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. Listen to the Salford City Radio interview 7-8pm on Mon 16 January (94.4FM). Further information.
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.
Corpses of mass violence. Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Élisabeth Anstett, eds, Human Remains in Society: Curation and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Genocide and Mass-violence (Manchester: MUP, 2016). Holocaust related papers include: '(Re)politicising the dead in post-Holocaust Poland', 'Exhumations in post-war rabbinical responsas' and 'Forensic and archaeological approaches to locating the remains of Holocaust victims'. Further information.
Jewish religion and science. Daniel Langton has been awarded a fellowship ($30,000) at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Pennsylvania University for the autumn semester of 2017. He will contribute to their research programme ('Nature between Science and Religion') with a project on Jews and evolutionary theory. Further information.
Student travel awards for educational visits to concentration camps. As part of her bequest to the University of Manchester, Prof. Fanny Bogdanow funded an annual lecture on the Holocaust and a number of student travel bursaries for educational visits to concentration camps. For 2016-17, the Centre for Jewish Studies was able to allocate 8 awards of £400 each. Further information.
Jews, Judaism and Methodism. We are delighted to announce the availability of Simon Mayers' Background to the Methodist Collection and Andy Crome's Listing of the Methodist Collection, both of which focus on the materials held in the John Rylands Library relevant to those interested in Methodist attitudes towards Jews and Judaism. Together, these provide an excellent Research Guide for scholars. See opportunities for funding.
Short-term fellowships at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. This call for applications for John Rylands Research Institute / Manchester Wesley Research Centre Joint Visiting Fellowship is open to post-doctoral scholars who wish to conduct research at The John Rylands Library in the broad area of Methodist/Wesleyan studies. (It offers the opportunity to examine the materials from the perspective of the study of interfaith relations. In particular, there is considerable potential for work on the history of Methodist-Jewish relations, that is, on references to Jews and Judaism in the material held in the collections; see the background information and draft listing of relevant references.) The fellowship provides free accommodation for up to six weeks at the Nazarene Theological College, with a bursary of up to £150 a week to cover travel and living expenses. Deadline for the application to the JRRI: 16 January 2017. Further information.
Archival Research Guide Project. The Centre is seeking to fund a short-term project to generate a Guide to the Marmorstein Collection, held at the University of Manchester. This would focus upon its relevance for the history of Wissenschaft des Judentums and of the Jewish Book in Eastern Europe, and would be designed to facilitate future scholarly research. Payment: A consultancy fee of £3500 for 4-6 weeks. Period in which the work must be completed: Anytime in the period 1 March 2017 - 31 Aug 2017. Deadline for application: 16 January 2017. Further information.
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.
The Posen Foundation. Applications are invited for the Posen Society of Fellows 2017-2019 cohort of graduate students studying modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture. $20,000 stipend/year for 2 years and summer seminars with preeminent Jewish Studies scholars. Submission deadline: 15 January 2017. Further information.
Masters degree studies at the University of Manchester, 2017-18. 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 Theology. Three 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. 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 11 May 2017, venue tbc. Further information.
German-Jewish literarature. Cathy Gelbin gave a paper entitled 'Woman, Internationalist, Jew: Alice Rühle-Gerstel (1894-1943) on the Stalinist Purges' at a conference on German-Jewish Women's Writing in the Early 20th Century and in Exile, held under the auspices of the OWRI Project at King's College London, 20 October 2016. Further information.