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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Ada Rapoport Albert
Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert - Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Professor Rapoport-Albert's doctoral dissertation was a study of the process by which the Hasidic movement, which began in mid 18th century Poland, developed in the first half of the 19th century from a small, loosely affiliated group of charismatic individuals into a fully institutionalised mass movement of spiritual revival in Judaism, sweeping through much of Central-East European Jewry. Since then Prof. Rapoport-Albert has published many studies of Hasidism, focusing on particular institutions (e.g. confession before the Rebbe, hereditary succession in the leadership) or schools of thought (Braslav, Habad), as well as on particular topics (e.g. the perception of history and history writing within the movement, the position of women in Hasidism). She is currently a member of the international team of Hasidic scholars engaged in the collaborative production of a major new history of Hasidism, working under the auspices of the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig.
In addition to her work on Hasidism, Prof. Rapoport-Albert's interests include gender issues in the history of Judaism, especially the gendered perception of the ascetic life and its implications fo the Jewish mystical tradition. She is currently completing a book entitled Female Bodies - Male Souls: Asceticism and Gender in the Jewish Mystical Tradition, to be published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, and has published a monograph in Hebrew on the position of women in the 17th-19th century messianic heresy of Sabbatai Zevi and his successors, including the Polish adventurer Jacob Frank and his daughter Eva. An English version of this, Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666-1816, was published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in March 2011.
Professor Rapoport-Albert directed a 5-year AHRC-funded research project on the linguistic (largely Aramaic) and literary context of the Zohar - the most influential literary product of the Jewish mystical tradition. She is currently co-editing two volumes of studies that have emerged from this project.
Prof. Rapoport-Albert teaches courses and supervises postgraduate research on the history and literature of Hasidism, on the Kabbalah and other schools of Jewish esoteric spirituality, and on various aspects of medieval and early modern Jewish history.
- Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666-1816 (London: Litttman Library of Jewish Civilization).
- Female Bodies - Male Souls: Asceticism and Gender in the Jewish Mystical Tradition (London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), forthcoming.
- With David Assaf, Let the Old Make Way for the New: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Eastern European Jewry Presented to Immanuel Etkes, 2 vols. (Jerusalem: The Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2009).
- With Gillian Greenberg: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Texts: Essays in Memory of Michael P. Weitzman (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001).
- Hasidism Reappraised , (London: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1996).
- Essays in Jewish Historiography (History and Theory Beiheft, 27; Wesleyan University 1988, Reprinted by Scholars Press, Atlanta, Georgia 1991).
- With Steven J. Zipperstein: Jewish History - Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky, (London: Nicolson & Weidenfeld: Peter Halban, 1988).
Articles and Chapters in Books
- "The Emergence of a Female Constitutency in Twentieth Century HaBaD", in D. Assaf and A. Rapoport-Albert (eds.), Let the Old Make Way for the New (as above), vol. 1, English Section, pp. 7-68.
- "On the Position of Women in Sabbateanism", in Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 16 (2001), pp. 143-327 (in Hebrew).
- "God and the Zaddik as the Two Focal Points of Hasidic Worship", in G. Hundert (ed.), Essential Papers on Hasidism , New York University Press, New York and London 1991, pp. 296-325.
- "The Hasidic Movement After 1772 - Structural Continuity and Change", in A. Rapoport-Albert (ed.), Hasidism Reappraised (as above), pp. 76-140.
- "On Women in Hasidism: S. A. Horodecky and the Maid of Ludmir Tradition", in A. Rapoport-Albert and S. J. Zipperstein (eds), Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky (as above), pp. 495-529