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Position: Post Doctoral Researcher/Research AssociateInstitut d\'Estudis Món Juïc
Sant Domènec del Call, 6
Teaches (T) and/or researches (R) in:
2. History of the Jewish People: R
12: Medieval: R
15: Regional and National (i.e. in North Africa, Greece, Eastern Europe, Germany, Middle East, Spain, India, South America, United States, etc): R
16: Local (e.g. the Jews of Canterbury, the Jews of Kovno, etc): R
18: Epigraphy: R
19: Palaeography: R
4. Jewish Thought and Philosophy: R
34: Medieval Philosophy: R
6. Literature (other than Biblical and Rabbinic): R
43: Medieval (including scientific, poetry, Genizah studies): R
7. Languages: R
10. Jewish Studies and Resources: R
81: Codicology: R
85: On-line resources: R
Catalan Judaism: Research
Catalan and judeolanguages: Research
Summary of the Curriculum Vitae
Esperança Valls Pujol holds a PhD degree in Philology from the University of Girona and she obtained the degree of Hebrew Philology by the University of Barcelona. She has done doctoral courses at the same university within the program \"El Gresol de la Cultura Mediterrània\" (The Cradle of Mediterranean Culture) obtaining the Diploma in Advanced Studies. She has also completed studies in the field of Judaism at the University of Castilla La Mancha, and on Psychology of Religions at the Philipps Universität Marburg in Germany. She defended her doctoral dissertation in February 2016 (The Hebrew and Catalan Fragments - written in Hebrew characters - of Arxiu Històric de Girona: Textual study, Linguistic Analysis and Palaeographic Edition) at the University of Girona under the direction of Professor Joan Ferrer i Costa, Semitist and Professor of Hebrew and Aramaic, and received a unanimous Cum Laude.
She has participated as professor in summer courses on University of Girona, University of Barcelona and the University Ramon Llull and has taught several university extension courses for the University of Girona Foundation and conferences, mainly around the Catalan Judaism and Jewish Science.
She has published and edited several studies about the Jewish Catalan world, with special focus on science, Jewish loans, Hebrew Catalan manuscripts and archival research. She has attended several academic international conferences and seminars, and presented more than twenty academic papers. She is a founding member and co-director of the Institut Món Juïc, a research institute that aims to investigate and disclose everything that surrounds the Catalan Judaism. She is also a member of the Catalan Society of Hebrew Studies (SCEHB) and member of the scientific advisory services of the Museum of History of the City of Barcelona (MUHBA). She was also part of the team of curators of the exhibition \"El Call. Els jueus a la Barcelona medieval\" (The Jewish Quarter. The Jews of Medieval Barcelona) of this museum (2014). In addition to participating in several academic conferences and seminars held in different countries, she currently teaches informative conferences on the Jewish world. Furthermore, she also devotes part of her academic work to editing (Collections Cum Laude, Mirades, Eduard Feliu, Flaixos Juïcs and Bet Guenazim from the IMJ). She has also organized five international conferences concerning the study of Judaism in the territories of Catalan language, and cultural events and courses of various kinds.
She participates in several research projects, including the European project Books within Books (Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries) of Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) and Xarxa de Calls of Institut Món Juïc and University of Barcelona. For two years she has been preparing an inventory of documents, buildings and archaeological remains of the Jewish Middle Ages for the Barcelona City History Museum. Until 2014 she worked at the Historical Archive of Girona in the classification, study and interpretation of over nine hundred Hebrew manuscripts found in the notarial bookbindings of this archive. The project of Girona is not closed and she continues to study these manuscripts.