Goering's Catalogue of Stolen Art. Jean-Marc Dreyfus, ed, Le Catalogue Goering (Flammarion, 2015). The transcript of the catalogue listing all the works of art looted by the Nazis on behalf of Goering, found in the archives of the Quai d' Orsay. With the story of their collection and their postwar fate. See video interview (French) with the author and Telegraph article (English). Further information.
Short-term fellowships at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to announce its latest call for Visiting Research Fellowships. The Library’s Special Collections include highly significant collections of Judaica and Hebraica. The Institute welcomes applications for these Fellowships, which offer financial support up to a maximum of £1500 per month for three months to cover travel and living expenses. The closing date is Fri 27 Nov 2015 and further details of how to apply, including application form, can be found at www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/opportunities/visiting-research-fellowships/
Documentary about the sons of two SS officers. Co-sponsored by the University of Manchester, the screening of David Evans' documentary 'My Nazi Legacy' will be followed by a Q&A panel that includes Jean-Marc Dreyfus and the film's director. HOME, Manchester, at 6.20pm on 11 Nov 2015. Further information. (See all Jewish Film Festival events in Manchester.)
Modern Hebrew. The Centre is delighted to announce that, in part because of external funding, the School has agreed to support the continuation of modern Hebrew language modules for years 1-3. While there are no plans to reinstate the withdrawn modern Hebrew degree programmes, the good news is that modern Hebrew should continue to be taught at Manchester, where it was first introduced in the 1930s. More information to follow.
European regional hub for Jewish Studies. Following an open competition involving many of the leading centres of Jewish Studies in Europe, Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies has been awarded a very substantial grant for Jewish Studies activities by an anonymous European Jewish foundation for the period 2015-2018. In addition to enhancing the CJS’s activities, the funds are intended for the development of a Jewish Studies network in the north of the UK, working with both academics in the region and with the local Jewish community. More information to follow.
Standards of In/Coherence in Ancient Jewish Literature. Philip Alexander and Alex Samely took part in an international round table discussion and workshop on "Standards of In/Coherence in Ancient Jewish Literature" at St Andrews University on 7-8 September 2015, involving experts in Hebrew Bible and ancient Jewish sources from Göttingen, Harvard, Jerusalem, Manchester and St Andrews. Further information.
Dr Stefania Silvestri, John Rylands Research Institute. As a new member of the project led by Dr Renate Smithuis entitled 'Catalogue of Codices, Scrolls, and Other Texts in Hebrew Script in the University of Manchester (John Rylands) Library' Dr. Silvestri will be cataloguing the documents in Hebrew script within the Library’s wider collection, whilst developing access to and actively promoting research and learning activities based on these materials. Further information.
Experiences of Sanctuaries / Experiences of Empire . Joint research meeting of the Sanctuary Project (Humboldt Foundation) and the Cultural Responses to the Roman Empire Network and GDRI (CNRS, Paris Ouest Nanterre, Manchester, Tübingen, Tel Aviv). Hosted by University of Manchester Centre for Biblical Studies, in association with Centre for Jewish Studies. 8-10 September 2015, University of Manchester. Further information.
50 Years of the Parkes Institute for Jewish-Non-Jewish Relations. Manchester staff or fellows who are contributing include Daniel Langton: 'Progressive Jewish Perspectives on Darwinism and the Influence of Christian Evolutionists’, Simon Mayers: 'Representations of "the Jew" in English Catholic newspapers during the second half of the nineteenth century’, Benjamin Williams: 'Glossa Ordinaria and Glossa Hebraica – Midrash in Rashi and the Gloss’, Katharina Keim: 'Text and Historical Context: the representation of Ishmael and Ishmaelites in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer’, Ion Popa: 'Jewish-Christian relations in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust: a comparative approach’, Renate Smithuis: 'From Maimonides to Pico della Mirandola: Abulafia's "Confusion of the Religions" (Secrets of the Torah I.14)'. 7-9 September, University of Southampton. Further information.
Congratulations to our colleague, Gábor Gergely, who has completed his Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on 'Anti-Semitism and articulations of national identity in Hungarian film 1931-44' and has now been appointed Lecturer in Media, Film and Cultural Studies in the School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln.
The Forensic Turn in Holocaust Studies? Jean-Marc Dreyfus presented a paper entitled 'Corpses in Societies. A General Reflexion on the Reinscription of Human Remains in Societies after Mass Violence and the Holocaust' at a workshop held under the auspices of Wiener-Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust Studien. Vienna, 25-26 June 2015. Further information.
Jesus in the Jewish Tradition. Philip Alexander gave a paper entitled 'The Toledoth Yeshu and Rabbinic Tradition' at the international conference, The Jewish Life of Jesus (Toledoth Yeshu) in Context: Jewish-Christian Polemics in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. University of Bern, 29 June – 1 July 2015. Further information.
Grant award for the study of antisemitism. The Centre for Jewish Studies would like to congratulate Simon Mayers, who recently completed a research project on Jews and Methodism at Manchester, on winning a second research grant on historical Catholic attitudes towards Jews from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This award extends the period of his previous study and is entitled 'Stereotypes of "the Jew" in English Catholic Discourses (1850-1945)'.
Ladino and klezmer. Richard Fay is a Lecturer in Education with research interests in the narratives of elderly Sephardim living in Bulgaria regarding the linguistic aspects of their life stories with special focus on Ladino. He also researches, teaches and performs klezmer and was the co-founder and co-director (with Ros Hawley) of the Michael Kahan Kapelye, the university's own klezmer ensemble. Further information.
Are Jews the Only True Monotheists? The annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) took place in Manchester, 5-7 July. A podcast of the keynote lecture is now available, which was given by Prof. David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania, and which was entitled 'Are Jews the Only True Monotheists? Some Critical Reflections in Jewish Thought from the Renaissance to the Present'. The conference was co-sponsored by the Institut für Jüdische Philosophie und Religion, Universität Hamburg, and the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester, and the conference theme was 'Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism'. Further information.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel/Palestine Studies. The Centre welcomes Dr Lauren Banko, who has been appointed to a research associate position in the Dept of Middle Eastern Studies for 2015-2018, funded by the Pears Foundation. Lauren will be researching the construction of Palestinian identity and citizenship during the Mandate Period. Further information.