Dr. Merav Mack
Dienstzimmer: Philosophicum 03-583
Merav Mack received her PhD in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation focused on Genoa and the Crusader States, published in various articles, most recently in Brill’s Companion to Medieval Genoa, 2018. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute she led interdisciplinary programmes that resulted in a series of international conferences and publications (Transnationalism and Contemporary Christian Communities in the Middle East, 2013; Shvuim [Captives], 2014; Post-Subjectivity, 2014). She continued her studies of Contemporary Christianity in collaborative research projects at the Hebrew University Truman Institute and the Center for the Study of Christianity and at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in Jordan.
Since 2005 she has been studying the historical libraries and archives of Jerusalem. In 2015 she became a member of the ERC project “Open Jerusalem”. In 2019 she published Jerusalem: City of the Book (Yale University Press), which is used as a basis for an exhibition at the National Library of Israel scheduled for 2024. At JGU Mainz University she is studying a collection of over 300 medieval codices which were produced in Jerusalem between the years 900 and 1500. This collection will be used to examine exchanges between individuals and communities across religious and language boundaries in medieval Jerusalem. She is also a member of Top-level Research Area “40,000 Years of Human Challenges”, where she uses the research of Jerusalem’s book production as a case study of cross-cultural interactions in urban agglomeration.