Why do we need a network for Jewish Studies?
The idea behind this network emerged from informal conversations with colleagues at universities across the Nordic region. It became clear that colleagues in Jewish Studies (and we include here disciplines engaging with a range of texts, traditions, artefacts, and languages from the ancient to the modern world) often meet either at conferences outside of Scandinavia and Finland, or within smaller networks connected to either national networks, co-operations between Nordic universities, or in the context of colloquia in neighbouring disciplines. While these networks will always be important for our research, teaching, and public engagement, there isn’t a platform for those with interests in Jewish Studies and its related disciplines to connect with one another within and across the Nordic countries.
What will this network do?
This network will offer us all a space through which we can discover and engage with colleagues with interests in Jewish Studies (broadly considered), and to share information about the research, teaching, and public engagement in these disciplines. The network will also provide a platform to raise awareness of the discipline and to advocate for Jewish Studies in our universities and in public life.
Who is this network for?
We welcome scholars of all career stages who are affiliated with Nordic Higher Education institutions to join the network as members. We also welcome those from beyond the academy with an interest in Jewish Studies and a connection to the Nordic region.
If you don’t want to join as a member, you can still receive our news by signing up receive blog posts in your email inbox as soon as they are published.
Why not start a newsletter instead?
We intend for this network to go beyond the medium of a newsletter. We want to offer a public space for communication, experience- and information-sharing, and engagement with one another as well as with contexts beyond the academy.
It is not intended for this website to be a one-way flow of communication – the success of this network will hinge on the engagement of its membership.
To that end, we welcome blog posts from members interested in sharing, e.g., news of upcoming events, information about forthcoming courses, project profiles, etc. We have drafted some guidance for blog post authors, which you are welcome to consult before getting in touch. And, don’t forget to sign up to receive blog posts directly into your inbox as soon as they are published.
Announcements of new blog posts will also be published to the network’s Twitter account. Connect with us @nordicjewishstudies #nordicjewishstudies and share your news.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Nordic Network for Jewish Studies was founded and is run by Dr Katharina Keim and Dr Karin Zetterholm at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. You are welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.