BAJS Conference 2016: The Texture of Jewish Tradition: Investigations in Textuality


Sunday 10 July 2016

15:30 - 16:30 - OPTIONAL guided tour of items of interest (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts)

Please note: The guided tour requires registration. All delegates have been sent a link to register for this.

16:00 - 18:30 - Conference registration (European Research Institute (ERI))

18:00 - Meet outside of the European Research Institute for shared taxis to dinner venue (ERI)

18:30 onward - Informal dinner (Deepalis Restaurant)

Monday 11 July 2016

8:30 - 9:00 - Conference registration (Wolfson Common Room, Centre for Professional Development (CPD), Medical School)

9:00 - 10:30am - Monday morning sessions

Jewish/non-Jewish relations (Forum Lecture Theatre, CPD)

Chair: Dr Hannah Holtschneider (University of Edinburgh)

  • Catherine Bartlett (PhD Candidate, University of Kent and University of Strasbourg), 'Jewish Prodigal Daughter in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Jewish, German-Jewish and French-Jewish Novel'
  • Dr Yulia Egorova (University of Durham), 'Indian Jewish Textualities and the Tropes of Jewish-Muslim Difference'

Medieval texts I (CPD 5)

Chair: Dr Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds)

  • Dr Maria Cioată (University of Manchester), 'Medieval  Hebrew Tellings of Tobit: Versions of the Book of Tobit, or New Texts?'
  • Professor Philip S. Alexander (University of Manchester), 'Written v. Oral Texts in Jewish Tradition Illustrated from the Toledot Yeshu'

19th century history and thought (CPD 6)

Chair: Dr Francois Guesnet (University College London)

  • Noemie Duhaut (PhD Candidate, University College London), 'French Jews and the Abolitionist Discourse in the 19th Century'
  • Professor Daniel Langton (University of Manchester), 'Rethinking Reform Judaism as ‘a Response to Modernity’: Nineteenth-Century North American Jews and the Discourse of Doubt'

10:30 - 11:00 - Refreshment break (Wolfson Common Room, CPD)

11:00 - 12:30 - Monday late morning sessions

Rabbinic Judaism (CPD 4)

Chair: Professor Philip Alexander (University of Manchester)

  • Dr Holger Zellentin (University of Nottingham), 'Gentile Purity from the Holiness Code to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam'
  • Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi (University of Birmingham), 'Sodom Re-imagined. A case study in interpretation and invention in the Babylonian Talmud'
  • Dr Alex Tal (Haifa University), 'The Sabbath and Yom Tov: A Holy Day or a Holiday'

Medieval texts II (CPD 5)

Chair: Dr Maria Cioată (University of Manchester)

  • Dr Michael T Miller (Liverpool Hope University), 'Words on the Body of God: The Texture and Physicality of the Divine Stature'
  • Dr Federico Dal Bo (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin), 'Torah as “Texture” in the 13th century Kabbalah: The notion of arigah and its use in Rabbi ben Abraham Gikatilla'
  • Dr Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds), 'Visualities, Textualities, and the Gender of the Medieval Jewish Book (13th/ 14th Century Ashkenaz)'

20th century Jewish history (CPD 6)

Chair: Professor Gavin Schaffer (University of Birmingham)

  • Ruth Amir Yezreel (Valley College, Israel), 'Raphael Lemkin, the Totally Unofficial Man: Reflections on Intertextuality'
  • Adi Sherzer (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), 'Rediscovering, Reinterpreting and Revising Jewish Traditional Texts in a Modern Israeli Context: The Case of Yom Ha’Atsmaut (1948 – 1958)'
  • Dr Simon Mayers (University of Manchester), 'Merely Murdered in Odium Fidei: Jewish and Catholic Responses to Herbert Thurston’s “Defence” of the Jews (1898 - 1913)'

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch (Wolfson Common Room, CPD)

13:30 - 15:00 - Monday afternoon sessions

Second temple period: Qumran, Ben Sira and the 'Bible' (CPD 4)

Chair: Professor George Brooke (University of Manchester)

  • Dr Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham), 'Cutting the Chord with the Familiar: What Makes 4Q265 Miscellaneous Rules Tick?'
  • Lindsey Askin (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge), 'Beyond Encomium or Eulogy: Simon the High Priest as Patron of Ben Sira'
  • Dr J.G. Campbell (University of Bristol), '(De-)Texturing the Text: The Reception of Second Temple Scripture in the Contemporary English Bible'

Jewish poetry (CPD 5)

Chair: Dr Holger Zellentin (University of Nottingham)

  • Anat Koplowitz-Breier (Bar Ilan University), 'Revision Abishag: American Jewish Women’s Midrashic Poems on Abishag the Shunamite'
  • Dominic Williams (University of Leeds), 'Twenty-First-Century Gematria: Rabbinic Hermeneutics in Contemporary Jewish Poetry'
  • Professor Simon Glass (OCAD University), 'Hebrew Scripture as Concrete Poetry'

Contemporary literature (CPD 2)

Chair: Dr Karen E. H. Skinazi (University of Birmingham)

  • Dr Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow), 'Uncanny Survivors and the Nazi Beast: Textual Monsters in Holocaust Fiction'
  • Joshua Lander (PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow), 'Seriousness, Strength and the Body: Unheroic Conduct in Philip Roth’s Nemesis and American Pastoral'
  • Dr Hannah Holtschneider (University of Edinburgh), 'The City and the Text: Jewish Life and Urban Space in David Daiches’ Two Worlds'

15:00 - 15:45 - Annual general meeting (Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, CPD)

16:00 - 17:00 - OPTIONAL visit to items of interest (Cadbury Research Library, Special Collections)

17:30 - 18:00 - Conference wine reception (Muirhead Tower Atrium, Muirhead Tower)

18:00 - 19:00 - Keynote lecture (Watson Building, Lecture Theatre A)

Chair: Professor Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham)

  • Dr Judith H. Newman (University of Toronto), 'Scribal Bodies as Liturgical Bodies: the Formation of Scriptures in Early Judaism'

19:00 - 21:00 - Conference dinner (Staff House)

Tuesday 12 July 2016

8:30 - 9:00 - Conference registration (Wolfson Common Room, Centre for Professional Development (CPD), Medical School)

9:00 - 10:30 - Tuesday morning sessions

Panel: The texture of early judaean legal interactions (Forum Lecture Theatre, CPD)

Chair: Professor Sarah Pearce (University of Southampton)

  • Professor Sophie Demare-Lafont (Institut d'histoire du droit/ University Panthéon-Assas/ Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris), 'Ancient Near Eastern Monumental Law and Its Impact on the Hebrew Bible'
  • Dr Cornelia Wunsch (Vorderasiatisches Museum/ School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), 'Cuneiform Legal Tradition in the Earliest Judaean Written Sources from Babylon'
  • Dr Sandra Jacobs (King's College London), 'The Legal Collections of the Hebrew Bible and their Lack of Statutory Force'

Panel: The bible in the Cairo Genizah (CPD 5)

Chair: Professor Hindy Najman (University of Oxford) 

  • Dr Ben Outhwaite (University of Cambridge), 'Writing the Bible in the Cairo Genizah'
  • Professor Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge), 'Recent Research on the Tiberian Tradition'
  • Dr Kim Phillips (University of Cambridge), 'Samuel ben Jacob, Scribe of the Leningrad Codex'
  • Samuel Blapp (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge), 'The Non-Standard Tiberian Language Tradition as Reflected in Genizah Bible Manuscripts '

Literature, film and preaching (CPD 6)

Chair: Dr Karen Wenell (University of Birmingham)

  • Zhang Wen (PhD Candidate, Shanghai International Studies University), 'Singer’s Recreation of Jews’ Vanished Past through Memory'
  • Professor Marc Saperstein (Leo Baeck College), 'Textuality and the Jewish Sermon'
  • Dr Karen Skinazi (University of Birmingham), 'For Women Only: Reading Orthodox Jewish Women’s Films'

10:30 - 11:00 - Refreshment break (Wolfson Common Room, CPD)

11:00 - 12:30 - Tuesday late morning sessions

Second Temple Period: Qumran (CPD 4)

Chair: Professor George Brooke (University of Manchester)

  • Rabbi Helen Freeman (PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham), 'A Psychological Approach to the Dead Sea Scrolls'
  • Tuppa Guerra (PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham), 'The Textuality of Magic in the Dead Sea Scrolls'
  • Hanne Kirchheiner (PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham), '“To save them from all the Nets of the Pit” The Ending That Does Not Fit? CD XIII 7b-23 and CD XIV 1-2'

Early modern interpretation (CPD 5)

Chair: Dr Andrea Schatz (King's College London)

  • Dr Benjamin Williams (King's College London), 'Bringing Maimonides to Oxford: Edward Pococke and Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah'
  • Dr Francois Guesnet (University College London), 'Text and Context: The Book of Esther and Jewish Intercession in the Early Modern Period'
  • Dr Martin Borysek (University of York/ University of Southern Denmark), 'Textual Tradition in Communal Legislation of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Communities'

Holocaust (CPD 6)

Chair: Dr Isabel Wollaston (University of Birmingham)

  • Rosa Reicher (PhD Candidate, University of Heidelberg), 'Visualization and Textuality of Holocaust Commemoration in Britain'
  • Dr Rumyana Marinova-Christidi (Sofia University), 'The Narrative of the Salvation of the Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust: between Mythology and Reality'

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch (Wolfson Common Room, CPD)

13:30 - 15:00 - Tuesday afternoon sessions

Panel: The hellenistic shaping of textuality (Forum Lecture Theatre, CPD)

Chair: Professor Sarah Pearce (University of Southampton)

  • Dr Jim Aitken (University of Cambridge), 'What did the Septuagint look like? The Hellenistic shaping of the Biblical Text in light of Papyri'
  • Daniel Ryan (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge), 'Reading Jewish Coins'
  • Marieke Dhont (PhD Candidate, Louvain-la-Neuve), 'Shaping Jewish-Greek Literature'
  • Dr Peter B. Hartog (University of Leuven), 'Births of the Author? Homer and Moses as Authors in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods'

Time and calendars (CPD 5)

Chair: Professor Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham)

  • Dr Nadia Vidro (University College London), 'Who Authored the Calendar in Arba’a Ṭurim? The Transmission of Tables in Manuscript and Print'
  • Dr I. M. Sandman (University College London), 'Scribal Culture and Textual Plurality in the Transmission of Isaac Israeli’s Yesod Olam'
  • Professor Sacha Stern (University College London), 'Text and Visuality: The Representation of Time in Jewish Tradition'

19th and 20th century: Eastern Europe (CPD 6)

Chair: Dr Norman Solomon(University of Oxford)

  • Dr Naftali Loewenthal (University College London), 'The Manuscript in Habad - An Esoteric Dimension of a ‘Modernizing’ Movement'
  • Joanna Cukras-Stelagowska (Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun), 'The Benefits of Reading Diaries'

15:00 - 15:30 - Refreshment break (Wolfson Common Room, CPD)

15:30 - 17:00 - Tuesday late afternoon sessions

Philo and Josephus (CPD 4)

Chair: Professor Hindy Najman (University of Oxford)

  • Professor Martin Goodman (University of Oxford), 'Agrippa II in Jerusalem and the Silence of Josephus'
  • Dr Joshua Carroll (University of Aberdeen), 'Abraham’s Mystical Ascent: Philo of Alexandria’s Retelling of the Biblical Patriarch’s Spiritual Journey'
  • Dr Idan Breier (Bar Ilan University), 'Between Textual Worlds: Eastern and Western Prophecies Concerning the Rise of Emperors'

Halakhah (CPD 5)

Chair: Dr Helen Spurling (University of Southampton)

  • Yoseph Citron (PhD Candidate, University College London), 'Complementarity, Contradiction or Symbiosis? The Relationship between Kabbalistic and Halakhic Writing in R. Isaiah Horowitz's Sheneh Luhot Haberit'
  • Professor Kate Miriam Loewenthal (Royal Holloway, University of London), 'Texts and Language in Contemporary Jewish Society: The Current Impact of Sefer Chafetz Chaim'
  • Dr Katharina Keim (University of Manchester), 'The Samaritan Collections of Moses Gaster: Material and Text'

Panel: psychotextual dislocations in modern British-Jewish writing (Forum Lecture Theatre, CPD)

Chair: Dr Karen Skinazi (University of Birmingham)

  • Professor Sue Vice (University of Sheffield), 'Notions of Exile in Kindertransport Narrative'
  • Dr Peter Lawson (The Open University), 'John Rodker: “Foreign-ness” and Modern Jewish Culture'
  • Dr Ruth Gilbert (University of Winchester), 'Dislocations: Exploring Diasporic Identifications in Contemporary British Jewish Writing'