We are pleased to announce that registration for the forthcoming international conference to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Parkes Library at the University of Southampton is now open.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Parkes Library at the University of Southampton, the catalyst for the establishment of the unique Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. The Institute is based on the life work of the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981), one of the most remarkable figures within twentieth century Christianity. A tireless fighter against antisemitism in all forms, including from within Christianity, he helped rescue Jewish refugees during the 1930s and campaigned for the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. During the Second World War he helped found the Council of Christians and Jews and worked throughout his career in promoting religious tolerance and mutual respect. As part of his international campaigning, he built up the Parkes Library and associated archive which transferred to the University of Southampton in 1964 and opened in 1965. It is now one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe and the only one in the world devoted specifically to Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

This three-day Jubilee Conference examines the subject of Jewish/non-Jewish relations by looking at the history of research over the last 50 years, presenting the latest research in this area, and determining future directions in the field.

If you wish to register please visit our Parkes Jubilee Conference website where you will find the registration page along with all the details of the packages available: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes/jubilee/conference.page?

Registration closes on the 21st August.

Any questions or queries please contact the Conference Administration Team on Parkes@southampton.ac.uk

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