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.
The Guardian and Zionism. As part of the conference "'Comment is free but facts are sacred': The Guardian in Local, National and Global History", Daphna Baram (Journalist, editor and lecturer) will give a paper entitled 'What is The Guardian's 'Heretofore' on Zionism: How C.P. Scott’s legacy was interpreted by his successors'. 2pm, Thu 6 April 2017, John Rylands Library, Deansgate. Further information.
Holocaust Studies. The 2017 Bogdanow Lectures by Dr Vicki Barnett (Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum) on 'The Church and the Holocaust' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: 1 Unfinished Hero: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in History, and 2. International Responses from Catholics, Jews and Protestants during the Holocaust. Originally presented 30 and 31 January 2017. Further information.
Victoria Biggs on Israeli and Palestinian youth. The Centre would like to congratulate Victoria Biggs on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis 'Storytelling on the Fault Lines: Storytelling, Community, and Memory among Israeli and Palestinian Youth'. Her supervisors were Prof Bertrand Taithe and Dr Alison Jeffers. Her internal examiner was Dr Jenny Hughes and her external examiner was Prof Dawn Chatty (Oxford). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.
Janek Gryta on The Politics of Memory and Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Centre would like to congratulate Janek Gryta on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis 'The Politics of Memory and Jewish Heritage: Warsaw - Krakow - Lodz after 1989'. His supervisors were Dr Ewa Ochman and Dr Cathy Gelbin. His internal examiner was Prof Vera Tolz-Zilitinkevic and his external examiner was Prof Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.
Interview with the Bogdanow Lecturer for 2017. Vicki Barnett, director of Programs on Ethics and Religion at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will give the Bogdanow Lectures on 'The Church and the Holocaust' in late January. The Salford City Radio interview 7-8pm on Mon 16 Jan (94.4FM), begins at 38:30 mins. Listen again.
Ladino and Sephardic Jews. Richard Fay and L. Davcheva, 'Zones of interculturality and linguistic identity: Tales of Ladino by Sephardic Jews in Bulgaria', 24-40, in P. Holmes et al, eds, Intercultural dialogue: Questions of research, theory and practice (London: Routledge, 2016). Further information.