Members - Dr. Elisabetta Abate

Dr. Elisabetta Abate

Main research areas

  • Rabbinic literature: Mishnah, Tosefta and halakhic midrashim, homilies midrashim, Babylonian Talmud and extracanonical tracts
  • Jewish studies in interdisciplinary perspective
  • Master-pupil-relation in rabbinic Judaism
  • Religious education in rabbinic Judaism
  • Religious education of women in rabbinic Judaism
  • History of emotions in rabbinic Judaism

Academic career

  • 11/2015-06/2019 research fellow in the trainee program at the Collaborative Research Centre 1136
  • 01/2014-02/2015 maternity and parental leave
  • 2010-2015 research fellow (Postdoc) at the Courant research center EDRIS (Education and Religion From Early Imperial Roman Times to the Classical Period of Islam: Religious Traditions, Intellectual Discourse, and Practical Knowledge) at Georg-August-University Göttingen as part of the Excellence Initiative,
    research group "Piety and Paideia: Religious Traditions and Intellectual Culture in the World of the Roman Empire (from the first to the fourth century CE)" (supervision: Prof. Dr. Tobias Georges)
  • 2009-2010 One Year Jewish Studies Program at "Paideia, The Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden" (Stockholm)
  • Doctorate in Oriental studies (Dottorato di Ricerca in Studi Orientali) with focus on Jewish studies at Ca' Foscari-University Venice (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Piero Capelli, second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Günter Stemberger)
  • 1997-2003 studies in Oriental studies with focus on Jewish studies (minors: Semitic philology, Middle Eastern studies, Indology et al.) (Laurea quadriennale in Lingue e Civiltà Orientali) at Ca' Foscari-University Venice


Research stays abroad

  • 09-12/2007; 03/2008-06/2009 research stays at the Institut für Judaistik, Vienna University (academic host: Prof. Dr. Günter Stemberger)
  • 10/2005-07/2006 research stay at the Departamento de Estudios Semíticos, Granada University (academic host: Prof. Dr. Olga Ruiz-Morell)


Academic degrees

  • 2009 doctorate in Oriental studies (Dottorato di Ricerca in Studi Orientali), Ca' Foscari-University Venice
  • 2003 degree in Oriental studies (Laurea quadriennale in Lingue e Civiltà Orientali) Ca' Foscari-University Venice, final grade: 110/110 cum laude


Awards and scholarships

  • 05/2013 scholarship for the participation in the "Paideia Paradigm Program: Understanding Judaism as a World View" in Stockholm (guest speakers Prof. Dr. Fania Oz-Salzberger, Prof. Dr. Tova Hartman, Dr. Ruth Calderon, Jonathan Rosen)
  • 08/2009-05/2010 scholarship for the participation in the "Paideia One-Year Program" (Stockholm)
  • 12/2009 scholarship for the participation in the seminar on Holocaust Studies for Educators at "Yad Vashem - The International School for Holocaust Studies" in Jerusalem (as part of the Paideia-One-Year Program)
  • 09-12/2007 research scholarship from Ca' Foscari-University Venice for a research stay at Vienna University
  • 10/2005-07/2006 Erasmus-program-scholarship for doctoral candidates for a research stay at Granada University
  • 01/2005-12/2007 governmental scholarship following the public competition for a doctoral position at Ca' Foscari-University Venice (score: 99/100)
  • 2000-2002 Regione Veneto-scholarship for studies in Oriental studies at Ca' Foscari-University Venice


Advanced training and additional qualifications

  • 2015 completion of training as teacher of the pedagogy in the areas of somatic and kinesthetic learning developed by Moshé Feldenkrais (FELDENKRAIS® Bewusstheit durch Bewegung and FELDENKRAIS® Funktionale Integration, 800 training hours, with Lawrence W. Goldfarb, Ph.D., Amsterdam)
  • 09/2013 workshop "Professionelle Postergestaltung", CRC-EDRIS, GAU Göttingen (direction: Dr. Angelika Kehlenbach)
  • 07/2013 workshop "Hebrew Manuscript Studies: An Introduction", Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz (direction: Prof. Dr. Malachi Beit-Arié, Prof. Dr. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger)
  • 07-08/2012 "Reading Academic Hebrew Texts: Hebrew Proficiency Workshop for University Teachers of Jewish Studies", Hebrew University of Jerusalem (direction: Dr. Noam Mizrahi)
  • 03/2012 "Academic Writing: English Proficiency Workshop", Georg-August-University Göttingen (direction: Prof. Dr. Erika von Rautenfeld)
  • 10/2011-03/2012 Dorothea Schlözer mentoring program for female doctoral candidates and Postdocs at Georg-August-University Göttingen (mentor: Prof. Dr. Elke Koch)
  • 11/2011-02/2012 Dorothea Schlözer-qualification program for female Postdocs at Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 07/2011 Workshop "The Literary Structures of Ancient Jewish Literature", University of Manchester and Durham University (direction: Prof. Dr. Philip Alexander, Prof. Dr. Alexander Samely, Dr. Rocco Bernasconi)
  • 12/2009 seminar on Holocaust Studies for Educators (80 seminar hours) at "Yad Vashem - The International School for Holocaust Studies" in Jerusalem (as part of the Paideia-One-Year Program)



  • European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) since 2010
  • Paideia Connect (formerly Paideia Alumni Association) since 2010
  • Feldenkrais-Verband-Deutschland (FVD) since 2011