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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The biblical figure of Hagar and European Provincialism. Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics at University of Kent, will give a special guest lecture entitled 'The "Hagaramic" as a provocation for European Provincialism: Surrogate, Rogue, Resident Alien, Foreign Body' in celebration of 50 years of the Ehrhardt Seminar in Biblical Studies. 2pm on Thursday 16 April 2015. A113, Samuel Alexander Building (followed by tea). Further information.
The first feminist-Mizrahi story written in the Middle East in modern Hebrew. Moshe Behar has published an article entitled 'The centennial of 'Flora Saporto': Thoughts on the possibility of a Mizrahi-Feminist alliance' in Pe‘amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry 139-140 (2015), 9-54. Further information.
Jewish Historical Society of England day-conference. Philip Alexander, president of the JHSE is participating in a day-conference on 'Mission and Missionaries among the Jews in 19th Century Europe' with a paper entitled 'Christian Restorationism in Ireland in the Early 19th Century: The Strange Case of Miss Marianne Nevill'. Mon 30 March 2015. Further information.
Religious responses to the Shoah. Thu 26 Feb: Dan Garner, Assessing Post-Holocaust Theologies of Image: Melissa Raphael's Fraught Theology of Divine Powerlessness. 4pm A113, Samuel Alexander Building (Religions & Theology research seminar).
CJS Israel Studies series. Thu 19 February: Sarah Hirschhorn (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford), The Origins of the Redemption in Occupied Suburbia? Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and the Jewish-American Makings of the West Bank Settlement of Efrat, 1973-2014. 4pm in A113, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.
Radical Jewish Women. PhD student and local historian Ros Livshin will give a talk about nonconformist Jewish women in Manchester, many of whom joined their non-Jewish sisters in playing an active part in anarchist, communist and anti-fascist movements dating back to the 1900s. 2pm, Sunday 1 March. Entrance free. Refreshments provided. Further information.
'Intimate Grammar'. Set in 1960s Israel, the film follows Ahron, 12, son of Holocaust survivors, who are experiencing the conflict of generational gap (2012, Nir Bergman). Part of the Middle Eastern Film festival organized by the Middle Eastern Studies department at Manchester. 5-7.30pm, Wed 18 February, University Place 5.206.
Jewish New Testament Studies. The Sherman Lectures in Jewish Studies 2015 will be given by Amy-Jill Levine (University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University) on the topic 'Jesus, Judaism and Christianity: Old Prejudices and New Possibilities'. Among her numerous publications is the acclaimed The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford, 2011). Lecture dates: 27-30 April 2015. Further information.