The Centre acts as a focus for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester and also as the hub for the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. It is home to a number of outstanding academics in the fields of Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Thought, Holocaust Studies, ancient, medieval and modern Jewish History, Film Studies, Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, and Israel Studies.
Searching for Roots of Jewish Traditions (Krakow). Contributors from Manchester's CJS staff and students to the EAJS Conference 2018 include Renate Smithuis, 'Misogyny and the Medieval Sermon: The Case of Jacob Anatoli (c.1194–1256)', Katharina Keim, 'Scholarship, Philanthropy, and Orientalism: Models of Western Collecting of Samaritan Manuscripts in the Early Twentieth Century', and Emma Berg, 'In Search of Yiddishkait in Abraham Cahan’s ‘Yekl'. Further information.
Theories and Histories: Jewish Studies Across Disciplines (Durham). Contributors from Manchester's CJS fellows and students to the BAJS Conference 2018 include Dominika Cholewinska-Vater 'The Polish Government-in-Exile and Jews: Between the Ethnic and the Democratic’, Katharina Keim (with Helen Spurling), 'Interdisciplinary paradigms: The Concept of ‘Religious Competition’', Marcel Stoetzler, 'The place of antisemitism in Horkheimer and Adorno's critique of modern capitalism and human civilization in Dialectic of Enlightenment', Adi Bharat, 'Queer Theory and Jewish-Muslim Relations: The Case of Two LGBTQ Muslim and Jewish Organizations in France', and Edmund Chapman, 'Home, Mother, Madness: Jacques Derrida And Jewish Monolingualism'. Further information.
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 2018 prizes of £200 were awarded to Rhiannon Heaven (level 3) and £100 to Madeleine Hunt (level 1). Further information.
Jews and atheism.Daniel R. Langton, 'Discourses of Doubt: The Place of Atheism, Scepticism and Infidelity in Nineteenth-Century North American Reform Jewish Thought' in Hebrew Union College Annual 88 (2017), 203-253. Further information.
Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies. The winner for 2018 is Fergus Selsdon Games for a dissertation on 'Soviet Nationality Policy and the Movement for Soviet-Jewish Emigration' (supervised by Ewa Ochman). 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.
Jewish Studies public and professional engagement. The post-doctoral researcher appointed will play a crucial role in the “50 Jewish Objects” project running from 1 Sept 2018 to 30 June 2021, based at the University of Manchester but involving liaison with the partners of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Network. The aim of the project is to research, select as illustrations, and weave an episodic narrative around “50 Jewish Objects”, leading to knowledge transfer activities, public engagement, study groups, professional training workshops and creative engagement/art events. Salary range: £31,604 to £38,833. Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018. Further details.
Masters degree studies at the University of Manchester, 2018-19. This is a home/EU fees bursary for MA students who make Jewish Studies topics their main study focus in their MA in Religions and Theology. Two bursaries will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees. The bursaries may be offered to eligible students before the final deadline so applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. The final date for submission of the online application to the Religions and Theology MA programme and the MA Funding Application Form is 5pm on Friday 13 July 2018 or until the bursaries have been awarded. Further information.
For UK-based Jewish Studies research postgraduates. The Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University is pleased to announce the third doctoral and early career 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 26-28 June 2018 at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. The event will include advice sessions on REF2021, post-doc funding, and the advanced use of powerpoint, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies, from studies of the Other in Judaism, to Jewish Literary Studies, digital humanities, and bibliographic studies. This year there will be a special focus on getting involved in writing large grants and on the application and interview experience from the perspectives of both the applicant and selection panel. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with mentors. For details including the provisional programme, online registration form, and financial assistence with travel and accommodation costs, see further information.
Presidential Doctoral Scholar award. The Centre congratulates Katharine Halls for a prestigious award worth £1000 p.a. This is in addition to her recent award of an AHRC scholarship. The PDS Award is intended for the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world.