Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies, 2020-2021

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies, 2020-2021

Call for Proposals 

Closing Date:  14 January, 2019

 The Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies invites proposals from individuals or institutions wishing to direct an Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies in 2020-2021.  The Seminar may be convened either from mid October to mid March or from mid January to mid June.

The Seminar will convene in weekly meetings through the duration of two Oxford terms, which in 2020-2021 will be from 11 October to 5 December 2020, 17 January to 13 March 2021, and 25 April to 19 June 2021.  These meetings will offer a forum for the group to address central research topics related to the overall theme of the project.  One or more publications will be expected as a product of the Seminar.

The Seminar will be based on a core of visiting fellows who will participate in the work of the research group for the full six months, in conjunction with a larger number of fellows who will attend for shorter periods. The Seminar can expect funding for up to the equivalent of seven fellows in residence for six months.

Visiting fellows will each receive an allowance, including a sum to cover accommodation and travelling expenses, and shared office space in the centre of Oxford in the Clarendon Institute, where the Leopold Muller Memorial Library is housed and where most of the Centre’s academic staff have their offices.

Proposals are invited for research groups in any area of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  Preference will be given to a project with a clear research rationale which involves use of special resources available in Oxford.

Proposals, in not more than two pages, should include the following information:

  1. Title of Seminar
  2. Seminar leader or leaders
  3. Description of subject
  4. Methods to be used to take advantage of collaborative research
  5. Possibilities for innovation through the research project
  6. Reasons why Oxford is particularly appropriate as the venue for the seminar
  7. Value of the Seminar for the development of Jewish Studies as an academic subject
  8. Names of scholars who might be invited to participate in the project

Please attach a brief curriculum vitae of each Seminar leader.

The Centre will inform applicants in early February 2019 which proposals have been selected for further consideration and may request further information from proposers before the final decision in mid March 2019.

Please send your proposal to the Registrar, Martine Smith-Huvers, by email (registrar@ochjs.ac.uk) by 14 January 2019.

For information on previous Seminars held at the Centre see http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/academic-activities/previous-research-projects-osajs/

and on the Seminar to be held in 2019-20, see



Woolf Institute Summer School, July 2019

Woolf Institute Summer School, July 2019

The Woolf Institute opens its new Summer School in July 2019 to graduate students. The Summer School offers programmes of study for those interested in religion and society.

Classes will be taught by Cambridge academics in a beautiful new building in the heart of the city. Cambridge is one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations and is just one hour from London.

Join us for an accredited Masters of Arts module or complete a Woolf Institute Certificate of Completion. Students will learn alongside Master’s students from the Cambridge Theological Federation who are studying for a degree accredited by Anglia Ruskin University.

The Woolf Institute Summer School offers two modules:

  • Religion and Society from the Medieval to the Modern (July 1st to July 12th 2019): Lectures and seminars on Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Middle East, southern Europe and the Balkans from the medieval era to modern times.
  • New Neighbours: Diverse Parishes (July 15th to July 26th 2019): Lectures and seminars on citizenship, integration and discrimination within religious and ethnic minority communities.

For further information contact:

Dr Emma Harris: eth22@cam.ac.uk

Or visit us here: https://bit.ly/2LnXOPv

Course fees start at £800


Modern Hebrew Distance-Learning Courses, University of Manchester


The University of Manchester is offering places on distance-learning undergraduate modules in modern Hebrew. 

There are 2 levels of Hebrew courses available. Level 1 (ULHB10030) assumes no knowledge of Hebrew and will start by teaching the alphabet. Some previous knowledge of the language (knowing the alphabet and being able to read a little) is acceptable. Level 2 (ULHB20010) is a post-beginners’ level language course which builds on the language and skills acquired in Beginners’ Hebrew course. The courses will be taught in a mixed teaching environment for classroom-based students alongside distance-learning students. For further information about the three course units, visit: www.manchesterjewishstudies.org/modern-hebrew/www.manchesterjewishstudies.org/modern-hebrew/

The courses run on the following days but please note the timetable is still provisional.
ULHB10030 Beginners’ Modern Hebrew Language. Provisional timetable Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00
ULHB20010 Intermediate Modern Hebrew Language. Provisional timetable Wednesday 09:00 – 12:00

The courses will run for 11 weeks in Semester 1 (teaching between 3 October 2018 and Dec  2019) with a Winter break (no classes), and 11 weeks in Semester 2 (28 Jan – 7 June 2019) with an Easter break. Classes will start on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Manchester has a limited number of fee waivers available for applicants otherwise the auditing fees are £560. For more information contact Laura.Mitchell@manchester.ac.uk.