Promoting the scholarly study of Jewish history and culture
The British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (BIAJS) was founded in 1975 as a learned society and professional organization on a non-profit-making basis. Its aims are to nurture, cultivate and advance the teaching and research in Jewish culture and history in all its aspects within Higher Education in Britain and Ireland.
BIAJS initiates and supports research and publication in the field of Jewish Studies:
- BIAJS organizes an annual scholarly conference in July
- BIAJS supports students through bursaries for conference attendance and organises two annual student essay competitions, one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates
- BIAJS co-ordinates an annual survey of Jewish Studies programmes and related courses in the UK and Ireland
- BIAJS campaigns for an adequate representation of the interdisciplinary nature of Jewish Studies in Britain (REF, funding, etc.)