The Holocaust and European Identity. Speakers include Dan Stone and Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway), Cathy Gelbin, Ursula Tidd and Michelle Magin (Manchester), Sam Stuart-Booth (MMU), and Max Silverman (Leeds). Joint conference between the University of Manchester and MMU. Fri 11 March, Ellen Wilkinson Building. Further information.
Early-modern institutional record books. Dr Michael Miller, head of the Nationalism Studies Program and member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, has been awarded a JRRI visiting research fellowship at the Rylands Library to work on pinkasim (early-modern institutional records). He will visit in June/July 2016.
For UK-based Jewish Studies postgrads. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the first postgraduate research training event of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. The annual event is open to all UK-based doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in Jewish Studies in the widest sense. It will take place at Manchester University on 30 June and 1 July 2016. For more details including the registration form, provisional programme, and information on financial assistance for students, see further information.
Text Encoding Initiative. As part of their development of the Hebrew Collections catalogue project at the Rylands library, Renate Smithuis and Stefania Silvestri organised a two day workshop for Humanities researchers, librarians, curators, and IT specialists, to explore the importance of the use of TEI XML for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the Digital Humanities. The event, co-funded by Digital Humanities Manchester and the John Rylands Research Institute, included speakers from Sheffield, Cambridge, Oxford, Finland, and Ireland: 27-28 Jan 2016. Further information.
Call for papers for the John Rylands Research Institute conference 2016. Theme: 'The Other Within: The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library'. Extended proposal deadline: 26 Feb 2016. Conference dates and venue: 27–29 June 2016, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. Further information.
Doctoral fellowships in Jewish Studies. Students entering their first year of doctoral study can apply for grants of up to £16,000 per year for up to three years. Students in later years of a doctoral programme may apply for shorter periods of funding. Applicants must demonstrate that their application has the support of their proposed supervisor, who should provide one of the references (see the academic interests of staff at Manchester). Deadline: 11 Feb 2016. Further information.
Call for proposals for post-doctoral fellowship. The Rothschild Foundation Europe offers a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies for two years for up to £32,500 p.a. (in the UK, this equates to a part-time position). The Foundation only allows one application per institution, and so there will be an internal selection process for The University of Manchester. Internal deadline: 8 Jan 2016. Further information.
Michelle Magin on Holocaust Representation. The Centre would like to congratulate Michelle Magin on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis 'Toward a Globalised Memory of the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Exhibition Spaces and Educational Programmes at Four Sites of Remembrance in Post-Unification Berlin'. Her supervisor was Dr Cathy Gelbin and the external examiner was Prof. Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.
Tuition in Modern Hebrew for classroom and/or video-conferencing modes. The University of Manchester is offering places for Beginner's Modern Hebrew (MEST10212) for those who wish to audit the course (i.e. participate without formal assessment). The cost is £545 for an eleven week course, 5 hours per week. Students can attend the university class in person or by video-conferencing - the University is piloting a system that allows the student (via a computer with camera/microphone and without any special software) to attend and participate in the same class via a swivl robot and video-conference link. Further information.
Contribution to volume of essays on Midrash. Katharina Keim, 'The Role of Small forms in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer' in It’s better to hear the rebuke of the wise than the song of fools (Qoh 7:5), ed. W. David Nelson & Rivka Ulmer, Vol. 6, Judaism in Context 18 (Gorgias Press), 153-178. Further information.