Semiotics and Religious Studies. Bernard Jackson presented a paper on 'Mediation and Immediacy in the Jewish Legal Tradition' to an invited conference on 'The Semiotic Turn in the Study of Religion' organised by the International Association for Semiotic Studies in Turin in June 2016. Further information.
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts. As part of the JRRI conference on The Other Within there will be a public keynote lecture by Sarit Shalev-Eyni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on 'New Light from Manchester on Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: The John Rylands Collection and its Significance' at 6-7pm on Tuesday 28 June at the John Rylands Library. Further information.
History of the interpretation of prophetic writings. On Prophets, Warriors, and Kings: Former Prophets Through the Eyes of Their Interpreters, edited by George J. Brooke and Ariel Feldman (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 470; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016). Further information.
Wisdom traditions of the Hebrew Bible. Goochem in Mokum - Wisdom in Amsterdam: Papers on Biblical and Related Wisdom Read at the Fifteenth Joint Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, 2012, edited by George J. Brooke and Pierre Van Hecke (Oudtestamentische Studiën 68; Leiden: Brill, 2016). Further information.
The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. The Centre's next Screen & Talk event includes the screening of 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem' followed by a Q&A panel with Bernard Jackson and Nechama Hadari. It takes place in Manchester's new cultural venue HOME at 8.10pm on Thursday 30 June. Gett tells the story of an Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) fighting for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian) who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage. The event also forms part of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership's annual research collaboration and postgraduate training workshop. Further information.
For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the first postgraduate research training event of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the Jewish Studies Partnership institutions and other Universities in the UK will meet for a range of training and information sessions on 30 June and 1 July at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on funding and job applications and CV building, public engagement and REF2020, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies, from studies in visual culture to Israel Studies, digital humanities, community outreach/museum studies, Antisemitism studies and Biblical Studies. For details including the provisional programme see further information.
Representations of the Holocaust in film. Caroline Kaye, who recently completed an MA in Religions & Theology at Manchester, will give a paper entitled '"The Wicker Man" (1973): Film Reflecting the Holocaust' at the forthcoming BAHS Conference 2016, which has as its theme 'The presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture, c.1970–2015’. UCL, London: 19-21 July 2016. Further information.
Holocaust in Romania. Ion Popa, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, will be returning to Manchester having been awarded $20,000 for a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled 'Rescue, Indifference and Everything Else In-between: The Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania, 1938-1948'. 1 Sept 2016 - 31 Aug 2017. Further information.
Israel and Middle Eastern Jews. Following completion of his PhD under Moshe Behar in Middle Eastern Studies, Bryan K. Roby has published the book of his doctoral thesis as The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle, 1948–1966 (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2016). Further information.
Learning Hebrew at Manchester. Sherry Ashworth reflects in the Rep Presents: The Voice of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester (Spring 2016, p.3) on her experiences of Beginner's Hebrew in the new, innovative mixed classroom/distance learning environment. Further information.
The Legacy of WP Crozier. See the Library's blog entry by Stephanie Bredbenner on the papers of the Manchester Guardian editor and, in particular, in his interest in Zionism. Further information.
Levinas and the Disruption of Knowing. CIDRAL Theory Intensives are seminars for postgraduates and staff dedicated to the work of major figures in the humanities. Alex Samely will consider the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas; selected readings (available online) include excerpts from Levinas' Time and the Other and Totality and Infinity, and Simon Critchley's The Problem with Levinas. 3-5pm on Wed 20 April 2016 in A112 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.