The 2021 Jankofsky Lecture

Apr 14, 2021

The Department of English, Linguistics, & Writing Studies presented the 2021 Jankofsky Lecture with Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London.

The Department of English, Linguistics, & Writing Studies presents the 2021 Jankofsky Lecture in memory of Klaus P. Jankofsky, featuring Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London. The lecture was titled: Feeling with Mary: Sentimental Education and the Virgin Mary.

The presentation explored the range of emotions fostered, and even taught, to Christians through the figure of the Virgin Mary. It will consider sound, image, preached word, and chanted hymns inspired by the figure of the Virgin Mary and the course of her life.

Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and member of the School of History at Queen Mary University of London. She received her BA and MA degrees in Medieval History from the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she developed an interest in social and cultural history. Her publications include:

  • Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge (1987), a study of poor relief
  • Corpus Christi (1991), a study of the cultural world of the Eucharist
  • Gentile Tales: The Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews (1999)
  • Mother of God (2009), a history of the figure of the Virgin Mary
  • Vita et passio Willelmi Norwicensis [The Life and Passion of William of Norwich] (2014)
  • Cities of Strangers (2020)

She has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2002-2005). She is Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the Academia Europea. Since January 2021, she has served as President of the Jewish Historical Society of England.