Research Seminar Programme 2013-14

As was the case last year, this year's seminars tend to have an Israel Studies theme. Please note that the Israel Studies seminar programme will only run in semester one, taking place on Thursdays at 16:00 in room A7 in Samuel Alexander Building (Building 67 on the Campus Map, see directions). Our seminar programme is open to all (for free) and there is no need to book, but please see the statement below on University events open to the public.



3 Oct: Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull)
Avoiding the Destruction of the Third Temple: Separating State and Religion in Israel

17 Oct: Marc Hecker (IFRI, Paris)
A French Intifada? How France is importing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
(see related article)

7 Nov: Yaron Peleg (Cambridge)
Secularity and Its Discontents: Religion and Cinema in Israel

21 Nov: Tanja Müller (Manchester)
What Makes a Refugee?  The case of Eritrean immigrants in Tel Aviv

5 Dec: Tamar Drukker (SOAS)
Home away from home: Israelis abroad in contemporary Israeli literature

30 Jan: Julie V. Gottlieb (Sheffield)
Becoming My Mother's Daughter.
Memory, Mourning and Maternal Inheritances: A Daughter's Reading of her Mother's Holocaust Memoir (Special Seminar for Holocaust Memorial Day)


27 Feb 2014: Aron Sterk (Manchester)
Jews in the Latin West in Late Antiquity: forgotten communities and texts

27 Mar 2014: Tamar Drukker (SOAS)
Home away from home: Israelis abroad in contemporary Israeli literature

1 May 2014: William Tooman (St Andrews University)
Reflections on Diachronic and Synchronic Approaches to Hebrew Biblical Texts



 The Ehrhardt Seminar for Staff and Postgraduates (mostly Samuel Alexander A7, but check!). Second Semester 2013-2014 (Thursdays at 2.00 for 90 minutes and then tea). SA = Samuel Alexander Building. A7 and A201 are at the front (North) of the building; SG 1 is just off the South Foyer.


13 Feb Bernard Jackson Legal and Narrative Aspects of the Book of Ruth SA A201

20 Feb Ingunn Aadland (Oslo) Salvation through Punishment?  A Rereading of 4Q185 SA SG1

27 Feb Alex Samely The Analysis of Ancient Jewish Literature: A Database Approach SA A7

6 Mar Timothy Lim (Edinburgh) Scribal Features of the Rabbinic Concept of Canon SA A7

27 Mar Philip Alexander Jewish Politics in Palestine from Judas the Maccabee to Judah the Prince, and the Problem of “Continuing Exile” SA A7

8 May Hanne von Weissenberg (Helsinki) Is Scripture Sacred at Qumran? SA A7


Thu 26 Sept, 2pm: George Brooke (Manchester)
Covenant and Election in Pre-Sectarian Compositions from Qumran
(A3.7, Ellen Wilkinson Building, 77 on Campus Map).

Thu 10 Oct, 4pm: Maria Haralambakis (Manchester)
Moses Gaster’s Romanian Bird and Beast Stories (1915) and its treatment of the Romanian sources
(A7, Samuel Alexander Building, 67 on Campus Map).

Thu 14 Nov, 4pm: Renate Smithuis (Manchester)
Manchester and the Cairo Genizah
(A7, Samuel Alexander Building, 67 on Campus Map).

Thu 5 Dec: William Tooman (St Andrews)
Rethinking Textual Authority in Jewish Antiquity: The Evolution and Redeployment of Laws Regarding Intermarriage in the Hebrew Bible
(A2.16, Ellen Wilkinson Building, 77 on Campus Map).


Vinaver Lecture, organised by the French Studies section

12 Mar, 5pm: Anne Freadman (Melbourne) 'The Days Pass… Writing and Reading “Time” in Three French Jewish Diaries 1940-1944' A101


The CIDRAL programme includes:

Tue 3 Mon 2 Dec, 5pm 6pm: Max Silverman (Leeds)
Public lecture: Palimpsestic Memory and the Ethics of Storytelling
(note: there is a Holocaust dimension to this talk)
Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Building tbc

Wed 4 Mon 2 Dec, 11.00-12.30pm 2:00-3:30pm: Max Silverman with Janet Wolff (Manchester)
Masterclass (for staff and students only)

Tue 22 Oct: Ella Shohat (Professor of Art and Public Policy, NYU)
Public Lecture: The Sephardic-Moorish Atlantic - CANCELLED

Wed 23 Oct: Ella Shohat (Professor of Art and Public Policy, NYU)
(for staff and student only) - CANCELLED



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