Happy New Year!

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.

Our membership has expressed a strong interest in both sharing and receiving news and events. We would love to be able to capitalise on this for the benefit of all members and of Jewish Studies as a discipline.

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.

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News: Vol. 32/2 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies published

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.

You find the journal at https://journal.fi/nj/issue/view/7973

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.

NJ is published open access online. 

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: Conference at Södertörns högskola, Jewish-Christian Contacts, Past and Present: Sweden and Germany Compared, 12–14 September 2022.

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.

For more information, see the conference website.

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: Samtal mellan Göran Rosenberg och Karin Hedner Zetterholm om hans bok, “Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis obesvarade kärlek.” 29 November 2021 i Lund.

Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap vid Lunds universitet inbjuder till samtalskväll med Göran Rosenberg om hans senaste bok, Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis obesvarade kärlek.

Varmt välkomna!

"Vad har judendomen att säga den judiska och den icke-judiska världen idag?" Samtal mellan Göran Rosenberg och Karin Hedner Zetterholm om hans bok, "Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpris obesvarade kärlek." 29 November 2021 på Lunds Universitet, LUX rum C121, klockan 19.

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: Second Nordic Postgraduate Forum and Public Lecture, Lund University, 14 October (online via Zoom)

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.

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.

CfP: A Jewish Europe? Virtual and Real-Life Spaces in the 21st Century (Gothenburg & Southampton)

We are delighted to share with you a Call for Papers for the upcoming conference, A Jewish Europe? Virtual and Real-Life Spaces in the 21st Century (jointly organised by the Universities of Gothenburg and Southampton). The conference will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg and will take place on 3-5 May 2022.

CfP: A Jewish Europe? Virtual and Real-Life Spaces in the 21st Century

Centre for European Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, U.K. 

As the president of the Conference of European Rabbis recently stated, the European Union invited Jews to be part of the European project, “not as outsiders, but as fully fledged citizens of Europe”. But, given the continuity of antisemitism and the rise in attacks against Jewish institutions, “sadly, the Jews of Europe have had to ask themselves yet again if there is a future on the continent”. Yet again – this ambivalence has a long history indeed, marked by restrictions and tolerance, by antisemitism and fruitful exchange, by genocide and the common desire to learn from the past. Europe has been a home for Jewish communities for more than two millennia, and Jewish individuals have been fundamental to the development of enlightenment thought, science and law, the arts, civic culture and political integration. What and where would Europe be without the Jewish population? And what does Europe today mean for Jews, individually and as a community?

During the last thirty years scholars have discussed the development both of an enduring “Jewish space” as well as new “Jewish spaces” (Diana Pinto) and new forms of “virtual Jewishness” (Ruth Ellen Gruber), both referring to different forms of co-construction and co-operation. Given the fact that “Europe’s Jewish population has dropped 60% in last 50 years” (The Guardian, 25/10/2020), are we left with just a “European Route of Jewish heritage”? Or are there new and promising options for “Being Jewish in 21st Century Central Europe”? Have non-Jewish memorial institutions, performances and practices created just an imaginary and nostalgic Jewish past, and if so, what is its role? And what roles are the historic and revived Jewish communities playing in the creation of a European Jewish future? European and global familial and scholarly networks, facilitated by the digital environment during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, challenge us to look at the relationship between virtual and real-life encounters: can these digital spaces serve as a reminder that despite the current crisis Jewish life in Europe will continue? 

Amidst the current revival of academic, cultural and civil interest in the notion of “Jewish Europe”, this workshop aims to explore the development, role, influence and shape of virtual spaces in different forms related to contemporary European Jewry. How are digital practices related to real-life practices and spaces performed and inhabited by Europe’s Jewry? What do virtual spaces reveal about Jewish engagement with the geographical location and the idea of Europe? And, ultimately, what do virtual spaces tell us about the existence and future of a “Jewish Europe”? What do they say about transcending the borders of “Jewish Europe” and fostering membership in a global Jewish presence?

We welcome papers that engage with the intersection of Jewish European-ness, real-life practices and virtual spaces from topics related but not limited to: 

·      Networks and transnationalism

·      Heritage institutions, memory practices and nostalgia

·      Jewish/non-Jewish encounters

·      Jewish ideas, meanings and conceptualisations of Europe

·      Jewish contribution to European-ness and a European identity

·      Historical and geographical comparisons

·      Jewish responses to crisis, such as the pandemic, migration, antisemitism and violence

·      Jewish sense of (non-)belonging to Europe

·      Digital Humanities and digital history

We are proud to announce Ruth Ellen Gruber (coordinator of Jewish Heritage Europe) and Diana Pinto (independent researcher) as confirmed keynote speakers.

To apply, please send an abstract of 250 words and a short biography to maja.hultman@gu.se by 10 December 2021. Accepted participants will be notified at the end of December 2021. The workshop is planned to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 3-5 May 2022, granted that the pandemic is under control. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume.

The conference is generously supported by European Association for Jewish Studies and The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, and PhD students and early career researchers will be able to apply for economic support towards travel and accommodation. Please state clearly in your application if you want to be considered for the scholarship. 

If any questions should arise, please contact maja.hultman@gu.se.

Organisers:

Dr Maja Hultman, University of Gothenburg

Professor Joachim Schlör, University of Southampton

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: Lunch with Jewish Studies, Lund University, 5 October via Zoom

On Tuesday 5 October at 12:00-13:00 CEST Lund will be holding another ‘Lunch with Jewish Studies’ event.

The organisers welcome all staff and students at Lund University, as well as interested future students from across the Nordic region, to join us for an hour to learn about Jewish Studies as a discipline.

Lund University has 10 staff affiliated with Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Language and Literature and in the Humanities-Theology Faculty. Our members teach and research in a range of Jewish Studies sub-disciplines including religious studies, theology, ancient, medieval and modern history, art history, and language and area studies.

Through ‘Lunch with Jewish Studies’ we will introduce our sub-disciplines, highlight courses we offer including study abroad opportunities, and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Advance registration is not required. Join the event via zoom.

For further information, contact Karin Zetterholm and/or Rakel Nihlén.

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: Guest lecture by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Lund University, 14 October 2021 (on Zoom)

*Please note that the time below has changed to 16:00 CEST (GMT+2)*

On 14 October at 15.30 CEST (GMT+2) Professor Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) will offer a guest lecture on the topic “How much Christianity did the Babylonian Rabbis know? Rabbinic Responses to Christian Biblical Exegesis.”

The lecture will take place on Zoom and is part of the Second Nordic Postgraduate Forum in Jewish Studies programme.

To register, please fill out our GoogleForm. The Zoom link will be sent out to those registered the day before the event. For more information, please contact Karin Zetterholm.

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.

PhD Disputation: “Reading Romans, Constructing Paul(s): A Conversation between Messianic Jews in Jerusalem and Paul within Judaism Scholars,” Lund University, 24 September 2021 (and online via zoom)

Jennifer Nyström (Lunds Universitet) disputerar på den nytestamentliga avhandlingen “Reading Romans, Constructing Paul(s): A Conversation between Messianic Jews in Jerusalem and Paul within Judaism Scholars” kl 13:15, 24 September 2021.

Fakultetsopponent är prof. Kathy Ehrensperger vid Universität Potsdam.

Du som vill följa disputationen via Zoom kan maila bitr. prefekt Blazenka Scheuer för att få dig länken tillsänd.

Mer information och kalendar länken finns här.

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 announcement: Seminar and book launch, “Judar och andra Malmöbor,” 24 September 2021

On Friday 24 September 2021 the history seminar at Malmö University will welcome Arne Järtelius, who will present his forthcoming book, “Judar och andra Malmöbor som skildrar tiden från 1933 till 1951” (Kira Forlag, autumn 2021).

The publisher describes the book in a recent blogpost:

Just nu lägger vi sista handen vid Arne Järtelius bok Judar och andra Malmöbor som skildrar tiden från 1933 till 1951. Början sker med mottagandet av enskilda judiska flyktingar från Tyskland, slutar gör det med att Sverige 1952 får religionsfrihet och att judarna med det fritt kunde välja om de fortsatt ville tillhöra en judisk församling eller inte. Under den i boken skildrade tiden händer i Malmöförsamlingen sådant som hela tre byten av rabbin, inrättandet av ett permanent ungdomsläger i Tjörnarp, mottagandet av flera tusen judiska flyktingar, bildandet av ett stort antal judiska föreningar i staden med idrottsklubben Hakoah, Judiska kulturella klubben och Judisk ungdom som de livaktigaste; alltsammans inramat av en ständig kamp mot olika nazistiska och antisemitiska inslag i gatubilden och i tidningarna.Release senare i höst. Inbunden. 329 sidor. 

The seminar will take place in Swedish and will be on Zoom. If you would like to attend, please contact Johan Lundin for more information.

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.