Friday
Sep212018

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke  & Charlotte Hempel, eds, T&T Clark Companion to The Dead Sea Scrolls (Bloomsbury, 2018). Further information.

Wednesday
Sep192018

Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Harriet Fleming, BA Religion and Theology, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New publication

Near Eastern Studies. CJS fellows have contributed to George J Brooke, Adrian Curtis, Muntasir al-Hamad, Rex Smith, eds., Near Eastern and Arabian Essays: Studies in Honour of John F. Healey (JSS Supplement 41; Oxford: OUP, 2018). Philip Alexander, 'The Place of Elias Levita's Meturgeman in the History of Targum Studies', 1-24. George J. Brooke, '"Crowning the Hills": A Contribution to the Debate about the Legacy of Canaan', 25-38. Adrian H. W. Curtis, 'Baal-Berith and El-Berith: Some Issues Arising from Judges 8 and 9', 89-102.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Public lecture, British Academy

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke will deliver the Schweich Lectures at the British Academy on 'The Dead Sea Scrolls as Archaeological Artefacts'. Nov 2019. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New funding

Hebrew Collection. Building on the success of previous funding awards, Renate Smithuis has been awarded a grant of £90k over the period Jan 2019 - Dec 2020 for the second phase of the work to catalogue the Hebraica and Judaica at the Rylands Library, University of Manchester, in association with the JRRI. With Renate moving to Heidelberg, the new principal investigator will be Philip Alexander and Alex Samely will be the new advisor. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New publication

Medieval Jewish Studies. Renate Smithuis, "Un savant andalou du moyen âge en visite à Rouen: Abraham ibn Ezra et les échanges scientifiques entre juis et chrétiens au xiie siècle" in Savants et croyants: Les juifs d'Europe du Nord au Moyen Âge, edited by Nicolas Hatot and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Gent: Snoeck, 2018), 102-107. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Conference paper, Paris

Medieval Jewish Studies. Renate Smithuis contributed a paper entitled "Abraham Ibn Ezra entre Rouen et Londres" at the Musée des Antiquités colloquium 'Le judaïsme médiéval entre Normandie et Angleterre' in Paris and Rouen, 4-5 September 2018. Further information.

Monday
Aug202018

Modern Hebrew course

University level Hebrew tuition from Sept 2018. There are 3 levels of Hebrew courses currently available at the University of Manchester. The cost is £560 to audit these courses (i.e. to participate without formal assessment). The courses will be taught in a mixed teaching environment for classroom-based students alongside distance-learning students (via a swivl robot and video-conferencing link). Further information.

Tuesday
Aug072018

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke, The Dea Sea Scrolls and German Scholarship: The Thoughts of an Englishman Abroad (De Gruyter, 2018). Further information.

Thursday
Jul262018

BAJS student essay prize 2018

Manchester award winner. The annual national undergraduate Student Essay prize offered by the British Association for Jewish Studies was awarded to a Manchester student this year: Fergus Selsdon Games, for a dissertation entitled 'Soviet Nationality Policy and the Movement for Soviet-Jewish Emigration During the Brezhnev Era' (supervised by Ewa Ochman). Further information.

Tuesday
Jul102018

Honorary Professorship, St Andrews

Jews and the New Testament. We are pleased to report that Philip Alexander has been made made an Honorary Professor at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. In this role he gave a seminar entitled 'Temple and Cosmos in Philo, Josephus and Hebrews' on 17 April 2018. Further information.

Tuesday
Jul102018

Summer School, Manchester

Jews and others in Manchester. Philip Alexander is presenting a course entitled 'Manchester: Melting Pot of Faiths' for the Manchester International Summer School, 8-27 July 2018. Students will learn about the social history of the religions, including Judaism, that have shaped Manchester, how the distinctive beliefs and practices of each religion are made visible and the challenges that face religions in Manchester. Further information.

Wednesday
Jul042018

Conference contributors, EAJS 2018

Searching for Roots of Jewish Traditions (Krakow). Contributors from Manchester's CJS staff and students to the EAJS Conference 2018 include Renate Smithuis, 'Misogyny and the Medieval Sermon: The Case of Jacob Anatoli (c.1194–1256)', Katharina Keim, 'Scholarship, Philanthropy, and Orientalism: Models of Western Collecting of Samaritan Manuscripts in the Early Twentieth Century', and Emma Berg, 'In Search of Yiddishkait in Abraham Cahan’s ‘Yekl'. Further information.

Wednesday
Jul042018

Conference contributors, BAJS 2018

Theories and Histories: Jewish Studies Across Disciplines (Durham). Contributors from Manchester's CJS fellows and students to the BAJS Conference 2018 include Dominika Cholewinska-Vater 'The Polish Government-in-Exile and Jews: Between the Ethnic and the Democratic’, Katharina Keim (with Helen Spurling), 'Interdisciplinary paradigms: The Concept of ‘Religious Competition’', Marcel Stoetzler, 'The place of antisemitism in Horkheimer and Adorno's critique of modern capitalism and human civilization in Dialectic of Enlightenment', Adi Bharat, 'Queer Theory and Jewish-Muslim Relations: The Case of Two LGBTQ Muslim and Jewish Organizations in France', and Edmund Chapman, 'Home, Mother, Madness: Jacques Derrida And Jewish Monolingualism'. Further information.

Friday
Jun292018

Bles student prizes 2018

Undergraduate student prize in Hebrew Studies. The Bles Hebrew Prizes are awarded annually for 'the encouragement of Hebrew studies' at the University of Manchester. These prizes are usually awarded for performance in the Hebrew Language course units taught by Sophie Garside and Malka Hodgson. For 2018 prizes of £200 were awarded to Rhiannon Heaven (level 3) and £100 to Madeleine Hunt (level 1). Further information.

Friday
Jun292018

New publication

Jews and atheism. Daniel R. Langton, 'Discourses of Doubt: The Place of Atheism, Scepticism and Infidelity in Nineteenth-Century North American Reform Jewish Thought' in Hebrew Union College Annual 88 (2017), 203-253. Further information.

Wednesday
Jun272018

Philip Alexander student essay prize 2018

Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies.  The winner for 2018 is Fergus Selsdon Games for a dissertation on 'Soviet Nationality Policy and the Movement for Soviet-Jewish Emigration' (supervised by Ewa Ochman). 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.

Friday
Jun152018

New publication

Social cohesion and extremism. Alex Samely has contributed an essay entitled 'Could religious tradition be the antidote to fundamentalism?' to the online collection of essays, On Cohesion. Further information.

Monday
Jun042018

New position: Research associate

Jewish Studies public and professional engagement. The post-doctoral researcher appointed will play a crucial role in the “50 Jewish Objects” project running from 1 Sept 2018 to 30 June 2021, based at the University of Manchester but involving liaison with the partners of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Network. The aim of the project is to research, select as illustrations, and weave an episodic narrative around “50 Jewish Objects”, leading to knowledge transfer activities, public engagement, study groups, professional training workshops and creative engagement/art events. Salary range: £31,604 to £38,833. Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018. Further details.

Monday
May212018

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.