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.
History of the interpretation of prophetic writings. On Prophets, Warriors, and Kings: Former Prophets Through the Eyes of Their Interpreters, edited by George J. Brooke and Ariel Feldman (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 470; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016). Further information.
Wisdom traditions of the Hebrew Bible. Goochem in Mokum - Wisdom in Amsterdam: Papers on Biblical and Related Wisdom Read at the Fifteenth Joint Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, 2012, edited by George J. Brooke and Pierre Van Hecke (Oudtestamentische Studiën 68; Leiden: Brill, 2016). Further information.
The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. The Centre's next Screen & Talk event includes the screening of 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem' followed by a Q&A panel with Bernard Jackson and Nechama Hadari. It takes place in Manchester's new cultural venue HOME at 8.10pm on Thursday 30 June. Gett tells the story of an Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) fighting for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian) who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage. The event also forms part of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership's annual research collaboration and postgraduate training workshop. Further information.
For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the first postgraduate research training event of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the Jewish Studies Partnership institutions and other Universities in the UK will meet for a range of training and information sessions on 30 June and 1 July at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on funding and job applications and CV building, public engagement and REF2020, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies, from studies in visual culture to Israel Studies, digital humanities, community outreach/museum studies, Antisemitism studies and Biblical Studies. For details including the provisional programme see further information.
Holocaust in Romania. Ion Popa, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, will be returning to Manchester having been awarded $20,000 for a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled 'Rescue, Indifference and Everything Else In-between: The Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania, 1938-1948'. 1 Sept 2016 - 31 Aug 2017. Further information.
Israel and Middle Eastern Jews. Following completion of his PhD under Moshe Behar in Middle Eastern Studies, Bryan K. Roby has published the book of his doctoral thesis as The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle, 1948–1966 (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2016). Further information.