PhD in Translation Studies
PhD in Jewish Studies

A page from the Babylonian Talmud

About me

I was born in Ferrara (Italy) in 1973.
From 1998 to 2001 I worked as Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bologna.
From 2006 to 2011 I worked as Research Assistant at the Institute for Jewish Studies of the Free University Berlin.
From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.
I am currently a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).

My work focuses on Talmud, Kabbalah, Jewish Hermeneutics, and Translation Studies. I am particularly interested in Deconstruction and its application to religious texts. My teaching fields run from ancient to modern Jewish thought and also cover post-structuralist philosophy (mainly: J. Derrida, M. Foucault and P. de Man).

Since 1996 I have been the Editor of the series Bibliotheca Philosophica for the Italian publishing house Gallio Editori. In 2009 I worked as freelance editor for the Jewish publishing house Mamash. I work as freelance translator into Italian from three languages: German, English and Hebrew.
I am a freelance journalist.

Postdoctoral Training

2016-2019: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Germany)
2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at the Rothschild Foundation Europe (Yad ha-Nadiv) (London)

Graduate and Postgraduate Education

2006-2008: PhD in Jewish Studies (Free University, Berlin, Germany)
2000-2006: MA in Hebrew (University of Florence, Italy)
2001-2005: PhD in Translation Studies (University of Bologna, Italy)
2004: Scholarship as Visiting Graduate Student at Brown University (Providence, R.I., Usa)
2003: Scholarship as Visiting Graduate Student at Brown University (Providence, R.I., Usa)
1992-1997: MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy)


2017: Invited lecturer in Jewish Studies (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
2009-2011: Research Assistant in Jewish Studies (Free University of Berlin)
2007-2008: Research Assistant in Jewish Studies (Free University of Berlin)
1998-2001: Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy)

Affiliations and Memberships

AJS (Association for Jewish Studies)
AISG (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo)
BAJS (British Association for Jewish Studies)
DIRST (Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienza della Traduzione)
EAJS (European Association for Jewish Studies)
ICI Berlin (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry)
ODG (Ordine dei Giornalisti)
UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Present Project

“Carnal Israel” and “Spiritual Israel:” Christians between Talmud and Kabbalah in the Renaissance (2016-2019)
In connection with the ERC project “The Latin Talmud" (Prof. Dr. Alexander Fidora, Autonomus University of Barcelona)

The present research project intends to evaluate how Christian Hebraists received Jewish Hermeneutics in the Renaissance and how this has impacted on their representation of Judaism. My working assumption is that Christian Hebraists evaluated in a very tendentious way the development of Kabbalah in contrast to traditional Talmudic and Rabbinic literature. More specifically, I intend to show how Christian Hebraists tendentiously employed some hermeneutical differences between Talmud and Kabbalah in order to reinforce their stereotypical notion of a “carnal Israel” opposed to a “spiritual Israel.”

Past Projects

The Sacrifice of Isaac as Exodus from Law (2014-2016)
At the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Dr. Dr. Christoph Holzhey)

The biblical “Sacrifice of Isaac” is considered, according to Jewish tradition, as Abraham’s final trial: that is, the conclusive act in his erratic wandering from Ur to the Land of Israel. I assume that the “Sacrifice of Isaac” has a crucial importance for understanding the ongoing secularization of European culture. On the one hand, Abraham is the acknowledged “Father” of the three monotheistic religions. On the other hand, the “Sacrifice of Isaac” in the bible displays his ultimate trial in front of God, representing a model for religious behavior in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With respect to this, the “Sacrifice of Isaac” is the expression of an “agonistic” philosophy of law, that is a vital confrontation with juridical and ethical issues. I believe that there is an ontological connection between Abraham’s “erring” and his attitude towards the Law that he is willing to “transgress” by sacrificing Isaac in the name of God.

A Feminist Commentary on Tractate Keritot (2009-2011)
In connection with the DFG project "A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud” (FCBT) (Prof. Dr. Tal Ilan, Free University of Berlin)

The tractate Keritot of the Babylonian Talmud belongs to the Order of Qodashim in the Mishnah. It discusses the Temple and its rituals, especially sacrifices, but deals mostly with laws on incest, sexual transgressions, childbirth, and miscarriages. In my commentary, I provided a historical, philological and philosophical investigation on these gender issues. I discussed almost the entire tractate, referring to many other sources, Jewish (the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Sifra, and other rabbinic texts) as well as non-Jewish (Akkadian, Hittite, and Ugaritic).

The Latin Translation of Yosef Gikatilla’s “Gates of Justice” (2006-2009)
In connection with the project “The Kabbalistic Library of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola” (Prof. Dr. Giulio Busi, Free University of Berlin)

In 1486 the Italian philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola charged Flavius Mithridates (aka Raimundo Moncada), a converted Jew of Sicilian provenance with the task of translating a whole kabbalistic library into Latin. Mithridates translated all the Jewish mystical works then available. Among then there was also the book "Gates of Justice” was written by Yosef ben Abraham Gikatilla (1248-1325) in mature theosophical-mystic period and was totally immersed into the world of the divine emanations: rephrasing and recasting his early disquisitions on the traditional Names of God, Gikatilla here provides a systematic and comprehensive explanation of their relation to the ten sefirot. I prepared a preliminary edition of the Hebrew text and of its Latin translation.


Massekhet Keritot. Text, Translation and Commentary (A Feminist Commentary on the Bablylonian Talmud), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 487 pp.

La lingua malata. Linguaggio e violenza nella filosofia contemporanea [The Ill Tongue. Language and Violence in Contemporary Philosophy], Bologna, Clueb, 2007, 140 pp.

La Legge e il volto di Dio. La rivelazione sul Sinai nella letteratura ebraica e cristiana [Law and God’s face. The Sinai Revelation in Jewish and Christian Literature], Firenze, La Giuntina, 2004, 103 pp.

Società e discorso. L’etica della comunicazione in K.O. Apel e J. Derrida [Society and Speech. The Ethics of Communication in K.O. Apel and J. Derrida], Milan, Mimesis, 2002, 218 pp.

Edited Books

«Chi dite che io sia?» Gesù nel suo e nel nostro tempo [Who do you think I am? Jesus in His and Our Time], Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 2007, 272 pp.


[from Hebrew]
Dan Pagis, Papà [“Daddy”], Firenze, La Giuntina, 2014, pp. 70

[from German]
A. Von Harnack, Marcione o il Vangelo del Dio straniero [Marcion. The Gospel of the Alien God], Milano, Marietti, 2007, 336 pp.

B. Allemann, Sul poetico, Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 1999

J. Taubes, Il Leviatano come Dio mortale, in «Teologia Politica», I, 2004, pp, 35-46, Milano, Marietti Editore, 2004

E. Fink, Sull’entusiasmo, Ferrara, Edited by R. Cristin, Gallio Editori, 2003

J. Derrida, I limiti del consenso, in F. Dal Bo, Società e discorso. L’etica della comunicazione in K.O. Apel e J. Derrida [Society and Speech. The Ethics of Communication in K.O. Apel and J. Derrida], Milan, Mimesis, 2002

H. Mayer, Che cos’è la teologia politica, in R. Panattoni (ed.), La comunità, la sua legge, la sua giustizia, Padova, Il Poligrafo, 2000, pp. 9-20

Book Chapters

Nihilism and Extremist Religious Education in Contemporary Israel. The King's Torah and its Discontents, in S. Kunze – F. Jacob (Eds.), Jewish Radicalisms. Historical Perspectives on a Phenomenon of Global Modernity, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019 (in press)

Appendix Glossarum. A Preliminary Edition of the Glosses Contained in the Extractiones de Talmud, in U. Cecini – Ó. de la Cruz Palma, Extractiones de Talmud per Ordinem Sequentialem, Turnhout, Brepols, 2018, pp. 597-710

“Economic speculation and the sacred,” “Market prices,” “Market intervention and the common good,” and “Market intervention and the common good,” in M. Satlow (Ed.), Judaism and the Economy. A Sourcebook, London, Routledge, 2018, pp. 46-47, 48, 53-54, 69-70

“Women Are Like Cattle.” Some Remarks on Early Jewish Judicial Vocabulary on Women and Nature, in S.L.Budin – M. Cifarelli – A. Garcia-Ventura – A. Millet Albà (Eds), Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the Second Workshop held at the Universitat de Barcelona, February 1-3, 2017, Barcelona, Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2018, pp. 23-34

“So then, the Law is Holy, and the Commandment is Holy, Righteous and Good.” Augustine’s Ambiguities on the Jewish Law, in S.K. Danielson – F. Jacob (Eds), Intellectual Anti-Semitism, Würzburg, Königshausen & Neumann, 2018, pp. 21-40

A Contemporary Midrash: Saramago’s Re-Telling of the “Sacrifice of Isaac”, in C. Salzani – K. Vanhoutte (Eds), Saramago’s Philosophical Heritage, Basingstoke, Palgrave McMillan, 2018, pp. 121-142

A Priest’s “Uncircumcised Heart.” Some Theological-Political Remarks on a Rashi’s Gloss in tractate Sanhedrin and its Latin translation in Extractiones de Talmud, in U.Cecini – E. Vernet i Pons (Eds), Studies on the Latin Talmud, Bellaterra: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2017, pp. 129-144

Emmanuel Levinas' Messianism and the World to Come. A Gnostic-Philosophical Reading of Tractate Sanhedrin 96b-99a in L.J. Greenspoon, Olam ha-Ze v'Olam ha-Ba. This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice, Lafayette (Indiana), Purdue University Press, 2017, pp. 197-213

Legal and Transgressive Sex, Heresy, and Hermeneutics in the Talmud: The Cases of Bruriah, Rabbi Meir, Elisha ben Abuya and the Prostitute, in E. Ancselovits – G. Wilkes (eds.), Jewish Law and Academic Discipline. Contributions from Europe, Liverpool, Deborah Charles, 2016, pp. 128-151

Die „Opferung Isaaks“ zwischen jüdischem Midrasch und der Poetik des Aristoteles nach ihrer griechischen, syrischen, arabischen und hebräischen Überlieferung in M. Menicacci (ed.), Das Tragische: Dichten und Denken. Literarische Modellierungen eines ‚pensiero tragico,‘ Heidelberg, Winter Verlag, 2016, pp. 39-55

Dan Pagis e il Meridiano della Memoria in D. Pagis, Papà, Firenze, La Giuntina, 2014, pp. 53-75

Du solltest dich verfolgen lassen. Eine theologisch-politische Auslegung vom Talmudischen Traktat Baba Kamma 93 [You should let you be persecuted. A theological-political Reading from the Talmud Tractate Baba Kamma 93] in C.S. Dorchain – T. Speccher (eds.), Täter und Opfer. Verbrechen und Stigma im europäisch-jüdischen Kontext, Würzburg, Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2014, pp. 69-95

The entry Le'om in H.J. Fabry – U. Dahmen (eds.), Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, II Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2013, p. 466

Women to Think With: Sexual Transgressions as Heuristics in Tractate Kritot, in T. Ilan (ed.), A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud II: Seder Qodashim. vol. 1, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2012, pp. 241-252

A Reading of the “Epistle to the Romans” in Mithridates’ Latin translation of Giqatilla’s “Gates of Justice” for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, in M. Perani e G. Corazzol (eds.), Flavio Mitridate mediatore fra culture nel contesto dell’ebraismo siciliano del XV secolo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale. Caltabellotta, 30 luglio-1 agosto 2008 Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2012, pp. 137-147

The entries “Bamah”, “Hutz,” and “Hoq” in H.J.Fabry – U. Dahm (eds.), Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, I Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2011, pp. 460-462, 916-917, and 918-923

Traduzione come poesia: Bachmann e Celan interpreti di Ungaretti [Translation as Poetry: I. Bachmann and Paul Celan readings of Ungaretti], in A. Dolfi (ed.), Traduzione e poesia, Roma, Bulzoni, 2004, pp. 743-763

La testimonianza della pace. Derrida lettore di Celan [Witnessing Peace: Derrida Reads Paul Celan], in I. Malaguti (ed.), Filosofia e pace, Rimini, Fara, 2000, pp. 224-239

Ebraismo e filosofia. Levinas e la comunità occidentale [Judaism and Philosophy. Levinas and the Western Community], in R. Panattoni (ed.), La comunità, la sua legge, la sua giustizia, Padova, Il Poligrafo, 2000, pp. 117-127

Postfazione in G. Hottois, Il segno e la tecnica, [Afterword to the Italian Edition of Hottois’ Le signe et la technique], Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 1999, pp. 224-257

Journal articles

“Hebrew and Aramaic Terms in the ‘Extractiones de Talmud.’ Some Remarks on a Thirteenth-Century Latin Translation of the Talmud,” in Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies 5, 2 (2018) (in print)

“Talmudic Angelology and the Tosafists: On Metatron in the Latin Translation of Tractates Sanhedrin and Avodah Zarah,” in Jewish Studies Quarterly 25 (2018) pp. 42-61

“Between the 'City of Man' and the 'City of God.' Levinas on the Biblical Institution of the 'Cities of Refuge' in Talmudic literature (bMakk 9b-10a),” in – Zeitschrift für Politisches Denken/ Journal for Political Thinking, 1, 8 (2016) pp. 74-92

“Textualism and Scepticism: Post-modern Philosophy and the Theology of Text,” in Melilah: Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism, vol. 12 (2015) pp. 84-96

“The Theological and Cultural Challenge of 'Messianic Jews.' Towards a New Jewish Paradigm?” in Pardes, Jesus in the Jewish Culture of the 19th and 20th century: Die Figur Jesu in der Jüdischen Kultur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, 20 (2015) pp. 33-58

“The Theory of 'Emanation' in Gikatilla's 'Gates of Justice,'” in Journal of Jewish Studies, 62, 1 (2011) pp. 79-104

“Traduzione come mediazione linguistica: Celan traduttore di Ungaretti tra italiano e francese” [Translation as linguistic mediation: Celan as translator of Ungaretti between Italian and French], in Italian Poetry Review, 3 (2008) pp. 476-493

“Il poeta traduttore. Paul Celan e Ingeborg Bachmann si confrontano con Ungaretti” [The Poet Traslator. Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann face Ungaretti] in Comunicare (2006) pp. 197-219

“Tra la sabbia e le stelle: Scholem e la traduzione di Zohar 22a-26b” [Between Sand and Stars: Scholem’s Translation of Zohar 22a-26b], in Materia Giudaica, VIII, 2 (2004) pp. 297-309

“Filosofia del linguaggio e morale della comunicazione in K.O. Apel” [Philosophy of Language and Ethics of Communication in K.O. Apel], in Segni e comprensione, XIV, n. 39-40 (2000) pp. 76-110

“L’utopia dell’angelo. Note a L’angelo necessario di Massimo Cacciari” [The Angel Utopia. Notes to Massimo Cacciari’s L’angelo necessario], in Arcipelago 5 (2000) pp. 114-121

“Il tema della salvezza nelle Confessioni di Agostino” [Augustine’s Theory of Redemption in Confessions], in Studia Patavina 47, I (2000) pp. 63-84

“La teoria della nevrosi in Freud e il movimento della metafora” [Freud’s Theory of Neurosis and the Movement of Metaphor], Rivista di psicologia 1 (1999) pp. 55-78

“Il medico e la filosofia. Un commento a L’interesse per la psicoanalisi di Freud” [Physician and Philosophy: A Comment on Freud's The interest in Psychoanalysis], Rivista di psicologia 3 (1995) pp. 81-101

“Il teatro del sapere: un’interpretazione della Repubblica platonica” [The Theatre of Knowledge: An Interpretation of Plato’s Republic], Philo:logica V, 9 (March 1996) pp. 91-104

Book Reviews

Book Review of Manuel Forcano, Els antievangelis jueus. Les caricatures jueves de Jesús de Natzaret, in Tamid (2018), in press

Book Review of Vivian Liska, German-Jewish Thought and its Afterlife. A Tenuous Legacy , in Annali d'Italianistica "The New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D'Azeglio to Primo Levi" 36 (2018) pp. 505-508

Book Review of Francesca Bregoli, Mediterranean Enlightenment. Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform, in Annali d'Italianistica "The New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D'Azeglio to Primo Levi" 36 (2018) pp. 494-496

Book Review of Massimo Cacciari, The Witholding Power: An Essay on Political Theology in Arcadia. International Journal of Literary Culture/ Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur, 53, 2 (2018) pp. 432-435

Book Review of Nadia Vidro, Irene E. Zwiep, and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, eds., A Universal Art: Hebrew Grammar across Disciplines and Faiths, in Speculum 93, 1 (2018) pp. 281-283

Book Review of Ellen Davina Haskell. Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity, in H-Judaic, 1 May 2017 (on line)

Book Review of B.L. Sherwin's Kabbalah, M. Kellner's Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism, D.J. Halperin, Sabbatai Zevi, M. Altshuler, The Messianic Secrets of Hasidism and R. Elior, The Mystical Origins of Hasidism, in Journal of Jewish Studies, 59, 2 (2008) pp. 335-343

Organized talks

(with Antonio Castore)
International Conference: Untying the Mother Tongue. On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious
Keynotes by Daniel Boyarin and Hélène Cixous
Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
11-12 May 2016, Berlin


Paul Celan and Samuil Marshak Translating Shakespeare: a Poetics of Transformation between English, German, and Russian
The Vladimir Vysotsky Centre for Russian Studies
School of Language and Global Studies
University of Central Lancashire
3 April 2019, Preston (UK)

Las traducciones de la Cabala en latin por Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Flavius Mithridates como traductor y glossator
Identidades conversas, cabala e mística cristã
FLUP, Department of Philosophy
University of Porto
4 December 2018, Porto (Portugal)

The Mysterious Disease Ishkara in its Medieval Reception. Some Insight from the 1242 Latin translation of the Talmud
11th EAJS Congress
15-19 July 2018, Krakow

Nathan as John the Baptist and Paul. Gershom Scholem and Jacob Taubes Disputing over Shabbataj Tzevi’s Heritage
From Gaza to Skopje: Nathan, the Prophet of Sabbatianism, in History, Literature and Philosophy
Sentro Moshe David Gaon de Kultura Djudeo-Espanyola / Ben Gurion University of the Negev
10-12 July 2018, Skopje (Macedonia)

“They are not my people.” Mysticism and Political Extremism in Henry Bean’s script The Believer (2001)
Leo Baeck Institute in London
3 July 2018, London

“L’immediata intensità messianica del cuore.” Paolinismo nel Frammento teologico-politico di Walter Benjamin
Associazione Italiana Walter Benjamin
Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici
13 June 2018, Rome

“I was born Jewish, I won’t die Jewish.” Judaism and Islam in An Italian Jew Converting to Christianity under Napoleon’s Domination in the 19th Century
Religious Conversions: Then and Now
Center for the Study of Conversions and Inter-Religious Encounters
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
28-31 May 2018, Beer Sheva

‘Paulinism’ in the Science of Judaism. On Scholem's Reception of Paul and his Discontents
200 Years of Wissenschaft des Judentums: Historiography, Ideology and the Challenge of a Usable Past
Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem for the Study of German and Central European Jewry
18-20 February 2018, Jerusalem

Rashi's Glosses in the Extractiones de Talmud
The Latin Talmud. A Joint Workshop
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
13 February 2018, Beer Sheva

Traduir de l’hebreu a l’italià
Traduir els clàssics avui. De l'autor a l'editor
Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
28-29 November 2017, Barcelona

A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud
Féminismes religieux-spiritualités féministes
Université de Lausanne
23-24 November 2017, Lausanne

Between Repetition and Innovation. A Covert Philosophy of History in the Jewish Medieval Commentaries on the Talmud
The Shape of Return. Process, Process, and Repetition in Medieval Culture
ICI Berlin Institut for Cultural Inquiry
29-30 September 2017, Berlin

Waiting for the Messiah or enduring the Katechon? On Agamben’s negotiation between Paul, Benjamin, and Schmitt
Walter Benjamin and Method: Re-thinking the Legacy of the Frankfurt School
IWBS Conference 2017
University of Oxford
25-27 September 2017, Oxford

Hebrew and Aramaic Terms in the Latin Talmud
Rabbinic Hebrew into Latin: Onomastics and translation in the Latin Talmud
17th World Congress of Jewish Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
6-8 August 2017, Jerusalem

The Latin Talmud. Assessing Boundaries between Judaism and Christianity in the 13th Century
Translating Babel: Religion and Translation in the Early Modern Period
Research Centre Gotha of the University of Erfurt
20-22 July 2017, Gotha (Germany)

Importing Mysticism from the Orient. Jewish “Orientalism” in the 11th Century Travelogue The Chronicle of Ahima‘az
"Jews on the move"
British Association for Jewish Studies 2017
10-12 July 2017, Edinburgh

Heated Debates. Feelings in the Talmud and its Latin Translation
International Medieval Meeting ”Feeling in the Middle Ages”
University of Lleida
27 June 2017, LLeida (Spain)

Paul’s Definition of “Circumcision of the Heart:” A Trans-Cultural reading of Rom 2:29
From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity
Ninth Enoch Seminar
18-23 June 2017, Camaldoli (Italy)

The “Sacrifice of Isaac” as God's Self-Testing in the XIII Century Spanish Kabbalah
International Conference: Translating Experience. Medieval Encounters with Nature, Self, and God
Department of History
Durham University
5-6 June 2017, Durham (UK)

The Latin Translations of the Talmud and Jewish Mysticism. Strategies and Procedures for Translating “Edifying Literature” into Latin
Translation Studies World Congress
University of Paris Ovest-Nantierre-La-Défence
10-14 April 2017, Paris

“Women are like cattle”. Some Remarks on early Jewish Juridical Vocabulary on Women and Nature
Second Workshop on Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East
Universitat de Barcelona
1-3 February 2017, Barcelona

Torah as “Texture” in the 13th century Kabbalah. The notion of arigah and its use in Rabbi Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla
The Texture of Jewish Tradition. Investigations in Textuality
British Association for Jewish Studies 2016
College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
10-12 July 2016, Birmingham (UK)

The ‘Eruv of Venice. On Ben Schachter’s Eruv Maps and its Talmudic-Philosophical Value
The Ghetto of Venice. The Future of Memory in Digital Age
Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
28 June–5 July 2016, Venice (Italy)

From Halakhah to Kabbalah. The Evolution of the Jewish Animosity against the Gentiles: from a Juridical to a Metaphysical Controversy.
Interfaith Relations in the 14th Century
The 14th Century Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
12-15 May 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan (US)

“My Mother Tongue is a Foreign Language.” On Edmond Jabès’ Writing in Exile
International Conference: Untying the Mother Tongue. On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious
Keynotes by Daniel Boyarin and Hélène Cixous
Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
11 May 2016, Berlin

Alla ricerca della lingua ebraica perfetta: il dibattito sull’ebraico tra filosofia e Kabbalah
"Ars Grammatica e le lingue orientali" a cura di Prof. Matthias Kappler
Seminario tematico
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa mediterranea / Department of Asian and North African Studies
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia
30 March 2016, Venice

Innerlichkeit and Äußerlichkeit. Martin Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte and his Metaphysical Anti-Semitism
Innerlichkeit and Modernity. The German-Jewish Perspective
Zentrum für Jüdische Studien (ZJS)
28-29 January 2016, Berlin

The Theological Politics of Secrecy in Yosef Gikatilla
A Panel on “Exclusive Knowledge in Medieval Kabbalah” with Marla Segol, Jonathan Dauber, Jeremy Brown, and Hartley Lachter
47th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS, 2015)
13-15 December 2015, Boston (MA)

Tecniche interpretative e studi di genere: dal Talmud al decostruzionismo
Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche
Università di Bologna
27 November 2015, Bologna (Italy)

Dan Pagis as a Reluctant Hebrew Poet and Paul Celan as a Reluctant German Poet. Language, Identity, and Poetry
The sixth Postgraduate Translation Symposium
The University of East Anglia
21-22 November 2015, Norwich (UK)

Bruria: Eine Frau als Kommentatorin. Zur Hermeneutik und Sexualität im Talmud
Zentrum für Komparative Theologie und Kulturwissenschaften
University of Paderborn
11 November 2015, Paderborn (Germany)

“By the Sanctuary, these Prices are too High!.” A Case of Economic Speculation in a Jewish Law Book (revisited)
Jewish Attitudes toward Wealth and Poverty (Workshop)
Brown University
1-3 November 2015, Providence (RI)

Levinas’ Ethical Religion. Levinas’ philosophical treatment of the “this world”-“the world to come” dichotomy
The Twenty-Eighth Annual Klutznick-Harris-Schwalb Symposium
Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
University of Nebraska-Omaha
25-26 October 2015, Omaha (US)

“Gentiles are like donkeys.” Some Theological­-Political Remarks on Talmudic Juridical Vocabulary
Jewish/non­-Jewish Relations from Antiquity to the Present
The Parkes Jubilee Conference
University of Southampton
7-9 September 2015, Southampton (UK)

Eros und Kabbalah. Der Begriff von Liebe in der jüdischen Mystik. Vortrag, Gespräch
Lange Nacht der Religionen Berlin / Humboldt University
St. Elisabeth Kirche Mitte
29 August 2015, Berlin

Archi-Writing – A Short History of Writing from the Caves to the Webspace
JVE-A Berlin
30 July 2015, Berlin

“Skin:” a Metafictional Investigation into Jewish “Blackness” from Chamberlain’s and Pierce’s Racism to its Deconstruction in Modern British Film
The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture
The Open University in London
23 July 2015, London

Between Textualism and Skepticism Post-modern Philosophy and the Theology of Text
BAJS Conference 2015
University of Manchester / Hamburg University
6 July 2015, Manchester

Descending from the Tower of Babel. Descending from the Tower of Babel. Authorship, Errors, Etymologies, and Literature.
Margin of Errors (Workshop)
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
29-30 June 2015, Berlin

“A Sage Understands of His Own Knowledge” (mHag 2:1). Degrees and Hierarchy of Knowledge in Abraham Abulafia
"How Jews Know?” Epistemologies of Jewish Knowledge
Free University of Berlin
Jun 3, 2015; Berlin

Going Home When “That Agony Returns” Primo Levi’s “Ad Ora Incerta” and His Tragic Nóstos from the Camps
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
Free University of Berlin
17 April 2015, Berlin

“La istoria de Purim io ve racconto” Rabbi Mordekay ben Yehudah Dato as a reader of the Book of Esther between Literature and Kabbalah
The International Conferences on Jewish Italian Literature (ICOJIL) 8
19 March 2015, Ferrara (Italy)

“By the Sanctuary, these prices are too high!” A case of Economic Speculation in a Jewish Law Book Religion, Ethnicity, and Economic Performance. New Concept and Empirical Applications
Humboldt University
5-6 March 2015, Berlin

“Egypt is only second to Israel.” Yosef ben Abraham Gikatilla on the Magic Names of God
Mysticism and Magic in Jewish Thought
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań / Institute of European Culture in Gniezno
15-16th January 2015, Gniezno (Poland)

Die Opferung Isaaks zwischen Midrash und Aristotelischer Poetik
Kolloqium an der Universität Bonn: Das Tragische: Dichten als Denken
Bonn University
2-4th October 2014, Bonn

From Auschwitz to Srebenica: A Case of “Transnational” Representation of the Shoah in Pascal Croci’s Comics
9. ComFor-Jahrestagung in Berlin: “Grenzen ziehen, Grenzen überschreiten”
Humboldt University Berlin
25-28 September 2014, Berlin

A Fetus Shaped like a “Sandal”: Metaphors, Morphology, and Embryology in the Babylonian Talmud
European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)
The X Congress of the EAJS 2014
20-24 July 2014, Paris

K. as the New Isaac
The Jewish Law Association (JLA) 18th Biennial Conference
Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp
14-17 July 2014, Antwerp

“The Incident about Bruria.” Sex, Heresy, and Hermeneutics in Tractate Avodah Zarah
Jewish Law Association / European Regional Conference 2013
17 November 2013, Berlin

A Feminist Commentary on Tractate Keritot
Society for Biblical Literature / King's College
6 July 2011, London

Nashim ke-Midrash Halakha: Prat ve-Klal [In Hebrew]
Women in the Temple? A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud
Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem) / Institute for Jewish Studies (Berlin) / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
7-8 March 2011, Jerusalem

Women to "Think with": Sexual Transgressions as Heuristics in Tractate Keritot
Ishà ba´azarà? “A Woman in the Temple Court?” Women in Seder Qodashim and in the Temple
Institute for Jewish Studies
Free University of Berlin
31 October-2 November 2010, Berlin

A Reading from the “Epistle to the Romans” in Mithridates’ Latin Translation of Gikatilla’s “Gates of Justice” for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola [in Italian]
II International Congress on Flavius Mithridates, Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo (AISG)
31 June-1 July 2008, Caltabellotta (Sicily)

Towards a Translation Theory. Paul Celan translator of Shakespeare [in English]
Second Annual FHIS Conference for Graduate Students in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Literature and Linguistics
French, Hispanic & Italian Studies (FHIS)
University of British Columbia
28 September 2007, Vancouver

Figuratività e Diagrammi [In Italian]
Presentation of Prof. Giulio Busi’s Monograph “Qabbalah Visiva”
Istituto Universitario Arti Visive (IUAV) (University Ca´ Foscari Venice)
3 January 2006, Venice (Italy)

Augustinus und die Ursprünge des christlichen Antijudaismus [in German]
Institute for Jewish Studies
Free University of Berlin
6 June 2005, Berlin


The Latin Talmud. A Joint Workshop by the Center for the Study of Conversion & Inter-Religious Encounters, the ERC Project LATTAL and the David Berg and Family Chair for European History.
Ben Gurion University of the Negev & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
With the participation of: Harvey Hames (Ben Gurion University), Alexander Fidora (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Ulisse Cecini (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Oscar de la Cruz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Yakov Meir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Annabel Gonzalez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Judith Weiss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Isaac Lampurlanes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
13 February 2018, Beer Sheva

E pluribus unum? Multidisciplinarity in Jewish Studies Programms and Teaching
EAJS Workshop
University of Girona
28-29 May 2017, Girona (Spain)

The Literary Absolute
Workshop with Jean-Luc Nancy and Susanne Lüdemann
Organized by Marcus Coelen and Claire Nioche-Sibony
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
1 February 2016

Thinking With Rabbinic Texts
Workshop with Dana Hollander (McMaster University), Chaya Halberstam (King’s University College, University of Western Ontario), Randi Rashkover (George Mason University), Yonatan Brafman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Sergey Dolgopolski (University at Buffalo), Deborah Barer (Oberlin College), Elias Sacks (University of Colorado), Michael Zank (Boston University), Hillel Levine (Boston University), Abigail Gillman (Boston University), Michael Grodin (Boston University), Zvi Septimus (Cornell University), Paul Nahme (Brown University), Samuel Brody (University of Kansas), Marjorie Lehman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Bruce Rosenstock (University of Illinois), Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis University), James Redfield (Stanford University), Federico Dal Bo (ICI Berlin), Lynn Kaye (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles).
Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Boston University
16 December 2015, Boston (MA, USA)

Jewish Attitudes toward Wealth and Poverty
Workshop organized by Michael Satlow
Brown University
1-3 November 2015, Providence (RI)

Margins of Error
Workshop with Rosa Barotsi, S. Pearl Brilmyer, James Burton, Antonio Castore, Federico Dal Bo, Maria José De Abreu, Preciosa Regina de Joya, Walid El-Houri, Ewa Majewska, Clara Masnatta, Claire Nioche-Sibony, Zairong Xiang
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Jun 29, 2015, Berlin

Apocalypticism and Mysticism
Workshop with Proff. Daniel Boyarin, Lorenzo Di Tommaso, and Elliot Wolfson, under the guidance of Prof. Gabriele Boccaccini
Enoch Seminar
21-26 June 2015, Gazzada (Milan, Italy)

How Jews Know. Epistemologies of Jewish Knowledge
Workshop with Proff. Jonathan Boyarin, Mark Geller, Sylvie-Anne Goldberg, Lukas Mühlethaler, Beate Ulrike La Sala, Oded Schechter, Hillel Ben Sasson
Freie Universität Berlin
2-4 June 2015, Berlin

Dante - Auerbach - Pasolini
Workshop with Prof. Manuele Gragnolati
Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
22 January 2015, Berlin

Lebenswelt und philosophisches Denken / Pensiero e mondo della vita
Workshop with Prof. Sergio Givone
Humboldt Universität, Berlin / Centro Studi Filosofico-Religiosi "Luigi Pareyson”
7-11 April 2014, Berlin


Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla. Die Tore der Gerechtigkeit
Institut für Judaistik, Freie Universität Berlin
PhD in Jewish Studies, 2009

Il campo lessicale di parola in ebraico biblico
Università degli Studi di Firenze
MA in Hebrew, 2006

La poetica della trasformazione. Paul Celan traduttore dall’italiano, dall’ebraico e dall’inglese
Università degli Studi di Bologna
PhD in Translation Studies, 2005

Filosofia del Linguaggio e Morale della Comunicazione in K.O. Apel
Università degli Studi di Bologna
MA in Philosophy, 1997


Summer 2017: Invited lecturer in Jewish Studies (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)

Summer 2011: Yeshayahu Leibowitz's Reading of "Pirke Avot, Ethics of the Fathers" (Free University of Berlin)

Summer 2010: Jacob Taubes' and Giorgio Agamben's Reading of "Epistle to Romans" (Free University of Berlin)

Summer 2009: Paul Celan and the Kabbalah (Free University of Berlin)

Winter 2008: Figures of the Messias (Free University of Berlin)

Summer 2008: The Binding of Isaac (Free University of Berlin)

Summer 2007: Ancient and Modern Hebrew (Free University of Berlin)


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