Announcing the Astaire Seminar Series in Jewish Studies 2016/17:’Jews: movement, migration, location’

The Astaire Seminar Series 2016/17 is organised between the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Durham and Manchester. Events are free and open to all. If you are planning to attend any of these seminars please contact the local organiser for details regarding venue and timing. The address is in the link for each location.

15 December 2016, University of Glasgow
Venue:  Lecture Theatre A, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow
Time: 5-7pm

Ada Rapoport Albert (UCL), From Russia to Poland: Interwar Habad Hasidism in Exile

Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow), The Dybbuk’s Haunted Stage: Performing Jewish Mysticism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

This event is part of the Mysticism in Comparative Perspective Conference

21 March 2017, University of Manchester
Venue: A113 Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Time: 5-7pm

Sander Gilman (Emory University), Jews as Exiles and their Representations after 1933

Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester), German Jews and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Exile from National Socialism

26 April 2017, University of St Andrews
Venue: Old Class Library, School of History, 69 South Street, St Andrews
Time: 2-4pm

Adam Shear (University of Pittsburgh), Jews and their Books on the Move in Early Modern Europe

Emily Finer (University of St Andrews), Jewish Migration and Metamorphosis in Early Soviet Fiction

This event is co-sponsored by USTC and the School of History

9 May 2017, University of Durham
Elad Lapidot (Freie Universität Berlin), Deterritorialized Immigrant: The Talmudic Ger as a Cross-Border Figure

Ilan Baron (University of Durham), The International Cultural Politics of Israeli Cuisine

11 July 2017, University of Edinburgh
Hana Wirth-Nesher (University of Tel Aviv), To Move, to Translate, To Write: Jewish American Immigrant Voices

This event is a keynote lecture at the British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.

British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference 2017, Edinburgh 10-12 July 2017

Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time

Bookmark the Conference Website: http://wp.me/P2HpFu-bo

We gratefully acknowledge the following grants received in support of the conference:

Call for Papers:

From the earliest accounts travel and migration, movement across space and time characterise Jewish history. No less crucial than the movement of people is the movement of texts, objects, and ideas, which travel both physically and intellectually as generations in distant locations engage with these at different times and places. Jews themselves are associated with travel and migration, historically and in cultural production. This conference invites contributions of papers and panel proposals within the broad theme of the conference. What follows is a list of thematic headings which is indicative, but not exhaustive:

  • Jews and migration
  • Jews in / and the archive
  • Texts which move
  • Jewish journeys, journeys of Jews
  • Literary explorations of travel, movements, and migration and their consequences
  • Displaying Jews: museums, heritage, art
  • Jewish objects: from vernacular and ritual to display and memory

As usual with BAJS conferences, papers on topics unrelated to the conference theme are also welcome, including proposals by graduate students wishing to present on their doctoral research.

Travel bursaries for postgraduate students from outwith the UK can be applied for at a later date.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham): People and ideas on the move: the evidence from Qumran
  • Professor Tony Kushner (Southampton): Jews as refugees: special or not?
  • Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York / Warsaw): Expanded Geography: An Epilogue to the History of Polish Jews at POLIN Museum
  • Professor Hana Wirth-Nesher (Tel Aviv): To Move, to Translate, To Write: Jewish American Immigrant Voices

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a speaker biography of 100 words max.

Panel proposals should include a rationale for the panel of no more than 500 words, abstracts of 300 words max for each paper proposed as part of the panel and speaker biographies of no more than 100 words.

Speakers are allocated 30min for their presentation and questions following the paper. Usually papers are c.20min in length, allowing for 10min of questions and discussion.

Please send paper and panel proposals and all conference-related correspondence to: BAJS2017@ed.ac.uk.

Deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals:

  • 31 January 2017.

Confirmation of acceptance of proposals will be emailed by 31 March 2017.

Conference booking will open in mid-April.

All catering provided at the conference will be vegetarian. If you are unable to eat a vegetarian diet please email BAJS2017@ed.ac.uk with your dietary requirements by 3 April 2017. Please be aware, that we are unable to guarantee at this point that we will be able to cater for your specific dietary needs.

Celebrating 60 years of the Jewish Quarterly

The Jewish Quarterly Review

The Jewish Quarterly Review (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Jewish Quarterly and to celebrate this special year and the new publishing partnership with Routledge, we are offering you free online access to sixty poems, articles and short stories!

‘If I were asked how I envisaged the Jewish Quarterly when I started it more than twenty years ago, I would say that it was to cultivate literary journalism in the best tradition of Central and Eastern Europe and, in particular, in the best tradition of Eastern European Jewish writing…’ Jacob Sonntag, 1974, cit The Golden Chain, 2003, pvii

Explore the collection online today!

Kind regards, Andrea Wells (Routledge Religion)

The Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh visits the exhibition ‘Edinburgh Jews’

EDINBURGH, UK - 8th October 2013: HRH the Princess Royal visits the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity at New College, Mound Place. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

EDINBURGH, UK – 8th October 2013: HRH the Princess Royal visits the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity at New College, Mound Place. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

During her visit to the School of Divinity, the Chancellor had the opportunity to view the exhibition Edinburgh Jews and spent some time in conversation with Dr H. Holtschneider. She expressed appreciation for the work that had been done, highlighting the journeys of an immigrant community into Scotland.

EDINBURGH, UK - 8th October 2013: HRH the Princess Royal visits the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity at New College, Mound Place. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

EDINBURGH, UK – 8th October 2013: HRH the Princess Royal visits the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity at New College, Mound Place. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)