Temple Mount: Heritage and Conflict | Katharina Galor

Lecture | November 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture surveys the historical and archaeological legacy of Jerusalem’s most contested site, the Jewish Temple Mount (Har HaBayit), known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif). In an effort to disentangle the historical facts from the religious and political agendas, Galor will examine key research initiatives and define how the recent conflict has impacted the preservation of a monument of shared value.

Katharina Galor is an art historian and archaeologist specializing in the visual and material culture of Israel-Palestine. She has excavated in France, Italy, and at various sites in Israel. In addition to teaching at Brown, she also taught at the Hebrew University and the Ecole biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem, at Tufts University and at RISD in the US, and most recently at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She currently is the Visiting Hirschfeld Associate Professor at Brown University with a joint appointment in the Program of Judaic Studies and the Program of Urban Studies. Her publications include The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans (co-authored with Hanswulf Bloedhorn; Yale University Press, 2013) and Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology Between Science and Ideology (University of California Press, 2017). Her co-authored book (with Sa’ed Atshan) The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians is forthcoming in 2020 with Duke University Press. She is currently writing Gender and Temporality in Jewish Memory: A Visual and Material Cultural Analysis, a book project supported with a 3-year grant from the Leo Baeck Institute, Berlin.