EAJS Newsflash, May2016
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EAJS Newsflash, May 2016


EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies

Closing date: 29th May 2016


The Call for Submissions for the EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies, has been posted on the EAJS website, here:

The EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies offers between £ 1,600 and £ 8,000 for conferences and summer schools.

For more details about the EAJS Conference Grant Programme, see the EAJS website here:


Establishment of a Network for South-Eastern European Jewish Studies

Announcing a meeting in Belgrade on 7th July 2016 to discuss the establishment of a Network for South-Eastern European Jewish Studies. Such an international academic network would establish cooperation between scholars in Jewish studies, encourage the coordination and organization of conferences, seminars, courses, colloquia, workshops, and support publications dedicated specifically to Jewish studies in the region, promoting Jewish studies by focusing on the South-Eastern European region, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious area at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern European World.

The meeting will be held at the end of the international conference “The Western Balkan Encounter of Sepharad and Ashkenaz: Between Tradition and Change” taking place in Belgrade from 5th to 7th July 2016. Scholars (professors, senior researchers, PhD and MA candidates, independent researchers, etc.) who are interested in participating in the open forum at the end of the conference are invited to join the discussion about the formation of such a regional network. Limited funds have been made available by the European Association for Jewish Studies to contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses.

Colleagues who wish to apply for support to attend the panel are kindly invited to apply no later than 25 May 2016, by sending a short CV (not more than 2 pages), specifying his/her affiliation and area of expertise

For more details, see the announcement on the EAJS website, here.



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The European Journal of Jewish Studies (EJJS) is the journal of the EAJS and published in cooperation with the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Its main purpose is to publish high-quality research articles, essays and shorter contributions on all aspects of Jewish Studies. Submissions are all double blind peer-reviewed.  [Further information]

Members of the EAJS may subscribe to the online-only version of EJJS at EUR 15 / US$ 20, which is a highly reduced rate (individual online-only rate is EUR 55 / US$ 72).

EAJS members should refer to the Members Area of the EAJS website for details of how to subscribe at the members’ rate.

For more details of the current volume 10(1) 2016, click here.

EAJS Funding Advisory Service
The Funding Advisory Service, which is available to all EAJS members, includes both the extensive online Funders Database relevant to academics, postdoctoral researchers and students interested in research related to Jewish Studies, and access to the EAJS Funding Advisor, Jonathan Starbrook, who may be consulted directly by email to discuss possible research grant opportunities. Support is provided as follows: 
  • Advice on appropriate funders or schemes for a specific project
  • Advice on the application process for applying for a specific grant
Wherever possible, members should ensure they also consult with local Research Administrators (or equivalent) in their home institutions (if appropriate).

Jonathan Starbrook is the EAJS Funding Advisor, and he may be contacted by email at:

Here follows a short selection of funding opportunities with application deadlines in the next month or two. For fuller information on these and many other grant schemes, see the EAJS Funders' database. For informal advice on identifying appropriate funders or schemes for a specific project, or on the application process for applying for a specific grant, please contact the EAJS Funding Information Consultant:

Gerda Henkel Foundation – Research Project Grants and Research Scholarships
Deadline: Wednesday, 15 June 2015
Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.
European Research Council – Advanced Grants
Call opens: 24 May 2016
Deadline: 1 September 2016
Advance notice for this significant funding stream, these awards provide funding for ambitious investigator-led research, targeted at researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right.
Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie  Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – Individual Fellowships
Deadline: Wednesday, 14 September 2016.
For individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation in the academic or non-academic sectors.


Positions available

Universität Hamburg Three Ph.D. Scholarships in the Study of Manuscript Cultures The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for 3 Ph.D. … [Further information]

Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies University of Michigan Yiddish Lecturer III  The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for a full-time Lecturer III position to begin September 1, 2016, pending authorization. This … [Further information]

Post-doc position at Nordost-Institut Lüneburg: “Juden und Deutsche im polnischen kollektiven Gedächtnis.” Postdoc-Stelle "Juden und Deutsche im polnischen kollektiven Gedächtnis" (Nordost-Institut Lüneburg) Nordost-Institut, Institut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen in Nordosteuropa e.V. (IKGN), Lüneburg, Bewerbungsschluss: 20. … [Further information]

Scholarships, fellowships, grants and prizes

Universität Hamburg Three Ph.D. Scholarships in the Study of Manuscript Cultures The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for 3 Ph.D. … [Further information]

Jewish life and learning grants The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Closing Date 14 Jun 16 The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation invites applications for its Jewish life and learning grants. These support projects, institutions and activities that encourage Jewish cultural, academic and educational life in a manner that enhances the Jewish … [Further information]

Three Doctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies, University of Erfurt The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt and the Research Centre “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in … [Further information]

David R. Blumenthal Prize in Medieval Jewish Studies Deadline Extended! The deadline for submissions to The David R. Blumenthal Prize in Medieval Jewish Studies has been extended to June 1, 2016. The David Blumenthal Prize in Jewish Studies selection committee is soliciting book-length manuscripts in Jewish Studies that utilize historical, … [Further information]

Jewish History Postdoctoral Fellowship Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London Thanks to generous benefactions from the Polonsky Foundation, the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, and from the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe, the IHR is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral fellow in Jewish … [Further information]



University of Manchester John Rylands Research Institute Conference 2016 “The Other Within - The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library” Monday, 27 June to Wednesday, 29 June 2016 The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH  The John Rylands Library preserves one of the world’s valuable collections of … [Further information]

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND THE SAMARITAN PENTATEUCH UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURG, MAY 26–27, 2016 FUSTEL DE COULANGES HALL PALAIS UNIVERSITAIRE 9 PLACE DE L’UNIVERSITÉ 67000 STRASBOURG FRANCE The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the middle of the twentieth century, has brought to light ancient biblical and related manuscripts that …[Further information]

  The Holocaust Research Centre Royal Holloway, University of London   is pleased to invite you to a one-day workshop on:   Gender, Sexuality and the Holocaust   Friday 10th June 2016   The workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and others. The idea of the workshop format is to explore issues and ideas in an … [Further information]

Heritage and Its Communities 1st International Workshop on Jewish Heritage 2016. Highfield House Hotel, Southampton and University of Southampton Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 July 2016   We at the Parkes Institute are proud to host the 1st International Workshop on Jewish Heritage on 11 to 13 July 2016. The theme of the workshop is … [Further information]

EAJS Laboratory Workshop   Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies. A Critical Overview Based on Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Cairo Genizah and European Genizah  Aix-en-Provence (France)  6th to 8th June 2016 This EAJS Laboratory workshop will focus on the material transmission of the Hebrew Bible from Antiquity to … [Further information]

UCL Institute of Jewish Studies IJS SUMMER CONFERENCE 2016 Tuesday July 26th – Wednesday July 27th Jewish Languages  This conference aims to provide a platform for fruitful exchange on Jewish languages and linguistics by bringing together established scholars who have conducted pioneering work in the area with younger researchers who are …[Further information]

Conference Nationhood and Religion in Hellenistic-Roman Judaea Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 21-23 June 2016 In debates about modern Jewish identity, the respective roles and shares of religion and nationhood remain fundamental questions. Even in the two centuries since the European Enlightenment and the … [Further information]

The Western Balkan Encounter of Sepharad and Ashkenaz: Between Tradition and Change  Belgrade Jewish Community, Kralja Petra 71a Belgrade, Serbia July 5-7, 2016 This conference intends to explore the cultural and religious exchanges of Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewries in the regional space of the Western Balkans and the transformation they … [Further information]

Workshop on the Latin Talmud ERC-Project LATTAL, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 27-28 June 2016 The purpose of the LATTAL project is to edit and publish the largest extant collection of Talmudic passages translated from Hebrew into Latin, that is, the ‘Extractiones de Talmud’, while studying this ground-breaking document in the context of … [Further information]

9th Contact Day: Jewish Studies on the Low Countries University of Antwerp Tuesday 10 May 2016 09h30 - 17h00  Location: City campus University of Antwerp, building R, room R.107, Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerp The Institute of Jewish Studies organizes for the ninth time an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Antwerp concerning … [Further information]

Convergence and Divergence: Responses to Involuntary Migration in Jeremiah and Ezekiel Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies Conference at The Diamond in Sheffield 25th June 2016 From their historical setting around the final days before Jerusalem's destruction and the deportation of its elite to Babylonia to their shared … [Further information]

  Talmud and Christianity: Rabbinic Judaism after Constantine Cambridge, UK 27th - 28th June 2016 This international conference will bring together leading and fresh voices in Talmudic studies and select experts in Roman and Persian Christianity in order to explore the complex relationship of both emulation and enmity between the rabbis and … [Further information]

Academic Conference "In Memory of the Temple / In Memory of Ritual" Erfurt, Germany, May 11-12, 2016 The Research Center “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present“ at the University of Erfurt, Germany, announces its opening conference on May 11 and 12, 2016: "In Memory of the Temple / In Memory … [Further information]

Discovering, Deciphering and Dissenting: Ben Sira's Hebrew Text, 1896-2016 St John’s College, Cambridge, UK Cambridge, 12-14 September 2016 Places are available to attend this international conference in Cambridge. On the 120th anniversary of the discovery of the Genizah manuscripts of Ben Sira, this conference will consider the particular … [Further information]

Calls for papers


  Call for Journal Submissions   Echoes of the Past The ‘refugee crisis’ and European collective memory A SPECIAL ISSUE OF Patterns of Prejudice EDITED BY DAN STONE   In the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees, Rabbi Walter Rothschild spoke of ‘public disgust at images of corpses on the beaches … [Further information]

  Call for Papers “Yiddish Language and Culture. A Relay Station of Modernity and Lieu de Mémoire of Postmodernity” EAJS Laboratory at the University of Vienna 13th to 14th February 2017 In contemporary texts, processes of translation, retranslation, mistranslation and lost originals point to a history of Yiddish literature as an ongoing … [Further information]

  Call for Submissions Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics Special issue: The Theoretical Linguistic Study of Biblical Hebrew Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics is initiating a thematic issue on the theoretical linguistic study of Biblical Hebrew (eds. Edit Doron and Tania Notarius). Biblical Hebrew is the …[Further information]

  Call for Papers: The Holocaust and History: The Work and Legacy of David Cesarani, London, 3-4 April 2017 Organised by the Holocaust Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London Our colleague David Cesarani (1956-2015) was a leading historian of the Holocaust and of Anglo-Jewry, and a public intellectual concerned with the … [Further information]

New books and journals


Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context edited by Uzi Leibner and Catherine Hezser   ISBN 978-3-16-154388-3 (Cloth, €159.00) ISBN 978-3-16-154389-0 (eBook PDF, €159.00) Pages: ix, 381 Mohr Siebeck, 2016-05-09 Book’s webpage at publisher   The contributions to this volume examine the emergence of ancient … [Further information]

Megilloth Studies The Shape of Contemporary Scholarship edited by Brad Embury   ISBN: 978-1-910928-00-4 (Hardback, £30 / $47.50 / €42.50 from publisher; £60 / $95 / €85 list price) Pages: x + 167 Sheffield Phoenix Press, February 2016 Book’s webpage at publisher   This volume brings together two years of papers … [Further information]

Guide to Biblical Chronology by Antti Laato   978-1-909697-84-3  (Paperback, £18.50  /  $29.50  /  €24.50) Pages: x + 127 Sheffield Phoenix Press, September 2015 Book’s webpage at publisher This Guide to Biblical Chronology aims to explain why different chronological proposals exist for the reigns of kings of … [Further information]

Rewriting Ancient Jewish History The History of the Jews in Roman Times and the New Historical Method by Amram Tropper     ISBN: 978-1-138-64148-8 (Hardback, £85.00 / $140.00) 228 pages Routledge, 11th May 2016 Book's webpage at Routledge Half a century ago, the primary contours of the history of the … [Further information]

Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging by Tatjana Lichtenstein   ISBN: 978-0-253-01867-0 (Hardback, $50.00 / £38.00) 494 pages, 2 maps, 1 table Indiana University Press, 18th April 2016 Book’s website at Publisher (USA) Book’s website at Publisher (UK) This book … [Further information]

Zionism without Zion The Jewish Territorial Organization and Its Conflict with the Zionist Organization by Gur Alroey   ISBN: 9780814342060 (Hardback, $54.99) ISBN: 9780814342077 (Ebook) Pages: 372, Illustrations: 13 Wayne State University Press, May 2016 Book’s Webpage at Publisher   While the ideologies of … [Further information]

Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism edited by Gabriele Boccaccini and Carlos A Segovia     ISBN: 9781451479805 (Hardcover, $79.00) ISBN: 9781506410401 (Ebook) Pages: 386 Fortress Press, 1st May 2016 Book’s webpage at publisher The decades-long effort to understand the … [Further information]

The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture. The Early History of Numbers 6: 24-26 by Jeremy D. Smoak   ISBN: 9780199399970 (Hardback, £47.99 / $74.00) 264 Pages | 6 illustrations Oxford University Press, 5th November 2015 Book’s webpage at OUP This book presents a synthesis of recent discoveries bearing … [Further information]

News and events


AJS and EAJS: Programme of Cooperation in Jewish Studies   The Association for Jewish Studies and European Association for Jewish Studies are pleased to announce a new partnership. In the interest of promoting collaboration among scholars based at North American and European universities, the AJS will be offering special membership …[Further information]

Establishment of a Network for South-Eastern European Jewish Studies

Establishment of a Network for South-Eastern European Jewish Studies Invitation On the occasion of the international conference “The Western Balkan Encounter of Sepharad and Ashkenaz: Between Tradition and Change”, to take place at the Institute for Literature and Art in Belgrade 5-7 July 2016, the organisers of the conference would like to … [Further information]

The 14th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture Center for Yiddish Culture and the Shalom Foundation, Warsaw 27th June – 15th July 2016   Application deadline: 22nd May 2016 Scholarship application deadline: 8th May 2016 Submerge yourself in our intensive Yiddish summer course and a variety of language-related … [Further information]

Gesenius-lecture 2016 Professor Moshe Bar-Asher: "A Unique Expression in Biblical Hebrew and Its Reflexes Throughout the Generations" Halle (Saale), 16th May 2016 Moshe Bar-Asher, professor emeritus for Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and president of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem, is … [Further information]

Call for Applications Woolf Institute, Cambridge E-learning Course - Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges Closing date for applications: 2nd August 2016   Apply now for e-learning course: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce that … [Further information]

Public lecture “The Emotional Toll of Antisemitism and its Consequences” Speaker: Professor Todd M. Endelman, University of Michigan Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016 Time:  6.30-8.30pm Venue: Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. … [Further information]

Call for Applications The 14th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture Centre for Yiddish Culture and the Shalom Foundation proudly announce The 14th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture Warsaw, 27 June – 15 July 2016 Submerge yourself in our … [Further information]

ANGLO-ISRAEL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Reg. Charity 220367   LECTURE PROGRAMME   Summer 2016 MONDAY 11th APRIL 2016 PROFESSOR ZVI KOREN (The Edelstein Centre for the Analysis of Ancient Artifacts at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan, … [Further information]

Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” Dipartimento Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo Centro di Studi Ebraici   SEMINARIO Giudeo-Lingue. Chi parla, Quando, Dove e Con Chi? Lo stato dell’arte a cura di Maria Maddalena Colasuonno   10 MARZO 2016 Moderatore: Riccardo CONTINI Giudeo-lingue: introduzione e …[Further information]

University of Antwerp Institute of Jewish Studies Public Lecture Series 2nd semester 2015-2016 Always on Thursday at 20h00 University of Antwerp Rodestraat 14 (R.013) – 2000 Antwerp (unless otherwise mentioned) T +32 (0)3 265 52 43 │ LECTURES 11/02           4th Herman Tob lecture Quel statut accorder à la dimension … [Further information]

OXFORD BIBLICAL HEBREW SUMMER SCHOOL 2016 The Oxford Biblical Hebrew Summer School will take place at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the Clarendon Institute Building in Oxford from September 5-16,  2016. The school offers ten days of intensive teaching in biblical Hebrew. Each weekday there will be 3 hours of … [Further information]


Moses Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, end of part 1. Cod Hebr 37 fol 112b. © Copenhagen LibraryCopyright © 2016 European Association for Jewish Studies, All rights reserved.
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