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...
The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL is pleased to announce plans for an International Graduate Student Conference, devoted to explorations of multiple aspects of Jewish spirituality in Eastern Europe, to be held on 5th and 6th of June 2012 in London. The conference organizers invite graduate students and recent PhD holders to submit their proposals. We welcome presentations addressing any aspect of the religious history and religious culture of Eastern European Jewry, with an emphasis on their textual products. We are particularly interested in proposals which open up new perspectives and pose new questions regarding conceptual frameworks and traditional definitions used to describe Eastern Europe in the field of Jewish Studies. Topics may include:
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Dr Alinda Damsma received her Master of Divinity (with highest honours) from the Free University, Amsterdam (2003) and her PhD from UCL’s department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2008).
Her doctoral research was embedded in the AHRC funded project "Late Aramaic: The Literary and Linguistic Context of the Zohar", and focused on the Aramaic language and contents of the Targums to the Book of Ezekiel, with special reference to the long segments of unique mystical lore.
From 2008 to 2010 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher on Neo-Aramaic dialects in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.
From 2010 to 2012 her position as a post-doctoral research fellow in UCL’s Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies was funded by The Rothschild Foundation and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation. In her research she collected and analysed the extant specimens of medieval Jewish Babylonian poetry in Aramaic.
In the same department she teaches courses on Jewish mysticism and Jewish history and culture in the first millennium BCE.
Other current activities include:
- Visiting lecturer in Biblical Hebrew in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
- Visiting lecturer in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical & Targumic Aramaic at Leo Baeck College
- Assistant Editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies
Her research interests are the Hebrew Bible, Semitics (specifically Classical Hebrew and Aramaic), Targumic studies and Jewish mysticism.
- The Targumic Toseftot to Ezekiel (SAIS, 13; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012)
- The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Hassan (Neo-Aramaic Studies series, eds. G. Khan and H. Mutzafi, Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Pres), in preparation (scheduled for publication in 2013)
- ‘An Analysis of the Dialect and Early Jewish Mystical Lore in a Targumic Tosefta to Ezekiel 1.1 (Ms Gaster 1478)’, in Aramaic Studies 6.1 (2008), pp. 17-58.
- ‘The Merkabah as a Substitute for Messianism in Targum Ezekiel?’, in Vetus Testamentum 62.3 (2012)