UCL Institute of Jewish Studies


Institute of Jewish Studies

The Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) at UCL is a research centre dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of Jewish scholarship and civilisation at the highest level of academic excellence.

We are dedicated to our founding principle that there should be no barriers to learning so we make every effort to reach a wide audience through our lecture programmes, conferences, and collaborations with academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

All our events are free to attend and open to everyone. Pre-booking through Eventbrite is preferable but not required.

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The rich history of the Institue of Jewish Studies at UCL

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Our archive, publications, media from past events, and external resources

IJS is a charity supported by people like you please contact ijs@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to give.

Upcoming Events

Interpreting Collection in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Hindy Najman (University of Oxford) and Eibert Tigchelaar (KU Leuven)

Chair: Mark Geller (UCL)

Thursday October 22nd,  6pm-7:30 (UK time)

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The Jews as a Diaspora Nation

Daniel Boyarin

Chair: Mark Geller (UCL)

Thursday October 29th,  6pm- 7:30 (UK time)

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Budd Schulberg’s endgame: the apprehension of Leni Riefenstahl
and holding Nazi film to account, 1945

Michael Berkowitz (UCL)

Chair: François Guesnet (UCL)

Thursday November 5th, 6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125539733723

Pius XII before, during and after the Shoah: a historical issue


Alberto Melloni (University of Modena-Reggio)

Chair: Michael Berkowitz (UCL)

Thursday November 12th,  6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124614883471

Re-approaching the Babatha archive

Kimberley Czajkowski (University of Edinburgh)


Chair: Tessa Rajak (University of Oxford and University of Reading)

Wednesday November 18th, 4pm

Eventbrite link to be announced.

Locating Hebrew Rusia: A Problem of Medieval Hebrew Nomenclature for Old Rus.

Alexander Kulik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Chair: François Guesnet (UCL)

Thursday November 19th, 5pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125544002491

The Munich Talmud: a unique manuscript and its place in Jewish Book History

Judith Schlanger (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

Chair: Sacha Stern (UCL)

Wednesday November 25th, 6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125545751723

21st-century Ashkenazic Hebrew

Lily Kahn (UCL) and Sonya Yampolskaya (UCL)

Chair: Simo Muir (UCL)

Thursday December 3rd, 6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125547218109

The Aramaic-speaking Jews of Iraq and Iran

Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Willem Smelik (UCL)

Thursday December 10th, 6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125548237157

Of Chicken and Eggs: Jewish Political Agency in the Context of Jewish Self-Government
in the Polish Lands

François Guesnet (UCL)

Chair: Antony Polonsky (Brandeis)

Tuesday December 15th, 6pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125549196025

Please check back often for updates. 

As always, our lectures remain free of charge but we appreciate your donations

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