MOSAIC research seminars

The Birmingham Society for Jewish Studies presents:

Spring 2012

Professor Oliver Leaman

will be giving a lecture on the theme

Maimonides versus Nahmanides on fighting for the land of Israel: some reflections on Jewish theology

Monday 4 February 19:30 - 21:30 

Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky and William Paton Visiting Fellow in the John Hick Centre, University of Birmingham this spring. He is a leading expert in Jewish, Islamic and Eastern Philosophy with more than twenty books to his name including Jewish Thought (Routledge, 2006), Islamic Aesthetics: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press/University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companions to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (CUP, 2003).


Dr Giulia Miller

will give a series of two lectures on the theme Representations of nature and the environment in modern Hebrew literature

Nature as metaphor in Modern Hebrew literature

Monday 11 March 19:30 - 21:30

Ecocritical readings of Modern Hebrew literature and recent Israeli fiction

Monday 18 March 19:30 - 21:30

Giulia Miller is Affiliated Lecturer in Modern Hebrew in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this she was Malvin & Lea Bank Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Hebrew Literature, Department of Jewish Studies, Penn State University Dr Miller’s book Reconfiguring Surrealism in Modern Hebrew Literature: Menashe Levin, Yitzhak Oren and Yitzhak Orpaz (Vallentine Mitchell, 2013) has just been published, with a formal launch at the Spiro Institute, London in early February.


Lecture Room G51, Ground floor, European Research Institute Building, Pritchatts Road (on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. Parking is available on both Pritchatts Road and just round the corner from the ERI Building on Farquhar Road..  

Further information

Convenors: Dr Charlotte Hempel and Dr Isabel Wollaston, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham.