Starts: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
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News and Events
- MONTEFIORE SEMINAR - Oct. 28, 2013
Montefiore Seminar Programme
For decades, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) has been a towering presence in the life of Anglo-Jewry, and for Jews (and non-Jews) in Europe and around the world. As president of the British Board of Deputies (1835-1874), he exerted a significant degree of control over the life of Jewish congregations in the United Kingdom. His appointment as Sheriff of London and the bestowing of a knighthood by Queen Victoria (1837), and later a baronetcy, seemed to hold a promise for Jewish integration into the fabric of the British elite. Combining this success in the society at large with strict observance and a lifelong commitment to the Holy Land impressed Jews and non-Jews alike. His interventions on behalf of Jewish communities under duress and his longevity further added to his larger-than-life presence.
This seminar aims to investigate the ways in which Montefiore’s example encouraged Jews of the most diverse identifications to rethink – but also to re-assert – their visions of community: strictly observant communities and associations in Poland-Lithuania, ardent reformers in the United States, freemasons, secular nationalists, rabbis and intellectuals, but also followers of the secular, early Jewish nationalist movement, many of whom expressed their admiration in letters and tributes to Sir Moses.
Over the past years, a collection of hundreds of such tributes has been digitized at UCL and subsequently transcribed by volunteering students of the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. This collection, owned by the Montefiore Endowment and on loan to UCL Special Collections, has been prepared for online presentation by UCL Library Services and will be easily accessible and fully searchable in the very near future.
The organisers wish to thank the Montefiore Endowment and the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies for making this event possible.
- CALL FOR PAPERS: A JOINT KING'S-UCL INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP 12-13 May 2014 - Language, Nation, and Modernity: Hebrew in Europe, 1800 to the present. Click the following link for details: A Joint King's-UCL International Workshop
BA ANCIENT LANGUAGES - A NEW DEGREE AS OF 2014/15
The Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies and the Department of Greek & Latin are delighted to announce the launch of a new interdepartmental BA programme. The BA in Ancient Languages, which is scheduled to run from 2015/16, is unique in the UK. Click on the following link to read more: BA Ancient Languages information For further information, please contact the programme convenors, Dr Lily Kahn (l.kahn [at] ucl.ac.uk) or Dr Nikolaos Gonis (n.gonis [at] ucl.ac.uk).
- ERC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Professor Sacha Stern (Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has been awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for a research project entitled Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: standardization and fixation. The five-year project was launched on 1 February 2013, and will employ a total of five research associates. Two research associates still need to be recruited, in the fields of (1) Greek and Latin epigraphy and (2) Hebrew codicology. This project will study the evolution of calendars in late antique and medieval societies. This complex process was closely related to politics, science, and religion, and contributed to the standardization of culture in the ancient and medieval worlds. The project will be divided into several research areas: the seven-day week in the Roman Empire, late antique comparative calendars (the hemerologia), medieval Jewish calendar disputes, and medieval monographs in Arabic and Hebrew on astronomy and the many ancient and medieval calendars.
- UNDERSTANDING THE MEDIEVAL MIND - Click on the following link to read latest article concerning Prof. Sacha Stern's ERC research project (Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: standardization and fixation): Understanding the Medieval Mind
- JEWS & BOXING PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - July 30th -2nd August, 2013
Click to see pictures of the opening of the Boxing Exhibition at UCL
- HJS OFFERS A NEW COURSE in 2013/14 - JUDEO-SPANISH! - The department is pleased to offer a new introductory course of Judeo-Spanish and its Literature (2013/14) to its students as well as UCL Alumni and the general public. For more information on this course (and our complementary course) please click on the following links:
- UCL CLASSICS SUMMER SCHOOL July 2013 - An intensive summer school
in beginners' Biblical Hebrew will be running at UCL from 9 to 18 July
2013 as part of the London Summer School in Classics. The course is
organised by the UCL and King's Classics Departments and will be taught
by Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department staff. For further details and
registration, click on the link below:
UCL Classics Summer School
- THE WARTIME DIARIES OF EDMUND KESSLER 28 May, 2013
- UCL FESTIVAL OF ARTS 7-17 May, 2013
- NEGOTIATING RELIGION CONFERENCE 1st May, 2013
- ANNOUNCEMENT: SAD NEWS - It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of Mr. William Margulies in Jerusalem. Mr. Margulies was a long-standing friend and benefactor of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. He established the Benzion Margulies Lectureship in Yiddish in his late father's name and helped to create and support our exceptional Yiddish library (the William Margulies Yiddish Library): one of the largest Yiddish libraries in Europe. He also donated a substantial part of his own Jewish and general library to UCL. In 2007, Mr. Margulies was awarded a UCL Honorary Fellowship in honour of his exceptional service to UCL. Mr. Margulies and his wife Judith always took a keen interest in the activities of our department and would keep updated with all Yiddish-related news. When in London, they always visited UCL. We have lost a kind, generous and modest man whose contribution to Yiddish and to Jewish Studies has been remarkable.
- Call for Papers: International Seminar 'Visions of Judaism and Jewish Community in the 19th Century: the Impact of Sir Moses Montefiore'