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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MA in Jewish History
The new pathway is aimed at applicants who do not have linguistic proficiency in a Jewish language. The pathway in ‘Jewish History’ will mirror the existing MA in Language, Culture and History—Hebrew and Jewish Studies pathway with the exception that candidates will NOT be allowed to take text based courses where knowledge of the relevant language is considered to be an essential part of the course.
The department offers some courses only for graduate students, but MA students may also take undergraduate classes by fulfilling additional graduate-level requirements, which are outlined in detail in the literature of the respective courses.
Candidates take a total of four year-long courses, which may be taken as combinations of 15 credit units (one-term) or 30 credit units (two-term) courses. They also write an MA dissertation, up to 15,000 words in length, under the direction of a member of staff. The dissertation should be based, at least in part, on original research.
The department at UCL has approximately 35 undergraduates, 35 graduate
students, and 14 full and part-time members of staff. We pride ourselves
on the quality of our pastoral care and concern for students. We strongly
urge potential applicants to speak to any of our former students.
Students may enroll in the degree on a full-time (one year) or part-time basis (two years). The programme consists of four taught modules of specialisation (120 credits) and a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words (60 credits). The classes are ordinarily assessed by essays and a final examination, although some half-year classes are assessed only by written work. The taught component of the degree is offered during the three academic terms, from October to June. Students ordinarily write their dissertation in the summer to meet a due date of mid-September.
Students who are taking the degree on a part-time basis, over two years, take two taught classes in the first year, and two taught classes in the second year, in addition to writing their dissertation.
The department is
strong in Jewish history, especially the modern history of the Jews in
Central and Eastern Europe, the history of Zionism, and the history of the
Holocaust. The department is a major centre for teaching and research
devoted to the politics of the state of Israel, with special emphasis on
the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Middle East Peace
Each candidate for the MA is required to write a dissertation with a maximum length of 15,000 words. It should, at least in part, be based upon original research and primary source material. The objective is to train students in research techniques that can be applied in future employment, or as preparation for working towards the research degrees of MPhil or PhD. Research councils increasingly demand that candidates for admission to research degree programmes have adequate training. It is one of the objectives of the HJS MA to provide this, so the degree is excellent preparation for further academic work.
Students are expected to select their dissertation topic after consulting the MA Course Tutor early in the second term. Most students use the summer period to research and write their dissertation, which is submitted at the end of the academic year.
Financial assistance for MA candidates is available through The Ian Karten Charitable Trust Scholarships which provide four scholarships per annum to a maxium value of £1,000 each for students enrolling in the MA programme of the department. Candidates who wish to be considered for these scholarships should contact the Graduate Tutor. They should also consult the booklet, Sources of Funding for Graduate Students.
Applicants for the MA in MA in Language, Culture And History—Jewish History Pathway are normally expected to have a second class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate arts or social science subject, although students who have qualified in other subjects will be considered. North American students should normally have at least a B+ average for their undergraduate work.
Applicants should have strong letters of recommendation from two referees who know their academic achievements and potential well. They must also write a short description of their background and skills, as well as their reasons for pursuing the degree.
HJS students who have earned an MA in Language, Culture and History have
embarked upon a variety of careers. Some have pursued an academic career
at the university or secondary school level. Others are active in
community service organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Graduates of
the MA programme have found it an excellent foundation for a professional
degree in Law. Whatever career path graduates might choose, they will be
helped by a degree from a university recognised as one of the best in the