Hebrew & Jewish Studies


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Achievements of our PhD students

The Department is happy to announce that Dr Noëmie Duhaut, an alumna recently awarded a PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Lady Davis Trust postdoctoral fellowship for 2017-18.

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The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

Turn of the century Paris, the Studio Angèle. The Tsar has just confirmed an appointment that Angele, the owner, knows nothing about. Suddenly, five anarchist assassins appear, planning to impersonate her and kill the Tsar...

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HJS Research Seminar 1516

The Department runs a Research Seminar every academic year, open to all students, academics and members of the public. Below is the programme for Term 2 of 2015/16. 

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HJS Graduate Seminar 1516

The Department runs a seminar each academic year for and run by its Graduate (MA/Research) students. It is also open to the public, so should you would like to attend just come on the day, no booking required.

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Departmental Research Seminar 1516

 Please click on the link below for the exciting programme of the Departmental Research Seminar programme (Oct-Dec), featuring guests from the University of Cambridge.

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Jews and Photography Book Launch and Evening Lecture

Join us for a lecture by UCL academic Professor Michael Berkowitz. Berkowitz's new book Jews and Photography in Britain is the first-ever historical investigation of its type, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and closing with the Queen's controversial photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz in 2007. While little noticed by scholars and critics, the factor of ethnic difference in photography has been critical in the development of a distinctive visual culture in the UK.

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Start: Nov 24, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Nov 24, 2015 7:45:00 PM

Sir Martin Gilbert Obituary

Sir Martin Gilbert (z''l), Visiting Jewish Chronicle Professor in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (1995-96) : A historian of authority and meticulous scholarship…and a life-long friend to past and present students.

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Dr Lily Kahn's Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale

A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale provides the first detailed linguistic analysis of the Hebrew narrative literature composed in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Eastern Europe by followers of the Hasidic spiritual movement. It presents a thorough description of Hasidic Hebrew orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexis illustrated with extensive examples. Attention is devoted to the relationship between Hasidic Hebrew and its biblical, rabbinic, and medieval antecedents; to its links with Aramaic, contemporaneous Maskilic Hebrew, and its authors’ native Yiddish; and to its contributions to Modern (Israeli) Hebrew. The grammar fills a major scholarly gap on the diachronic development of Hebrew and as such will be a key resource for anyone interested in the language’s history.

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Professor Michael Berkowitz & team win prize for new app

Professor Michael Berkowitz and his team (Yining Shen, Linda Wang, Xianjun Xiang) have created an app - 'Jewish East End, Not Quite Kosher' that has won a prize certificate from the British Computing Society and will be shortly available on the app store through UCL Advances.

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Landscapes Within: Experience the Music

Member of the department of Hebrew & Jewish Belinda É. S. leads this session, taking place as part of the second annual UCL Festival of the Arts.

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Start: May 29, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: May 29, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Biblical Hebrew Summer School

We are delighted to announce that an intensive course in beginners' Biblical Hebrew will be running at King’s College London from 8 to 17 July 2014 as part of the London Summer School in Classics. The course is organised by the King’s and UCL Classics Departments and will be taught by UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department staff.

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Start: Jul 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Jul 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM

‘Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth?’

Professor Sacha Stern (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies) appeared on BBC Four in a debate chaired by Ed Stourton on the controversial documentary film ‘Search for Exile: Truth or Myth?’ (Ilan Ziv, 2013), on Sunday 3 November 2013.

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UCL Festival of the Arts May 7-17

Start: May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus

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Europe and the Holocaust - Shifts in Public Debates in Poland, Germany and the UK

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.

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New publication: The Russian-Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937

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.

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