The 2018 Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture, University of Leeds

The 2018 Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture

Prof. (emer.) Mitchell G. Ash (University of Vienna)

“Not only Freud: Jewish Scientists and Scholars at the University of Vienna, from the Habsburg era until the early Post-War years”

When: Monday, 12 November 2018, 6 pm

Where: Michael Sadler Building LG 19, University of Leeds

This event is Free, but please book via Eventbrite:  

Organisers: Centre for Jewish Studies, Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, School of Computing

Questions? Contact Eva Frojmovic, Director, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds, UK — Leeds LS2 9 JT


The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Public Lecture, ‘A Hellenistic Marble Statuette of a Maenad and the Cults of Dioysos and Kore at Samaria/Sebaste’



Thursday 4th October 2018, 6.00pm (followed by refreshments)

Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Lecture Theatre G6

(Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

A graceful marble statuette now in California was excavated in the British led excavations at Sebaste during the 1930s, but the figure’s identity and significance long escaped archaeologists. An animal-skin wrap, however, identifies her as a maenad, a follower of Dionysos, The statuette was dug up with several other marble sculptures, one a figure of the child Dionysos and another of Kore, Sebaste’s principal cult. The three figures could well come from a courtyard shrine, and they pose the question of the interaction of the cults of the god of wine and the goddess of the Underworld in the religious politics of the city.

John J. Herrmann is Curator of Classical Art, Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he curated more than a dozen temporary exhibitions on Greek and Roman art. He has excavated in Italy and travelled in Israel, Jordan, and Syria. A special theme of his research is collaboration with scientists in the study of marble. He has also studied the cult of Demeter and Kore in its Egyptian form and explored its emanation into ancient Judaea.

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology, University College London

All welcome. Admission free. No ticket required.

Enquiries 020 8349 5754

Jewish Historical Society of England, Facebook Group Forum

The Facebook group of the Jewish Historical Society of England is a forum for discussion and debate about all aspects of Anglo-Jewish history. Since its establishment, 125 years ago, the Society has operated to facilitate such conversations irrespective of whether the speaker is an academic or not. Consequently, the establishment of the group serves as a way to ensure that those discussions continue, utilising a modern medium. We accept everybody irrespective of background or creed providing that they do not advance hurtful or offensive comments or views. The group itself can be found here,, and any queries or feedback can be directed to Dean Irwin ( which will be dealt with promptly and, if necessary, forwarded to the appropriate member of the Society.

Conference, ‘Lament, Reading and Therapy’, Oriel College, Oxford (Monday 5 November 2018)

Day-long workshop on ‘Lament, Reading and Therapy’ , Oriel College, Oxford

Monday 5 November 2018.

This workshop is co-organized by King’s College London and the University of Oxford.

The workshop considers the composition, performance, and repetition of texts of lament, loss and healing. We understand the writing and reading of these lament traditions to be the work of therapy. Presentations will explore how interpretive communities – collective and individual – internalise, interpret and translate experiences of trauma and fracture into new readings, rewritten scripture, and radical prayer.

The following speakers will present (9.00am–5.00pm): Ilit Ferber (Tel Aviv); Hindy Najman (Oxford); David Janzen (Durham); Paul Joyce (KCL); Andrew Mein (Durham); Anna Rowlands (Durham); Joanna Collicutt (Cuddesdon); Annette Volfing (Oxford); and Paul Mandel (Schechter Institute, Jerusalem). At the end of the day (5.15pm) there will be keynote lecture by Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University), followed by a reception.

For a detailed schedule, click here.

All are welcome. If you are interested, please fill in the online registration form as soon as possible.

For any logistical questions, please write to:

Prof. Hindy Najman (University of Oxford) and Prof. Paul Joyce (King’s College London)


Conference Invitation, ‘The Bible and the Humanities’, Oriel College, University of Oxford, (17–18 October 2018)

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to a conference to mark the launch the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities (CBH) in Oriel College, 17–18 October 2018.

The mission of the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities is to energize and revitalize scholarly engagement with biblical texts and related philological, interpretive and religious traditions across the Arts and Humanities. Based in Oriel College at the University of Oxford, CBH explores the ongoing vitality of Scripture through research projects, academic conferences, postgraduate research seminars and workshops. See our website for this coming year’s seminars and workshops. Here is the link with all the schedules for 2018-2019.

The conference, entitled ‘The Bible and the Humanities’, will bring researchers from Biblical Studies, Early Christianity, Ancient Judaism, Classics, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, English Literature and German Studies together for a shared discussion of philology and biblical traditions, renewing relationships across these disciplines. The full  conference description and schedule can both be found on the CBH website, as can the conference registration page. If you can attend, please register as soon as you can so that we may plan accordingly. There is no registration fee and you are most welcome to attend.

I look forward not only to seeing you at the conference, but also to your continuing engagement with our new centre in Oxford.

With my very best wishes,


CfP, BAJS Annual Conference 2019, ‘What is Commentary?’ (21-24 July 2019)

The annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies 2019 will focus on the question, “What is Commentary”? This question is central to philology, literature, cultural studies and history, among other disciplines, and is intended to be multidisciplinary in its scope and presentation. The conference theme for BAJS 2019 focuses on ‘commentary’ from a variety of perspectives: the form and purpose of scholarly commentary; the definition, critique and generation of commentary;commentary and literary criticism;  ancient and medieval scholastic traditions and modern productions of film, art and literature;  feminist/gender driven commentary – such as the projects seeking to produce a feminist midrash and current feminist commentaries on the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmud;  history and politics; commentary and commentators in the academy (the place of philology); commentary and translation; reception of commentary; history; materiality (textual and visual); the relationship between commentary and metacommentary; and whether the concept of commentary is helpful or disruptive with respect to Jewish Antiquity. This topic is intended to reinforce the plurilingual and multidisciplinary nature of Jewish Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This is an open call for papers. Please note that this includes topics not related  exclusively to the theme. Post graduates are encouraged to submit proposals.

All conference correspondence, abstracts and enquiries should be addressed to the BAJS President Elect for 2019, Professor Hindy Najman, University of Oxford  at the following email address:

Deadline for paper or session proposals (with three paper proposals and a chair) is 15 January 2019. Decisions will be announced by 10 April.