New volume (12) on the theme of 'Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism'. Announcing the online publication of the latest volume of the Centre's Open Access journal Melilah. This volume, edited by Daniel Langton, is the Proceedings of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) conference 2015. Contributors include Kenneth Seeskin, Joshua Moss, David Ruderman, Benjamin Williams, Károly Dániel Dobos, Jeremy Fogel, Michael Miller, Federico Dal Bo, Norman Solomon, Melissa Raphael, Daniel Langton, Avner Dinur, and Khayke Beruriah Wiegand. Further information.
Call for fellowship applications. The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Pennsylvania University has issued a call for applications for (funded) fellowships for their one-year research programme for 2017-18 'Nature between Science and Religion: Jewish Culture and the Natural World' designed by Daniel Langton (Manchester) and David Shyowitz (Northwestern). Further information.
The Church and the Holocaust. We are delighted to announce that the speaker for the Bogdanow Lectures in Holocaust Studies for 2017 is Dr Vicki Barnett, director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum. The series is entitled 'The Church and the Holocaust' and she will give lectures on 'The Unfinished Hero: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in History' and 'International Responses from Catholics, Jews and Protestants'. 30 and 31 January 2017. Further details.
Manchester award winner. The annual national postgraduate Student Essay prize offered by the British Association for Jewish Studies was awarded to a Manchester student this year: Miruna Belea, 'The Magical Use of Religious Texts: A Cognitive Approach to Religious and Cultural Textual Elements on an Amulet from Gaster's Collection at the John Rylands Library' (supervised by Todd Klutz). Further information.
Holocaust Studies. Contributors from Manchester at the forthcoming BAHS Conference 2016, which has as its theme 'The presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture, c.1970–2015’, include the Kagan Fellow Ion Popa, 'Communist/Post-Communist Official Remembrance of the Local Involvement in the Holocaust: a comparison between Poland and Romania' and an MA student Caroline Kaye, '"The Wicker Man" (1973): Film Reflecting the Holocaust' UCL, London: 19-21 July 2016. Further information.
Undergraduate student prizes in Hebrew Studies. The Bles Hebrew Prizes are awarded annually for 'the encouragement of Hebrew studies' at the University of Manchester. These prizes are usually awarded for performance in the Hebrew Language course units taught by Sophie Garside and Malka Hodgson. For 2016 a prize of £100 was awarded to Jake Herman (level 3). Further information.
Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies. The winner for 2016 is Chloe Fullerton for her dissertation entitled 'To what extent is colonialism, through the British Mandate legislation in Palestine, still existent?' (supervised by Moshe Behar). This £100 prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade in a Jewish Studies-related module or dissertation' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's first co-director Philip Alexander, FBA. Further information.
3 year post at University of Manchester, suitable for specialist in Jewish-Christian relations. "You will hold a good first degree and a completed or near-completed PhD in Theology, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, or a related discipline, have broad expertise in Religious Studies (especially in the Christian tradition), and be flexible and adaptable, including being willing to teach outside your own research area." Period of post: 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019. Deadline for application: 22 July 2016. Further information.
The Texture of Jewish Tradition: Investigations in Textuality. Contributors from Manchester to the BAJS Conference 2016 include Dr Maria Cioată, 'Medieval Hebrew Tellings of Tobit: Versions of the Book of Tobit, or New Texts?', and Prof. Philip Alexander, 'Written v. Oral Texts in Jewish Tradition Illustrated from the Toledot Yeshu', and Prof. Daniel Langton, 'Rethinking Reform Judaism as ‘a Response to Modernity’: Nineteenth-Century North American Jews and the Discourse of Doubt', and Dr Simon Mayers, 'Merely Murdered in Odium Fidei: Jewish and Catholic Responses to Herbert Thurston’s “Defence” of the Jews (1898 - 1913)', and Dr Katharina Keim, 'The Samaritan Collections of Moses Gaster: Material and Text'. Birmingham, 10-12 July 2016. Further information.
Antisemitism and sociology. With Michal Bodemann, Eva-Maria Ziege, Werner Bergmann and others, Marcel Stoetzler will present at a public workshop on 'Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology' at the Berlin Technical University, Centre for Antisemitism Research, Tue 5 July, 4-8pm. Further information.
Semiotics and Religious Studies. Bernard Jackson presented a paper on 'Mediation and Immediacy in the Jewish Legal Tradition' to an invited conference on 'The Semiotic Turn in the Study of Religion' organised by the International Association for Semiotic Studies in Turin in June 2016. Further information.
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts. As part of the JRRI conference on The Other Within there will be a public keynote lecture by Sarit Shalev-Eyni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on 'New Light from Manchester on Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: The John Rylands Collection and its Significance' at 6-7pm on Tuesday 28 June at the John Rylands Library. Further information.