Wednesday
May152013

Israel/Palestine Workshop

Social media and Political Horizons: Israel/Palestine, the Middle East and Beyond. Adi Kuntman has co-organised this event with Rebecca Stein of Duke University on 14 June 2013. At the core of this workshop is a rethinking of the so-called 'digital democracy' proposition – that is, an argument about the ways that digital technologies, chiefly social media, can advance pro-democracy politics. Registration deadline is 10 June 2013.  Further information.

Wednesday
May152013

British Academy Postdoc Fellowship

New Gaster Project funding. Maria Haralambakis, who is currently a fellow at New Europe College, Bucharest, will be returning to Manchester in Sept 2013 to begin a three year British Academy postdoctoral fellowship entitled 'Moses Gaster (1856–1939): Eclectic Collector'. Further information.

Thursday
May022013

Debate at the House of Commons

Round Table Discussion on the Left and Israel. Jean-Marc Dreyfus contributed to a debate on the topic of "The Left and Israel: Is the debate closed?" conducted under the auspices of the Labour Friends of Israel / Institute of Ideas, which took place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 24 April.

Wednesday
Apr242013

Lecture for JHS, Leeds Branch

The detention camps of Paris. On May 22nd Jean-Marc Dreyfus gave an evening lecture organised by the Leeds branch of the Jewish Historical Society at the United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) on the evanescent memory of the three satellite camps of Drancy: Austerlitz, Levitan and Bassano. Further information.

Wednesday
Apr172013

Podcast of Sherman Lectures 2013

What is Israel Studies? We are delighted to announce that the 2013 Sherman Lectures by Derek Penslar on 'What is Israel Studies?' are now available to see online. The lectures are entitled: 1. Writing Israel's History: Between Myth and Counter-Myth, 2. Theodor Herzl:  Charisma and Leadership, 3. Rethinking the Diaspora-Israel Connection: The Case of the 1948 War, 4. The Invention of Israeli Nativity. Further information.

Wednesday
Apr172013

Taub Center Fellowship

Congratulations to Bryan Roby on his new appointment. Following completion of his PhD under Moshe Behar in Middle Eastern Studies, Bryan has received a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University. The Taub Center is dedicated to the study of recent history, society and politics in modern Israel. Further information.

Wednesday
Apr172013

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Anti-Semitism and articulations of national identity in Hungarian film, 1931-44. This three-year Leverhulme funded project investigates articulations of Hungarian national identity in early Hungarian sound film from the introduction of sound in 1931 to the end of wartime film production in 1944. The award was won by Gábor Gergely and will run 2012-2015; it aims to throw light on Hungary’s complicated and often contradictory concept of its own national identity. Further information.

Wednesday
Apr172013

Jewish Genealogy Society Conference

11th annual conference of the Manchester Regional Group. This full day event will be held on Sunday 12 May at the Greater Manchester Police Training College, with Bill Williams among the contributing speakers. Further information.

Tuesday
Apr092013

New Publication

The Persecution and Extermination of the European Jews by Nazi Germany 1933–1945. Jean-Marc Dreyfus has co-edited with Katja Happe and Maja Peers volume 5 (Western and Northern Europe 1940 – June 1942) of this German multi-volume study of the Holocaust. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

Plenary Lecture for CCJ

Jewish and Christian responses to the Holocaust. Daniel Langton and Lord Richard Harries will give plenary lectures for a Study Day organised by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) Yad Vashem seminar series on the topic of Holocaust Theology on 29 April 2013 in London. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

New Publication

Edited Collection of Middle Eastern Jewish Writings. Moshe Behar has co-edited with Zvi Ben-Dor Benite Modern Middle Easterm Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958 (Brandeis University Press, 2013). This volume opens the canon of modern Jewish thought to the all too often overlooked writings of Jews from the Arab East, from the close of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Whether they identified as Sephardim, Mizrahim, anticolonialists, or Zionists, these thinkers engaged the challenges and transformations of Middle Eastern Jewry in this decisive period. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

New Publication

The first intellectual history of Hugh Schonfield. Owen Power, who recently completed an MPhil with Daniel Langton, has now published the dissertation as Hugh Schonfield: A Case Study of Complex Jewish Identities (Wipf and Stock, 2013). Power contextualises Schonfield and his work in the spheres of Jewish ideology and Messianic Jewish politics as a means to explain the complicated nature of Messianic Jewish identity. Further information.

Monday
Mar182013

Jewish Chronicle on Sherman Lectures

Derek Penslar responds to the Jewish Chronicle. The Jewish Chronicle has printed a short article entitled 'Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide' concerning the views of Prof. Derek Penslar (University of Oxford) who gave the 2013 Sherman Lectures at the University of Manchester on 'What is Israel Studies?' Penslar has responded to this article, which he regards as failing to 'properly represent my views on complex and sensitive topics in the history of modern Israel'. 

Friday
Mar152013

New Publication

Melilah: Journal of Jewish Studies vol. 8 (2011), edited by Daniel Langton and Renate Smithuis. Contents: 1. Daniel R. Langton, The Gracious Ambiguity of Grace Aguilar (1816–47): Anglo-Jewish Theologian, Novelist, Poet, and Pioneer of Interfaith Relations 2. Simon Mayers, From the Christ-Killer to the Luciferian: The Mythologized Jew and Freemason in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century English Catholic Discourse 3. Luke Devine, Imagining Fin-de-Siècle Anglo-Jewish Minority Sub-Genres: Proto-Feminist Visions of Religious Reform in "West End" London in Amy Levy's Reuben Sachs and Lily Montagu's Naomi's Exodus 4. Katarzyna Person, "A Constructive Form of Help": Vocational Training as a Form of Rehabilitation of Jewish Refugees in Great Britain, 1939–1948 5. Avi Schmidman, A Multifaceted Nuptial Blessing: The Use of Ruth 4:11–12 within Medieval Hebrew Epithalamia. If you wish to be informed when a new volume of Melilah appears, please subscribe for an email announcement. Further information.

Saturday
Feb232013

Exhibition

'Faiths: Selection from the collection and papers of Moses Gaster'. Elizabeth Gow and Maria Haralambakis have designed an exhibition about Moses Gaster (who was the subject of a recent CJS project) which is currently displayed in the Rylands Gallery at the Deansgate library.

Saturday
Feb232013

New Publication

Spirituality and Modernism. CJS Hon. research fellow Harry Lesser has contributed a chapter entitled 'Spirituality and modernism' to Contemplations of the Spiritual, ed R. Arya (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Further information.

Monday
Feb182013

Sherman Lectures 2013

Abstracts are now available. The 2013 Sherman lectures are to be given by one of the foremost experts in modern Israel Studies, Prof. Derek Penslar, FRSC, who is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. The dates of the University Lectures are 11-14 March 2013. Time: 17:15. Venue: A101, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Monday
Feb042013

Levinas Reading Group

Open discussions of the Philosophical Oeuvre. The reading group, which was established by Alex Samely, Professor of Jewish Thought, meets fortnightly during term time to discuss the writings of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. The close readings, which are engaged with in open discussion, are based on the English translations (although the French original is also recommended) and can be highly technical. For further information, contact alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk.

Saturday
Feb022013

BBC Radio 4

Beyond Belief: 28 January 2013. Ernie Rea and guests, including Dr. Yaakov Wise, discuss the reasons behind rising anti-semitism in Europe.  Listen again.

Friday
Feb012013

BBC News

Census data is 'way out'. Speaking on behalf of the Multilingual Manchester project, Prof. Yaron Matras has criticised the accuracy of the census data on languages in Manchester, noting in particular that 'Manchester is home to the fourth largest Yiddish-speaking community in the world, yet the census only mentions five speakers'. Further information.