Friday
Jul212017

New publication, blog

Manchester and Balfour 100. Azriel Bermant, who recently completed a catalogue of Anglo-Israel holdings at the Rylands Library, has published an entry for Fathom entitled 'Chaim Weizmann, The Guardian and the Balfour Declaration' based on his findings. Further information.

Friday
Jul142017

New publication

Festschrift for Philip Alexander. The Centre is delighted to report the publication of George Brooke and Renate Smithuis, eds, Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander (Leiden: Brill, 2017). The presentation to Philip Alexander was made by George Brooke and took place at the BAJS conference in Edinburgh, 11 July 2017. Further information.

Friday
Jul142017

Conference contributors, BAJS 2017

Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time. Contributors from Manchester to the BAJS Conference 2017 included Marci Freedman, Chronicle of Ahima'az" Tomb tours to the Holy Land: Exploring Jewish pilgrimages in the Middle Ages; Stefania Silvestri, Beyond a closed box: a Yeminite Pentateuch manuscript, its box binding and production models; Katharina Keim, The sale and export of Samaritan manuscripts to Western collections in the early twentieth century: a comparative analysis of the Samaritan collecting of Moses Gaster, E.K. Warren, and William E. Barton; Maria Cioată, Dr Moses Gaster's Istoria Biblica on the move; Philip Alexander, From Vitebsk to Glasgow: a tale of two cantors; Renate Smithuis, Donning borrowed clothes: Judah Halevi, Ibn Kammuna and Shi'i Theology; Katja Stuerzenhofecker, Displaying Religious Jews in Jewish Studies Classrooms. Further information.

Monday
Jul102017

PhD completion

Edmund Chapman on modern Jews and literary translation. The Centre would like to congratulate Edmund Chapman on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis 'Afterlives: Benjamin, Derrida and Literature in Translation'. His supervisors were Dr Jerome de Groot and Dr Robert Spencer. His external examiner was Prof Scott McCracken (Queen Mary, University of London). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Tuesday
Jul042017

Concert performance

Songs of the Jewish underworld. PhD student Izabella Goldstein will be performing at the concert 'Highbrow/Lowbrow: From Chopin to Fado to Songs of Jewish Thieves and Prostitutes' at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 13 July 7pm. Further information. 

Thursday
Jun292017

Podcast, British Library

Digital Humanities and Hebrew manuscripts. Renate Smithuis' presentation on 'The Crawford and Gaster Hebrew Collections at the John Rylands Library: Creation of an Online Catalogue' at the British Library's conference on Digital Humanities (Nov 2016) is now available as a podcast. Further information.

Thursday
Jun292017

New minor in Jewish and Israel Studies

Jewish and Israel Studies degree studies. As part of the flexible honours degree programme at the University of Manchester, a minor in Jewish and Israel Studies will be available from September 2017. Further information.

Tuesday
Jun272017

Philip Alexander student essay prize 2017

Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies. The winner for 2017 is Samantha Calvert for a dissertation on 'The Changing Discourse of Holocaust Representation' (supervised by Cathy Gelbin). 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.

Tuesday
Jun272017

Bles student prize 2017

Undergraduate student prize 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 2017 a prize of £100 was awarded to Lawrence Rabone (level 3). Further information.

Tuesday
Jun272017

Bogdanow student report

Educational visit to Auschwitz and BirkenauA recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Zoe Van Schoor, MA, Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Thursday
Jun222017

Screen & Talk

Sacred Sperm. The Centre's next Screen & Talk event includes the screening of 'Sacred Sperm' followed by a Q&A panel with Philip Alexander. It takes place in Manchester's new cultural venue HOME at 8.20pm on Weds 5 July. An eye-opening documentary explores one of the biggest taboos in Judaism. It offers daring exposure of the way parents and rabbis within the Orthodox Jewish community educate their male children to avoid spilling their sperm. Throughout the film, the director seeks a proper way to explain to his teenage son why he should keep this commandment perceived by many as unreasonable and even impossible to fulfill. The event also forms part of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership's annual research collaboration and postgraduate training workshop. Further information.

Tuesday
Jun132017

Research Guide, Anglo-Israel collections

Anglo-Israel relations. We are delighted to announce the availability of Azriel Bermant's Guide to the Anglo-Israel Collections (pdf) at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. The research guide covers, among others, the papers of W.P. Crozier (editor of the Manchester Guardian between 1932 and 1944), Lewis Namier (the noted historian and leading supporter of a Jewish homeland), the correspondence of C.P. Scott (editor of the Manchester Guardian between 1872 and 1929) with Zionist leaders and the papers of the Zionist statesman and future president of the State of Israel, Chaim Weizmann. The material here sheds a unique light on the Manchester Guardian’s support for the Balfour Declaration and the Zionist Movement, and will be of interest to scholars working on research projects reappraising the relationship between the Zionist leadership and the British Government in the years leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel. Further information.

Tuesday
Jun132017

Bogdanow student report

Educational visit to Auschwitz and BirkenauA recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Amy Wisenfeld, MA Peace and Conflict studies, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Monday
Jun122017

Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop

For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates and early career researchers. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the second 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 are invited to participate in a range of training and information sessions on 4-6 July 2017 at the University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on funding applications, public engagement and REF2021, career planning for library, museum and publishing sectors, tips for submitting for publication, as well as a series of sessions on Current Trends in Jewish Studies and, for example, Cultural Studies, Israel Studies, Social Science, and Holocaust Studies. For details including the registration form (deadline: 22 June 2017), funding assistance, accommodation options, and the provisional programme, see further information.

Friday
May192017

New publication

Festschrift for George Brooke. The Centre is delighted to report the publication of Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke, edited by Ariel Feldman, Maria Cioată, Charlotte Hempel (Leiden: Brill, 2017). The presentation to George Brooke took place on 11 May, and was followed by a reception sponsored by Brill. Further information.

Tuesday
May162017

Paper, University of Oxford

Israel/Palestine studies. Moshe Behar will present a paper titled 'Partition and the Study of Israel/Palestine' at the Israel Studies as a Global Discipline Conference, 28-29 May 2017, University of Oxford. Further information.

Tuesday
May162017

Paper, Birkbeck College

Zionism and Antisemitism. Moshe Behar will be presenting a paper on 'Ottoman Jewish views on nominal semitism' at the international conference 'Zionism and Antisemitism,' organised by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism,  24-26 May 2017, University of London. Further information.

Thursday
May112017

Modern Hebrew Course

Modern Hebrew course 2017. There are 3 levels of Hebrew courses currently available at the University of Manchester. The cost is £550 to audit these courses (i.e. to participate without formal assessment). The courses will be taught in a mixed teaching environment for classroom-based students alongside distance-learning students (via a swivl robot and video-conferencing link). Further information.

Thursday
Apr272017

New publication

Migration and Nationality. Lauren Banko, 'Claiming identities in Palestine: Migration and Nationality under the Mandate,' Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. 46, Winter 2017, 26-43. Further information.

Thursday
Apr272017

Bogdanow student report

Educational visit to Auschwitz and BirkenauA recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Caitlin Touhey, BA Hons History, has written about her visit to Krakow and Auschwitz. Further information.