Event: Jewish Manuscripts in the Digital Age: The Cairo Geniza and the New Materiality
Dr. Marina Rustow
2019 Samuel & Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
May 14 & 16, 2019, Kane Hall 220, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Marina Rustow (Princeton University), a MacArthur Fellow, will explain how new technologies, including crowdsourcing, facial recognition, and AI, have enabled her groundbreaking research on the medieval Islamic & Jewish world, spanning from northeastern Africa through the Middle East. Rustow will explain how documents from the “Cairo Geniza” — a trove of nearly 400,000 manuscript pages preserved in an Egyptian synagogue — have transformed historians’ understanding of life in this region in the medieval era. Continue reading