mw. prof. dr. I.E. (Irene) Zwiep

Hebreeuwse, Aramese en Syrische talen en culturen
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Semitische talen en culturen
  • Bezoekadres
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • I.E.Zwiep@uva.nl
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Education and current position

During the 1980s, I studied Classics and Hebrew and Jewish studies in Amsterdam and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Upon my Ph.D. in 1995, I received a Frances Yates Fellowship at the Warburg Institute in London. Since 1997 I have held the chair in Hebrew and Jewish Studies (formally: of Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac languages and cultures from the 1st century AD) in the Hebrew department of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2008, I am also working as the director of the Institute of Culture and History, the largest of the faculty's research institutes. In my 'spare' time I serve, among others, as chairman of the Academic Committee of the Levisson rabbinical training programme, as chairman of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute (a joint venture by UvA and the Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam), and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Educational Centre 'Crescas'.

Research interests

Over the years I have specialized in (early) modern Jewish intellectual history, with the history of Hebrew literacy and linguistics and, more recently, of 19th- and 20th-century European Jewish scholarship and identity as my main areas of interest. For some years now, I have been a co-editor of Studia Rosenthaliana (Louvain: Peeters) as well as of  Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish culture , the department's own peer-reviewed yearbook, published by Brill Boston.
Larger research projects that I am currently in the process of co-developing include:
• 'Jewish educational media between tradition and modernity', in collaboration with prof. dr. S. Laessig and dr. D. Sadowsky of the Georg-Eckert-Institut (Braunschweig)
• 'Halakhah in the Modern World', in collaboration with prof. dr. Frishman (UL), dr. L. Teugels (associate researcher UvA) and the Levisson Institute, Amsterdam.
• 'Hebrew Cultures in Europe, 1500-2000', in collaboration with dr. A. Schatz (King's College London)

 
Some recent publications that best reflect my research interests are:  
• i ntellectual history  

edited volumes  
with S. Berger: Epigonism and the Dynamic of Jewish Culture (= Studia Rosenthaliana 40), Louvain: Peeters 2008 
 
with R. Fontaine and A. Schatz, Sepharad in Ashkenaz. Medieval Knowledge and eighteenth-century enlightened Jewish discourse, Amsterdam: Edita (Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences) 2007 
selected recent articles  
'Jewish Enlightenment (almost) without Haskalah. The Dutch Example' in L. Hecht, ed.,  Haskalah, Aufklärung,Osvícenství: Jewish Enlightenment in the Czech Lands in a European PerspectiveJewish History and Culture  2011

'From Dialektik to Comparative Literature: Steinschneider's Orientalism' in R. Leicht and G. Freudenthal, eds,  Studies on Steinschneider. Moritz Steinschneider and the Emergence of the Science of Judaism in Nineteenth-Century Germany  (Leiden/Boston: Brill 2011), 137-150

'Scholarship of literature and life. Leopold Zunz and the invention of Jewish culture' in W. Otten, A. VanderJagt, Hent de Vries, eds,  How the West Was Won. Essays on Literary Imagination, the Canon, and the Christian Midle Ages for Burcht Pranger , Leiden etc.: Brill 2010, 165-173

'Epigones and the formation of new literary canons: Sephardi anthologies in eighteenth-century Amsterdam', in S. Berger, I.E. Zwiep, eds,  Epigonism and the Dynamic of Jewish Culture  ( Studia Rosenthaliana  40), Louvain: Peeters 2008, 147-158

'Haskalah and Wissenschaft des Judentums in the earliest Dutch Jewish press (1806-1875)', in E. Lappin & M. Nagel, eds,  Deutsch-jüdische Presse und jüdische Geschichte: Dokumente, Darstellungen, Wechselbeziehungen Band 1 , Presse und Geschichte - Neue Beiträge 37, Bremen: edition lumière 2008, 23-32

'A maskil reads Zunz. Samuel Mulder and the earliest Dutch reception of the Wissenschaft des Judentums', in Y. Kaplan, ed.,  The Dutch Intersection. The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History , Leiden/Boston: Brill 2008, 301-317

'Jewish Enlightement reconsidered: the Dutch eighteenth century', in R. Fontaine, A. Schatz, I.E. Zwiep, eds,  Sepharad in Ashkenaz. Medieval knowledge and eighteenth-century enlightened Jewish discourse , Amsterdam: Edita 2007, 281-311.

'From perush to be'ur. Authenticity and authority and eighteenth-century Jewish interpretation', in R.W. Munk, M.F.J. Baasten, eds, Studies in Hebrew Language and Jewish Culture , Dordrecht etc.: Springer 2007, 257-270.

•  history of linguistic thought  
'Hebrew 'sociolinguistics' in R. Leicht et al., eds , Studies in the History of Culture and Science, Presented to Gad Freudenthal on his 65th birthday , Leiden etc.: Brill 2010, 453-469 
'Linguistic knowledge: grammar and literacy in early modern Ashkenaz',  Simon-Dubnow-Institut Jahrbuch/Yearbook  8 (2009), 279-298 
'Adding the reader's voice. Early-modern Ashkenazi grammars of Hebrew',  Science in Context  20.2 (2007), 163-196

'What's in a name? Conceptions of Hebrew as reflected by the titles of Hebrew grammars',  Zutot. Perspectives on Jewish culture  2004 (Dordrecht etc. 2005), 117-124

'Imagined speech communities. Western Ashkenazi multilingualism as reflected in eighteenth-century grammars of Hebrew', in Shlomo Berger et al., eds, 'Speak Jewish - Jewish speak'.  Jewish multilingualism in Western Ashkenaz . Studia Rosenthaliana 36 (2002/3), 71-111

Teaching

Over the years, my teaching has concentrated on pre-modern Jewish history and literature. In the department's BA programme, I am currently teaching a first-year course in Hebrew Bible, an introductory course in rabbinic history and culture and a second year theory course in Jewish poetry (open also to non-Hebraists). In the MA programme in Hebrew language and culture, I am co-teaching the Methodology course as well as the interdisciplinary module 'To be or not to be a Jew in Golden Age Amsterdam', which is likewise open to students from other programmes.

Full cv Irene Zwiep

2017

  • I.E. Zwiep (in press). Believers in the Nation? The Place of Religion in Jewish National Identification (1815–1897). In R. Dagnino & A. Grazi (Eds.), Believers in the Nation: European Religious Minorities in the Age of Nationalism (1815-1914) (Groningen Studies in Cultural Change, 52) (pp. 19-36). Louvain: Peeters.

2016

2012

  • I.E. Zwiep (2012). From 'Dialektik' to comparative literature: Steinschneider’s 'orientalism'. In R. Leicht & G. Freudenthal (Eds.), Studies on Steinschneider: Moritz Steinschneider and the emergence of the science of Judaism in nineteenth-century Germany Vol. 33. Studies in Jewish History and Culture (pp. 137-150). Leiden: Brill.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2012). Jewish Enlightenment (almost) without Haskalah: the Dutch Example. Jewish Culture and History, 13 (2-3), 220-234. doi: 10.1080/1462169X.2012.729978

2011

  • I.E. Zwiep (2011). Mi-Dialektikah le-sifrut mashvah: Ha-Orientalizm shel Shtainshnaider. Pe'amim, 129, 81-97.

2010

2009

  • I. Zwiep (2009). Linguistic knowledge: grammar and literacy in early modern Ashkenaz. Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts = Simon Dubnow Institute yearbook, 8, 279-298.

2007

2017

  • I.E. Zwiep (2017). Bijslaap als bijzaak. Eros en liefde in de Talmoed. In P.S. Gerbrandy (Ed.), Liefdeslessen. Verleidingskunst en erotiek van schepping tot verlichting (pp. 25-41). Amsterdam/Antwerpen: Atlas Contact.

2015

  • I. Zwiep (2015). The Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Visual. In H. Ewence & H. Spurling (Eds.), Visualizing Jews through the ages: Literary and material representations of Jewishness and Judaism (Routledge Studies in Cultural History, 37) (pp. 104-121). New York/London: Routledge.

2014

2013

2011

  • I.E. Zwiep (2011). Hebrew 'sociolinguistics'. In R. Fontaine, R. Glasner, R. Leicht & G. Veltri (Eds.), Studies in the history of culture and science: a tribute to Gad Freudenthal (Studies in Jewish history and culture, 30) (pp. 453-469). Leiden: Brill.
  • I. Zwiep (2011). Pascal in potentia... Isaac da Costa on Spinoza and Pantheism. Studia Rosenthaliana, 42-43, 149-163. doi: 10.2143/SR.43.0.2175924
  • I. Zwiep (2011). Goodbye to all that? Jewish views of Europe after 1945. In M. Spiering & M. Wintle (Eds.), European identity and the Second World War (pp. 224-234). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2011). 'Der juden schant war offenbar': Middeleeuws 'allosemitisme' en postmodern ongemak [Review of the book Der jüdische Gelehrte im Mittelalter: christliche Imaginationen zwischen Idealisierung und Dämonisierung]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 124(2), 264-266.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2011). [Review of the book The verbal system in Late Enlightenment Hebrew]. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft, 21(1), 163-165.

2010

  • I. Zwiep (2010). Scholarship of literature and life: Leopold Zunz and the invention of Jewish culture. In W. Otten, A. VanderJagt & H. de Vries (Eds.), How the West was won: essays on literary imagination, the canon, and the Christian Middle Ages for Burcht Pranger (Brill's studies in intellectual history, 188) (pp. 165-173). Leiden [etc.]: Brill.

2008

  • I.E. Zwiep (2008). ‘Judenthum’, ‘Griechenthum’ and ‘Christenthum’ as parameters in early nineteenth-century Jewish political thinking. In A. Houtman, A. de Jong & M. Misset-van de Weg (Eds.), Empsychoi Logoi: religious innovations in antiquity : studies in honour of Pieter Willem van der Horst (Ancient Judaism and early Christianity, 73) (pp. 3-17). Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2008). A maskil reads Zunz: Samuel Mulder and the earliest Dutch reception of the 'Wissenschaft des Judentums'. In Y. Kaplan (Ed.), The Dutch intersection: the Jews and the Netherlands in modern history Vol. 38. Brill's Series in Jewish Studies (pp. 301-317). Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • I. Zwiep (2008). Haskalah and 'Wissenschaft des Judentums' in the earliest Dutch Jewish press (1806-1875). In E. Lappin & M. Nagel (Eds.), Deutsch-jüdische Presse und jüdische Geschichte: Dokumente, Darstellungen, Wechselbeziehungen = The German-Jewish press and Jewish history: documents, representations, interrelations. - Bd. 1: Identität, Nation, Sprache - Jüdische Geschichte und jüdisches Gedächtnis - Der Westen im Osten, der Osten im Westen - Konzepte jüdischer Kultur = Identity, nation, language - Jewish history and Jewish memoirs - The West in the East, the East in the West - Concepts of Jewish culture (Presse und Geschichte: neue Beiträge, 37) (pp. 23-32). Bremen: Edition Lumière.

2007

  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). 'Epigones and identity. Jewish scholarship in the Netherlands, 1850-1940'. In J. Frishman & e.a. (Eds.), Dutch Jewry in a cultural maelstrom, 1880-1940 (pp. 53-64). Amsterdam: Aksent.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). 'From perush to be'ur. Authenticity and authority and eighteenth-century Jewish interpretation'. In R.W. Munk & M.F.J. Baasten (Eds.), Studies in Hebrew Language and Jewish Culture (pp. 257-270). Dordrecht: Springer.

2006

  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). 'Ritueel en gevaar'. In J. van Dam (Ed.), Levende Rituelen (pp. 113-124). Amsterdam: Fama Fraternitatis.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). 'Hebrew or the Holy Tongue? Imitation and authenticity in medieval Hebrew writing'. In L. Nauta (Ed.), Language and cultural change. Aspects of the study and use of language in the Later Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Groningen Studies in Cultural Change) (pp. 77-90). Louvain: Peeters.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). 'No friend of Humbug. Marcus Roest Mz, first custodian of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana (1881-1889)'. In Omnia in eo. Studies on Jewish books and libraries in honour of Adri Offenberg, Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam (Studia Rosenthaliana, 38-39) (pp. 37-48). Louvain: Peeters.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). 'Introduction'. In I.E. Zwiep, R. Fontaine & A. Schatz (Eds.), Sepharad in Ashkenaz. Medieval knowledge and eighteenth-century enlightened Jewish discourse (pp. ix-xvii). Amsterdam: Edita 2007.

2016

  • I. Zwiep (2016). Mendelssohn perspectives. [Review of the book Mendelssohn Perspectives]. Jewish Culture and History, 16(3), 322-325.

2013

  • I.E. Zwiep (2013). [Review of the book Historiosophy and the Science of Judaism]. Bibliotheca Orientalis, 70(1-2), 210-212.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2013). Grammatical Thought: Ashkenazi Tradition. In G. Khan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics. - Vol. 2: G-O (pp. 110-113). Leiden: Brill.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2013). Netherlands. In G. Khan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics. - Vol. 2: G-O (pp. 819-822). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

2012

2008

  • I.E. Zwiep (2008). [Review of the book Jacob Campo Weyerman. Den Talmud ofte Overzeldzaame Joodsche vertellingen (1736)]. Mededelingen van de Stichting Jacob Campo Weyerman, 30(1), 64-66.

2007

  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). Alenu. In Sidur Ha’Chidush. Amsterdam: Beit Ha’Chidush.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). Adon olam. In Sidur Ha’Chidush. Amsterdam: Beit Ha’Chidush.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). 'Spreekt God Hebreeuws, of kan Hij het lezen? Het spel van tekst, taal en lezer in de vroege joodse bijbelexegese'. http://www.bijbelgenootschap.nl.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). Yigdal. In Sidur Ha’Chidush. Amsterdam: Beit Ha’Chidush.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2007). Yedid nefesh. In Sidur Ha’Chidush. Amsterdam: Beit Ha’Chidush.

2006

  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). Lemma 'The Hebrew Linguistic Tradition'. In E.K. Brown & A.H. Anderson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • I.E. Zwiep (2006). Lemma's 'Jacob Alting', 'Cohen Belinfante', 'Van Campen', 'Cunaeus', 'Dozy', 'Mulder', 'Polak', 'Roest', 'Schultens', 'Seeligmann', 'Surenhuis'. In Encyclopaedia Judaica. Farmington Hills/Jeruzalem: Thomson/Keter.
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