Jewish Studies at King’s is an interdisciplinary network of students and scholars associated with King’s College London. Our research draws on anthropology, history, literary studies, religious studies, sociology and related fields to explore Jewish life in its various Christian, Muslim and secular contexts from antiquity to the present moment.
When studying and teaching the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, rabbinic literature, medieval Iberia, early modern Jewish worlds and Jewish modernity, we almost always encounter narratives, practices and key issues more than once. This is of particular interest to us: together, we explore Jewish texts and cultures not only within their specific historical contexts, but also in the process of their creative reception and transmission and in relation to current questions and debates.
Jewish Studies at King’s is a lively place of academic interaction and exchange locally and internationally. The centre is involved with the University of Amsterdam and the Open University of Israel in organising an International Winter School in Jewish Studies for MA and PhD students (Athens 2019, Prague 2020, Madrid 2022). In July 2022, we hosted the international conference of the British and Irish Association of Jewish Studies (BIAJS): "Unfolding Time: Texts - Practices - Politics". The research group also offers reading groups, a research seminar, and the annual Maccabaean Lecture, and it regularly organises international workshops and conferences.
We are delighted to meet colleagues, students and members of the wider public interested in our research at our events. And if you consider studying with us, you can contact any of us for further information.