This year the majority of the seminars have an Israel Studies theme, complementing the 2013 Sherman Lectures on the same theme (11-14 March 2013) by Prof. Derek Penslar, who is taking up the University of Oxford's first Chair in Israel Studies.

In both semesters, the seminars will take place at on Thursdays at 16:00 in room A7 in Samuel Alexander Building (Building 67 on the Campus Map, see directions). Please see the statement below on University events open to the public.


4 Oct: Alain Dieckhoff (CERI, Sciences-Po, Paris)
The recognition of Israel as a Jewish State: Meanings and Challenges
Poster (with abstract)

18 Oct: Uta Larkey (Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland)
Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust
(joint seminar with German Studies) Not part of the Israel Studies series.
Poster (with abstract)

8 Nov: Katharina Keim (PhD student, University of Manchester)
Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer as a turning point in the development of rabbinic midrash Not part of the Israel Studies series.
Poster (with abstract)

22 Nov: Moshe Behar (University of Manchester)
Debating Assimilation in Arab Eretz-Yisrael: Three pre-1939 Moments
Poster (with abstract) 

12:30-14:00 Wed 5 Dec: Adi Kuntsman (University of Manchester)
Digital wars: social media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Venue: University Place 4.211.
Poster (with abstract)



31 Jan: Gilbert Achcar (SOAS, London)
The Arabs and the Holocaust
Poster (with abstract)

7 Feb: Arie Dubnov (Stanford University)
The Idea of Jewish Sovereignty:  Isaiah Berlin and Lewis B. Namier between Liberalism and Nationalism
Poster (with abstract) 

14 Feb: Una McGahern (Newcastle University)
Policing, armed violence, and the Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel
Poster (with abstract)

28 Feb: Rory Miller (King's College London)
Making the EU Matter to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Poster (with abstract)

18 Apr: Noa Schonmann (University of Oxford)
Small State Thinking Big: Israel’s Periphery Pact in the Middle East
Poster (with abstract)

2 May: Diana Pinto (Paris)
Israel has moved (Israël a déménagé)
Poster (with abstract)



16:30, Wed 28 Nov: Bryan Roby (PhD student, University of Manchester)
Passive Victims or Zealous Pioneers? Debating Oriental Jews in Israel
Venue: W313, Samuel Alexander Building (Middle Eastern Studies seminar)

10:00-12:00, Wed 28 Nov: Michael Mack (University of Durham)
On Hannah Arendt
Venue: Ellen Wilkinson, Wing B, B2.4 (CIDRAL seminar)

16:00, Thu 29 Nov: Ion Popa (PhD student, University of Manchester)
Rewriting History, Inventing a Theology of Tolerance.  Some Documents of the Romanian Orthodox Church regarding the Holocaust and the Jewish Community (1945–1972)

Venue: A7, Samuel Alexander Building (Religions & Theology seminar)

17:00, Mon 10 Dec: Moshe Behar (University of Manchester)
The United States, Iran, and the Israel-Palestine Question
Venue: A101, Samuel Alexander Building (The Manchester Iranian History Academic Network (MIHAN) Lecture series)

16:30, Wed 20 Feb: Paul Kelemen (University of Manchester)
The British Left, Zionism and the Palestinians

Venue: A101, Samuel Alexander Building (Middle Eastern Studies seminar)

16:00, Tue 1 May Prof. Susanne Karstedt (University of Leeds)
The Lives and Times of Sentenced Nazi War Criminals: Renegotiating Guilt and Innocence in Post-Nuremberg Germany 1950–1975
Venue: University Place 5.209 (Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice)

16:30, Wed 8 May: Ms Elin Nicholson (University of Manchester)
The 'Other' Occupation: International Influences on Palestinian Theatre Practices

Venue: A101, Samuel Alexander Building (Middle Eastern Studies seminar)


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