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Alessia Bellusci

Alessia Bellusci studied at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Italy, where she received her BA in Literature and Philosophy, with a thesis focused on ancient Jewish Physiognomics. In 2011 she graduated from Tel Aviv University, Israel, in Talmud and Ancient Jewish Literature, with a MA thesis titled Dream Requests from the Cairo Genizah, written under the supervision of Prof. Gideon Bohak. Alessia is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and her doctoral research, supervised by Prof. Gideon Bohak, focuses on Jewish oneiric and divinatory techniques from Late Antiquity and the Medieval Era. Alessia holds a fellowship in Pisa at the Italian National Council for Research (CNR) for the project “Translation of the Babylonian Talmud in Italian,” monitored by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and coordinated by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Italian Rabbinical College.
Her research interest mainly lies in the study of the Jewish magical and divinatory tradition in the crucial passage from Late Antiquity to the Medieval Era. Particularly, she is interested in the research of “oneiric magic,” i.e. magical and divinatory rituals including within their structure a specific stage of dreaming, or aimed at interfering with the natural activity of dreaming and sleeping.