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Leverhulme Trust Grant Awarded to Sacha Stern

21 July 2011

Sacha Stern (Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has been awarded a grant from the Leverhulme Trust for a research project entitled ‘Medieval Christian and Jewish calendar texts from England and Franco-Germany'.

He will be joined by two postdoctoral research associates, Justine Isserles (Geneva/Paris) and Philipp Nothaft (Munich), for a two-year project starting from 1 October 2011.

The project will investigate, through the study of largely neglected medieval manuscripts from England and Franco-Germany on the subjects of calendars, astronomy, and computus, the interest that Christian and Jewish medieval scholars developed in each other's calendars, how information about their calendars was exchanged between them, and what motivated this unique manifestation of scholarly Christian-Jewish relations.

This project adds itself to Sacha Stern's other research projects on medieval calendars, 'Medieval monographs on the Jewish calendar’ (funded by the AHRC, with Ilana Wartenberg and Israel Sandman as postdoctoral research associates), and 'The Jewish calendar in early Islamic sources’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, with François de Blois as research assistant).

For further information visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/research/research-pro