International Study on Corpses of Genocide. The University of Manchester is a partner institution in a 1.2m euro research project funded by the European Research Council on "Corpses of genocide and mass violence". Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Elisabeth Anstett (École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales - IRIS) will lead this 3 year project that will consider the tracing, exhumation, commemoration, and disposal of the material remains of the victims of mass violence. Further information.
A new bursary for students studying Hebrew at Hebrew University. Sophie Garside has been awarded a grant from the BFHU (British Friends of the Hebrew University) of £5000 per year for two years. These awards will be used to offer bursaries for students at the University of Manchester who need extra classes in modern Hebrew to compliment their ulpan sessions at the Rothberg International School at HU. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Student exchanges with the University of Manchester. A new student exchange programme with Hebrew University has been developed by Sophie Garside. Last year 3 undergraduate students from the University of Manchester studied at HU for a year, and 4 students went out this year. In return, we have been able to host 4 Israeli students over the same period. Such inter-cultural exchanges signal the University's high regard of the Israeli academy as a valued educational partner. Further information on studying Hebrew.
A study of the Jewish refugee experience in Manchester. Between 1933 and 1940 Manchester received between seven and eight thousand refugees from Fascist Europe. In this book Bill Williams brings to fruition his long-running research project (sponsored by the AJR) which sought to assess the responses to this crisis in the 'liberal city' of Manchester. Using documentary and oral sources he explores the work of those sectors of local society which took part in the work of rescue. Further information.
The International Conference of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) 2012 Manchester Conference. The Centre for Jewish Studies is delighted to be co-sponsoring with Manchester CCJ the ICCJ 2012 conference in Manchester, Sun 01 July - Wed 04 July 2012. A keynote speech will be given by the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Further information.
Free One Day Conference on New Directions in Holocaust Research. The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester, together with the Imperial War Museum North, are presenting a free one-day conference on Monday 10 October 2011 entitled "New Directions in Holocaust Research". The conference is aimed at anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust.
The conference, held at the Imperial War Museum North, will include: recent research on the Holocaust from a variety of viewpoints (the afternoon talks are focused on family history); the opportunity to network, debate and discuss the Holocaust and issues of knowledge and memory; and a FREE buffet lunch (Kosher and other dietary needs can be met if requested by 26 September). Speakers include: Ivan Jablonka, College de France; Alex Korb, University of Leicester; Jackie Mesrie; and Michael Salter, University of Central Lancashire. To book your place please email Victoria Howarth, Formal Learning Manager, Imperial War Museum at email@example.com. Full programme.
Last week we celebrated Bill Williams' 80th birthday. Bill has been for many years and continues to be an integral part of the Centre. His knowledge about Manchester Jewry is unparalleled and his work on behalf of the Jewish community tireless, as has been well documented. Likewise, the time and support Bill gives to the Centre, and in particular the donation of his library, is greatly appreciated. On behalf of all here at the Centre for Jewish Studies, we wish Bill a very happy birthday.
Tonight, Monday 5 September at 7pm, you can listen to Bill, founder of the Manchester Jewish Museum, being interviewed by Basil Herwald on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Jewish Citizen Manchester' (95.1FM / DAB). If you miss it, you can listen again online for 7 days and we shall put the recording on the CJS website's media page.
New Library acquisitions. At a time of considerable financial pressure, Jewish Studies library holdings at the University of Manchester continue to grow. In addition to the John Rylands' ongoing acquisition budget for library resources, Alex Samely's AHRC project has generated £3000 for books relating to ancient Jewish texts, and Jean-Marc Dreyfus' ERC project has set aside £5000 for books related to Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
A textbook on Holocaust Studies. Co-edited by Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Daniel Langton, the book provides students and teachers with an accessibly written overview of the key themes and major theoretical developments which continue to inform the nature of historical writing on the Holocaust. Further details
Prof Daniel Langton discusses Jewish views of Paul. On Monday 29 August at 7pm you can listen to Professor Daniel Langton, author of The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination, on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Jewish Citizen Manchester' (95.1FM / DAB) discussing the growing interest in Paul among Jewish scholars and religious leaders. If you miss it, you can listen again online for 7 days and we shall put the recording on the CJS website's media page.
Cathy Gelbin appointed as new co-editor. It is a reflection of her international reputation that Dr Cathy Gelbin has been appointed co-editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book (Oxford Journals). This is a prestigious Jewish Studies journal which publishes scholarship on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times to the post-war period.
Our MA Jewish Studies programme draws on the expertise of leading scholars across the Centre, with a wide variety of courses on offer. These include: Jews among Christians and Muslims; Bible and Early Judaism in context; the Holocaust in History; Darwinism in Jewish Thought; and many more including Hebrew language (both biblical and modern) and literature. Further details
Dr. Cathy Gelbin discusses the legend of the Golem. The Hulk, Superman and the Terminator are all modern echoes of the Golem, one of the most instantly recognisable icons of Jewish popular culture. Dr Cathy Gelbin has recently published The Golem Returns and on Monday 18 July she will speak to Nigel Soni on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Jewish Citizen Manchester' (95.1 FM / DAB) to explain more about the legend of the Golem.
Francesca Frazer discusses the Council of Christians and Jews. On Monday 18 July at 7pm, CJS co-administrator and current PhD student, Francesca Frazer will be interviewed by Basil Herwald on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Jewish Citizen Manchester' (95.1FM / DAB). Also a committee member of Manchester's Council of Christians and Jews, she will be interviewed about CCJ Manchester’s activities, her recent trip, with co-chairs David and Steve, to the ICCJ conference in Cracow and her visit to Auschwitz at the beginning of this month.
The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Manchester Lectures Series, Summer 2011. The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will be holding its Manchester summer lecture on Thursday 26 May. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Walter Houston, and is entitled “Some thoughts on the Bible’s Buried Secrets”:
“The talk will briefly address questions raised by the BBC2 television series 'The Bible's Buried Secrets', and examine its effectiveness and reliability as a popular introduction to current scholarship on the history of ancient Israel and Judah and its possible theological implications.”
The lecture will take place in room A202, Samuel Alexander Building (building 67 on the Campus Map), 2:00pm-3:30pm, followed by light refreshments. All are welcome, and there is no charge to attend. If you would like to attend the lecture, kindly contact Dr. Adrian Curtis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate your interest. Please see the event poster for more information about the lecture and the speaker.
The First Annual Makin Lecture in Jewish Studies will be delivered by Professor Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem, Oxford). It will take place on Wednesday May 25th, at 5.30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre L in the World of Difference Lecture Block, Liverpool Hope University, on "Teaching the Abrahamic Religions: a Subversive Enterprise".
Professor Stroumsa has provided the following abstract: "I wish to call attention to the great complexity of the comparative study of the monotheistic religions. I seek, moreover, to highlight the distinction between the comparative study, a scholarly enterprise, and the interfaith approach, whose goals are highly different. I also propose a new, integrative approach, and lay out the inevitable tensions between traditional religious orthodoxies and the new approach to the Abrahamic religions."
There will also be an informal seminar on Jewish-Christian Relations (ancient and modern) at 3.00 p.m. (until about 4.30) in Room FML 058. A cup of tea will be available in the foyer outside the lecture theatre from 5.00 p.m.
Guy G. Stroumsa is Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in Paris, Professor Stroumsa studied in France and Israel and has a Ph.D. (with distinction) from Harvard. He is a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Zurich, and a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before moving to Oxford in 2009. Most of his ten authored books focus on the cultural origins of early Christianity, in relation to Gnosticism, Judaism and Paganism, and include The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations of Late Antiquity and La formazione dell'identita cristiana. His most recent book is A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason (Harvard University Press, 2010).