Friday
Dec132013

PhD Funding Opportunities

Studentships and bursaries available for Jewish Studies, Hebrew Studies, and Israel Studies at the University of Manchester. Announcement of funding opportunities for doctoral studies at Manchester: For full fees and maintenance: AHRC, President's Doctoral Scholar and ESRC competitions, with programme applications to be received by 17 or 31 JANUARY 2014, respectively. The President's award is open to Home and International Students. For PhD awards of the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures: Home and International Students are eligible for fees and partial maintenance. Programme applications to be received by late JANUARY 2014 (tbc). Further details.

Friday
Dec132013

PhD completion

Ion Popa on the Orthodox Church in Romania and the Holocaust. The Centre would like to congratulate Ion Popa on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis A History of Denial: The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust, 1938-Present. His supervisor was Dr. Jean-Marc Dreyfus and the external examiner was Prof. Dan Stone (Royal Holloway). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Friday
Dec132013

John Rylands Research Institute funding

Cataloguing Project. The Centre is delighted to announce an award of £2500 from the John Rylands Research Institute for a project to catalogue Moses Gaster’s correspondence with the Samaritan community in Nablus at the beginning of the twentieth century (four boxes of c.500 letters). This is part of a series of Gaster-related projects that have been and continue to be conducted at Manchester. Further information.

Saturday
Nov302013

Bernard Jackson Student Prize 2013

Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Jewish Studies' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's second co-director Bernard Jackson. For 2013 the prize of £100 was awarded to the winner Tereza Ward for a dissertation supervised by Bill Williams and entitled 'Erasure of Memory: Children who survived the Holocaust, and their struggle for survival'. Further information.

Saturday
Nov302013

Town-style meeting and Conference

The AHRC project Cosmopolitanism and the Jews run by Cathy Gelbin and Sander Gilman announces two forthcoming events. The first is a town-style meeting 'Migration and Culture in London’s East End, 1800 to the Present' at London’s RichMix Cinema and Arts Centre, 20 January 2014, 6.30-9.30 pm. The second is an academic conference 'Cosmopolitanism and the Jews' at Queen Mary University of London, 11-12 May 2014, with more details to be announced nearer the time. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov202013

Documentary on Polish Jewry

Film by Manchester PhD student Jan Lorenz. "The Passage" (2013, 53 minutes) is a documentary about being and becoming Jewish in contemporary Poland, seen through the prism of the experiences of three young adults. Jan's doctoral thesis is entitled 'Remaking of Jewish sociality in contemporary Poland: Haunting legacies, global connections'. Email the.passage.doc@gmail.com for more information. See the trailer.

Thursday
Nov142013

SALC Funding

School support for Jewish Studies. The Centre is pleased to announce funding received from the Network Fund and the Research Fund of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures for the CJS research seminar series (£800) and for Alex Samely's new project 'Modern Reading Habits and the Hebrew Bible: Developing a Multi-disciplinary Methodology' (£2660). 

Monday
Nov112013

School talk, Pendleton College

Knowledge transfer. On 6 November 2013, CJS fellow Harry Lesser spoke to students of Performing Arts studying "Cabaret" at Pendleton College, Salford on the topic of 'The causes of anti-Semitism'.

Sunday
Nov032013

Panel Discussion, SOAS

The Possibility of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought. On 19 November Moshe Behar will join Laleh Khalili (SOAS), Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck College), and Yair Wallach (SOAS) for a panel discussion following the publication of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought, Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958 (Brandeis, 2013). Further information.

Thursday
Oct312013

Book launch

Blackwell's Bookshop event. The book launches for Renate Smithuis and Philip Alexander, From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments (2013), for Alex Samely et al, Profiling Jewish Literature in Antiquity (2013), and for Maria Haralambakis, The Testament of Job: Text, Narrative and Reception (2012) will take place at 5:30pm on Tuesday 26 November at Blackwell's Bookshop on Oxford Road, Manchester (in association with CIDRAL). All are welcome.

Tuesday
Oct292013

Merleau-Ponty Reading Group

Open Discussions. Alex Samely, Professor of Jewish Thought and co-director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, has convened a reading group on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and his Phenomenology of Perception (1945). This thinker, like Husserl before and Levinas after him (the focus of previous reading groups) is concerned with laying the foundations for a new understanding of what it means to be human, or to be a "subject" "in" a "world". The group meets fortnightly and is open to all. Further information.

Monday
Oct282013

BBC Radio 4

Chief Rabbi and Limmud. On 27 Oct 2013 CJS honorary fellow Dr. Yaakov Wise joined William Crawley on The Sunday Programme to discuss the recent controversy of Chief Rabbi Mirvis' engagement with the pluralist educational institution Limmud. Further information. Listen again: mp3 or wav.

Sunday
Oct272013

New Publication

Profiling Jewish Literature in Antiquity. Alexander Samely, Philip Alexander, Rocco Bernasconi, and Robert Hayward have published some of the results of their major AHRC Project in a book entitled Profiling Jewish Literature in Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2013). The other main result of the Project is a database. The book introduces a new system for describing non-biblical ancient Jewish literature. It arises from a fresh empirical investigation into the literary structures of many anonymous and pseudepigraphic sources, including Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha of the Old Testament, the larger Dead Sea Scrolls, Midrash, and the Talmuds. Further information.

Saturday
Oct262013

Panel Discussion, Montreal

Israel at 65 Years. On 12 November Moshe Behar will join Yakub Halabi, Amal Jamal and Csaba Nikolenyi for a panel discussion on 'Future prospects' at the conference 'Israel at 65 Years: Dimensions of national identity' at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. Further information.

Friday
Oct252013

BBC Radio 4

18th Century Haggadah found in Bury. On 13 Oct 2013 CJS honorary fellow Dr. Yaakov Wise joined Ed Stourton on The Sunday Programme to discuss the history and value (around £150k) of the Haggadah recently found in Bury, which has been dated to 1726. Further information. Listen again: mp3 or wav.

Friday
Oct252013

New Publication

Culture in Manchester. Bill Williams has contributed a chapter entitled 'A Case of Cosmopolitanism: The Manchester International Club' to Janet Wolff and Mike Savage, eds, Culture in Manchester: Institutions and Urban Change since 1850 (Manchester University Press, 2013). The club attracted many Jewish refugees, among others. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct232013

Panel Discussion, SOAS

Film screening at SOAS. On 23 October 2013, Moshe Behar spoke at the screening of the award-winning documentary 'Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah', in which French film maker Kamal Hachkar explores the 2000-year-old Judeo-Berber culture of Tinghir, a village high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and follows the trail of the village’s once substantial Jewish population to its émigrés and descendants in Israel. Further information.

Sunday
Oct202013

Norman Geras

The Centre notes with sadness the passing of Norman Geras, 18 October 2013. Norman was Professor Emeritus in Government, having worked at the University of Manchester from 1967 until his retirement in 2003. He remained a member of the Centre for Jewish Studies. His research interests included Marxism, the Holocaust, and the concept of crimes against humanity. His major publications included Crimes Against Humanity: Birth of a Concept The Contract of Mutual Indifference: Political Philosophy after the Holocaust (1998), Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind: The Ungroundable Liberalism of Richard Rorty (1995), Discourses of Extremity (1990), Literature of Revolution: Essays on Marxism (1986), Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend (1983), The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (1976). Since July 2003 he published a highly acclaimed blog (Normblog at http://normblog.typepad.com/) which focused on political and philosophical issues as well as other interests. He will be missed by his colleagues. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct162013

New Publication: Melilah

Melilah: Journal of Jewish Studies vol. 9 (2012), edited by Daniel Langton and Renate Smithuis. Contents: 1. Luke Devine, Emergent Liberal Judaism and Lily Montagu’s Proto-Feminist Project: Exploring the Precursive and Conceptual Links with Second and Third-Wave Jewish Feminist Theologies. 2. Aron C. Sterk, Latino-Romaniotes: The Continuity of Jewish Communities in the Western Diaspora, 400–700 CE. 3. Bernard S. Jackson, Why the name New TESTAMENT? 4. Michael Rand, An Aramaic Dispute Between the Months by Sahlan Ben Avraham. If you wish to be informed when a new volume of Melilah appears, please subscribe for an email announcement. Further information.

Tuesday
Oct152013

Public Lecture at Menorah Synagogue

The Ethics of Plan D. On 13 October 2013 CJS Honorary research fellow Harry Lesser spoke on the topic of 'Plan Dalet, 10th March, 1948: Examining the ethics of the Haganah's preparations against invasion' at the Menorah Synagogue ARK series. Further information.