The Apostle Paul and Judaism. The 2016 Manson Memorial Lecture will be given by Steve Mason (Groningen) on the topic of 'Judaism and Paul: A Category Crisis'. 2pm, Thu 20 October 2016, SG1, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.
Archival Research Guide Project. The Centre is seeking to fund a short-term project to generate a guide to the Anglo-Jewish holdings on the Arab-Israeli conflict, which are scattered throughout the University’s archives, for the facilitation of future scholarly research. Payment: A consultancy fee of £3500 for 4-6 weeks. Period in which the work must be completed: Anytime in the period 1 Dec 2016 - 31 Aug 2017. Deadline for application: 31 Oct 2016. Further information.
Jewish Life Long Learning conference. Among those contributing to this year's Limmud in Liverpool are Philip Alexander ('Belief v Practice in Judaism and Christianity, including the kind of belief Judaism requires - or does not require - for performance of mitsvot') and Daniel Langton ('Isn't Atheism an Appropriate Response to the Shoah?'). 6 November 2016. Further information.
Jewish-Islamic relations. On 7 September Renate Smithuis gave a paper entitled 'Donning Borrowed Clothes: Judah Halevi and Shi’i Theology' at a BIPS workshop on 'Interactions of Muslim Intellectuals and Institutions with those of other Faiths in the Medieval Persianate World' at the British Academy in London. Further information.
Yemenite manuscripts in the Rylands Library. Funding has been received from the Research Support Fund of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures for Stefania Silvestri's new library project 'Hebrew Manuscript Production between East and West: A pilot study of two Yemenite manuscripts' (£3000).
Call for applications for the Newberry/Rylands Joint Fellowship 2017/2018. The Newberry Library-John Rylands Institute Exchange Fellowship provides two months of support for a scholar to be in residence for one month at the Newberry Library in Chicago and an additional month in residence at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. See the Jewish Studies related holdings at Manchester. Further information.
Call for papers for day-conference "The Guardian in Local, National, and Global History", Thu 6 April 2017, Manchester. The University of Manchester Library and the John Rylands Research Institute invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary conference on the history of the Guardian newspaper. Potential topics for papers might include Zionism, the development of foreign correspondence and coverage of foreign policy and international news, and the role of the Guardian in Manchester life, including that of its minority communities. Format: 20 minutes for presentation (with an expectation of an additional 10 minutes for questions). Application: Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: Mon 31 October 2016. Further information.
Children During the Holocaust. This day conference at the Imperial Museum of the North was organised by Jean-Marc Dreyfus and will explore the experience of children during the Holocaust. The event is free but places are limited and it is necessary to book a place. 9.30am-4.00pm, Wed 26 October 2016. Further information.
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.