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).
EAJS Roundtable to take place in London from 1st to 2nd December 2015
Professor Michael Berkowitz and Dr Helen Beer, University College London.
This event commemorates the 90th anniversary of the founding of YIVO and seeks to contribute toward a richer understanding of its complex history. It will 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 folkculture of East European Jewry. From the EAJS we seek support for five scholars from outside of the local London area. These historians will be joined by YIVO’s director, Jonathan Brent, and other representatives from YIVO in New York, as well as scholars with their own resources. The Lithuanian embassy will host a reception and assist in arranging the cultural portion of the event.
2. Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies. A Critical Overview Based on Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Cairo Genizah and European Genizah.
EAJS Laboratory to take place at Aix-en-Provence from 6th to 8th June 2016
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).
This laboratory intends to critically examine the research approaches used for the study of the transmission of the Hebrew Bible from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Hence, this laboratory will bring 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, we will also critically address questions regarding the Digital Humanities and how they can improve the scholarly work on the transmission of the Hebrew Bible. This laboratory is designed to foster and encourage future transdisciplinary research collaborations between the participants.