UCL Institute of Jewish Studies


2020 Autumn IJS Public Lectures

IJS 2020 Autumn Lecture Series


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Of Chicken and Eggs

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Of Chicken and Eggs: Jewish Political Agency in the Context of Jewish Self-Government in the Polish Lands with François Guesnet (UCL)

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/BDqHY0LUgcpfLEavZXzNXmkycQd2zB6xWGmudAt1-w...
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The Aramaic-speaking
aramaic jews
Jews of Iraq and Iran

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Lecture by Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge) on the Aramaic-speaking Jews who lived in villages and towns in northern Iraq, Turkey and Iran

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/gSfg5b6sloRYWKHO-  KIHETa9BX1zyqRxTlU99ZLeoeSv6RZtx_6nMLd71uVtx-mb.c2FCThuy83UW5P-_ 
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21st-century Ashkenazic Hebrew

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Lily Kahn (UCL) and Sonya Yampolskaya (UCL) discuss Ashkenazic Hebrew-- a unique variety of Hebrew which has a centuries-long history of use

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/n3mXh6FcCQQJDTtiNdKzvVyE79lcu6YHFddu1vjvfA...
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German as a Jewish Problem

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

In his recent book publication German as a Jewish Problem, Marc Volovici (Birkbeck College) explores the multilingual nature of the Jewish national sphere in Central and Eastern Europe, and the centrality of the German language within it. He argues that it is impossible to understand the histories of modern Hebrew and Yiddish without situating them in relation to German. In conjunction with the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies.

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/y5DcGXSkRp7IzBBV1GucH43P8cvSJUisHxtaTkSH6E...
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The Munich Talmud: a unique manuscript and its place in Jewish Book History

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Lecture from Judith Schlanger (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies) about this 14th century manuscript, one of the most important and intriguing medieval Hebrew works in existence.

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/LB5YL3htfAtn77JPjBWBtiSTPEZ3wpYWC1ZxVQ-fy4...
Passcode: Mu!#wuj5

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Locating Hebrew Rusia: A Problem of Medieval Hebrew Nomenclature

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The study of Jewish presence in early Eastern Europe and the problems of medieval nomenclature with Alexander Kulik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/QiTl4_jbLZvdZbKeXJzh9exCOStJSaBb7YtyGv9wyb...
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Re-approaching the Babatha archive

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Presented in conjunction with the Anglo Israel Archaeological Society: a lecture on the important Cave of Letters in Israel’s Judean Desert. 

Recording link not available.

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

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

A Simon Wiesenthal Memorial Lecture with Alberto Melloni (University of Modena-Reggio)

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/GFWQk_Jz8WGMI4UUFVDBi7G5yUrMwv-z1z8KkMGaTg...

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Budd Schulberg’s endgame

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

The apprehension of Leni Riefenstahl and holding Nazi film to account, 1945. Michael Berkowitz (UCL)

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/a7889mWR_wNywIF6K8zedMAsGLKGJUUPnPeeVXz-0n...
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Jews as a Diaspora nation lecture picture
The Jews as a Diaspora Nation

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Questioning the negative connotations of "Diaspora" with Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley)

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/3ZYYyTAJ35Btw6svR728sNJy86tAXp335RI0vvcwNa...
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Interpreting Collection in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Hindy Najman (University of Oxford) and Eibert Tigchelaar (KU Leuven). Recently the speakers have become increasingly interested in how the Dead Sea scrolls were produced: who wrote and copied these scrolls and how did they do it – materially and intellectually? Did these Jewish scribes collect texts in one scroll for practical reasons? Does collection reflect a creative growth of traditions? Or were scribes driven by an anthological temper? Should unique combinations of collected texts be regarded as intentional literary productions? This lecture will provide an overview, and discuss some of the rules of these scrolls, such as the limits or unlimitedness of collection.

Recording link: https://ucl.zoom.us/rec/share/Xuadb8DrY-CBIay6_VGBepdA00pWfxw2j_cIb-dYDq...
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Lectures in Partnership with other organisations:

In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of England

Christian Toleration and Jewish Marginality: Reflections on the Quarter-Millennium Celebrations of 1905 in London and New York

Jewish Country Houses of England

The Jew in the Middle: Antisemitism in Cartoons from the Middle Ages until Today

In partnership with Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish at UCL

Yiddish in London Habad schools

This talk will be delivered in Yiddish, with a live English translation available. 

Yiddish and the imbrications of language, ideology, and gender in Habad Hasidism 

Public lecture from Eli Rubin, UCL 

Heritage Hasidic Yiddish in Israel 

Public seminar from Dalit Assouline, University of Haifa