UCL Institute of Jewish Studies


2023 Autumn Public Lectures

IJS 2023 Autumn Lecture Series

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The digital revitalization of Ladino

The presentation discusses how Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), a severely endangered language, is being preserved digitally. Ladino is a severely endangered language spoken by the Sephardim, i.e. Jews who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula (Sepharad I) in 1492. The speaker is Dr. Carlos Yebra López (Ph.D from New York University), a UKRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) at University College London, and a Ladino instructor at the Oxford School of Rare Jewish Languages.

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The Middle Eastern Origins of Kabbalah

New and alternative insights about the influence of Islam, Karaism, and some pagan cults on the beginning of Kabbalah. In this lecture, the speaker will present an alternative history of the beginning of Kabbalah. She will claim that about half of the Book Bahir was written in 9th or 10th century Babylon.

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