Event: A Secular Jew in Sweden – Ragnar Josephson and the Creative Life, exhibition tour and conversation. Lund, 12 May 2022.

We are pleased to share the details of an upcoming event in Lund.

“A Secular Jew in Sweden – Ragnar Josephson and the Creative Life” is currently on at the Skissernas museum in Lund.

On Thursday 12 May at 18.00 there will be an exhibition tour followed by a conversation with Patrik Amsellem (Director of the Public Art Agency in Sweden) and Olle Josephson (Professor of Nordic Languages, Stockholm University).

All welcome!

Kurs om rabbinsk judendom: Rabbinic Texts and Theology

Kursen ger grundläggande kunskaper i Mishnah-hebreiska samt en inblick i rabbinskt tänkande och rabbinsk kultur. Den innehåller en översikt av den rabbinska judendomens framväxt och de viktigaste texterna från den klassiska rabbinska litteraturen. De politiska, kulturella och språkliga miljöer i vilka de rabbinska texterna växte fram diskuteras liksom deras tillkomsthistoria, innehåll och karakteristika. En stor del av kursen ägnas åt läsning av ett urval av texter på hebreiska med översättning till engelska. Talmudtexter läses enbart i översättning. Särskilt uppmärksammas den rabbinska litteraturen som källa till kunskap om judisk kultur och judiska förhållanden i antiken. 

Kursen ges som distanskurs under höstterminen 2022 vid Lunds universitet. För anmälan se antagning.se (senast 19 april).

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.

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Event: International workshop, “Refugees and Survivors in National Historiographies and Public History. Archives, Voices and Memories.” Malmö University, 16-17 June 2022.


Ni är inbjuden till en internationell workshop vid Malmö universitet den 16-17 juni 2022 på temat Refugees and Survivors in National Historiographies and Public History. Archives, Voices and Memories.

(For information in English, please see the webpage. Please note that there are upcoming deadlines for those who would like to participate!)

Workshoppen är uppdelad i två dagar. 

Dag 1: 16 juni

Dag 1 består av fyra keynote föreläsningar:

Philip Marfleet, University of East London: The unheard – silencing refugees in modern history

Stephen Naron, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University: The Fortunoff Archive as Model of Grassroots Refugee/Survivor Archival Activism

Christine Schmidt, The Wiener Holocaust Library: ‘We are all Witnesses’: Eva Reichmann and the Wiener Library’s Early Survivor Narratives

Zoe Waxman, University of Oxford, Testimony as a Response to Mass Atrocity: The Case of the Holocaust

Det är gratis att delta, men det finns ett begränsat antal platser, så vänligen registrera dig här till dag 1 möjligt eller senast den 15 maj: https://www.delegia.com/app/attendee/new_registration.asp?PROJECTID=18531&REGLINENO=1&REGLINEID=104101&REGLINEPAGENO=1&EDIT=off&CLEAR=yes

Dag 2: 17 juni

Dag 2 är en stängd arbetande workshop för inbjudna forskare. Tanken är att du här få möjlighet att presentera och diskutera din forskning med de inbjudna föreläsarna (Philip Marfleet, Stephen Naron, Christine Schmidt & Zoe Waxman) och organisationskommittén (Johanna Leinonen, Miika Tervonen, Seija Jalagin & Heidi Vad Jønsson, Hans Otto Frøland, Christhard Hoffmann & Malin Thor Tureby) och andra inbjudna forskare. Om du vill presentera din forskning dag 2 (17 juni) vänligen skicka ett kort abstract (en halv sida) och ett kort CV (en halv sida) senast den 15 april till Malin Thor Tureby: malin.thor@mau.se

Besked om din presentation har blivit antagen till dag 2 meddelas senast den 30 april. Projektet bekostar resa och boende för forskare tidigt i karriären (doktorander och post docs) som bli antagna till dag 2, den 17 juni.

Läs mer på workshopens hemsida.

Workshopen är den tredje raden som anordnas av det nordiska NOS-HS projektet Histories of Refugeedom in the Nordic Countries https://mau.se/en/research/projects/histories-of-refugeedom/ Workshopen i Malmö organiseras i samarbete med forskningsprojektet: The Ethical Dilemmas of Digitalization: Vulnerability and Holocaust collections: https://mau.se/en/research/projects/the-ethical-dilemmas-of-digitalization/

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.

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Events: Two upcoming events on the ancient synagogue on 6 and 8 April (online via Zoom)

We are glad to share with you two upcoming events centring on the study of the ancient synagogue. Both will be held via zoom, and all are welcome.

“Från Jesus till rabbinerna: Synagogan som mötesplats”

This lecture is presented by Prof Anders Runesson (Oslo), and will be held in Swedish.

6 April 2022, 15:15-17:00.

Join the event on Zoom.

“Art and Architecture in Late Antique Synagogues and Churches”

An online workshop led by Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina) and Jordan Ryan (Wheaton College) and organised by Lund University, University of Oslo, and Harvard University.

8 April 2022, 15:00-17:00.

Join the event on Zoom.

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.

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Call for respondents: Survey on music and prayer in Jewish communities in Sweden (deadline 28 Feb 2022)

A Jewish Studies Master’s student at Paideia and Lund University is looking for respondents to a survey on music and prayer in Jewish communities in Sweden. If you are Jewish and live in Sweden, Valeria Conte would be grateful to hear from you via her survey before 28 February!

Hej! I am Valeria Conte (www.valeriaclarinetta.com), an Italian Klezmer clarinettist and I belong to Stockholm Jewish community. As part of my MA thesis for the “Centre of Theology and Religious Studies” at Lund University, I have designed a questionnaire to learn more about Music & Prayer in contemporary Jewish Communities in Sweden. The questionnaire takes approximately 35 minutes to complete and will be open until February 28th. It would mean SO MUCH to me to collect your responses on the matter. THANK YOU!!

Your responses will be treated confidentially, meaning that your name and personal details will not be used in the presentation or analysis of the data you provide and will be deleted in June 2022 when my thesis’ dissertation will be assessed. Adopting theories borrowed from psychology, sociology, and neuroscience, in my thesis I argue that Jewish religious practice is permeated by rituals awakening collective emotions and consequently bonding individuals into committing to the community, independently by the degree of belief in the Divine.

I thank you in advance for your time, for the valuable information you will provide and for your support of my Master’s thesis project. Take the questionnaire here. Tack så mycket!

If you have any questions about the project or how the collected data will be stored and handled, you are welcome to contact Valeria and/or her thesis supervisor Dr Katharina Keim.

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.

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Report: Workshop on Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries, 12 January 2022

On 12 January 2022 colleagues from a range of Nordic universities, educational institutions, museums and archives met for a day-long workshop to share experiences and explore collaboration across the Nordic region in Jewish Studies research and teaching. The workshop took online and was been organised with generous support from and in cooperation with Ruth Illman (Åbo Akademi) and colleagues at the Minhag Finland project. 

The programme was broken down into three parts:

  1. A roundtable conversation focussed on developing collaboration in Jewish Studies research;
  2. A virtual visit to the Royal Danish Library’s Hebrew and Jewish archive and manuscript holdings; and,
  3. A roundtable conversation introducing ongoing Jewish Studies courses and exploring opportunities for student and teacher exchange.

Colleagues from the following institutions participated throughout the day:

  • Åbo Akademi University
  • Copenhagen University
  • Gothenburg University
  • Helsinki University
  • The Institute for Holocaust Research in Sweden (IHRS)
  • The Jewish Museum in Stockholm
  • Lund University
  • Malmö University
  • Oslo MF – Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
  • Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
  • The Royal Danish Library
  • Södertorn University
  • Uppsala University

During the workshop colleagues from each institution gave brief presentations of their Jewish Studies research and teaching activities that summarised pre-circulated short texts offering a more extended treatment. A fuller account of these presentations will be shared in due course.

Here follow a few actionable points suggested by participants of the workshop to support the development of Jewish Studies among our institutuions:

  • Attending (where possible) seminars and events at other Nordic institutions
  • Resolving potential overlaps in programming through more directed coordination
  • Collaborating on organising events that connect together several institutions, including engaging in co-branding
  • Sharing information about seminar series, workshops, and other academic events via local departmental email lists and this website
  • Organising fora for doctoral students to share their research and network among their Jewish Studies colleagues in the broadest sense – these could be jointly organised to avoid doubling up of activities (e.g., UU and LU have doctoral students networked together for annual events – could these be combined/coordinated?)
  • Meeting together to discuss research applications in order to coordinate bids and increase chances of success via targetted feedback
  • Sharing information about and bidding for seed money to help establish smaller research projects (particularly with reference to archive and manuscript holdings, as well as non-Higher Educational institutions like local religious organisations or museums)
  • Coordinated attempts to create visibility for the discipline toward funders (both private and public)
  • Formalising the Nordic Network for Jewish Studies? Could we establish a more formal leadership team with an ambulatory chair?
  • Could perhaps a Nordic prize for Jewish Studies MA theses be established?
  • Collaboration initiatives for the exchange of teachers and guest lectures
  • Using Erasmus exchange for supervision of PhD students?
  • Considering making a bid for e.g., Erasmus+ with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to promote further collaboration between LU and UU?
  • Åbo shared that they had been collaborating in teaching via Nordplus – could other Jewish Studies courses utilise the same?
  • Considering developing joint programmes in Jewish Studies among our universities? (E.g., example of the Religious Roots of Europe MA programme, a collaboration between Oslo MF, Lund University, and Copenhagen University)
  • Capitalising on the widespread use of online learning going forward to develop courses that can be delivered internationally
  • Tackling the discoverability of Jewish Studies courses spread among our institutions

Karin Zetterholm and I would like to thank all colleagues who were able to attend and contribute to the conversation. The discussions across the day took place in a spirit of generosity, creativity, and openness, and for this we are certainly very grateful. For reasons of practicality we were not able to gather every institution that we would have liked to see at this meeting, and hope that colleagues at other institutions will join us for follow-up meetings in the near future.

Finally, as a result of our colleagues’ generosity we have been able to compile a page offering highlights of Jewish Studies research and teaching across the Nordic Region. It will be made available shortly. We will keep it as up-to-date as we can while we gather more information, and hope it will be a useful resource for the continued development of research and teaching links among our institutions.

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.

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Events: Jewish Studies Seminar at Lund University, Spring 2022

Colleagues in Jewish Studies at Lund University warmly welcome you to join us for our Jewish Studies seminar series this spring. All seminars will take place via zoom.

To register your interest and to get access to the zoom links and precirculated material please contact Karin Zetterholm.

Lund University Jewish Studies seminar schedule, Spring 2022

3/215–17 Magdalena Dziaczkowska presents the introductory chapter of her dissertation
24/215–17 Laila Seri presents her dissertation project on “Law and Language in a Modern Age: A Post-Secular Reading of Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin”  
3/315–17 Daniel Leviathan presents material from a chapter of his dissertation
16/3    13–15  “Karaites as a Bridge between Jews and Muslims” Guest: Joshua Sabih, University of Copenhagen. Jointly with the History of Religions seminar. This seminar is expected to take place on campus, but here is a link if that turns out to be impossible: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/65838992140
21/415–17Fani Gargova, Postdoctoral University Assistant, University of Vienna presents her current work on synagogue art and architecture.
28/415–17Tentamensseminarium med fokus på tidig judisk bibeltolkning (svenska)

Please note regarding the times: 15–17 means that we start at 15.15 in accordance with the old Lund University custom.

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.

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Event: Public Lecture on Nazism: Utopia of Life, Dystopia of Death by Johann Chapoutot, Sorbonne Université, January 28 at 10.15 online

Public lecture on occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day organized by the Hugo Valentin Centre, Forum för judiska studier och Forum för levande historia. You are kindly asked to pre-register by sending an email to event@hist.uu.se.

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.

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Event: Virtual Open Day at Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden (Monday 17 January, online via Zoom)

Are you, your students, or members of your community interested in studying Jewish Studies through a dedicated programme? This coming Monday 17 January Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden is hosting a virtual open day online via Zoom to showcase its One-Year Jewish Studies Program.

The open day will cover the following:

  • Paideia Institute’s aim and mission
  • the structure of the one year program in Jewish Studies, including:
    • the program’s base in Stockholm
    • program catalogue
    • lecturers
    • Israel study trip
    • teaching tools
  • the application process for their program, including:
    • documents required
    • criteria of acceptance
    • timeframe for recruitment
    • interviews
  • the scholarship policy, including optional housing assistance

For more information, including how to register, check out the event page on Facebook.

NB: The deadline for applications to the One-Year Jewish Studies Programme for the 2022 intake is 30 January 2022.

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive the latest news from the Network in your email inbox! You are always welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.

Event: Workshop on Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries, 12 January 2022

Karin Zetterholm and Katharina Keim at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University have organised a one-day workshop on Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries that will take place on 12 January. The workshop will take place online and has been organised with generous support from and in cooperation with Ruth Illman (Åbo Akademi) and colleagues at the Minhag Finland project.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather academics working in Jewish Studies from a range of institutions across the Nordic region to share experiences and explore collaboration and exchange in research and in teaching. Participating institutions include: Åbo Akademi, Copenhagen University, Gothenburg University, Helsinki University, IHRS, Malmö, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, Södertörn University, and Uppsala University.

This meeting is intended to be a beginning to a larger conversation, and it is hoped that this work can be continued with further events that will draw in even more colleagues from across the region.

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive the latest news from the Network in your email inbox! You are always welcome to get in touch with us at admin[dot]nordicjewishstudies[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se.