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Jewish Studies seminars and events 2009-10

Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Professor Jonathan Boyarin (UNC, Chapel Hill)
The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians and the Identity of Christian Europe

Professor Jonathan Boyarin (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) discussed his new book The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians and the Identity of Christian Europe, reflecting on the many ways in which Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations in the medieval world shaped Spanish-American encounters in and after 1492.
Chaired by Dr Diana Lipton
Strand Campus, Council Room
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Professor Menachem Kellner (University of Haifa)
Beyond Belief? Re-thinking the Fundamentals of Jewish Faith

Jewish Communities in Contemporary Europe and Beyond*
Monday, 10 May 2010
Professor David Feldman (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Jews and Multiculturalism in the UK

David Feldman, Professor of History and Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, explored the connections between the Jews' integration in the 19th and 20th centuries and the development of multicultural policies in recent times. He considered the implications of these connections for our understanding of the nature of multiculturalism in the UK as well as for Jewish life in the present. This was the first in a series of public seminars on Jewish Communities in Contemporary Europe and Beyond, co-organised by Dr Andrea Schatz (King's College London) and Prof Christian Wiese (University of Sussex).
Chaired by Prof Christian Wiese
Council Room (Strand Campus)

Jewish Communities in Contemporary Europe and Beyond*
Monday, 24 May 2010
Professor András Kovács (Central European University, Budapest)
Jewish Identities and Secular Values: A Sociological Perspective

Prof András Kovács presented the results of a recent survey on Jewish populations in five European countries: Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland and Romania. He highlighted how Jews are forging distinct new identities based on secular values and discussed the significance of these new identities for communication and continuity among Hungarian Jews.
Chaired by Dr Andrea Schatz
Council Room (Strand Campus)
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Saving Time: Covenant and Temporality in Jewish Thought

In the concluding event of this year's Jewish Studies seminars, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks spoke about biblical time and its intricate relation to historical time. He was introduced by the Principal of King's, Professor Rick Trainor.

Chaired by Dr Diana Lipton

Council Room (Strand Campus)



What Is a Sacred Language? Perspectives from the Diaspora
This international workshop looked at the religious, political and social meanings of Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and Yiddish: How did these languages complement, or compete with, each other? What was the role of diaspora vernaculars for coherence and continuity in the transmission of Jewish traditions, in terms of texts, institutions and practices? How did religious, social and political contexts shape the notion of a "sacred language"? Is this concept relevant in Jewish - and other - contexts today?

Date: 12 July 2010

Venue: Old Committee Room, Strand Campus

Speakers: Dr Shlomo Berger, Prof Arye Edrei, Dr Carool Kersten, Prof Doron Mendels, Prof Tessa Rajak, Prof Marc Saperstein, Dr Andrea Schatz, Dr Tamra Wright, Prof Irene Zwiep

Convener: Dr Andrea Schatz

Please see the programme for further information.


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