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:
A roundtable conversation focussed on developing collaboration in Jewish Studies research;
A virtual visit to the Royal Danish Library’s Hebrew and Jewish archive and manuscript holdings; and,
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
The Institute for Holocaust Research in Sweden (IHRS)
The Jewish Museum in Stockholm
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
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.
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
Magdalena Dziaczkowska presents the introductory chapter of her dissertation
Laila Seri presents her dissertation project on “Law and Language in a Modern Age: A Post-Secular Reading of Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin”
Daniel Leviathan presents material from a chapter of his dissertation
“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
Fani Gargova, Postdoctoral University Assistant, University of Vienna presents her current work on synagogue art and architecture.
Tentamensseminarium 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Happy New Year from the Nordic Network for Jewish Studies! We hope you have all had a restful winter break.
To kick-start 2021, we want to hear from you! We are reaching out to ask you to get in touch with us to share your events and your news with the wider membership.
The Nordic Network for Jewish Studies was founded with the core aim to connect scholars in Jewish Studies and related fields from across the Nordic region. The intention is that the Network’s website can act as a hub of activity that brings people with an interest in Jewish Studies and related disciplines into conversation with one another.
We want to build a community to share information about new and ongoing research, courses in Jewish Studies (broadly considered), and events taking place throughout the Nordic region. This is not just for our benefit as a collective in terms of keeping us all informed, but also to increase the visibility of Jewish Studies as a discipline and to advocate for the discipline in our local and national contexts.
Do you have:
an ongoing research project you’d like to showcase?
a call for papers to share?
a pedagogical tool or innovation you’d like to share?
an announcement about a new publication? or, a review of a recent publication?
an announcement or reflection relating to a public engagement event or initiative?
an event to advertise?
a course to advertise?
If so, please get in touch! Our posting guidelines may be of use if you are willing to write a short text to be shared through the website.
The editors of Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, Svante Lundgren and Ruth Illman, are pleased to announce the recent publication of the latest issue of the journal on 20 December 2021.
The issue includes research articles by Christhard Hoffmann, Jens Carelsson Magalhães & Fredrik Jansson and Erik Magnusson, a review article on Jewish archives in the Nordic countries by Dóra Pataricza, Simo Muir, Sofie Lene Bak, Bjarke Følner, Vibeke Kieding Banik and Pontus Rudberg, as well as reviews and reports by Richard Raskin, Maja Hultman and Fani Gargova, Lena Roos, Lars M. Andersson and Svante Lundgren.
Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, essays and conversations as well as by reviewing recent literature. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy.
This conference aims to explore commonalities and differences in patterns of Jewish-Christian contacts in Germany and Sweden. It also focuses on changes over time with a special emphasis on the period from the 1870s to the present. Although the conference as a whole has a comparative theme, the organisers also welcome papers and sessions that deal with either Germany or Sweden specifically.
The Call for Papers is currently open until 28 February 2022.
On Thursday 14 October Lund University will host the Second Nordic Postgraduate Forum in Jewish Studies in collaboration with the University of Tübingen.
The programme presents discussion of pre-circulated papers by doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in Jewish Studies from a number of Nordic institutions as well as from Tübingen.
The day will conclude with a keynote lecture by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal on, “How much Christianity did the Babylonian Rabbis Know? Rabbinic Responses to Christian biblical exegesis”. (Please note that the time for this lecture has now changed to 16:00-18:00.)
All are welcome to attend. If you would like to join for the doctoral and postdoctoral discussion sessions, please contact Karin Zetterholm for more information and the zoom link. If you would like to join the public lecture by Prof. Bar-Asher Siegal, you are welcome to register here.