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

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Teaching
Sunday 10th (15:00) - Tuesday 12th July 2016 (17:30)
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This conference is hosted by the British Association for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion within the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham.

This conference will explore textuality from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the material aspects of texts, including the growing role of digital humanities in the field, to scribal culture and consciousness. The event will also involve discussions around textual plurality, composition, reworking, form, genre, reception, classification, and inter-relationships between textual worlds and corpora. Speakers will also investigate the oral and social aspects of texts and textuality, such as performance, memory and power. 

The keynote talk, titled 'Scribal Bodies and the Growth of Scriptures in Early Judaism' will be given by Professor Judith Newman (University of Toronto). 

Conference programme

The programme will run from 15:00 on Sunday 10 July until 17:30 on Tuesday 12 July. Further programme information can be found on the event programme page.


Rates vary according to whether or not you are a BAJS member and whether you are a student, or are retired. Further information can be found on the BAJS Conference 2016 registration page.

Venue and travel

All daytime academic sessions (on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12) will take place within the University of Birmingham Centre for Professional Development. Further information regarding travel to the University, the conference venue and accessibility can be found on the venue and travel page.


Information regarding conference accommodation and alternative venues in the local area can be found on the BAJS accommodation page.

Food and drink

The conference programme includes lunch each day, and additional options for conference dinners. A list of alternative outlets on the University of Birmingham campus can be found on the food and drink page.


Enquiries about exhibition space, leafleting, and advertising in the conference programme book are welcome at any time.

For this or any general queries, please contact us on the conference email

Please also follow us on @artsatbham and through the hashtag #BAJSConf16

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