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.

Tuesday
Oct152013

New Publication

Darwin's Jews. Daniel Langton has published an article entitled 'Jewish Religious Thought, The Holocaust, and Darwinism: A Comparison of Hans Jonas and Mordecai Kaplan' in Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism 13.2 (2013). Further information.

Sunday
Oct132013

Conference session, Arizona

Conference session: Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought. On 13 October 2013, Moshe Behar convened a session on 'Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Prospects, Possibilities, Limitations' and spoke on the subject of 'Reappraising the "Arab Question" within Zionism: Evidence from four pre-1937 controversies between Ashkenazi and Mizrahi intellectuals' at the annual conference of The Middle Eastern Studies Association, held at the University of Arizona. Further information.

Friday
Oct112013

New Publication

Between text and intertext. Philip Alexander has contributed a chapter entitled 'A Typology of Intertextual Relations Based on the Manchester-Durham Typology of Anonymous and Pseudepigraphic Jewish Literature of Antiquity' in Michaela Bauks, Wayne Horowitz and Armin Lange (eds), Between Text and Intertext: The Hermeneutics of Intertextuality in Ancient Cultures and Their Afterlife in Medieval and Modern Times (Journal for Ancient Judaism Supplements 6, 2013). Further information.

Thursday
Oct102013

BBC Radio 4

Religious Change? Beyond Belief: 23 Sept 2013. CJS honorary fellow Dr. Yaakov Wise was among those discussing with Ernie Rae what causes religions to change beliefs or traditions which have been fixed for hundreds of years. Listen again: mp3 or wav.

Monday
Oct072013

New Website

The Rylands Genizah Collection. Project researcher and cataloger Dr. Renate Smithuis (Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies) has launched a new website offering contextual information for, and access to, the 15,000 fragments of the spectacular Genizah Collection that have been digitized and catalogued by the Rylands University Library. Especially recommended are the Stories & Images pages. Further information.

Thursday
Oct032013

New Publication

The next stage in Dead Sea Scrolls research. George Brooke has published a collection of essays entitled Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (Society of Biblical Literature, 2013). The Dead Sea Scrolls, which have long captured the public imagination, are now all available in principal editions and accessible translations. This book addresses the next stage in their analysis by raising questions about how they should be read and studied. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

G.K. Chesterton's beatification

G.K. Chesterton a saint? Simon Mayers, a recent PhD student at Manchester who has published a book on Chesterton and Jews, has been cited by The Jewish Chronicle (here and here) in relation to the growing furore concerning some Catholics' agenda to have the controversial figure beatified. If anyone doubts that Manchester offers value-added to doctoral student programmes, see Simon's rapid promotion from early career academic to 'a leading British Jew' in The Washington Post, alongside Geoffrey Alderman. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Manchester Jewish Museum

Chagall exhibition. The Manchester Jewish Museum is featuring an exhibition entitled 'Chagall, Soutine & the School of Paris' which explores the work of a group of Jewish emigre artists known collectively as 'The School of Paris'. These artists had fled poverty and persecution in Russia to settle and work in Paris, where they had the freedom to pursue their artistic careers. Together they had a profound and enduring influence on 20th Century figurative art. On show until 24 November 2013. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

New Publication

Between text and intertext. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Controlling Intertexts and Hierarchies of Echo in Two Thematic Eschatological Commentaries from Qumran' in Michaela Bauks, Wayne Horowitz and Armin Lange (eds), Between Text and Intertext: The Hermeneutics of Intertextuality in Ancient Cultures and Their Afterlife in Medieval and Modern Times (Journal for Ancient Judaism Supplements 6, 2013). Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Public Lecture, New York University

Politics of Arabic, politics of Arabs. Moshe Behar will present on the subject of 'Early Zionist settlement in Palestine and the possibility of pre-1948 mizrachi intellectual history' at the Hagop Kevorkian Center of Near Eastern Studies at New York University on Mon 7 Oct 2013. Further information.

Tuesday
Oct012013

New Publication

Writing the Bible. Prof. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Some Scribal Features of the Thematic Commentaries from Qumran' to Philip R. Davies and T. Roemer (eds), Writing the Bible: Scribes, Scribalism and Script (Bible World; Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013). Further information.

Tuesday
Oct012013

Philip Alexander on Schama's Story of the Jews

Story of the Jews: Schama got it in the neck, but got it right. Prof. Philip Alexander, FBA, comments on The Conversation about Simon Schama's BBC documentary series Story of the Jews. "Only someone who has tried to do this can have the faintest idea how difficult it is... [One of the problems] is that discourse about the Israel-Palestine conflict has reached such a low that each side is watching like a hawk to stop the other getting an “unfair” advantage." Further information.

Tuesday
Sep172013

PhD completion

Andrew Wilshere on Emmanuel Levinas. The Centre would like to congratulate Andrew Wilshere on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis The Rights of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas’s Meta-Phenomenology as a Critique of Hillel Steiner’s An Essay on Rights. The thesis was supervised by Prof. emeritus Hillel Steiner, FBA (Politics and Philosophy) and Prof. Alex Samely (Middle Eastern Studies, Centre for Jewish Studies); he was examined by Prof. Joanna Hodge (Manchester Metropolitan University, Philosophy) and Dr Veronique Pin-Fat (Politics and Philosophy). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.