09 July 2019

Training workshop, Jewish Studies

Doctoral and Early Career research training in Jewish Studies. The fourth postgraduate research-training event took place on 25-27 June 2019 at the University of Manchester. 19 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the Jewish Studies Northern Partnership institutions and other universities in the wider UK attended the event. This year we also had attendees travelling from as far afield as USA, Japan and Israel. A range of training and information sessions were offered, including advice on turning a PhD thesis into a monograph and open access publication practices, research impact, how to cope with negative responses to your work, and academic engagement with online audiences, as well as a series of sessions on 'Current Trends' in fields of Jewish Studies including Biblical Studies, Jewish Literary Studies and Palestine/Israel Studies. This year there was a special focus on writing large grants and on the job application and interview experience from the perspectives of both the applicant and selection panel. There was also the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with mentors. A screening of the film ‘The Women’s Balcony’ was followed by expert panel discussion. Further information.

08 July 2019

Student Prizes 2018-19

Undergraduate excellence in Religions & Theology. Congratulations to James Okoli for the Bishop Lee Junior Greek Testament Prize for the best examination result in New Testament Greek; Molly Horncastle for the Brandon Memorial Prize (Undergraduate) for the best work in Comparative Religion; Eleanor Munro for the Dastur Kutar Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in Non-Western religious studies; Abigail Elderfield for the Philip Alexander Prize in Jewish Studies for the highest grade in a Jewish studies related module; John Little for the Wellington Scholarship for Hellenistic Greek or Greek Testament; Isobel Robins for the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for Religious Studies and Social Responsibility.

05 July 2019

YouTube, Public Lecture

Biblical Studies. The inaugural lecture for the Bible Gender and Church Research Centre took place during Cliff Festival on Monday the 27 May 2019. Rev. Dr. Susan Shooter delivered a lecture entitled ‘Yet in my Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’. This was followed by responses from Dr. Holly Morse and Dr. Kirsi Cobb. Further information.

Network meeting, Oxford

Biblical Studies. Holly Morse will take part in the newly formed Biblical Reception Network meeting in Oxford, 25 July.

Moving on...

Digital Humanities. Congratulations to Marton Ribary, who has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship for a project entitled "Computational modelling of law - Sustainable legal AI from Roman legal sources" tenable from 1 November 2019. The project will be hosted by the School of Law at the University of Surrey in co-operation with the Alan Turing Institute and Surrey's Department of Computer Science. The research is primarily based on legal texts compiled by the order of Emperor Justinian (553 CE) with control text samples drawn from Rabbinic (Jewish) law of the same period.

28 June 2019

Award, doctoral supervision

Excellence in PhD supervision. Congratulations to Peter Scott, who has achieved 'recognised research supervisor' status, awarded by the national pilot scheme of the UK Council for Graduate Education.

Conference, Lincoln Theological Institute

Dalit theology. The Lincoln Theological Institute supported a conference on Dalit Theological Responses to Exclusion, held at The University of Manchester on 29 June 2019. The lead organisers were the Coalition of Dalit Theology UK and the Manchester Learning Network of the Methodist Church. Further information.

Symposium, Lambeth Palace

For the Common Good. On 18 June 2019, Peter Scott participated in a symposium entitled On Political Theology, Democracy and Virtue Ethics at Lambeth Palace, London. Funding was provided by the US-based Issachar Foundation.

New PhD award

Public Theology at Manchester Cathedral. Congratulations to Dominic Budhi on being awarded Faculty of Humanities funding for a PhD Studentship on the theology of public engagement at Manchester Cathedral. This will be collaborative doctoral research, located both at the Lincoln Theological Institute in the Department and at Manchester Cathedral. His supervisors will Peter Scott and David Holgate (sub-Dean at the Cathedral).

New publication

Jews and Science. Daniel Langton, Reform Judaism and Darwin: How Engaging with Evolutionary Theory Shaped American Jewish Religion (De Gruyter, 2019). Further information.

Conference contributors, BAJS 2019

What is commentary? Contributors from Manchester to the BAJS Conference 2019 include Dr Stefania Silvestri, University of Manchester, 'Interpreting a Jewish Object: A Circumcision Wimple as Religious and Affective Artefact', Tuesday 23, Session 4, 9:00-10:30am. Prof. Philip Alexander, 'Between Revelation and Commentary: The Apocalyptic Turn in the Middle East in the Early Centuries of Islam’, and Dr Katharina Keim, 'Scriptural Commentary and Apocalyptic in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer’ Monday 22, Session 1, 9:00-10:30am. Oxford, 21-24 July 2019. Further information.

Limmud, Manchester

Jewish Life Long Learning conference. Among those contributing to this year's Limmud in Manchester is Stefania Silvestri on 'Jewish Women and Emotional Objects'. 30 June 2019. Further information.

27 June 2019

Summer School, Katz Center & Hebrew University

Jews and Science. Daniel Langton will teach on 'Judaic Engagement with Scientific Evidence and Truth' at the Katz Center & Hebrew University's Advanced Summer School for Graduate Studies, which this year has the theme 'Secrets and Lies: Truth, Evidence, and Deception in Jewish History'. Hebrew University, 30 June - 4 July 2019. Further information.