From the Kislak Stacks: Who owns Judaica Cultural Heritage?
This talk, by Arthur Kiron, the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Penn, is meant to spur discussion about the way in which digital technologies may help mediate between the competing claims of private property ownership rights and public interest in material cultural heritage. Judaica provides a fascinating test case for exploring these issues for both historical and methodological reasons. Given a global diaspora of Judaica documents, including physically dispersed fragments owned by different institutions and private individuals yet intellectually and even intrinsically related to each other, how should one go about curating such material when no one can own all the related pieces. Drawing from the Kislak Collection, we will move from theoretical and historical issues to practical questions about what to do and examples of what we have done.