Tuesday
Jul162019

Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Eleanor Davies, BA German Studies, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Monday
Jul152019

Conference paper, Bucharest

Jewish and European Studies. Maria Cioată will contribute a paper entitled "The Reception of Apocrypha as ‘Popular Books’ in Romania" to a panel on "Biblical Apocrypha in South-East Europe: Variation and Transmission from Antiquity to Modern Times" at the 12th Congress of the Association of South East European Studies in Bucharest, 6 Sept 2019. Further information.

Tuesday
Jul092019

Training workshop, Jewish Studies

Doctoral and Early Career research training in Jewish Studies. The fourth postgraduate research-training event took place on 25-27 June 2019 at the University of Manchester. 19 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the Jewish Studies Northern Partnership institutions and other universities in the wider UK attended the event. This year we also had attendees travelling from as far afield as USA, Japan and Israel. A range of training and information sessions were offered, including advice on turning a PhD thesis into a monograph and open access publication practices, research impact, how to cope with negative responses to your work, and academic engagement with online audiences, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies including Biblical Studies, Jewish Literary Studies and Palestine/Israel Studies. This year there was a special focus on writing large grants and on the job application and interview experience from the perspectives of both the applicant and selection panel. There was also the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with mentors. A screening of the film ‘The Women’s Balcony’ was followed by expert panel discussion. Further information.

Tuesday
Jul092019

Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Sassy Holmes, BA Drama, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Tuesday
Jul092019

Philip Alexander student prize 2019

Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies. The winner for 2019 is Abigail Elderfield for a dissertation on 'To what extent does the status of infertile Jewish women in Israeli society depend on the concept of motherhood?' (supervised by Katja Stuerzenhofecker). This £100 prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade in a Jewish Studies-related module or dissertation' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's first co-director Philip Alexander, FBA. Further information.

Tuesday
Jul092019

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship

Digital Humanities. Congratulations to Marton Ribary, who has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship for a project entitled "Computational modelling of law - Sustainable legal AI from Roman legal sources" tenable from 1 November 2019. The project will be hosted by the School of Law at the University of Surrey in co-operation with the Alan Turing Institute and Surrey's Department of Computer Science. The research is primarily based on legal texts compiled by the order of Emperor Justinian (553 CE) with control text samples drawn from Rabbinic (Jewish) law of the same period. Further information.

Friday
Jun282019

New publication

Jews and Science. Daniel Langton, Reform Judaism and Darwin: How Engaging with Evolutionary Theory Shaped American Jewish Religion (De Gruyter, 2019). Further information.

Thursday
Jun272019

Limmud, Manchester

Jewish Life Long Learning conference. Among those contributing to this year's Limmud in Manchester is Stefania Silvestri on 'Jewish Women and Emotional Objects'. 30 June 2019. Further information.
Monday
Jun172019

Conference contributors, BAJS 2019

What is commentary? Contributors from Manchester to the BAJS Conference 2019 include Dr Stefania Silvestri, University of Manchester, 'Interpreting a Jewish Object: A Circumcision Wimple as Religious and Affective Artefact', Tuesday 23, Session 4, 9:00-10:30am. Prof. Philip Alexander, 'Between Revelation and Commentary: The Apocalyptic Turn in the Middle East in the Early Centuries of Islam’, and Dr Katharina Keim, 'Scriptural Commentary and Apocalyptic in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer’ Monday 22, Session 1, 9:00-10:30am. Oxford, 21-24 July 2019. Further information.

Monday
Jun172019

Conference, Oxford University

Jewish Music. Marton Ribary (Manchester University) is co-organising an international invitational conference entitled 'Jewish Music Between Oral and Written Traditions: The 19th Century in Context'. Clarendon Institute, Oxford, 14-15 July, with free attendance after registration. Further information

Monday
Jun102019

Concert, Bridgewater Hall

Jewish Music. Richard Fay and Dan Mawson present Amid the Mirk Over the Irk: When Irish Meets Klezmer. Traditional folk tunes, new compositions, intriguing fusions and spoken word evoke the confluence of cultures across the banks of the River Irk. Friday 12 July 2019 12.45pm, Bridgewater Hall. Further information.

Monday
Jun102019

Lecture, Yale University

Holocaust StudiesIon Popa (Manchester) presented his research on Jews' experiences of conversion to Christianity before and during the Holocaust at a symposium at Yale University. 3 May 2019. Further information

Monday
Jun102019

Lecture, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute

Holocaust StudiesIon Popa (Manchester) presented a paper on 'Conversion and Identity. Experiences of Jews who converted to Christianity before and during the Holocaust' at the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. 22 May 2019. Further information
Tuesday
Jun042019

New publication

Yiddish Studies. Yaron Matras et al, 'Multilingual repertoire management and illocutionary functions in Yiddish signage in Manchester' in Journal of Pragmatics, 135 (October 2018), 53-70. Further information.

 

Monday
Jun032019

Agunah Project

Religio-legal issues relating to Jewish divorce. In a programme designed to test and promote the impact of the work of the Agunah Research Unit, Bernard Jackson and Avishalom Westreich organised and attended two workshops in Israel in February, one designed for appropriate halakhic scholars and judges in the area, the other for activist groups. Similar activity is planned for the United States in June and in other geographical areas later. We are seeking to construct a database of practical measures being taken to resolve cases where a recalcitrant husband refuses to cooperate in granting a get, and also to encourage pre-marital counselling on the issue. Further information.

Friday
May242019

Jewish Historical Society event

Jewish history and theology. The Jewish Historical Society Manchester Branch will be hosting a Collection Encounter event at the John Rylands Library. 27th June 2019, 5-7pm. Further information.

Tuesday
May212019

Blog entry, 50 Jewish Objects

Judaica artefacts.  Stefania Silvestri discusses the latest developments of the 50 Jewish Objects project in her blog titled 'Interview with the artist Jacqueline Nicholls'. Further information.

Tuesday
May212019

Research Network Reading Group

Jewish Muslim Research Network. Second session of the JMRN reading group on June 7 at 12:30-2pm. Will be reading a selection from Yulia Egorova's recent book 'Jews and Muslims in South Asia'. Further information

Wednesday
May152019

Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Abigail Elderfield, BA (Hons) Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Wednesday
May152019

Research Network Reading Group

Jewish Muslim Research Network. Inaugural session of the new reading group. May 10, 12.30pm, Room WG.21 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information