UoA 61: Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Since the last RAE, staff have produced 14 single-authored monographs, 7 edited multi-authored volumes, 59 book-chapters, 51 refereed articles, 1 major translation, 1 exhibition catalogue, 19 substantial dictionary/encyclopaedia articles, and a considerable number of reviews and pieces of journalism. 17.5 doctorates have been awarded, 5 post-doctoral Research-Fellows appointed, and staff acting as PIs have attracted research-income amounting to £898,996, with an additional £380,007 of which the Department has a share.

UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies is the only UK academic department (and UoA) dedicated to the study of every aspect and phase of the Jewish historical experience. This contrasts with the usual setting of Jewish Studies (JS) components within broad subject-areas and disciplinary frameworks. The integrity of JS as a field of enquiry is implicit in our constitution as a department, and underpins the disciplinary diversity that marks our research-activity.

Our research-interests stretch over wide chronological and geographical spans, entail a range of both ancient and modern languages, and are pursued from various methodological approaches.

Research-activities – some unique to or pioneered by the Department – are concentrated in the following: ancient Near-Eastern culture, particularly magic and medicine, with reference to the Babylonian Talmud as a repository of Mesopotamian traditions (Geller);  the genealogy, literary character and translation-techniques of  the Aramaic (Smelik) and  Syriac (Greenberg) versions of the Hebrew Bible; the rabbinic ideology of language and translation (Smelik); the Late-Aramaic context of the medieval Zoharic corpus, with special reference to mysticism and magic (Rapoport-Albert, Smelik, Geller); history of late-antique – early-medieval rabbinic Judaism, with special reference to time-concepts and calendars (Stern); the Jewish mystical tradition, especially Sabbatio-Frankist messianism (Rapoport-Albert) and Hasidism (Rapoport-Albert, Loewenthal); modern Jewish history, especially links between Zionism and anti-Semitism, the Nazi discourse of Jewish criminality, and the use of photography to both substantiate and counter anti-Semitic stereotypes (Berkowitz); social, political and economic history of Jews in the Russian Empire, based on newly-accessible archival materials challenging earlier historiography (Klier); domestic politics of the state of Israel in context of Arab-Israeli conflict, with special reference to Middle-East peace-process, and British Foreign-Office policy (Lochery); modern Hebrew literature from the perspective of Gender-Studies, drawing on feminist and post-colonial theory (Ratner). In all these areas we have made substantial contributions to international JS research, and facilitated research-training within the Department.

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