Sherman Community Lecture 2018

Israel Studies. Prof. Asaf Siniver (University of Birmingham) will give the next Sherman Community Lecture, entitled '25 years of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Reasons for Failure and Prospects for Success'. 7.30pm Thu 26 April 2018. Registration through EventbriteFurther information.


New funding

PhD Studentship. The Centre congratulates Lawrence Rabone for his award of an AHRC PhD Studentship (fees and living expenses) for three years. His supervisor will be Daniel Langton and his project, which will begin in Sept 2018, is entitled 'The Triumph of Philo-Semitism over Anti-Semitism and the Jewish-Christian Encounter in England, 1620-1656.' See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.


MA fees bursaries in Jewish Studies 

Masters degree studies at the University of Manchester, 2018-19. This is a home/EU fees bursary for MA students who make Jewish Studies topics their main study focus in their MA in Religions and TheologyTwo bursaries will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees. The bursaries may be offered to eligible students before the final deadline so applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. The final date for submission of the online application to the Religions and Theology MA programme and the MA Funding Application Form is 5pm on Friday 13 July 2018 or until the bursaries have been awarded. Further information.


Public lecture

Israel archaeology. Prof. Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will give a public lecture on 'New discoveries in the ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee'. An Anglo Israel Archaeological Society, CJS and Jewish Historical Society of England event. 7.30pm Thu 10 May 2018 at South Manchester Synagogue. Further information and registration through Eventbrite. 


Doctoral and Early Career research training workshop

For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the third doctoral and early career 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 26-28 June 2018 at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on REF2021, post-doc funding, and the advanced use of powerpoint, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies, from studies of the Other in Judaism, to Jewish Literary Studies, digital humanities, and bibliographic studies. This year there will be a special focus on getting involved in writing large grants and on the application and interview experience from the perspectives of both the applicant and selection panel. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with mentors. For details including the provisional programme, online registration form, and financial assistence with travel and accommodation costs, see further information.


Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Madeleine Foster, BA History and French, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.


Feature, ArtsResearch

Holocaust Studies. Ion Popa discusses his work on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Greater Romania. See page 2 of the February 2018 edition of ArtsResearch.


Review, TLS

Holocaust Studies. Ion Popa's The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2017) was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Further information.


New funding

Holocaust Studies. Jean-Marc Dreyfus has been awarded a fellowship ($30,000) at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research for a semester in 2018-19. He will work at the University of Southern California on a project entitled 'Corpses of the Holocaust: The Treatment of Corpses as Described in the Video Testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation'. Further information.


Podcast, Bogdanow Lectures 2018

Holocaust Studies. The 2018 Bogdanow Lectures by Prof. Jan Grabowski (Ottowa University) on 'Bystanders and the Holocaust in Poland' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: (1) Bystanders in Poland, and (2) The Polish Blue Police. Originally presented 29 and 30 January 2018. Further information.


Podcast, Sinai and Synapses

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton was interviewed by Geoffrey Mitelman on the subject of Reform Jewish engagement with darwinism for the US-based religion-and-science forum 'Sinai and Synapses'. 21 Feb 2018. Further information.


Bogdanow student report 

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, James Huyton, MA History, has written about his visit to Auschwitz. Further information.


CJS annual report

For the year 2016-17. The CJS annual report for the previous academic year is now available online. Further information.


BBC Radio Manchester

Holocaust Studies. BBC Radio Manchester's Sunday Breakfast report by Barnaby Weston on the legacy of Fanni Bogdanow for the annual lectures and the opportunity for students to visit concentration camps. 28 Jan 2018. Listen again (3 min).


Bill Williams

Manchester Jewish History. It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bill Williams, 86. Bill was Life President and founding member of the Manchester Jewish Museum and a valued colleague within the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester, where for many years he taught and researched local Jewish history. His publications include the classic study, The Making of Manchester Jewry (1976), and more recently Jews and Other Foreigners (2011). In this context, see Tony Kushner's article 'Bill Williams and Jewish Historiography' (2006). At the time of his death, Bill was still heavily involved in the work of the Centre, co-supervising PhD studies on a topic close to his heart, namely, social non-conformity in the Manchester Jewish community. His funeral will take place at 2pm on 23 February at Southern cemetery crematorium, Manchester.


New funding

European regional hub for Jewish Studies. Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies has been awarded £410,000 for Jewish Studies activities by an anonymous European Jewish foundation for the period 2018-22. In addition to enhancing the CJS’s activities, the funds are intended for the further 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. Further information.


Research seminar

Jewish communities in Egypt. Najat Abdulhaq (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Jewish and Greek Communities in Egypt. A CJS and AMES seminar. 4pm on Thu 1 February in A18 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information. 


TV, BBC Breakfast

Israel Studies. Following the story of the decision by Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Lauren Banko was on BBC Breakfast (from 41 minutes), explaining what might happen next, 7 December 2017. Further information.


Radio, BBC Manchester

Israel Studies. Lauren Banko spoke on BBC Radio Manchester about Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 7 December 2017. Further information.


Paper, University of Pennsylvania

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton gave a paper entitled 'Darwin's Jews and Man's Place in Creation' at a one-day symposium on 'Jews and the Natural World' at the Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, 13 Dec 2017. Further information.