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The Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2017 Year Book Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford journal and covers cultural, social, and economic history. Appearing annually since 1956, it has become the field’s central and most comprehensive publication.

The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize was established to

  • Stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry
  • Promote young researchers in the field 

The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the post-war period and present.

The prize
The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the 2017 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
  • A cash prize of £500
  • A free year’s print and online subscription to the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 

How to enter
Entries of 5-7,000 words should be submitted through our online submission system. Please refer to for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. All entries will be peer reviewed anonymously. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by our peer reviewers.

The closing date is 15 January 2016.

Competition rules
The competition is open to recent PhDs and Postdocs who have received their PhD no more than 5 years ago. The winner’s student status verification will be requested from their academic supervisor or head of department. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

See for the full competition rules.

A conference on the theme of ‘Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism’ will be hosted at the University of Manchester 5-7 July under the auspices of the British Association for Jewish Studies:

There are now some limited funds to cover the conference fee for postgraduate students who wish to attend the conference but who are NOT planning to give a paper. Please contact Prof. Daniel Langton ( if this interests you.

The process would be (i) join BAJS as a student/associate member (depending on whether you are based in the UK or outside the UK), and (ii) receive the reimbursement of the student/associate member conference fee after the conference (£55/100 for two days or £30/50 for one day). Please note that the deadline for registering is Fri 29 May.

Conference registration details:

BAJS membership details:

Please feel free to forward this call to interested fellow postgraduate students in the UK and beyond.

Job description

You will work within the framework of a project entitled Reconfiguring Diaspora. The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Late Antiquity. The project has been funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (N.W.O.). The project’s director is Prof. dr. Leonard V. Rutgers. You will be based at Utrecht University. There you will be part of the Department of History and Art History, Section Ancient History and Classical Civilization.

The prime objective of the research project is to reconfigure the classical notion of Diaspora by studying the massive social and cultural changes that affected Jewish communities throughout the Mediterranean during the transitional period that saw the demise of the classical world and the rise of medieval society. This project places special emphasis on the phenomenon of linguistic change as it seeks to come to a new understanding of the larger social and cultural patterns at play in named process. Questions to be addressed include: why and how were the Jewish communities of the Diaspora marginalized, how did this affect their Diasporic self-consciousness, and what factors explain why intragroup relations in Europe have developed along the lines laid down during precisely this period?

Within the project, two PhD positions and one Postdoc position are available for the following projects:

  1. The Renaissance of Hebrew among the Jewish communities of the West (PhD)
  2. The Renaissance of Hebrew and Aramaic among the Jewish communities of the East (PhD)
  3. The Construction of Eretz Israel in Rabbinic Literature (postdoc)

The project has been structured in such a way that PhD and the postdoc candidates are expected to cooperate closely and intensively with one another and with the project leader. You must be willing to do some research travel and are also expected to participate in the organization of several international conferences and in the writing of occasional blogs for the project’s website.

For more information and application details see