Monday
Mar232015

New Publication

Judaism, race science and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton has published an article entitled "Jewish Evolutionary Perspectives on Judaism, Anti-Semitism, and Race Science in Late 19th Century England: A Comparative Study of Lucien Wolf and Joseph Jacobs" in Jewish Historical Studies 46 (2014): 37-73. Further information.

Monday
Mar232015

New Publication

Jewish mysticism and the science-religion debate. Les Lancaster has published an article entitled "Hermeneutic Neurophenomenology in the Science-Religion Dialogue: Analysis of States of Consciousness in the Zohar" in Religions 6:1 (2015): 146-171. Further information.

Thursday
Mar192015

New Publication

Melilah 11 (2014) on the theme of 'Jewish Studies and the New Testament'. Announcing the online publication of the latest volume of the Centre's Open Access journal Melilah, edited by Daniel Langton and Renate Smithuis. Contents: 1. Marc Zvi Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine, The Jewish Annotated New Testament: Retrospect and Prospects.  2. Anders Runesson, Saving the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel: Purity, Forgiveness, and Synagogues in the Gospel of Matthew.  3. Jody A. Barnard, Anti-Jewish Interpretations of Hebrews: Some Neglected Factors.  4. Etka Liebowitz, Hypocrites or Pious Scholars? The Image of the Pharisees in Second Temple Period Texts and Rabbinic Literature.  5. Pere Casanellas and Harvey J. Hames, A Textual and Contextual Analysis of the Hebrew Gospels translated from Catalan. Further information.

Thursday
Mar192015

Round-table discussion

Charlie Hebdo. A round-table discussion took place at the University on 30 Jan 2015 to contextualise the recent Paris killings and their consequences. Moshe Behar contributed with a presentation entitled 'Thoughts on killing and the killed'. Further information.

Thursday
Mar122015

Research seminar

CJS Israel Studies series. Thu 19 March: Rebecca Steinfeld (Stanford University), War of the Wombs: Struggles over Abortion Policies in Israel. 4pm in A113, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Monday
Mar092015

New Publication

Modern Hebrew short stories. Moshe Behar has published an essay (in Hebrew) entitled "'Little Nadra' was also a 'Yemenite'" in Cafe Gibraltar (24 February 2015) on three little-known short stories that world-renowned Yemenite-Israeli choreographer Sara Levy-Tanay (1910-2005) published during her early 20's in 1933 and 1934. Further information.

Sunday
Mar082015

Middle Eastern Studies Developments

Times Higher Education. Dr Adam Ozanne (School of Social Sciences) has had a letter published in the THE (26 Feb 2015) in which he queries the University's decision to withdraw Middle Eastern Studies courses. He notes the recent comments by Rory Stewart MP that a lack of people who could speak local languages was a major problem for the British army in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that there is a need to improve our "deep understanding" of the Middle East to oppose Islamic State.  Further information.

Wednesday
Mar042015

Podcast, Bogdanow Lectures 2015

Holocaust Studies. The 2015 Bogdanow Lectures by Prof. Christopher Browning on 'Agency in the Holocaust: Perpetrators, Survivors, Rescuers' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: 1. From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: A Young American in Vichy France; 2. Why Did They Kill?  Revisiting the Perpetrators; 3. Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps. Further information.

Wednesday
Mar042015

Research seminar

Jewish Studies research seminar. Wed 11 March: Jan Lorenz (Manchester University): Pathways to Jewishness: Jewish proselytes and conversion programmes in contemporary Poland. 3pm in A112, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Wednesday
Mar042015

Joint day-conference with QML

Jewish Places: Lived and Imagined. Announcing a research networking event, organised by Prof. Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) and Marci Freedman (University of Manchester) on the topic "Jewish Places: Lived and Imagined". Postgraduates and staff welcome. 23 April 2015 at Queen Mary University of London. For further information contact marci.freedman@manchester.ac.uk

Wednesday
Mar042015

TV documentary, France

A Doctor Under Nazism. Jean-Marc Dreyfus was the academic consultant and co-writer for this French documentary 'T4. Un médecin sous le nazisme' (52 min, directed by Catherine Bernstein) which explores the Nazis' notorious T4 euthanasia programme. It focuses on one doctor, Hallervorden, who claimed the brains of victims to advance his own research. The premiere will be held 12 March in Paris. Further information.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Reading Group

Jewish law vs Jewish ethics. The next meeting of the Manchester Ancient Law reading group will be led by Katharina Keim who will bring an excerpt from the Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, a much debated collection of biblical interpretations which poses all sorts of methodological and theoretical challenges (dating, provenance, text composition, interpolations, genre, etc). 5pm Wed 4 March in A114 of the Samuel Alexander building. Further information.

Saturday
Feb282015

Research seminar, IHR

Holocaust diplomacy. Jean-Marc Dreyfus contributed a paper entitled 'Vollrath von Maltzan: A German Diplomat and 'Mischlinge' in Weimar, the Third Reich, and the Federal Republic, 1899-1967' to the Jewish History research seminar series at the Institute for Historical Research at UCL on 3 Feb 2015. Further information.

Saturday
Feb282015

Research seminar, Oxford

Midrash paper. Katharina Keim (JRRI) has given a presentation entitled 'The Exposition of Scripture in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer' to the research seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. 24 Feb 2015. Further information.

Thursday
Feb262015

Lunchtime seminar, JRRI

Showcase of Hebrew Collections. The John Rylands Research Institute lunchtime seminar will feature short presentations by Katharina Keim (Research Associate, JRRI), Dr Renate Smithuis (Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies), and Dr Ben Williams (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, JRRI). 12-1pm, Wed 4 March, in the John Rylands Library, Deansgate. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Further information.

Friday
Feb202015

Podcast, Harvard

New tools in analyzing ancient Jewish texts. A podcast is now available for a presentation Alex Samely gave at Harvard Divinity School in October 2014 entitled 'Written Religion: Some New Avenues in Analyzing Ancient Jewish Texts'. Further information.

Thursday
Feb192015

Middle Eastern Studies developments

Times Higher Education. Hugh Williamson (Oxford) has an essay in the THE entitled 'Isis shows Oriental studies are essential', with the subheading 'The University of Manchester could not have chosen a worse time to consider closing Middle Eastern language courses.' Further information.

Thursday
Feb192015

Research seminar

CJS Israel Studies series. Thu 5 March: Michael Hilton (Leo Baeck College, London), The Zigzag Kid: Patterns of Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Israel. 4pm in A113, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Thursday
Feb192015

New Publication

Early scholarly accounts of antisemitism. Marcel Stoetzler has published an essay entitled 'Moritz Lazarus und die liberale Kritik an Heinrich von Treitschkes liberalem Antisemitismus' [Moritz Lazarus and the liberal critique of Heinrich von Treitschke’s liberal antisemitism] in Hans-Joachim Hahn and Olaf Kistenmacher, eds., Beschreibungsversuche der Judenfeindschaft [Early scholarly accounts of antisemitism] (Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, 2014), 98-120. Further information.

Thursday
Feb192015

Public music event, Martin Harris Centre

Jewish resistance by music. The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at the University of Manchester is hosting an international conference on the topic of 'Music under German Occupation 1938-1945: Complicity and Resistance'. Jewish Studies related papers include '(Re)visiting the Archive of Gideon Klein – Terezín ghetto, 1941-1944' by David Fligg (Leeds), '"Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt": In Search of Ilse Weber' by Mirjam Frankand (NYU), and "Hungarian musical life in the shadow of Nazism" by Agnes Kory (Manchester). Mon 30 March - Wed 1 April 2015. Further information.