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Neta Bodner, Lecturer

Neta Bodner
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The Open University of Israel Department of Literature, Language and Arts 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office:972-9-7781991 Email:netabod@openu.ac.il

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Areas of Interest
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Visual culture, Medieval architecture
  • Liturgy and its setting
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Urbanism in medieval Europe
  • Religious ceremonies in the middle ages

Dr. Neta Bodner is an art historian whose research focuses on medieval art and (especially) architecture. Her work concentrates on Jewish and Christian religious buildings in the Romanesque and Gothic styles from Germany, Northern Italy and France. Her current project is a monograph on Jewish ritual baths (mikvaot) from Ashkenaz and their intersections with Christian Romanesque.
In 2018-2019 she was a Rothschild Yad-Hanadiv postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, both as a visiting fellow at the Faculty of History and as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
In 2016-2018 and again upon return from Oxford in 2019 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the ERC funded project “Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe” headed by Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her project was a comparative analysis of Jewish ritual baths and bathing with Christian baptism and baptisteries in the High Middle Ages.
Bodner’s interest in baptisteries began during her Phd on religious architecture in Pisa. She studied the representation of Jerusalem’s sacred sites in Italian architecture as a doctoral fellow in the ERC funded project “SPECTRUm: Visual Translations of Jerusalem to Europe” headed by Prof. Bianca Kühnel. Her B.A. (magna cum laude), M.A. (summa cum laude) and PhD are from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2010 - 2016
Ph.D. in Art History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Bianca Kühnel, “Architectural Translations of Jerusalem’s Holy Sites to Pisa in the Middle Ages”
2006 - 2009
M.A. (summa cum laude) in European Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Bianca Kühnel and Dr. Lola Kantor Kazovsky, “The Baptistery of Pisa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem: A Reconsideration of Era and Architecture”
2002 - 2006
B.A. (magna cum laude) in Art History and Comparative Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2020  Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literature and the Arts, The Open University of Israel, Raanana

2019  Visiting Fellow: Faculty of History, University of Oxford; Visiting Scholar: Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Associate Member of the Senior Common Room, Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), University of Oxford

2019-2020 and 2016-2018  Postdoctoral Fellow, ERC project “Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe”, The Hebrew University, PI: Elisheva Baumgarten

2015-2018  Research Consortium Member “Landscape, Heritage, and Identity of Europe, Cathedral Cities, Living Memories”, PI: Gerardo Boto Varella, Girona University

2010-2016  Doctoral Research Fellow, ERC project “Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem”, The Hebrew University, PI: Bianca Kühnel

2008-2009  Research Assistant, The European Forum at the Hebrew University

2007-2010  M.A Research Fellow, Fritz Thyssen Foundation project, “Sites of Memory and Memory of Sites”, PI: Bianca Kühnel

Israel and Ione Massada Visiting Fellowship, Worcester College, University of Oxford
The Open University of Israel Internal Research Grant
2018 - 2019
Rothschild Yad-Hanadiv Postdoctoral Scholarship
2018 - 2019
Postdoctoral Scholarship for Outstanding Female Scholars for research abroad, Victor Smorgen Fund and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Outstanding Lecturer List, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University
Outstanding Lecturer List, Avney Pinah Program, The Hebrew University
Romolo-Deotto and Vigevani Foundation Prize for Field Research in Italy
Faculty of Social Sciences Travel Grant for participation in the College Art Association Annual Conference, New York
International Centre of Medieval Art (ICMA) Travel Grant to the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, University of West Michigan
Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages (IMAGO) Travel Grant to the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo
Municipality of Vienna Travel Grant for research in Austria
Centre for Austrian Studies at the Hebrew University Travel Grant to Austria
2009 - 2010
European Forum Scholarship for participation in Student Consortium on Memory
Fritz Thyssen Foundation and European Forum Travel Grant for research at the Max Planck Art History Institute, Florence
2008 - 2009
M.A. Excellence Scholarship, The European Forum at the Hebrew University
Robert H. and Claris Smith Travel Grant for research in Pisa
B.A. Scholarship for outstanding students of Art History, the Smith Foundation
B.A. Dean’s list, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities 

“Romanesque Beyond Christianity: Jewish Ritual Baths in Germany in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 28 (Forthcoming 2021)

“The Camposanto, Pisan Medieval Architecture and Military Commemoration,” in David Ganz, Michele Bacci and Rahel Meier eds., Journeys of the Soul: Multiple Topographies in the Camposanto of Pisa (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, Forthcoming 2021)

Neta Bodner and Ariella Lehmann, “‘So that a Person Sees Himself as if He was Created that Very Same Hour’ Ritual Immersion of Men, Utensils and the Public in Jewish Ritual Baths in Germany in the Middle Ages,” Hidushim: Studies in the History of German and Central European Jewry (2019), 47-83 (Hebrew)

“Why are there Two Medieval Copies of the Holy Sepulchre in Pisa? A Comparative Analysis of San Sepolcro and the Baptistery,” Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 48.3 (Spring 2018), 103-124

Renana Bartal, Neta Bodner and Bianca Kühnel eds. Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place 500-1500 (New York: Routledge, 2017)

“Earth from Jerusalem in the Pisan Camposanto,” in Renana Bartal and Hanah Vorholt eds., Between Jerusalem and Europe: Essays in Honour of Bianca Kühnel (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 74-93

“The Baptistery of Pisa and the Rotunda of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – a Re-consideration,” in Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai and Hanna Vorholt eds., Visual Constructs of Jerusalem (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 95-105