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.

Sunday
May202018

Doctoral and ECR training workshop

For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the third doctoral and early career 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 will meet for a range of training and information sessions on 26-28 June 2018 at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on REF2021, post-doc funding, and the advanced use of powerpoint, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies, from studies of the Other in Judaism, to Jewish Literary Studies, digital humanities, and bibliographic studies. This year there will be a special focus on getting involved in writing large grants and on the application and interview experience from the perspectives of both the applicant and selection panel. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with mentors. For details including the provisional programme, online registration form, and financial assistence with travel and accommodation costs, see further information.

Sunday
May202018

New funding

Presidential Doctoral Scholar award. The Centre congratulates Katharine Halls for a prestigious award worth £1000 p.a. This is in addition to her recent award of an AHRC scholarship. The PDS Award is intended for the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world.

Wednesday
May162018

Public lecture

Antisemitism. Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University) gave two interrelated lectures in Oslo. The first was at the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, with the title: ‘The theory of antisemitism in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment’ on the 15 April 2018. The second was at the University of Oslo’s C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism at the Faculty of Social Sciences, with the title ‘Fascism as the self-destruction of civilization (and how the dialectic of enlightenment might prevent it)’ on 17 April 2018.  Further information.

Tuesday
May152018

New funding

AHRC studentship. The Centre congratulates Katharine Halls for her award of an AHRC PhD Studentship (fees and living expenses) for three years. Her supervisor will be Moshe Behar and her project, which will begin in Sept 2018, is entitled 'Marriage and Gender in the Egyptian Jewish Commiunity, 1919-1960' See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Tuesday
May152018

Seminar, University of Oxford

Jewish History and Literature. Alex Samely will present a paper at the Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period at Oxford University on 29 May 2018. His talk is entitled "Genre Trouble: 1Enoch and the Use of Genre Labels in the Study of Ancient Judaism". Further information.

Wednesday
May092018

New funding

Presidential Doctoral Scholar award. The Centre congratulates Lawrence Rabone for a prestigious award worth £1000 p.a. This is in addition to his recent award of an AHRC scholarship. The PDS Award is intended for the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world.

Wednesday
May092018

Simon Visiting Professor

Jewish Bibliographic Studies. The Centre is delighted to welcome Brad Sabin Hill as the Simon Visiting Professor June-August 2018. He will be conducting research on Moses Gaster’s library at the JRRI and giving seminars for the CJS and JRRI. Brad Sabin Hill is an expert on the bibliography and print history of Hebrew and Jewish language texts. In 2017 he was the Wissenschaft des Judentums Fellow in residence at the University’s Centre for Jewish Studies, and generated a Research Guide to the Library’s Marmorstein collection. Further information.

Tuesday
May012018

Public lecture, Holocaust Day

Holocaust Studies. Jean-Marc Dreyfus gave a talk to 30 students at the Manchester University Jewish Society on the subject of 'Holocaust memory in the Jewish world today'. 31 Jan 2018. 

Tuesday
May012018

New Publication

Holocaust StudiesIon Popa has published an article entitled 'The 7th Rosiori (Cavalry) Regiment and the Holocaust in Romania and the Soviet Union' in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust 32 (2018), 38-56. Further information.

Tuesday
May012018

Workshop, British Academy

Persian-Jewish Studies. Philip Alexander, Katharina Keim and Renate Smithuis will give papers at the British Academy in a workshop on the theme of 'Interactions of Muslim Intellectuals and Institutions with Other Faiths in the Medieval Persianate World'. Alexander's paper is on ‘The Apocalyptic Turn in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism in the 8-10C’ and Keim's on ‘Jewish sources behind al-Tabari’s History?’. 22-23 May 2018. Further information.