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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.