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Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the online course, Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges.

This timely online course focuses on the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims in modern Europe. The course is multidisciplinary and examines historical trends, religious and cultural interaction, and issues of contemporary citizenship.

The course will be led and co-taught by Dr Gorazd Andrejč , Dr Sami Everett, and  Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner. For more information on the topics covered, the structure of the course, and the application details, visit the website:

The online learning approach allows participants to study wherever and whenever they choose via the internet. You can engage with fellow participants from all over the world. Many participants from across Europe and around the world – Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States – have already taken this course.

To get a feel for the course from the students’ perspective, please find reflections on the course by two former students who completed the course here and here.

The application deadline has been extended to 24 August 2017. The course commences, with the online Induction Week, on Monday 4 September 2017. The application form is available to download here. The course fee is £385. A limited number of bursaries are still available.

If you have any queries about the course, contact Dr Emma Harris, Director of Studies, at


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Apply now for online course: Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce the launch of its third new online course for 2017 – Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature.

Literature is a powerful tool which can influence the way readers think and act. Evoking strong feelings and offering vivid imagery, literature can perpetuate age-old misconceptions, untruths and stereotypes.

This online course will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with various texts from English Literature through the lens of interfaith studies, to understand the narrative of deep-seated prejudices and to recognise the value of dialogue to dispel these views. In the 21st-century, what can we learn from literary works to effect greater understanding between one another?

Following introductory case-study sessions on Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, participants will explore nineteenth century works by Maria Edgeworth, Charles Dickens and George Eliot and their ‘literary friendships’. The course will also look at visual representations of some of the scenes and characters discussed.

Studying online offers individuals the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from all over the world. Many participants from across Europe and around the world – including Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States to name but a few – have engaged with our online courses.

 The closing date for applications is 18 September 2017.

The course commences on 16 October 2017.

For further details, visit

Contact Dr Emma Harris, Director of Studies, at


Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop, University of Manchester

For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates and early career researchers. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the second postgraduate research training event of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the Jewish Studies Partnership institutions and other universities in the UK are invited to participate in a range of training and information sessions on 4-6 July 2017 at the University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on funding applications, public engagement and REF2021, career planning for library, museum and publishing sectors, tips for submitting for publication, as well as a series of sessions on Current Trends in Jewish Studies and, for example, Cultural Studies, Israel Studies, Social Science, and Holocaust Studies.

For details including the registration form (deadline: 22 June 2017), funding assistance, accommodation options, and the provisional programme, see

Jewish Identity in Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Irene Nemirovsky, a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London in collaboration with IHR Modern French Seminar

Speakers:  Susan Suleiman, Harvard University, in conversation with Ann Jefferson, University of Oxford and Daniel Lee, University of Sheffield

Date:                               Monday 12 June 2017

Time:                               6.30-8.00pm

Venue:                             Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E       7HX. Room B20, Torrington Square main entrance

Free event open to all:

Susan Suleiman will speak about her recent book, The Némirovsky Question (Yale University Press, 2017) that explores the fraught issue of Jewish identity in the life and work of Jewish Franco-Russian novelist Irène Némirovsky. Némirovsky was a successful novelist in 1930s Paris, who perished at Auschwitz. Forgotten for most of the postwar period, her writings shot her once again to fame in 2004 following the discovery in a suitcase of her masterwork, Suite Française. The novel was an instant bestseller and part of it was made into a film in 2015. Since Némirovsky’s rediscovery, her Jewish identity – and her tortured relationship with that identity – has occasioned fierce controversy, with some critics condemning her as a ‘self-hating Jew’ due to what they consider as antisemitic stereotypes found in her earlier works.

Ann Jefferson and Daniel Lee will engage Suleiman in a three-way conversation about Jews in interwar and occupied France, antisemitism in fiction, and other subjects she treats in her book.

Susan Rubin Suleiman, the C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and Research Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, is the author of many books, including Crises of Memory and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2006) and Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook(Plunkett Lake Press, 2011).

Ann Jefferson, Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Oxford, recently published Genius in France: An Idea and its Uses (Princeton University Press, 2014). Jefferson is currently working on a biography of the Russian-born French novelist, Nathalie Sarraute.

Daniel Lee, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Sheffield, is author of Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime (Oxford University Press, 2014). Lee is currently writing a book about Robert Griesinger, an SS Officer from Stuttgart.



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The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

The Parkes East and Central European MA Scholarship in Jewish History and Culture

One Scholarship (tuition fees and a contribution to maintenance) is available for citizens of selected East and East-Central European countries to study for an MA in Jewish History and Culture at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK in 2017/18.

The University of Southampton is home to the Parkes Institute, one of the foremost centres for the study of Jewish history, culture, and literature in the UK, with specialists in ancient and modern Jewish history, literature, and culture, and the histories of British, German, South African, and East European Jewries. The Parkes Library and Archive is an outstanding resource for the study of Jewish history and culture.

The University seeks candidates who intend to use the degree to start an academic career or further an existing career in cultural, educational, archaeological, or communal work (e.g. Museum, Holocaust education, archive).


 You must be a national of and currently residing within one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, or Slovakia. Please note that we are not accepting applications from non-European Union countries.

  • You must be expecting to return to the country concerned at the end of the period of study.
  • You should hold a degree of an equivalent standard to at least a good UK second class Honours degree.
  • Have a standard of English that meets University of Southampton admission requirements (IELTS 7.0 overall)
  • Have not already been awarded a university doctorate from another academic institution
  • Have not already spent a substantial period of time (more than a year) studying in a university outside your home country.

Deadline: Friday 30th June 2017.

How to apply:
See our website for information about the programme and details on how to apply.

Please send a CV and a personal statement regarding this studentship to Dr Claire Le Foll at

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 2nd International Conference of the European Association for Holocaust Studies

                        Current Research on Auschwitz History and Memory

Date: 14–16 November 2017 (with an optional visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on 13 November)

Venue: Kraków, Poland

Organizers: The European Association for Holocaust Studies (EAHS), in cooperation with the British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS), the Pedagogical University of Kraków, and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Centre for Holocaust Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Education about the Holocaust)

Sponsors: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp Victims Memorial Foundation, British Association for Holocaust Studies, German Historical Institute in Warsaw, City of Kraków

Background: 2017 is an important anniversary year as regards the Holocaust. It marks 75 years since the Wannsee conference, Operation Reinhard, and the beginning in 1942 of the systematic mass murder of Jews and others in the death camps established in Nazi-occupied Poland. Auschwitz has become the most widely recognized symbol of the Holocaust: in the popular imagination, images of the railway tracks leading into Birkenau or of ‘Arbeit macht frei’ function as shorthand for the Nazi genocide as a whole. But perhaps less well known, and certainly less symbolized, is the total destruction of Jewish life in thousands of towns and villages that took place in occupied Poland in 1942. At the core of the Holocaust was a horrific, relatively short but intense wave of mass murder in that year: in mid-March 1942, some 75 or 80 per cent of all Holocaust victims were still alive; by mid-February 1943, some 75 or 80 per cent of them were dead. 2017 will also mark 75 years since the beginning of mass gassing operations at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 70 years since the opening of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

 Aims: The conference will explore the current state of scholarship on the history and memory of Auschwitz, bringing together scholars working on the history of the camp complex itself, as well as those engaged in broader studies about its memorialization and representation, and the ways in which it has come to function as an icon of the Nazi genocide.

Possible topics for papers might include:

  • Current scholarship on Auschwitz
  • The history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
  • Auschwitz as a symbol of the Holocaust and other Nazi genocides
  • Memory of Auschwitz and its memorialization
  • The role of Auschwitz in Holocaust education
  • The image of Auschwitz in literature, art, film and music

As the aim of the EAHS is to provide a forum for cutting-edge Holocaust scholarship and education in Europe, we also welcome papers on any other aspect of Holocaust Studies, particularly from European scholars, educators, and museum professionals.

Those who are interested in presenting a paper (20 minutes) at the conference should send a proposal with title, an abstract of 250–300 words, and a short CV/bio of 100 words.

 Deadline for sending a proposal, with title and abstract and a CV/bio, to the conference secretariat: 10 July 2017. Results will be announced by 31 July 2017.

 Optional study visit to Auschwitz: Conference participants are offered the opportunity on Monday 13 November 2017 to go on an optional one-day study visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which in 2017 commemorates the seventieth anniversary of its establishment in 1947. This study visit, led by museum guides, will in part be a standard tour of the site, but will also include either visiting two or three national exhibitions and the Collections Department or visiting some of the former barracks in the main Auschwitz camp (Auschwitz I) whose interiors have remained virtually intact since the time of liberation in 1945, and have therefore been maintained and preserved in their original condition. Details of the arrangements for this study visit (for which pre-registration will be necessary) will be made available to conference participants nearer to the time of the conference.

Language: English

Fee: 375 PLN for local participants; 1100 PLN (about 260 EUR) for all other participants.* Fees should be paid into the following bank account, if possible by 8 September 2017:

Bank Name: BGZ BNP Paribas S.A.

Account Number: 20 1600 1198 1833 4186 1000 0002

Swift Code (for transfers from outside Poland): PPABPLPK

IBAN Number (for transfers from outside Poland): PL20 1600 1198 1833 4186 1000 0002

*The fees for local participants cover the cost of transfers on 13 November 2017 from Kraków to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and back to Kraków, as well as all refreshments, lunches and dinners during the conference, which will finish after lunch on 16 November 2017. For other participants the fees cover in addition the cost of 3 nights of bed-and-breakfast hotel accommodation and a contribution to the costs of publication of the conference proceedings. Please note that the organizers are not able to cover the cost of travel to and from Poland.

Conference committee

Prof. Jonathan Webber, European Association for Holocaust Studies (Chair)

Dr Piotr Trojański, Pedagogical University of Kraków

Dr Agnieszka Zajączkowska, Centre for Holocaust Studies

Dr Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, UNESCO Chair in Education about the Holocaust

 EAHS business meeting: an EAHS business meeting will be held during the conference, at which all conference participants will be invited to join the Association (if they are not already members) and (if they wish) stand for office as members of the Board or one of its committees.

 Conference secretariat (for receipt of proposals, conference registration, and all enquiries)

Katarzyna Suszkiewicz, assisted by Magdalena Urbaniak


Telephone: +48 607 097 604


Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Bodleian Library

Hebrew Manuscript Studies: Codicology, Palaeography, Diplomatics, Art History

 SUMMER WORKSHOP, 2-7 July 2017


 Required documentation:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of Publications
  4. Reference from one academic referee (to be sent direct by the referee)
  5. Relevance of the Summer Workshop for your current research
  6. Completed Bursary Application Form (if applicable)

Please send all documentation to:

Martine Smith-Huvers


Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Clarendon Institute

Walton Street Oxford OX1 2HG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-1865-610422

D/L: +44-1865-610421


  1. All documents should be sent as PDF files and submitted by email.
  2. Applicants should arrange for one academic reference to be sent directly to the same email address.  

The closing date for completed applications is: 31 May 2017

Please note that the Committee will only consider complete applications. The responsibility for ensuring that the reference is received by the due date rests with the applicant.

The Centre will inform you of the result of your application on 15 June 2017.

Antisemitism and Zionism: Ideologies or Emotions?

Pears Institute Public Lecture

Speaker:                          Derek Penslar, Harvard University

Date:                               24 May 2017

Time:                               6.30-8.00pm

Venue:                             Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Management Centre,        Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX

Free event open to all:

Like other forms of racism, antisemitism provides an ideological veneer for a bundle of negative emotions such as fear, resentment, despair, and shame. Like other forms of nationalism, Zionism employs ideology to sustain an emotional community united by negative emotions as well as positive ones such as hope, love, and pride.

Focussing on its formative decades (1897-1917), Derek Penslar examines the emotional components of Zionist diplomacy and compares their impact on Zionists and antisemites alike. Possessed of radically different personalities and operating under different geo-political circumstances, Theodor Herzl elevated antisemitism into an ideology, while Chaim Weizmann engaged with it as an emotion.

Derek J. Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto and Visiting Professor of History at Harvard, where in 2018 he will assume the William L. Frost chair in Modern Jewish History. His research specialties are the history of modern European Jewry, Zionism, and the state of Israel. His publications include: Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2006), and The Origins of the State of Israel 1882-1948: A Documentary History, with Eran Kaplan (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011). He is currently writing a biography of Theodor Herzl for Yale University Press’ Jewish Lives series and a book for Rutgers University Press’ Keywords in Jewish Studies series, titled ‘Zionism: An Emotional State’.

2017 Yerushah Lecture

Date and Time: Wednesday 17 May, 5pm

Venue: Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge.

Dr Diana Lipton, ‘Legacy, Prognostication and Jews: How the Torah’s emphasis on inheritance and descendants helped create a culture that prizes plans, visions and dreams’

The Cambridge Faculty of Divinity is pleased to announce that the 2017 Yerushah Lecture will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 17 May, in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road.  Dr Diana Lipton (Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), will speak on ‘Legacy, Prognostication and Jews: How the Torah’s emphasis on inheritance and descendants helped create a culture that prizes plans, visions and dreams.’ All are welcome, and refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Diana Lipton was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and then Reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College, London.  Since 2011, she has lived in Jerusalem and taught Bible to students aged 19 to 91. Her most recent book was a commentary written with Paul M. Joyce on the use of Lamentations in liturgy, the arts, politics and more. An imaginative commentary on Food in the Torah –  what the Torah’s talking about when it’s talking about food –  is forthcoming.

The annual Yerushah Lecture in the Faculty of Divinity was established with a benefaction from the Righteous Persons Foundation, created by Steven Spielberg from the proceeds of his 1993 film Schindler’s List. ‘Yerushah’ is the Hebrew word for ‘heritage’. The Yerushah Lecture is devoted to Jewish heritage in all its aspects, with an emphasis on the transmission of Jewish identity and values across the generations.




EAJS Summer Laboratory for Young Genizah Researchers and those interested in the field

Conveners: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (EPHE Paris), Ben Outhwaite (Genizah Research Unit Cambridge), and Ronny Vollandt (LMU Munich)

Venue: Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München

Date: 6th-7th September 2017.

From approximately the tenth to the nineteenth century the Jewish community of Old Cairo deposited their worn-out book and documents into the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, a storeroom for retired texts. Countless leaves, to a large part written in Hebrew script and thus deemed too sacred for an ordinary disposal, were placed there, the remains of treasured books, personal and official letters, amulets, calendars, and all kinds of written text that a highly literate community might produce.

With the discovery of the so called “Cairo Genizah”, one hundred and twenty years ago, researchers from diverse disciplines and fields have gained access to an enormous and unprecedented collection of rare and original documents from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, more than 200,000 pieces in Cambridge University Library alone, along with other collections scattered worldwide. This remarkable storehouse of primary sources has thrown a fresh new light on the medieval society of the Mediterranean world as a whole (including Islamic and Eastern Christian history) and particularly on Jewish history and culture from ancient to early modern times. Giving the scope, scale and diverse character of the material recovered from the Cairo storeroom, the Genizah continues to provide a seemingly inexhaustible source of primary research materials for scholars from a wide range of disciplines.

Even with the essential tools that have been established over the last few decades to facilitate Genizah studies, gaining access to this vast field with its very specialized material is still a challenge to young researchers and thus calls for special training. Our EAJS Summer Laboratory is therefore intended as a platform for advanced MA-students, PhD-candidates and Post-Docs, who are interested in the field of Genizah Studies and wish to venture further into it. Every participant will have the opportunity to present a paper on her/his topic of research. Senior scholars will present their own work and offer hands-on training, as well as provide feedback on the participants’ projects.


Confirmed senior scholars:

Emma Abate, IRHT, Paris

Dotan Arad, Bar Ilan University

Eve Krakowski, Princeton University

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, EPHE Paris

Ben Outhwaite, Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge

Michael Rand, University of Cambridge

Gregor Schwarb, SOAS London
Renate Smithuis, University of Manchester

Sacha Stern, UCL London

Ronny Vollandt, LMU Munich

To apply, please send us a letter of intent, specifying your field of interest and a topic you would like to present, as well as your CV by 1 June 2017 to the following address:

Accommodation for three nights will be provided and travel expenses will be subsidized up to 200 EUR.

For further questions please contact:

The Cambridge Debate – The Future of Faith: Leading the Modern Place of Worship, 27 April, 2017

This debate, organised by the Baroness Warsi Foundation, the Woolf Institute, and the Von Hügel Institute brings together future faith leaders to explore modern places of worship.

The panel and audience will consider these areas and explore the following questions:

  • What does the church / synagogue / mosque of today (and tomorrow) look like?
  • What challenges will your congregation face?
  • Is a physical place of worship still necessary?
  • In what way could the integration of technology support (and hinder) your work?

Panellists are:

  • Rabbi Shlomo Shagalow (Chabad of Cambridge)
  • Ben Bell (Senior Student, Westcott House)
  • Isaac Wharton (Novice, Dominican Order)
  • Shams Tameez (Imam of High Wycombe mosque, graduate of

Jamia al Karam, Retford and Cambridge Muslim College)

Thursday 27th April 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm

At St Edmund’s College, Garden Room

 For further information contact: Claire Curran

EAJS Conference: Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia

Christ Church, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, 22-23 May 2017


Monday, 22 May

9.00 Registration

9.30 Welcome

The Very Revd., Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church

9.35 Introduction

Regius Professor of Hebrew Jan Joosten, University of Oxford

Professor Saverio Campanini, University of Bologna
New Evidence on the Formation of Francesco Zorzi’s Library in Renaissance Venice

Dr Ilona Steimann, University of Munich
Forming a Hebraist “Canon” of Jewish Literature: German Hebraica Collections around 1500


Dr Piet van Boxel, University of Oxford
A Sixteenth-Century Censor and his Collection of Hebrew Books


Professor Joanna Weinberg, University of Oxford
The Library of  Johann Buxtorf the Elder

Mr Kasper van Ommen, University of Leiden
‘Je suis pauvre en tout, mesmement en livres’. Joseph Scaliger as a Book Collector of Hebraica


Dr Benjamin Williams, King’s College London
Connections at Christ Church: Edward Pococke and his Copies of Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah

Dr Rahel Fronda, University of Oxford
Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors: Christ Church Connections (Exhibition)

18.30 Reception

Dr César Merchán-Hamann, University of Oxford

19.30 DINNER

Tuesday, 23 May

Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün, University of Cambridge and Mr Scott Mandelbrote, University of Cambridge
Some Hebrew Collections and Collectors in the Colleges of Cambridge

Professor Shimon Iakerson, University of St Petersburg
Who Collected Hebrew Books in Czarist Russia and Why


Dr Arthur Kiron, University of Pennsylvania
An Atlantic Hebrew Republic of Letters

Dr Joshua Teplitsky, University of Stony Brook
Encounters Beyond the Text: Christian Readers and Jewish Libraries

End of the academic programme

To register, please contact

Workshop: Identifying, Narrating, Regulating, Covering, Healing the Jewish Body: (Eastern) Ashkenas in the Early Modern Period

In co-operation with UCL’s Department for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies have organised a workshop entitled Identifying, Narrating, Regulating, Covering, Healing the Jewish Body: (Eastern) Ashkenas in the Early Modern Period.

Over the past decades, a variety of disciplines have identified the human body as the site of complex, entangled discourses of belonging and not-belonging, health and illness, familiar and alien, in need of regulation or absolution. In this workshop, scholars will present their research on the human body as invested with meaning and as the object of practices, looking at the case of the Jewish body in Ashkenas, ie. roughly the German territories and Eastern Europe, with contributions from the history of medicine and of knowledge; literary studies; cultural and gender studies.

The event will take place on Tuesday 25 April at UCL.

 Use the link below to reserve your place.

A conference organised by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town. An event in memory of David Cesarani.

All sessions to take place in the Library Conference Room, Level 4, Hartley Library, University of Southampton. Programme and timings subject to change.

For further information on The Parkes Institute, please visit or email The Parkes Institute at

Monday, 22 May 2017

09.00 – 09.45 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09.45 – 10.00 Welcome: Tony Kushner: ‘David Cesarani’s contribution to the Port Jew paradigm’
10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Bryan Cheyette (Reading University): ‘Venice: Between Port Jews and Ghetto Jews’
11.00 – 11.30 Tea & Coffee
11.30 – 12.10 Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State University): ‘“Port Jews” and Global Cities after 1800’
12.10 – 12.50 Joachim Schloer (University of Southampton): ‘”What’s in Lisbon?” The Port City as a Waiting Room for Transmigrants, 1939-41’
12.50 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.40 Joanna Newman (Kings College, London): ‘Caribbean Calypsos and Jewish Refugees from Nazism’
14.40 – 15.20 Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton) ‘Ports in the memories of Jewish refugees from Nazism’
15.20 – 15.50 Tea & Coffee
15.50 – 16.30 Nuria Garcia Casacuberta (University of Southampton), ‘Ports and anchorages in Flavius Josephus’
16.30 – 17.30 Tamar Hodes (Southampton): ‘Port Jew Family: From Cape Town to Hydra’ (a literary reading)
Evening Tour and Dinner in Southampton


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09.30 – 10.10 Haim Sperber (Western Galilee College): ‘Immigration networks, Port Cities and International trafficking – the role of Jews’
10.10 – 10.40 Tony Kushner (University of Southampton): ‘The Port Jew in English Naval Fiction’
10.40 – 11.10 Tea & Coffee
11.10 – 11.40 Zrinka Podhraški Čizmek (University of Split) and Naida-Mihal Brandl (University of Zagreb): ‘Adriatic Port Jews in the 18th Century’
11.40 – 12.20 Shai Srougo (University of Haifa): ‘New Perspectives on the Concept of Port Jews: The Story of Thessalonika Waterfront (1912-1923)’
12.20 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.10 Maura Hametz (Old Dominion University): ‘“I had a lovely city”: Reflections on the Port Jews of Trieste in the poetry of Umberto Saba’
14.10 – 14.40 Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste): ‘Narratives and representations of the Port-Jews of Trieste during the Nineteenth Century’
14.40 – 15.10 Tea & Coffee
15.10 – 15.50 Hilda Nissimi (Bar Ilan University): ‘Joseph Wolff: A Missionary as a “Port Jew”’
15.50 – 16.30 Nils Roemer (University of Texas at Dallas): ‘German Jewish Travelers, Modernity and the Streets of Marseille’
16.30 – 17.00 Round Table: ‘The Future of the Port Jew Paradigm’

BAJS Studentship 2017/18

The British Association for Jewish Studies is offering the BAJS studentship for a postgraduate researcher to support the activities of the Association. The studentship will be £1500 for one year. The awardee must be a registered PhD student but can be based at any university in the UK and Ireland. The studentship holder will be responsible to the Secretary and Officers of the Committee.

Proposed start date: 1st September 2017 and end date: 31st August 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 15th May 2017

Interview Date: 10th-12th July at the annual BAJS conference in Edinburgh

Studentship Purpose

  • To contribute to the administrative organisation and activities of the British Association for Jewish Studies, with specific projects determined by the Committee.
  • To provide valuable academic administrative experience, career development and networking opportunities for a PhD student in the field of Jewish Studies.

The British Association for Jewish Studies aims to nurture, cultivate and advance teaching and research in Jewish culture and history in all its aspects within Higher Education in the British Isles. This studentship would suit an applicant who is studying for a PhD in the field of Jewish Studies, and is considering the possibility of an academic career. The studentship holder will support the activities of the British Association for Jewish Studies through assisting the Committee Officers in the work of the Association. This will involve supporting expansion of the membership of the Association, and supporting maintenance and development of the BAJS database and website. The studentship will involve building effective working relationships with members of the Committee, academics and departments working in the field of Jewish Studies, liaison with schools and colleges, and other academic organisations with an interest in Jewish Studies. The ability to organise effectively and communicate to a diverse range of professionals is essential to this studentship.

 Application requirements

  1. Covering letter, including a statement addressing the following areas:
    1. The subject matter and contribution of your PhD in Jewish Studies.
    2. Evidence of your ability to organise and communicate effectively (e.g. committee work, society work, IT skills, etc).
    3. Any other reasons for your suitability for this studentship.
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  1. A letter of reference from your PhD supervisor, which can be sent directly to the Secretary of the BAJS committee.

 All materials should reach Helen Spurling ( by 15th May 2017.

Applications Open  for the online course, ‘Interreligious Understanding Today’


 As we live in an age of increasing plurality but also instability, the need for interreligious understanding, which is grounded on solid academic research and in touch with the realities of interreligious encounter, is greater than ever.

Interreligious Understanding Today will provide a forum in which participants will:

  • explore different kinds of interreligious understanding between Abrahamic religions and beyond;
  • compare the ways in which such understanding can be achieved in different cultural and political contexts in the world (US, Asia, Europe);
  • study the relationship between secularity and interreligious understanding;
  • and explore the ways in which the challenges to interreligious understanding  posed by religious nationalisms and extremisms can be addressed.

The course is multidisciplinary, engaging with religious studies and sociological, historical and philosophical approaches.

For further details, visit

The closing date for applications is 17 March 2017. The course commences on 3 April 2017.

If you have any queries about the course, contact Dr Emma Harris at



King’s College London – FD Maurice Lectures 2017

‘Missionaries, Converts and Maskilim: An Entangled History of Christians, Jews, and Those In Between in 19th-Century Europe

David B. Ruderman (Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, University of Pennsylvania)


Tuesday 28 February, ‘The Many Faces of Alexander McCaul, the Missionary to the Jews’

18.00 Lecture, 19.30 Reception

Old Committee Room (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)


Wednesday 1 March, ‘The Intellectual and Spiritual Journey of Stanislaus Hoga: From Judaism to Evangelical Christianity to Hebrew Christianity ‘

18.00 Lecture

Old Committee Room (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)


Thursday 2 March, ‘The Jewish Response to McCaul: Isaac Baer Levinsohn and His Defense of the Rabbis’

18.00 Lecture

K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)

Alexander McCaul (1799–1863), for many years Professor of Hebrew at King’s College London, was one of the most prominent figures in ‘The London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst Jews’. In 1837, he published a formidable attack against the Talmud entitled The Old Paths. Having spent ten years as a missionary in Warsaw, McCaul knew Jewish texts and Jewish life intimately. He succeeded in converting several fascinating figures, especially Stanislaus Hoga, a Polish Jew, who would eventually forge a new understanding of Christianity based on a fusion with Judaism. The most significant Jewish response to The Old Paths was by the ‘father of the Eastern European Haskalah’, Isaac Baer Levinsohn, an outspoken critic of the rabbis and Talmudic law, who now set out to defend them, and in doing so, offered invaluable reflections on the meanings of newly constructed modern Jewish identity.

All are welcome; for further details and to register, please visit here:

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Littman Foundation.

LUP presents essential reading from this collection on a fully-searchable digital platform for the first time, as The Littman E-Library of Jewish Civilization (LEJC).

What are the benefits to your library?

  • Comprehensive: 90-volume digital library with over 30,000 pages of leading research in Jewish studies from ‘Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, and Pole’ to ‘The Zohar: Reception and Impact’.
  • Wide-ranging: The LEJC includes international perspectives on Jewish civilization from the USA, Israel, Germany, Poland and the UK, amongst others.
  • Variety of texts: A comprehensive overview of a variety of subject areas including: history, cultural studies, literature, the Holocaust, biography, religious studies, philosophy and women’s studies.
  • Continuous access: 24/7 access via IP or username/password.
  • Invaluable: Digitized for the first time, the LEJC dates from 1965 with work from leading scholars such as Anthony Polonsky, Rachel Elior, Menachem Kellner, and Ada Rapoport-Albert.

From 1 March 2017, 90 volumes in the LEJC will be available for one-off purchase by institutions with perpetual access. To register your interest and be kept up-to-date on the LEJC sign up to our email list:

We’re still busy building the LEJC, take a look!

30-day free trials of the content will be available for your library, contact for more information.

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, founded by Louis Littman in memory of his father to explore, explain, and perpetuate the Jewish heritage, published its first book in 1965:

The Ghetto: From Venice to Chicago

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck University of London in partnership with the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London and the Department of English Literature, University of Reading
Speakers: Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading; Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University; Emily Michelson, University of St Andrews; Dan Michman, International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem and Filippo De Vivo, Birkbeck, University of London
Date:     Tue, Mar. 28, 2017
Time:    9:30am – 5:45pm
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London

Details: This symposium brings together scholars in history, literary studies and sociology, from the US, Israel and Europe, to explore the idea of the ghetto as it developed from the early modern period to the present, and to consider the institutional, social, and cultural practices that have constituted (and constitute) ghettos in everyday life.


·         Exiting the Roman Ghetto: When was it Dangerous, and Why?, Emily Michelson, University of St Andrews
·         The Venetian Ghetto: Forcing In and Forcing Out, Filippo De Vivo, Birkbeck, University of London
·         Ghettos of the Imagination: The Long Nineteenth-Century, Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading
·         The Nazi Era Ghettos: Are They Connected in Any Way to the Early Modern Ones?, Dan Michman, International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem
·         How the Ghetto Became Black, Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University

Free event open to scholar. For more information please email

“Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd century BCE – 4th century CE”

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the website for the ERC project “Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd century BCE – 4th century CE” (short title: “Judaism and Rome”). To visit the website and learn about the project, please go to:

The website gives access to ancient sources connected to the theme of Roman imperialism and its reception by the provincials, providing as much information as possible: original texts, English translations, images etc.

It also provides the reader with an original and detailed commentary on each source, a service that is very rarely offered on the web, and which makes this website comparable to a rich sourcebook in Open Access.

Finally, it seeks to promote interdisciplinary discussion between scholars working on Roman history, Jewish Studies, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Classics, Patristics, History of Christianity, and any related field.

We welcome your feedback!

Katell Berthelot, PI of the ERC project “Judaism and Rome,” together with the “Judaism and Rome” team

Call for Papers: Jews and Quakers: On the borders of acceptability
University of Sussex 13th October 2017

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex, and Woodbrooke Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Birmingham, UK

Call for Papers
The Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex and Woodbrooke Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies invite submissions for a groundbreaking joint one-day conference to be held at the University of Sussex under the title Jews and Quakers: On the borders of acceptability. The conference aims to explore the impact on the thought, theology and praxis of Jewish and Quaker communities following experiences of persecution, political alienation and outsider status in the wider communities in which they have lived in Europe, North America and globally since the 17th century. It offers a rare opportunity for researchers to identify and explore such parallels and differences as might be found between the experiences of Jews and Quakers.

The organisers welcome papers from those working in Jewish Studies, and Quaker Studies, History, Economic History, Sociology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies and other related fields with a view to bringing scholars from a number of fields into conversation with one another to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion and shared comparative analyses. This conference will offer an opportunity for discussion between academics working in separate fields with shared thematic interests.

Potential suitable topics for submissions on the theme include, but are not limited to, the following:
• the outsider’s eye, observations on the dominant culture
• surviving persecution
• suffering and group identity
• compromise and assimilation
• family and community cohesion
• theological responses to the experience of marginalisation
• relations with other religious organisations, faiths and minority groups
• accessing education, housing and the labour market
• social and political activism
• philanthropy
• utopian social visions
• wealth and poverty
• discipline, leadership and diversity within communities
• citizenship and identity

Papers are also welcomed that address directly the historical connections between Quakers and Jews and the impact upon each community of those relations, both in the historical and in the contemporary context.

There is no charge for giving papers or for attendance. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge. Travel cannot be reimbursed, so those wishing to attend should be prepared to self-fund travel costs or find a suitable sponsor. Submissions from established scholars, postdoctoral early career researchers and doctoral candidates are welcomed.

Professor Todd M. Endelman, William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Michigan has provisionally agreed to give the keynote address (subject to confirmation). Concluding remarks will be given by Professor Ben Pink Dandelion of the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, and the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster.

Please send 300 word proposals for 30 minute papers, along with a short CV, to the Conference Coordinators at by midnight Monday 10th April 2017.

The organisers aim to respond to proposals by Monday 24th April 2017. To register for attendance at the conference please email the Co-ordinators to express your interest. Please give details of special dietary or access requirements. This event is supported by the Gerald Hodgett award.

Call for Papers – Israelis Periodical

Israelis is a bilingual academic periodical (English and Hebrew) for young researchers and students. The periodical focuses in the field of Israel studies and accepts articles from various disciplines (including: History, Sociology, Anthropology, Literature, Geography, Political Science, Cultural Studies and more).

 Israelis is edited by young researchers at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism. All articles are published following the customary peer-reviewed process of academic publications.

Israelis volumes are being published in printed and electronic versions.

For submissions and information:

Visit our website and facebook page.


Call for Papers: Medical knowledge in the Bible and in the Talmud 

Society for Biblical Literature International Meeting/ European Association of Biblical Studies (ISBL/EABS),

Berlin, 7-11 August 2017 Medicine in Bible and Talmud (EABS)

See more at:

Final Submission Date for Proposals: 1 February 2017

Call For Papers:

For the complete text of the 2017 CfP, see

Papers are invited on the comparative theme ‘Literary and discursive framing and concepts of (medical) knowledge in (Late) Antiquity’, from biblical and apocryphal texts, into later Jewish, Rabbinic-Talmudic traditions and beyond. The organizers explicitly welcome papers by scholars working on these questions as in neighboring or adjacent traditions (ancient Babylonia or Egypt; Graeco-Roman culture(s); Iranian traditions, early Christianity; Syriac traditions; early Islam etc.). Recent studies into ancient scientific traditions have emphasized the craft and artifice of those texts. On the one hand, these works can be characterized by a rather astonishing degree of literary expertise, discursive versatility and rhetorical sophistication. Ancient scientific authors were well versed not only in their very field of expertise but deployed compositional techniques from their respective cultural milieu. On the other hand, one notices also the complex framing of scientific knowledge in texts whose primary focus was religious, poetic, historiographic, or literary. Based on this, we welcome presentations on the representation and embedding of medical (and other) knowledge in particular texts and contexts. Papers may address the special design of such knowledge discourses. How does the use of rhetoric strategies, literary structures, or genres in `scientific texts’ affect the ideas conveyed? Could a specific hermeneutic (Listenwissenschaft/ encyclopaedism/ linguocentrism) not only serve as a ‘container’ but also as a method for knowledge acquisition? One might ask further: who constructs this discourse for whom, and with which (implicit/explicit) intention? How can the adoption of certain textual strategies and compositional techniques be seen as a vital venue for (structural/discursive) knowledge transfer, rather than the actual content of the passage?

Program Unit Chairs:

Markham Geller (

Lennart Lehmhaus (

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

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If you are a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), but not of SBL, please click here to propose a paper.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

Edinburgh 10-12 July 2017

‘Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time’

This conference is hosted by the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS), in cooperation with the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

Call for Papers

From the earliest accounts of travel and migration, movement across space and time characterise Jewish history. No less crucial than the movement of people is the movement of texts, objects, and ideas, which travel both physically and intellectually as generations in distant locations engage with these at different times and places. Jews themselves are associated with travel and migration, historically and in cultural production. This conference invites contributions of papers and panel proposals within the broad theme of the conference. What follows is a list of thematic headings which is indicative, but not exhaustive:

Jews and migration
Jews in / and the archive
Texts which move
Jewish journeys, journeys of Jews
Literary explorations of travel, movements, and migration and their consequences
Displaying Jews: museums, heritage, art
Jewish objects: from vernacular and ritual to display and memory

As usual with BAJS conferences, papers on topics unrelated to the conference theme are also welcome, including proposals by graduate students wishing to present on their doctoral research.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham): People and ideas on the move: the evidence from Qumran
Professor Tony Kushner (Southampton): Jews as refugees: special or not?
Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York / Warsaw): Expanded Geography: An Epilogue to the History of Polish Jews at POLIN Museum
Professor Hana Wirth-Nesher (Tel Aviv): To Move, to Translate, To Write: Jewish American Immigrant Voices

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a speaker biography of 100 words max.

Panel proposals should include a rationale for the panel of no more than 500 words, abstracts of 300 words max for each paper proposed as part of the panel and speaker biographies of no more than 100 words.

Speakers are allocated 30min for their presentation and questions following the paper. Usually papers are c.20min in length, allowing for 10min of questions and discussion.

Please send paper and panel proposals and all conference-related correspondence to:

Deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals: 31 January 2017.

For more information, please see

Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, 3 July – 10 July 2017

‘Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives’

Call for applications

The Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism (OSI-MCJ) is an advanced academic seminar that is intended to raise innovative and challenging perspectives that have the potential to influence broader thinking about contemporary Judaism. A combination of outstanding senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture from around the globe join with a select group of early career European Jewish Studies scholars for eight days of rigorous study and intellectual exchange.

The fourth annual OSI-MCJ will address: ‘Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives.’

This seminar will be dedicated to exploring the multiple ways in which modern and contemporary Jewish life, thought, and practice have responded to a broad range of innovations. The multi- and inter-disciplinary approach of the seminar is designed to bring into conversation distinctive fields of study and attract a diverse range of specialists.

Oxford Summer Institutes involve a period of intense study in the setting of an advanced seminar. To join a core group of twelve senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture, the Centre now invites applications from a further eight European scholars in the field at an early stage in their career (i.e. scholars who are about to complete a doctorate or have completed a doctorate since December 2012).

Up to eight European scholars will be selected to join the 2017 OSI. The Centre will cover travel and accommodation costs.

The closing date for completed applications is: 3 February 2017

For further information:

Application Information:

Application Form:




The editorial board of the journal Melilah invites submissions for its 2017 volume, for which the theme is ‘Gender in Jewish Studies’. The intention is to focus on the development and application of method and theory over the last four decades, and to interrogate what difference gender-sensitive approaches have made in all areas of Jewish Studies including, but not limited to, textual, archival, material, ethnographic, and historical studies.

Interested authors are encouraged to contact the guest editor,, in advance.

For inclusion in the 2017 volume, papers should be submitted by 31 July 2017. Papers submitted after that date may be considered for publication in a future volume. All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.

Suggested word-length: between 3000 and 10,000 words.

Further information:

Interpreting Archives: British Association of Holocaust Studies Fourth Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, July 25-27 2017

Call for Papers:

This year’s conference offers scholars and educators the chance to explore new avenues of research and collaboration in relation to Holocaust Studies. Our theme draws on a very wide definition of the archive, referring to collections and repositories of an official or unofficial kind, artefactual or virtual, personal or institutional. The archive in this sense encompasses ideas and theories, cultural practice, music, art, literature, television and film, private correspondence, documentary and museum collections, books, relics, landscapes, photographs, artefacts and other phenomena.

All conferences of the British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS) are inter- and cross-disciplinary, bringing together an international body of academics, teachers and practitioners, including those working in museums and at memorial sites.

Keynote speakers:

Michael Berkowitz, University College London, ‘Jewish Self-presentation between Normalcy and Crisis: Alternative Photographic Genres of the Holocaust and Beyond’

Shirli Gilbert, University of Southampton, ‘Personal Archives and Public Histories’

Bob Moore, University of Sheffield, ‘Contextualising Holocaust Diaries: Arnold Douwes and Anne Frank’

The conference will include a musical performance from ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’, as well as a panel discussion on the International Tracing Service at the National Holocaust Centre at Laxton in Nottinghamshire.

Abstracts: We invite abstracts from individuals working in any relevant field of inquiry, for 20-minute papers, or for posters displaying research, to be sent by 28 February 2017 to this address:

Your abstract should be around 250 words and include a line of biography. Please state whether you are offering a paper or a poster.

We will confirm acceptances by 30 March 2017, on which date registration will open.

Topics might include:

* effects of the increasing accessibility of archives (from the opening of the ‘Eastern bloc’ in the 1990s to digitisation)

* archiving testimony: approaches necessary as there are fewer living survivors

* descendants of survivors and others as archives

* course/module syllabuses as archives

* use of archives for education

* literary, fictional and other texts as archives

* other ways of representing archives (such as ‘data visualisation’, performance, mapping, biography, big data)

Please send abstracts or queries to:

Visiting Research Fellows, Methodism, University of Manchester

This call for applications for John Rylands Research Institute / Manchester Wesley Research Centre Joint Visiting Fellowship is open to post-doctoral scholars who wish to conduct research at The John Rylands Library in the broad area of Methodist/Wesleyan studies. It offers the opportunity to examine the materials from the perspective of the study of interfaith relations. In particular, there is considerable potential for work on the history of Methodist-Jewish relations, that is, on references to Jews and Judaism in the material held in the collections. The fellowship provides free accommodation for up to six weeks, with a bursary of up to  £150 a week to cover travel and living expenses.

Deadline for the application to the JRRI: 16 January 2017.

Further information:


 Clinton Silver Visiting Fellowship in Jewish Eastern European History and/or Migration 
The Parkes Institute for Jewish/ non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton is delighted to announce a new one-month Visiting Fellowship in Jewish Eastern-European History and/or Migration.  We welcome applications from scholars at any stage of their career working on topics related to Jewish Eastern European History and/or Jewish migration. Scholars should have completed their PhD and be affiliated to a non-UK institution.
The fellowship will be for a minimum of one month and carries a bursary of up to £2,500 to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses. The Parkes Institute will provide access to the Parkes Library and Special Collections, as well as to a working space and university facilities. We can also provide support for visa applications where needed.  The fellow will be based in Southampton and is expected to attend Parkes events (such as the evening seminar and doctoral seminar) and to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute. The fellow is also expected to deliver a seminar and to organise a workshop for students.
The fellowship should be taken up between 15 April and 30 June 2017.
Please send a CV and a short statement (500 words) presenting your research project and how you will use the fellowship to Dr Claire Le Foll ( by 31 December 2016.

This month’s newsflash with details of european-wide activities (including forthcoming funding deadlines; positions available; scholarships, fellowships, grants, and prizes; conferences and calls for papers; new books and journals; and news and events) is available at:


The Astaire Seminar Series 2016/17 is organised between the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Durham and Manchester. Events are free and open to all. If you are planning to attend any of these seminars please contact the local organiser for details regarding venue and timing. The address is in the link for each location.

15 December 2016, University of Glasgow
Venue:  Lecture Theatre A, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow
Time: 5-7pm

Ada Rapoport Albert (UCL), From Russia to Poland: Interwar Habad Hasidism in Exile

Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow), The Dybbuk’s Haunted Stage: Performing Jewish Mysticism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

This event is part of the Mysticism in Comparative Perspective Conference

21 March 2017, University of Manchester
Venue: A113 Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Time: 5-7pm

Sander Gilman (Emory University), Jews as Exiles and their Representations after 1933

Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester), German Jews and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Exile from National Socialism

26 April 2017, University of St Andrews
Venue: Old Class Library, School of History, 69 South Street, St Andrews
Time: 2-4pm

Adam Shear (University of Pittsburgh), Jews and their Books on the Move in Early Modern Europe

Emily Finer (University of St Andrews), Jewish Migration and Metamorphosis in Early Soviet Fiction

This event is co-sponsored by USTC and the School of History

9 May 2017, University of Durham
Elad Lapidot (Freie Universität Berlin), Deterritorialized Immigrant: The Talmudic Ger as a Cross-Border Figure

Ilan Baron (University of Durham), The International Cultural Politics of Israeli Cuisine

11 July 2017, University of Edinburgh
Hana Wirth-Nesher (University of Tel Aviv), To Move, to Translate, To Write: Jewish American Immigrant Voices

This event is a keynote lecture at the British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies

 Greek expanded, Greek transformed: The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators

 January to June 2018



 CLOSING DATE: 4 January 2017

The Seminar will bring together an international team of scholars from different disciplines to work on the religious and political vocabulary of the Septuagint, combining the expertise of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, where it will be based, with the resources of the Oxford Classics Faculty and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. The project will illuminate for biblical scholars the cultural world of those who produced and read the books of the Septuagint, and will illuminate for classical scholars the ways in which Jews of the Greek world adapted to the dominant culture and influenced it in turn.

With the conquests of Alexander the Great the Greek language came to be widely used by people outside Greece, and from multiple cultural traditions. As the earliest translation into Greek of a major body of existing literature, the Septuagint provides a crucial example of the impact this process had on the Greek language itself.

Many of the Greek words and constructions used in the Septuagint have a rich history in classical literature, while others have a background in documentary sources such as papyri and inscriptions. The Seminar will examine how the functions of these resources were expanded to meet the demands of a new culture. The project will examine how the dialectic in the Septuagint between biblical and Hellenistic connotations lends to words a semantic complexity that is both hard and rewarding to analyse.

Weekly interdisciplinary seminars, and a series of workshops will bring specialists in the Septuagint together with classicists, linguists, historians, and historians of religion. Septuagint vocabulary will be examined along with the Hellenistic cultural background and the methodological problems relating to that background.

Weekly seminars will be convened through the duration of two Oxford terms: 14 January to 10 March 2018 and 22 April to 16 June 2018. These will offer a forum for the Fellows to address central research topics related to the overall theme of the Seminar. The concluding conference will be held from 25 to 27 June 2018.

Visiting Fellows will receive an allowance of £2,515 (pro rata) per calendar month for the period of their tenure. Travelling expenses up to £550 pounds sterling will also be provided, and Fellows will be provided with a college association during their time at Oxford. Applicants should indicate the specific research they would undertake in the course of Fellowship and how this research would contribute to the broader work of the project. Applications by senior scholars, and by scholars at postdoctoral and advanced doctoral level, are welcome.

Closing date for applications: 4 January 2017

 Project leaders:  

Jan Joosten (Oriental Studies, University of Oxford)

Philomen Probert (Classics and Linguistics, University of Oxford)

 Core members:    

Eberhard Bons (Faculté de théologie catholique, Université de Strasbourg)

Trevor Evans (Ancient History, Macquarie University

Gary Anderson (Theology, University of Notre Dame)

For more detailed information see:

or contact:

Prof Jan Joosten (

Prof Philomen Probert (

For any other queries contact:

Martine Smith-Huvers (


Applications now open for NEW E-LEARNING COURSE, ‘Religion is…’

Many of the misunderstandings and misinterpretations surrounding religion today stem from a lack of study as well as scrutiny.

The Woolf Institute is delighted to announce the launch of a new e-learning course, Religion is…, which will be offered in 2017.

This course will provide participants with an introduction to the Abrahamic religions. It will provide an understanding of the beliefs that underpin these religions. The course will allow anyone who has a thirst for knowledge to discover narratives and stories and to reflect on key events and historical moments. It will help participants understand how each religion has changed over time and in different places. The course will also show how religion contributes to, and is influenced by, society in the 21st century.

The e-learning approach offers individuals the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from all over the world. Many participants from across Europe and around the world – including Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States to name but a few – have engaged with our e-learning courses.

The closing date for applications is 16 January 2017. The course commences on 6 February 2017.

The course fee is £275. A limited number of bursaries are available.

For further details, visit

Call for Papers – JLA European Regional Conference

Vienna, 17 -19 July 2017

Theme: The presence of Jews and Jewish Law in Non-Jewish Law

The JLA 2017 regional conference will be hosted by the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna. It will take place in conjunction with the 9th Summer Academy on the History of the Jews in the Holy Roman Empire and its Successor States and two moot courts, one focusing on the Ius Commune and the other on Jewish Law as practised in the early modern period

The thematic focus of the JLA European Regional Conference 2017 will be on the roles, treatment and representation of Jews and Jewish law in non-Jewish legal systems. Contributions relating to one of the four areas outlined below are particularly welcome, though papers relating in other ways to the place of Jews in the legal profession or to inclusion of Jewish Law in non-Jewish legal systems are invited. With a view to promoting wider exchange with scholars and practitioners from countries in which the study of Jewish Law is less developed, proposals on other aspects of Jewish law will also be considered. If you are interested in presenting a full paper or a poster for work in progress, please send an abstract of between 400 and 750 words to Stefan Goltzberg at STEFAN.GOLTZBERG@ULB.AC.BE, to be received no later than 10th January 2017.

Jewish Lawyers and Legal Doctrine: Papers dealing with specific individuals or legal sub-disciplines (civil law, public law, international law or ecclesiastical law, for instance) are particularly welcome. Contributions may reinterpret established connections or probe into under-researched areas such as the prominent role Jewish lawyers played in ecclesiastical public law in countries such as Italy. Papers may also focus on legal doctrine and philosophy (past or present), exploring the influence, direct or indirect, of Jewish Law and lawyers on secular or other religious jurisprudence.

Jewish Lawyers and Legal Reform: Of equal interest is the role of 19th and 20th century legal reformers who had been brought up in the Jewish tradition. Papers exploring the work of Jewish lawyers active as members of representative institutions, parliaments or city councils, are welcome in this context, as are those looking into the role of Jews (in the broadest sense) in trade unions and associations devoted to social reform. Under this broad heading, we also invite papers exploring the role of recent or contemporary Jewish lawyers in developing and/or advocating alternatives or modifications to traditional, confrontational legal processes.

Jews, Jewish Law and Public Ecclesiastical Law: The conference will also address the mechanisms through which non-Jewish law developed to accommodate Jews, as well as the expectations or demands of Jewish Law on secular law in order to consider the latter valid and binding. In this respect the conference intends to focus not so much on the rights which Jews possessed or did not possess as individuals, but on the rights they enjoyed as members of a group – rights which sometimes extended to include a partial accommodation or recognition of Jewish law. Papers may thus touch upon such questions as: whether and to what extent the state paid for rabbis, Jewish army chaplains, Jewish religious instruction, Jewish schools and the upkeep of synagogues and cemeteries (and, in return, exercised a considerable degree of control). This will include asking to what extent the recognition of the Jews under public ecclesiastical law with all the benefits and disadvantages that went and go along with it played a role from the struggle for emancipation in the 19th century to this day. Papers need not be restricted to legal regimes regulating the relationship between the state and religious communities under explicit heading of Public Ecclesiastical Law (Droit public ecclésiastique, Staatskirchenrecht) but may just as well embrace any other public religious law regime, for example in the Ottoman Empire, the Mughal Empire/British Raj or present day India.

Jews and Jewish Law in the Ius Commune: The conference invites papers which address the role of Jews and Jewish Law as part of the Ius Commune. Until the great 18th and 19th century codifications, the Ius Commune (i.e., Roman Civil Law), Canon Law and a host of particular laws provided the normative basis throughout most of continental Europe. The role which Jewish law played as one of the many particular laws in this world of the Ius Commune has remained largely unexplored. The archival legacy of the imperial Aulic Council, one of the two supreme courts of the Holy Roman Empire, is a particularly rich source for the study of this role.

We welcome contributions from practitioners as well as established and emerging academics. In addition to sessions with full papers, we hope to have a range of research workshops for work in progress, and shorter presentations of early stage projects. Those wishing to register for the conference must be current members of the Jewish Law Association; discounted rates for membership are available to students, low or unwaged participants. Depending on funding, it may be possible to offer financial assistance to early career scholars or those without university support who would otherwise find attending the conference financially prohibitive.

Stefan Goltzberg, Brussels

Nechama Hadari, Hebden Bridge,West Yorkshire

Stephan Wendehorst, Gießen/Vienna

Geoge Wilkes, Edinburgh

 Founded in 1978, the Jewish Law Association seeks to promote study and research in Jewish Law. It provides a major interdisciplinary meeting point for scholars and practitioners in both Law and Jewish Studies. Its membership represents diverse religious, philosophical and intellectual perspectives, and is drawn from many nations, from Israel to Argentina, from Canada and the United States to Australia, from Western Europe to South Africa. For further information about the Jewish Law Association please visit its website at:


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2018

The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2018:

Lent term: 16 January–16 March 2018

Easter term: 24 April–15 June 2018

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research or public education in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and one round-trip journey to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

 Deadline for the submission of applications is 17 February 2017.

Reference Number 015271
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service: COLLEGE OF ARTS
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position: Type Full Time
Salary Range: £33,943 – £38,183

Job Purpose

To join the AHRC research project Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950, in order to carry out archival research along with the PI (based at the University of Edinburgh) and the Co-I (based at the University of Glasgow). The RA will be based in Glasgow and play a key role in analysing, publicising, and presenting relevant materials on twentieth-century Scottish Jewish life and culture, both available at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) and related repositories in the UK. The RA will contribute their own research, including conference papers, and articles, under the thematic umbrella framed by Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces.

For details, please see:


22-23rd May 2017, Southampton.

A conference organised by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town

 The concept of the ‘Port Jew’ was developed in the late 1990s by Lois Dubin and David Sorkin to describe the identity and activities of an elite group of Sephardi traders which emerged in the early modern era. Working in the relative freedom and space of cosmopolitan trading centres, their success was compared to the restraints operating on the better studied ‘Court Jews’.

Under the leadership of David Cesarani, the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton and its partner, the Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town, organised a series of conferences on the theme of the ‘Port Jew’. These important gatherings and their subsequent prize winning publications opened up further the concept in both time and space.

In this conference, a tribute to the life and work of the late David Cesarani, the aim is to revisit the ‘Port Jew’ with the focus on how the figure has been represented in literature, historiography, and other cultural, intellectual and artistic forms.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), on ‘Venice’.

Proposals are welcome from those working in all disciplines, geographies and chronologies. Proposals should be 100-200 words and be sent to Professor Tony Kushner, University of Southampton by email ( by 15 December 2016.



SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies Special Event

Thane Rosenbaum, Novelist and Professor at New York University

The Holocaust and the Novel: Can an Atrocity be Fictionalized?’

Thursday 24 November, 19:00-21:00h

Faber Building, Room 01 (ground floor)

 Chair: Catherine Hezser, Professor of Jewish Studies, SOAS

We have the pleasure to invite you to a special reading and discussion with Thane Rosenbaum, one of the most prominent contemporary American-Jewish novelists and essayists whose novels reflect the perspective of the second generation after the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction including Elijah Visible (1996, a collection of interconnected stories which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best work of American Jewish fiction), Second Hand Smoke (1999, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist), The Golems of Gotham (2002, a mystical ghost story set in New York), and most recently, How Sweet It Is! (2015, about a family of Holocaust survivors in 1972 Miami). His essays appear frequently in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast. He is also a law professor and a Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law, where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. Amongst his legal-political works are: Payback: The Case for Revenge, and his forthcoming work: The High Cost of Free Speech: Rethinking the First Amendment.

For more information on his work see

The Faber building is at 23-24 Russell Square. For a map and a plan of SOAS buildings see

All are welcome and the entrance is free of charge.


10–11 May, 2017, Oxford, UK

Conveners: Jan Joosten and John Screnock

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls produced seismic shifts in the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Now, after their full publication and integration into the field, a new wave of scholarship is questioning old assumptions, applying interdisciplinary approaches, and rethinking the methodologies we apply to text-critical evidence.

On 10–11 May, 2017, the University of Oxford will host a colloquium devoted to methodologically new and unique work in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and related texts. Presenters will have ample time to present their work and receive feedback from other colloquium participants, including Ron Hendel, Jan Joosten, Michael Segal, and Hugh Williamson.

We invite papers from scholars whose work goes beyond conventional approaches; early-career scholars and recent PhDs are especially encouraged to submit. Proposals of 1,000–2,000 words, based on projects that are well under way, should be sent to John Screnock ( The deadline for paper proposals is 15 January, 2017.

John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Early Career Research Fellowships

The Institute is pleased to announce the call for this new Fellowship.

Visiting Early Career Research Fellowships are an opportunity for applicants currently completing, or within two years of the award of their doctorate, to work on an application for an externally funded postdoctoral fellowship (for example, from the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust or Wellcome Trust) to conduct a future research project using The University of Manchester Library’s Special Collections. It is intended to allow those unfamiliar with either archival research or Special Collections, or specifically the rich holdings of The University of Manchester’s  Special Collections, to identify areas of particular research promise for them, and, with the assistance of a skilled grant writer, to produce an application for a postdoctoral fellowship which would be focused on the holdings of the Library’s  Special Collections and would be held at the John Rylands Research Institute for the duration of the fellowship.

The John Rylands Research Institute is a unique partnership led by the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities  and The University of Manchester Library in which humanities scholars, scientists, curators, conservators and digital imaging specialists are brought together to uncover, explore, unravel and reveal hidden ideas and knowledge contained within the Library’s world-leading Special Collections. The Library’s unique collections count among the foremost repositories of primary sources in the UK, offering research potential across an exceptionally broad array of disciplines, chronologies and geographical areas.

Further information on how to apply can be found at:


 Call for Applications

 Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School

for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture

 Dates: July 2-5, 2017 at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)

Deadline: January 5, 2017

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex ( in cooperation with the Martin Buber Chair in Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main ( invite PhD students to apply for the biennial Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture 2017.

The Summer School brings together young researchers who are currently working on topics in Jewish history and culture (e.g. on Jewish religion and inner life, literature, art, economy, ideological and social movements, inter-religious and inter-cultural relations as well as family and everyday life) giving them the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in an informal and friendly atmosphere with leading scholars in the field. In doing so, the Summer School continues the efforts of previous events creating an interdisciplinary network of younger scholars engaged in areas of European-Jewish studies, thought and culture from the early to modern periods.

Candidates are invited to send via email a 3-5-page proposal outlining their PhD project, a short CV and one reference from their supervisor or relevant scholar in the field to Dr. Kim Wünschmann:

For other information regarding the summer school please contact: Dr. Gideon Reuveni (,

Dr. Kim Wünschmann ( or Prof. Christian Wiese (

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies will pay the travel and accommodation expenses of accepted candidates. Students from Central and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates from non-European countries will be considered, but may be asked to contribute towards their flight costs.

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2017

Successful candidates will be notified at the beginning of March 2017.

British Jewish Contemporary Cultures

The Network for British Jewish Contemporary Cultures is run by Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor University) and Dr Ruth Gilbert (Winchester University) and can be found at:


John Rylands Research Institute call for applications –  Application to the Newberry/Rylands Joint Fellowship 2017/2018 is now open.

The Newberry Library-John Rylands Institute Exchange Fellowship provides two months of support for a scholar to be in residence for one month at the Newberry Library in Chicago and an additional month in residence at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England.

To find out more on how to apply for this exciting opportunity please go to:

DATE CORRECTION: Please note the conference will be held on Wednesday 24 May – Friday 26 May 2017. The amended announcement is below. The deadline for the call for papers remains Monday 14 November.

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

This timely conference will examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. We are interested in exploring this interaction as it developed among Zionists and antisemites, and among Jews and non-Jews more broadly. We welcome proposals that consider this theme as it has developed in theory, in practice, and in the manifold domains of cultural representation.

Call for Papers: we seek contributions from across the range of disciplines including history, political science, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology and theology. The conference is open to scholars at any stage of their career, from PhD students to established scholars. Proposals from independent scholars are also welcome.

Speakers will be provided with accommodation in London as well as support towards their travel costs.

Deadline for paper proposals: Monday 14 November 2016.
A paper proposal of 200-300 words, together with a brief CV or biography, (of no more than one page) should be sent to Elaine Hudson by 14 November 2016.

Full information on the conference and call for papers is available on the Pears Institute website.


The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies invites proposals from individuals or institutions wishing to direct an Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies in 2018-2019. 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 2018-2019 will be from 7 October to 1 December 2018, 13 January to 9 March 2019, and 28 April to 17 June 2019. 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 2017 which proposals have been selected for further consideration and may request further information from proposers before the final decision in mid March 2017.

Please send your proposal to the Registrar, Martine Smith-Huvers, by email
( by 16 January 2017.

For information on previous Seminars held at the Centre see, and on the Seminar to be held in 2016-2017, see

What can the Qurʾān, the Holy Scripture of Islam, teach us about Judaism and Christianity? How does knowledge about Judaism and Christianity help us better to understand the Qurʾān? This public lecture series seeks to make cutting edge research in Islamic Studies accessible to the broader public. The speakers integrate literary and historical approaches in order to illustrate the intricate relationship between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. A better understanding of the past may in turn help us to reconsider the present in a more nuanced way, and to formulate answers to the challenges faced by the Muslim communities in the Western World and beyond. The talks will be followed by a response and a discussion. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For the conference website, please click here, for registration, please see below.

 1. September 17, 2016, 1 – 6 pm, A1 Highfield House, University Park

1:00pm-1:10pm: Welcome, Dr. Holger Zellentin, The University of Nottingham

  • How to Study the Qurʾān – ‘Traditional’ and ‘Academic’ Approaches

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm: Prof. Islam Dayeh, Free University, Berlin

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Prof. Mehdi Azaiez, Katholieke Universiteit Levuven

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm: Response by Dr. Marianna Klar, School of Oriental and African Studies

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm: Coffee Break

  • The Qurʾān and the Bible

3:50 pm – 4:40 pm: Prof. Angelika Neuwirth, Free University, Berlin

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm: Prof. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame University

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Response by Dr. Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, Ismaili Institute, London



2. October 16, 2016, 1 – 6 pm, A48 Sir Clive Granger Building

 1:00 pm – 1:05 pm: Welcome, Dr. Musharraf Hussain, OBE, DL, Karimia Institute

1:05 pm – 1:10 pm: The Lecture Series, Dr. Holger Zellentin, The University of Nottingham

  • The Qurʾān’s Arabian Background

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm: Prof. Devin Stewart, Emory University

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Dr. Nora K. Schmid, Free University of Berlin

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm: Response by Dr. Asma Hilali, Ismaili Institute, London

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm: Coffee Break

  •  The Qurʾān and Christianity

3:50 pm – 4:40 pm: Dr. Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm: Prof. Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Response by Dr. Jon Hoover, The University of Nottingham



3. December 4, 2016, 1 – 6 pm, A48 Sir Clive Granger Building

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm: Welcome, Dr. Jon Hoover, The University of Nottingham

  • The Qurʾān and Judaism

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm: Dirk Hartwig, Free University, Berlin

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Prof. Walid Saleh, University of Toronto

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm: Response by Dr. Harith bin Ramli, Cambridge Muslim College

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm: Coffee Break

  •  Law from the Bible to the Qurʾān

3:50 pm – 4:40 pm: Dr. Holger Zellentin, The University of Nottingham

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm: Prof. Lena Salaymeh, University of Tel Aviv

5:30pm – 6:00 pm: Response by Dr. Shuruq Naguib, University of Lancaster



All lectures are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is mandatory, please visit

For information on transportation and parking at the University, please visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Funded by the British Academy

Co-Sponsored by the Karimia Instititue

The Interface Between British Contemporary Black and Jewish Cultures

Over the past three decades, a considerable body of work has emerged on the interface between Black and Jewish cultures in the United States. In contrast, there has been very little scholarship on Black-Jewish cultural relations in the context of the United Kingdom. To a certain extent, this disparity can be explained by the very different histories of Jewish and Black populations on either side of the Atlantic. The history of slavery, reconstruction, segregation and civil rights in the US has no direct analogy in the UK and the post-war cultural confidence and prominence of Jews in America contrasts conspicuously with the relative ambivalence, historically, of British Jews towards both their Jewishness and Britishness. Whilst recognizing the importance of these differences, however, there is much, in terms of the discourse that has developed around what Lori Harrison-Kahan has called the ‘Black-Jewish imaginary’ that could be appropriated, refined and revised in the British context. We would welcome proposals of no more than 300 words for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the interface between Black British and Jewish cultures widely defined, including but not restricted to, literature, film, television, art, digital media, photography, drama, dance and other forms of performance. Topics may include but need not be confined to the following:

  • the relationship between the ‘Black/Jewish imaginary’ in the US context and Black/Jewish cultural relations in the UK;
  • the influence of African American and Jewish American artists on their British counterparts;
  • the ways in which British Jewish culture has represented Black identities and vice versa;
  • issues of self-representation in Black British and British Jewish cultures;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish cultures have interrogated questions of race, ethnicity and religion;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish artists have been situated and positioned themselves in terms of discourses around ‘minorities’, ‘otherness’ and ‘whiteness’;
  • the ways in which Black British and British Jewish cultures have responded to the changing political, historical and economic contexts of the post-war period, particularly the activities of Far Right movements, debates over (im)migration, multiculturalism, identity politics, race relations, Apartheid-era South Africa and the Israel/Palestine conflict;
  • the similarities and differences between the ways in which contemporary Black British and Jewish cultures have represented the experience of the ‘Windrush’ generation of Black immigrants and that of post-war Jewish immigrants to the UK;
  • the ways in which twenty-first century Black and Jewish British cultures have responded to the presence of antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of racism and xenophobia in contemporary society and discourse.


Please send your proposals to Prof. David Brauner (>), Prof. Nathan Abrams ( and Dr. Ruth Gilbert ( by 1st October 2016.






A partnership between the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, these scholarships are intended to support outstanding research students at the University of Cambridge who have the potential to become exceptional leaders of the future. Scholars will be selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust will co-fund the successful candidates. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, and will be tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges.

Applicants for 2017-18 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline (overseas: 7 December 2016: UK/EU: 4 January 2017). Applicants must show evidence of excellence in their field of study and formulate a coherent research proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus.

Read the blog posts written by our current scholarship awardees – Amine, Austin and Rodrigo – as they reflect on the doctoral programme at the University of Cambridge.

Deadline details and application:

Scholarship information:


Dr Emma Harris, Academic Coordinator, Woolf Institute:

Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust:



A 3-year post at University of Manchester, suitable for a specialist in Jewish-Christian relations. “You will hold a good first degree and a completed or near-completed PhD in Theology, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, or a related discipline, have broad expertise in Religious Studies (especially in the Christian tradition), and be flexible and adaptable, including being willing to teach outside your own research area.” Salary: £34,576 p.a. Period of post: 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019. Deadline for application: 22 July 2016.

Further information:

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies of King’s College London, together with the Institute di Culture e Archeologic dell Terre Biblische of Faculty of Theology of Lugano and the University of Malta, are delighted to announce the recent success of a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant application, for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources, obtained by Professor Joan Taylor (KCL’s Principal Investigator), together with Professor Marcello Fidanzio (ISCAB, Lugano) and Dr Dennis Mizzi (University of Malta).

In the Qumran caves that yielded the Dead Sea Scrolls many jars, lids and other artefacts were discovered by local Bedouin and also in joint Jordanian, French and American excavations (1949-56). Some of these material artefacts were sent to collections worldwide very early on, either gifted or sold.  Recently the École Biblique et Archéologique Française  of Jerusalem and the ISCAB Lugano started a program for the final report on the Caves of the Qumran Area, dealing mainly with the materials kept in Jerusalem and Amman. The program is directed by Pere Jean-Baptiste Humbert  (EBAF) and Marcello Fidanzio (ISCAB).  The network for the Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources would engage with this publication project, by facilitating the study of all the dispersed artefacts enabling more comprehensive new reports.  This will provide more information about the Qumran cave artefacts, and contribute to reconstructing a material profile of each cave’s contents. Alongside the analysis of ceramic jars, lids, textiles, leathers and wooden remains, the network will additionally explore the written and photographic dossiers of archaeologists and visitors.

Anyone with photographs from the 1950s or relevant information is invited to get in touch by contacting the Network Facilitator, Dr. Sandra Jacobs, at  Further details of the award are available at:

50 fully-funded PhD studentships are available for 2016-17 entry. You should identify a potential supervisor, register (online) for your PhD programme by 29 April 2016, and then submit (online) the Funding Declaration form by 29 April 2016.

Information on current Jewish Studies PhD projects and their supervisors can be found at:

Further information on this studentship scheme and access to the forms can be found at:


Application deadline: April 15, 2016
Starting date: September 2016

The Jewish Studies Program at the Central European University invites applications for a twelve-month teaching and research fellowship on a topic related to Jewish society, history and culture in 20th-century Central and Eastern Europe.  The post-doctoral fellow will teach one course in the winter semester.  The specific disciplinary and thematic areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates working on the interwar period or the communist period.

The fellowship includes: 2600 EUR monthly stipend for research and compensation for teaching and a monthly contribution to accommodation in Budapest. The fellow is also eligible for the reimbursement of a round-trip ticket to and from Budapest in the value of 880 EUR but the fellow is responsible for his/her own travel arrangements and health insurance. During his/her stay the fellow will be also eligible to be reimbursed for his/her costs of participation at scientific events in the total amount of 880 EUR.  The fellow is required to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship.

Applicants should have received their doctoral degrees after September 1, 2011, and should have a publication record appropriate to their career stage. There are no restrictions concerning citizenship, race, gender, or age. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2016. Current doctoral students must show evidence that they will successfully defend their dissertation before the start date of the fellowship.

In addition to teaching a two- or four-credit course, the post-doctoral Fellow is expected to engage with the life and activities of the faculty and students at Central European University. The stipend has been set according to CEU standards and is competitive for the region.

Interested candidates should apply via e-mail to including code in subject line: 2016/017. The application should include an academic curriculum vitae, a writing sample or representative publication, a research proposal with an abstract, a sample syllabus and the contact information for two referees. The cover letter should describe research and achievements so far and a statement of what the candidate hopes to accomplish during the tenure of the Fellowship.

For pre-application inquiries, please contact Daniel Rapp at

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as law, business and public policy. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls about 1400 students from 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

For more information on the Central European University, please visit



The Judaism Panel welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers. With reference to ‘desert spirituality’ as the overall conference theme, the Judaism panel wants to counter its Christian bias and its world-renouncing understanding of asceticism as well as point to the completely different connotations that ’desert’ has as literary imagery in Jewish religion, literature, and culture after two millennia of exile.

Up against Jewish history, ‘desert’ signifies inter alia complex experiences in the past as well as visions of what the future should – or more likely, should not – look like. Accordingly, the Judaism panel calls for papers willing to reflect on

  • what the literary imagery of ‘desert’ may mean in a Jewish context?
  • how past ‘desert’ experiences have contributed to the uniqueness of Jewish religion, literature, and culture, its practices, theologies, and ethics?
  • why past ‘desert’ experiences have convinced some Jews to invest in diasporic Judaism in spite of the possibility since 1948 for Jews to live in a Jewish nation-state?
  • whether world-renouncing practices of asceticism have ever been or could be compatible with past, present or future versions of Jewish religion?

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to the panel convener, Dr. Marianne Schleicher no later than 18 April 2016.
For further information concerning this panel, please, contact the panel convener.

For further information concerning the overall conference, please, see the conference website:

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

The Bolshevik Response to Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution

Speaker: Dr Brendan McGeever, Pears Institute Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London

Date: 2 February 2016

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

Venue:  Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Free seminar for scholars. Limited places: book here

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was the high point of class struggle in the twentieth century. In the very moment of revolution, however, the Bolsheviks were forced to confront mass outbreaks of antisemitic violence as pogroms raged across the Western and South-Western borderlands. The pogroms posed fundamental questions for Marxist theory and practice, particularly since they revealed the nature and extent of working-class and peasant attachments to antisemitic representations of Jewishness.

Based on extensive fieldwork in Russian and Ukrainian archives, this paper has two aims: first, it offers a broad analysis of the nature of the articulation between antisemitism and the revolutionary process, focusing in particular on the phenomenon of Red Army pogroms; and second, it offers an analysis of Bolshevik attempts to arrest these articulations. The paper argues that the key agent in the Soviet response to antisemitism was not the Bolshevik party leadership, as is often assumed, but a small grouping of non-Bolshevik Jewish socialists who coalesced around the peripheral apparatuses of the Soviet state.

Pears Institute lunchtime seminars provide an opportunity to hear and discuss new work in progress from an invited speaker in an informal setting. We cannot provide lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.


Film screening and discussion

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Speakers:                 Dr François Guesnet, University College London and Dr Małgorzata Pakier, POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

 Date:                    Sunday 7 February 2016

Time:                   3.00-5.45pm

Venue: Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Room B36, Torrington Square main entrance

Free event open to all:  Book your place

This award-winning film is a moving and intimate drama about a young novice nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers from her only living relative that she is Jewish. So begins a quest to discover who she really is and where she belongs. The intersection of Ida’s personal story and momentous historic events makes this a powerful and affecting film which explores the place of the Holocaust, memory and forgetting in postwar communist Poland.

The film will be followed by a round-table discussion between Dr François Guesnet, University College London and Dr Małgorzata Pakier, POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw


Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

A Second Emancipation? “Philosemitism” and the Jewish Condition in Postwar  Europe

Speaker: Professor Daniel Cohen, Rice University, Texas

Date: 1 March 2016

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

Venue:  Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Free seminar for scholars. Limited places: book here

What is “philosemitism” and what role did it play in Western Europe from the end of World War Two to 1989, and in the European Union since its inception?

“Philosemitism” is a concept fraught with ambiguities and often dangerously close to antisemitic discourse. Yet new theological, political and cultural attitudes towards Jewishness in the aftermath of the Holocaust have marked a radical departure from the pre-war past. Understood in this way, “philosemitism” is a central feature of postwar European history. Despite the persistence and recent intensification of antisemitism, Jewishness moved closer to the mainstream of European life. The “Jewish Century”, to follow Yuri Slezkin’s apt formulation, is not merely a triangular story of Zionist, Soviet Communist or American trajectories: postwar Europe is a no less important site of Jewish normalization.

Pears Institute lunchtime seminars provide an opportunity to hear and discuss new work in progress from an invited speaker in an informal setting. We cannot provide lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.

This is an opportunity to join the Lincoln Theological Institute (LTI) working on our Study of Religion and Society. The study aims to (1) create a national and international centre of expertise in the theological study of religion and society; and (2) promote theological research and study into a variety of ethical,  pastoral, social and ecclesial issues. While any project proposed must be consonant with the LTI’s aims and ethos, which are found in Christian life and thought, Jewish Studies specialists might be interested in offering comparative or interfaith approaches. The position is tenable from 1 Sept 2016, salary £30,738 per annum. Applications close on 14 February 2016.

Further information:

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Post:           Events Coordinator
Hours:         17.5 hours

Able to work flexibly

Salary:        £27,848 to £31,693 pro rata per annum

Closing Date: 24 January 2016

The Pears Institute has a national and an international profile. It has a reputation for its innovative approach to research and teaching, and for the range and quality of events it runs through the year.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with initiative and drive to support the Institute’s work. Working closely with the Institute’s Manager, you will play a key role in organizing and promoting the Institute’s extensive programme of symposia, conferences and public lectures through the year.

You will also act as the first point of contact for enquiries from the general public external organizations, academics and students. In addition, you will provide administrative support to the Institute’s Director and Manager to ensure the smooth running of the centre; this will include maintaining the Institute’s database and updating the website.

You will also have the ability to work flexibly to support the Institute’s event programme. The events, around 20 each year, take place on different days of the week, sometimes in the early evening and occasionally at weekends.

About the Pears Institute

The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism is unique in Britain. It is dedicated to the study of antisemitism and to understanding all forms of racism, prejudice and xenophobia.

The Institute is a centre of innovative research and teaching and contributes to discussion and public policy formation on antisemitism and intolerance as well as holding a range of academic and public events through the year.

Based at Birkbeck, University of London, and established by Pears Foundation, the Institute is both independent and inclusive.

For further information about the Pears Institute please visit the following website:

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 24 January 2016

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3 February 2016

For further information on this opportunity contact Jan Davison, Head of Communications and Institute Manager:

For further information and to apply visit the Birkbeck Jobs Page





Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in collaboration with the Berman Center, Lehigh University

Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism: Academic Jewish Studies and Judaism: Reciprocal Influences

27 June to 4 July 2016

Call for applications

The third annual Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism (OSI-MCJ) will address ‘Academic Jewish Studies and Judaism: Reciprocal Influences’, a subject arising from some of the insightful research presented at the two initial OSI-MCJ gatherings.

During the first stages in the emergence of the scientific study of Judaism in the nineteenth century, many of the key figures in the efforts to reform or adjust Jewish religious practice and theology to modern life were also anchors of the scientific community dedicated to the critical study of Judaism. These individuals utilised their scholarly findings to support their novel religious approaches, but as academic Jewish studies moved beyond the theological seminaries into secular universities the lines between living religion and critical study became more pronounced. It would appear, however, that there has arisen in more recent years a new and more complex reciprocity which can be described as a conversation between parallel but separate domains. The third OSI-MCJ is designed to explore the variety of specific ways in which this reciprocity is evolving and the implications of this dynamic both for academic Jewish studies and for contemporary Jewish religious life and theology.

Oxford Summer Institutes involve a period of intense study in the setting of an advanced seminar. A core group of senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture has already been invited for the 2016 OSI under the leadership of Professor Adam Ferziger (Bar Ilan) and Professor Hartley Lachter (Lehigh), and the Centre now invites applications from a further eight European scholars in the field at an early stage in their career (i.e. scholars who are about to complete a doctorate or have completed a doctorate since December 2010).

Up to eight European scholars will be selected to join the 2016 OSI. The Centre will cover travel and accommodation costs.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, a research proposal relating to topic of the 2016 OSI, and two academic references to Martine Smith-Huvers ( by Friday 26 February 2016.

Application Form
Information for Applicants

The closing date for completed applications is: 26 February 2016.

The Centre will inform you of the result of your application by 11 March 2016.

Refugee Conference Call for Papers



A) ‘Welcome to Britain? ‘  The public perception of refugees 1930s and 40’s / 2016

Sub headings:

  • How welcoming were we / are we as a nation ?
  • ​ The distinction made between ‘deserving’ versus ‘non-deserving’ refugees
  • ​What was done to welcome refugees, and not only Kinder, and what is being done now to welcome refugees
  • The legacy of previous waves of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century?
  •  Negative versus positive perceptions, and what immigrants have to offer

B) Humanitarian versus political concerns

Sub headings:

  • The moral imperative and preserving the status quo…Responding to the arguments
    • ‘we have enough foreigners here, they may undermine security, we can’t afford to help, pressures on public services.’
    • ‘Letting in more refugees does not solve the problem….
    • winning the war was the “solution” in the 1930’s, 40’s. The argument now is that letting in more refugees encourages more ​​people smugglers.​

C) The power of propaganda, then and now, in influencing public attitudes

D) Could Britain have done more (past) and could Britain do more (present)

  • ‘We have done enough/ more than other countries’

Submissions should be no more than 200 words
The deadline for these is 28 February 2016

For enquiries and submissions please contact the organisers:
Dr Susan Cohen or Ms Lesley Urbach

Project Leaders:
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Paris)
César Merchán-Hamann (OCHJS & Bodleian Library)

 Closing date for applications: 23 March 2016

Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented interest in Hebrew manuscripts in various fields of academic Jewish studies. The development of new technologies, online accessibility of the contents of the major European Hebrew manuscript collections, and the creation of manuscript databases and programmes dedicated to the study and preservation of Jewish archives and libraries, have made the manuscripts readily available for scholarly investigation. This access to information has given a new impetus to the return to primary sources in historical research and has encouraged new editorial projects on medieval Hebrew texts.

Together with this renewed dynamism of historical and textual studies, there is a growing awareness of the need to understand the material and cognitive aspects involved in manuscript production and circulation. Students and scholars need to acquire the tools to approach the handwritten medieval sources in their specificity and complexity.

The Summer Workshop in Oxford provides a comprehensive and specialised programme in the fields of Hebrew codicology, palaeography, diplomatics, art history, history of the book and collections, and conservation and digital humanities as applied to Hebrew manuscripts. Several specialists will provide in-depth methodological introduction and research guidance for these fields of Hebrew manuscript studies. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Bodleian Library, which will allow access to original manuscripts in situ for the teaching sessions. Lecturers will include Professor Malachi Beit-Arié, Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Dr. César Merchán-Hamann.

Suitably qualified scholars and students are invited to apply. Space for the Workshop is limited and early application is advised. Selection of participants will be on the basis of the potential benefit to their studies from attending the Workshop.

Workshop fee: £75

Applications should reach the Centre
by 23 March 2016.

Applicants will be informed on 15 April 2016 whether their application has been successful and the Workshop fee will be due for payment by 30 April 2016.

The application procedure may be found here and the application form may be downloaded here.

For more information contact:
Prof. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (
Dr. César Merchán-Hamann (

For any other queries contact:
Martine Smith-Huvers (

Together with Eugenio F. Biagini (Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Cambridge), the Woolf Institute is organising a conference to commemorate the 360th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell’s readmission of Jews to Britain and Ireland in 1656. Themes will include the origins of toleration and the long-term and wider significance of the return for the UK today.

Speakers will include David Abulafia (Professor of Mediterranean History, Cambridge), John Coffey (Professor of Early Modern History, Leicester), Rabbi Joseph Dweck (Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation of London), David Feldman (Director of the Pears Institute and Professor of History, Birkbeck) and John Morrill (Professor of British and Irish History, Cambridge).

The conference will take place at Sidney Sussex College(Oliver Cromwell’s College) on Monday 11th January 2016.

The programme can be downloaded here.

A flyer is available here.

Registration is handled by Sidney Sussex College. The registration form is online here.

For further information, please contact Claire Curran

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New developments in DNA technology are having a huge impact on medical genetics, forensic identification, and exciting areas of research, including ancient DNA studies. But the technology is also aiding a growing industry in genetic genealogies, where human identity is defined in terms of DNA variants, rather than customs, language, family and home. It is no surprise that some genetics projects, like that of the Jewish genome, have become deeply controversial. It is proving hard to strike a balance between recognising the usefulness and excitement of the new genetics research, and resisting a return to crude categories of human racial differences.

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This is a home/EU fees bursary for MA students who make Jewish Studies topics their main study focus in their MA in Religions and Theology ( Three bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees. Further information:

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a one to two month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2017:

Lent term: 17 January – 17 March 2017

Easter term: 25 April – 16 June 2017

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research or public education in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and one round-trip journey to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Deadline for the submission of applications is 19 February 2016.

Call for proposals in Jewish and Hebrew Studies:  The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to announce that it intends to sponsor Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships beginning in 2016. Projects must demonstrate a strong connection to the University of Manchester Library’s Special Collections, which include extensive Judaica and Hebraica holdings ( and many other collections relevant to Jewish and Hebrew Studies. Potential applicants are invited to submit preliminary applications by Mon 11 January 2016. An internal panel will then decide which applications to put forward to the Leverhulme (by 10 March 2016). For further information, see

Closing date : 26/11/2015
Reference : HUM-07313
Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
School / Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Division : Classics & Anc Hist, Archeology & Relig
Employment type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 1 January 2016 to 31 August 2018
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £25,769 to £29,847 pro rata per annum
Hours per week : 14

This is a pivotal role whereby you will support the co-directors and their team in developing the university’s Centre for Jewish Studies as a European Regional Hub for Jewish Studies (2016-18). It represents an exciting opportunity to contribute to this development by administrating a wide range of research and knowledge exchange activities. To include: web content design and management, working with a variety of digital media; report writing, financial reporting, drafting of research grant applications; co-ordination of workshops, conferences, public lectures and seminar series.

You will be educated to degree level, have good IT skills and be able to work effectively with MS Office and Excel, and with experience or willingness to train in Photoshop and web-design related software.  You will also have excellent written communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to deal amiably with people at all levels.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Professor Daniel Langton, Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars
HUM-07313 Research Centre Administrator FPs