EAJS Programme in European Jewish Studies
funded by the Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (Berlin)
2015/16 Academic Year
Two events, one Roundtable and one Laboratory, took place in the 2015/16 academic year in the Programme in European Jewish Studies:
- YIVO’s Histories, Contexts, Tensions: An academic roundtable to accompany the annual ‘Litvak Days’ (with the Lithuanian embassy, London) and YIVO (New York) [London, 1 – 2 December 2015]
- 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, 6 – 8 June 2016]
1. YIVO’s Histories, Contexts, Tensions: An academic roundtable to accompany the annual ‘Litvak Days’ (with the Lithuanian embassy, London) and YIVO (New York).
This event was planned to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of YIVO and to contribute toward a richer understanding of its complex history. It sought to explore the institution’s origins and impact, its fate during the Holocaust, efforts at collection of cultural material, relations with the greater Litvak context(s), and comparable efforts to explore and activate the folk culture of East European Jewry.
Organizers: Professor Michael Berkowitz and Dr Helen Beer, University College London.
Report: Link for YIVO Report
2. Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies. A Critical Overview Based on Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Cairo Genizah and European Genizah.
This EAJS Laboratory took place at Aix-en-Provence (6 – 8 June 2016). This laboratory critically examined the research approaches used for the study of the transmission of the Hebrew Bible from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Hence, this laboratory brought together PhD students, Early Career Researchers as well as senior scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Cairo Genizah and the European Genizah in order to share their research methods and approaches. Furthermore, it critically addressed questions regarding the Digital Humanities and how they can improve the scholarly work on the transmission of the Hebrew Bible. This laboratory was designed to foster and encourage future transdisciplinary research collaborations between the participants.
Organizers: Dr Elodie Attia-Kay, Centre Paul-Albert Février, Aix-en-Provence; Samuel Blapp, University of Cambridge; and Mr Anthony Perrot, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE).