Jewish Engagement with Atheism. Daniel Langton will give a presentation on 'Atheism, Scepticism and the Judeo-Christian Tradition' at the annual Religions & Theology Postgraduate Study Day. 9 June 2017, 6.207 University Place.
Biblical archaeology. In collaboration with the CJS and the Jewish Historical Society of England, the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society presents Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University), 'The Quest for the Historical King David: New Light from Khirbet Qeiyafa and Khirbet El Rai'. 7.00-9.30pm, Mon 22 May 2017, Manchester Jewish Museum. Further information.
For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates and early career researchers. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the second 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 are invited to participate in a range of training and information sessions on 4-6 July 2017 at the University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on funding applications, public engagement and REF2021, career planning for library, museum and publishing sectors, tips for submitting for publication, as well as a series of sessions on Current Trends in Jewish Studies and, for example, Cultural Studies, Israel Studies, Social Science, and Holocaust Studies. For details including the registration form (deadline: 1 June 2017), funding assistance, accommodation options, and the provisional programme, see further information.
Eastern Jewish thought in Palestine. Moshe Behar, '1911: The Birth of the Mizrahi–Ashkenazi Controversy' in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 16:2 (2017), 312-331. This was published in the special section, guest-edited by Dr Behar, entitled 'Fusing Arab Nahda, European Haskalah and Euro-Zionism: Eastern Jewish thought in late-Ottoman and post-Ottoman Palestine'. Further information.
Dead Sea Scrolls. George J. Brooke, 'Choosing between Papyrus and Skin: Cultural Complexity and Multiple Identities in the Qumran Library' in Mladen Popović, Myles Schoonover and Marijn Vandenberghe, eds., Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World (Leiden: Brill, 2017). Further information.
Cosmopolitan Jews. The CJS at Manchester is one of several institutions in the north of the UK that will contribute to the Astaire Seminar Series in Jewish Studies, which this year has as its theme 'Jews: movement, migration, location'. We will host an event at which Sander Gilman (Emory University) will speak on 'Jews as Exiles and their Representations after 1933' and Cathy Gelbin (Manchester) will discuss 'German Jews and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Exile from National Socialism'. 5-7pm, Tue 21 March 2017, A113 Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester. Further information.
Jews and the evolution of Western liberalism. Prof. Abigail Green (Oxford University) will give the next Sherman Community Lecture, entitled 'A Century of Jewish Liberalism: 1848-1948". 5.30pm Thu 25 May 2017, Manchester Jewish Museum. Please note the change of date. Further information.
Holocaust in Romania. Ion Popa, currently a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Postdoctoral Fellow, has been awarded $20,000 for an additional year on his project 'Rescue, Indifference and Everything Else In-between: The Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania, 1938-1948'. 1 Sept 2017 - 31 Aug 2018. He has also joined the editorial board of the journal Historical Review of the Jews of Romania. Further information.
Religion and Belief in an Age of Conflict. Alex Samely will give a workshop on 'Zionism and Messianism’ for A-level students of religious studies under the auspices of OxNet and the North West Theology and Religious Studies Centre, organised by Pembroke College, Oxford. 21 March 2017, University Place, Manchester. Further information.
Second Temple Period literature. George J. Brooke, 'What is Editing? What is an Edition? Towards a Taxonomy for Late Second Temple Jewish Literature,' Insights into Editing in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East: What Does Documented Evidence Tell Us about the Transmission of Authoritative Texts? (ed. R. Müller and J. Pakkala; CBET 84; Leuven: Peeters, 2017), 23–40. Further information.
Antisemitism. Marcel Stoetzler will be giving a talk on 'Capitalism, Antisemitism and Stupidity: On Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment' at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism lunchtime seminar. 1pm, Thu 2 March 2017, Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ. Further information.
Interfaith readings of Scripture. David Ford (Cambridge University), 'Introducing Scriptural Reasoning - An Interfaith Practice for Our Time'. 12-1 pm, 2 March 2017, Manchester Cathedral. Further information.