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi, John Tedeschi, and Vincenzo Lavenia. Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011, vol. 3, p. 1430.

 

XI. Published Conference Paper Abstracts:

1. “Conversione degli ebrei e monachesimo femminile (XV-XVII secoli)” [presented at the Symposium Rinascimento, ebrei e cristiani], Toscana ebraica 27:4 (July-August 2014), p. 17.

 

XII. Other Publications

1.[עם צור שלו], "ראיון עם פרופ' לינדל רופר," עתיד לראות אור בזמנים: רבעון היסטורי.

[(With Zur Shalev), “Interview with Prof. Lyndal Roper,” Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly (forthcoming, in Hebrew)].

 

2. “Colomba da Rieti nell’Europa del XV secolo: La domatrice di mosche,” L’Osservatore Romano (November 20, 2015), p. 4.

3. "דברים על הגיליון". היסטוריה 31 (2014), עמ' 7-9.

[“About this Issue.” Historia [Journal of the Israeli Historical Society] 31 (2014), pp. 7-9 (in Hebrew)].    

4. "בשורה האחרונה או מאחורי וילון: נשים ואקדמיה מזווית היסטורית. אגרת האקדמיה הלאומית למדעים 35 (נובמבר 2013), עמ' 76-81.

[In the Back Row or Behind a Curtain: Women and Academia in Historical Perspective,Newsletter of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities 35 (November 2013), pp. 76-81 (in Hebrew)].

 

5. “Silenzio e memoria: Una riflessione personale,” in Sacrificio e silenzio, ed. Carlo Pulsoni. Perugia: Aguaplano Editore, 2013, pp. 44-45.

 

XIII. Translations

Bernard Berenson, “On the Future of I Tatti (excerpts),” [English to Hebrew], in On the Future of I Tatti: Berenson’s Words in the Languages of the I Tatti Community, ed. Jonathan Nelson (Florence: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2015), p. 27.

 

XIV. Book Reviews

 

1.Review of The Arras Witch Treatises, ed. and trans. Andrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins, and François V. Pageau,  in Renaissance Quarterly 70:3 (September 2017), pp. 1148-1149.

 

2. Review of Donald Weinstein, Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet, in Journal of Modern History 86:2 (June 2014), pp. 461-463.

 

3. Review of Eric Dursteler, Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean, in Mediterranean Historical Review 29:1 (2014), pp. 103-105.

 

4. Review of Anna Scattigno, Sposa di Cristo: Mistica e comunità nei ‘Ratti’ di Caterina de’ Ricci. Con il testo inedito del XVI secolo, in Catholic Historical Review 99:1 (January 2013), pp. 156-157.

 

5. Review of Stefano Dall’Aglio, Savonarola and Savonarolism, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012), p. 615.

 

6. Review of Sharon T. Strocchia, Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence, in Cultural and Social History 9:3 (2012), pp. 478-480.

 

7. Review of Nicholas Terpstra, Lost Girls: Sex and Death  in Renaissance Florence, in Journal of Modern History 84:1 (March 2012), pp. 227-229.

 

8. Review of Henricus Institoris and Jacobus Sprenger, Malleus maleficarum, ed. and trans. Christopher S. Mackay, in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 5:1 (Summer 2010), pp. 135-138.

 

9. Review of Silvia Evangelisti, Nuns: A History of Convent Life, in European History Quarterly 40 (Winter 2010), pp. 132-133.

 

10. Review of Jeffrey R. Watt, The Scourge of Demons: Possession, Lust, and Witchcraft in a Seventeenth-Century Italian Convent, in Renaissance Quarterly 62:3 (Fall 2009), pp. 964-965.

 

11. Review of Michael D. Bailey, Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present, in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 3:2 (Fall 2008), pp. 209-212.

 

12. Review of Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence, in Sixteenth Century Journal 37:3 (December 2007), pp. 859-861.

 

XV. Interviews:

  1. “Diavoli e streghe tra ebrei, Cristiani e convertiti,” (interview by Carlo Pulsoni) in Treccani: Il portale del sapere (14/11/2016)

2. “Il Taccuino dorato visto da occhi israeliani,” in the section Confessioni letterarie of the literary website Insula Europea (7/8/2016).

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