European Association for Jewish Studies Newsflash, November 2018

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: https://mailchi.mp/c96fcd2a64d9/u30vyc70dp-2762777

 

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‘Points of Arrival’ – 5 short films about Jewish migration to Scotland

Points of Arrival – 5 short films about Jewish migration to Scotland

Each three-minute film concentrates on a historical Jewish immigrant to Scotland – where they came from, when and how they arrived, and their subsequent life here. Their stories are told by contemporary narrators, whose own lives resonate strongly with their subject matter.

The films are intended for classroom use and offer many possibilities for engaging students with the history of migration to Britain, the impact of migration on individuals, the reception of refugees, the contribution of immigrants to their new surroundings and communities.

Introduction and links to the 5 films:

http://jewishmigrationtoscotland.is.ed.ac.uk/index.php/2018/10/23/points-of-arrival-a-series-of-short-films-from-the-jewish-lives-scottish-spaces-project/

Direct link to all the films, including 20min full compilation:

https://vimeo.com/user82357432/videos/page:1/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

Conference, ‘The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity’ (5–7 November 2018)

Conference,The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity’

Department of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS, University of London

in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway

5-7 November 2018

SALT lecture theatre (S110, Paul Webley Wing)

Everyone is welcome – entrance is free of charge

 

Monday 5 November

14:00-14:15h: Introduction (Catherine Hezser, SOAS)

Session 1: Popular Religious Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia

14:15-15:00h: Andrew George, SOAS, University of London:

“Access to Religious Knowledge in Ancient Babylonia”.

15:00-15:45h: Sam Mirelman, SOAS, University of London:

“Public Lamentation in Ancient Mesopotamia”.

15:45-16:15h: Coffee break

Session 2: Judean Communities of the Second Temple Period

16:15-17:00h: Diana Edelman, University of Oslo:

“How was Jewish Religious Knowledge Disseminated in Judean Communities ca. 350-30 BCE?”

17:00-17:45h: David Hamidovic, University of Lausanne:

“The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge in the Community of Qumran”.

 

Tuesday 6 November

Session 3: Rabbis and “Popular” Judaism

9:30-10:15h: Philip Alexander, University of Manchester:

“’If They Are Not Prophets, They Are Sons of Prophets’: Folk Religion (minhag) as a Source of Rabbinic Law”.

10:15-11:00h: Catherine Hezser, SOAS, University of London:

“Interaction between Rabbis and Non-Rabbinic Jews in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity”.

11:00-11:30h: Coffee Break

Session 4: Liturgy and the Synagogue

11:30-12:15h: Anders Runesson, University of Oslo:

“The Role of the Synagogue in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Late Antiquity”.

12:15-13:00h: Stefan Reif, University of Cambridge:

“Medieval Jewish Prayers and Rituals as Religious Education”.

13:00-14:00h: Lunch break

Session 5: Near Middle Eastern Christian Communities

14:00-14:45h: Hugo Lundhaug, University of Oslo:

“The Use and Dissemination of Apocrypha in Egyptian Monasteries”.

14:45-15:30h: Erica Hunter, SOAS, University of London:

“Public and Private Religious Practices Amongst the Christian Communities of Mesopotamia”.

 

Wednesday 7 November

Session 6: Material Culture and Women’s Religiosity

9:30-10:15h: Annette Weissenrieder, University of Halle:

“The Function of Material Culture in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Ancient Christianity”.

10:15-11:00h: Christine Amadou, University of Oslo:

“The Tecla Tradition and Women’s Religious Knowledge in Early Christianity”.

11:00-11:30h: Coffee break.

Session 7: Reading, Education, and Scholastic Transmission

11:30-12:15h: Hindy Najman, University of Oxford:

“Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture”.

12:15-13:00h: Jan Stenger, University of Glasgow:

“Religious Knowledge and Models of Authority in Sixth-Century Gaza”.

13:00-13:45h: Holger Zellentin, University of Cambridge:

“The Transmission of Legal and Literary Features of Late Antique Literature into the Qur’anic Milieu”.

14:00-15:00h: Final discussions over lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information please contact Prof. Catherine Hezser (ch12@soas.ac.uk)

Online course applications open, ‘Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter’

APPLY NOW for online course, Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter

Despite their closeness in belief and practice, today, Jewish-Muslim interactions are often the source of intense religious conflict. With the current global crises and changes, there has never been a greater need for understanding of, and learning about, other faiths and relations between faiths.

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge), in partnership with the School of International Service at the American University in Washington DC, is delighted to announce that the online course, Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter, will be offered again in 2019.

Celebrating its 7thanniversary, this 15-week online course will explore the history, culture and theology of Muslims and Jews, reflecting both on similarities and differences as well as discussing the major challenges. Assisted by leading experts and early career scholars in Europe and the USA, the course will also offer strategies for building bridges between the communities.

Because this course is committed to the highest levels of scholarly integrity, it will provide a space for the discussion of the entire range, in the broadest sense, of the Jewish-Muslim encounter. This discussion does not preclude more controversial issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the course commencing on Monday 14 January 2019. (The deadline for applications is Sunday 16 December 2018.)

The course fee for Woolf Institute students is £465. Bursaries are available.

For further details, visit the course webpage: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/study/online-courses/bridging-the-great-divide-the-jewish-muslim-encounter

 

 

 

 

Woolf Institute Summer School, July 2019

Woolf Institute Summer School, July 2019

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

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

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

The Woolf Institute Summer School offers two modules:

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

For further information contact:

Dr Emma Harris: eth22@cam.ac.uk

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

Course fees start at £800

 

‘The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity’, Conference (5-7 November, 2018)

Conference: The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity

Department of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS, University of London

in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway

5-7 November 2018, SALT lecture theatre (S110, Paul Webley Wing)

Everyone is welcome – entrance is free of charge

 

Monday 5 November

14:00-14:15h: Introduction (Catherine Hezser, SOAS)

Session 1: Popular Religious Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia

14:15-15:00h: Andrew George, SOAS, University of London:

“Access to Religious Knowledge in Ancient Babylonia”.

15:00-15:45h: Sam Mirelman, SOAS, University of London:

“Public Lamentation in Ancient Mesopotamia”.

 

15:45-16:15h: Coffee break

 

Session 2: Judean Communities of the Second Temple Period

16:15-17:00h: Diana Edelman, University of Oslo:

“How was Jewish Religious Knowledge Disseminated in Judean Communities ca. 350-30 BCE?”

17:00-17:45h: David Hamidovic, University of Lausanne:

“The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge in the Community of Qumran”.

 

Tuesday 6 November

Session 3: Rabbis and “Popular” Judaism

9:30-10:15h: Philip Alexander, University of Manchester:

“’If They Are Not Prophets, They Are Sons of Prophets’: Folk Religion (minhag) as a Source of Rabbinic Law”.

10:15-11:00h: Catherine Hezser, SOAS, University of London:

“Interaction between Rabbis and Non-Rabbinic Jews in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity”.

 

11:00-11:30h: Coffee Break

 

Session 4: Liturgy and the Synagogue

11:30-12:15h: Anders Runesson, University of Oslo:

“The Role of the Synagogue in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Late Antiquity”.

12:15-13:00h: Stefan Reif, University of Cambridge:

“Medieval Jewish Prayers and Rituals as Religious Education”.

 

13:00-14:00h: Lunch break

 

Session 5: Near Middle Eastern Christian Communities

14:00-14:45h: Hugo Lundhaug, University of Oslo:

“The Use and Dissemination of Apocrypha in Egyptian Monasteries”.

14:45-15:30h: Erica Hunter, SOAS, University of London:

“Public and Private Religious Practices Amongst the Christian Communities of Mesopotamia”.

 

Wednesday 7 November

Session 6: Material Culture and Women’s Religiosity

9:30-10:15h: Annette Weissenrieder, University of Halle:

“The Function of Material Culture in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Ancient Christianity”.

10:15-11:00h: Christine Amadou, University of Oslo:

“The Tecla Tradition and Women’s Religious Knowledge in Early Christianity”.

 

11:00-11:30h: Coffee break.

 

Session 7: Reading, Education, and Scholastic Transmission

11:30-12:15h: Hindy Najman, University of Oxford:

“Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture”.

12:15-13:00h: Jan Stenger, University of Glasgow:

“Religious Knowledge and Models of Authority in Sixth-Century Gaza”.

13:00-13:45h: Holger Zellentin, University of Cambridge:

“The Transmission of Legal and Literary Features of Late Antique Literature into the Qur’anic Milieu”.

 

14:00-15:00h: Final discussions over lunch.

For further information please contact Prof. Catherine Hezser (ch12@soas.ac.uk)

Modern Hebrew Distance-Learning Courses, University of Manchester

MODERN HEBREW DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSES

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

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

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

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

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