Trinity College Dublin
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and the Herzog Centre
The Herzog Centre was established to facilitate the engagement of students and the Irish public with Jewish and Near Eastern history and culture through academic programmes, public lectures and cultural events. Building on a legacy that began with the study of Hebrew in the seventeenth century, Trinity College Dublin is the only higher-level institution teaching Jewish Studies in Ireland. Offering undergraduate and research post-graduate degrees, we are also concerned with outreach and public education. Each year we invite international scholars to contribute to our courses and to offer public lectures.
Undergraduate modules in Jewish Studies at Trinity College Dublin are offered through the Dept of Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Undergraduate students can take a wide range of modules taught by academics from the Department or can follow a Joint Honours Undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations.
Jewish Studies modules can also be taken as part of the degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures.
Information can be found here: https://www.tcd.ie/nmes/courses/undergraduate/index.php
Our students engage in the study of Jewish history and culture in a multi-faceted way that includes study trips, exhibitions, conferences and study abroad programmes.
The Centre is embedded within Jewish studies in Europe and we have organised conferences with UK and European institutions, and in 2014 we held the presidency of the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies and hosted its annual conference.
As the only higher-level institution offering courses and research in Jewish Studies in Ireland, we have become acutely aware of the importance of education in Jewish history and culture, not just for understanding the ancient and more recent past, but also for the current debates around issues related to European and Middle Eastern identity politics.