Dr Nathan Abrams is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University. His research and publications include American history, popular culture, food and politics, Jewish cultural studies and film studies. Main publications include The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris, forthcoming), Studying Film, 2nd edn. (co-written with Ian Bell and Jan Udris, Bloomsbury Academic, 2010), Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine: The Rise and Fall of the Neo-Cons (Continum, 2010), and Jews & Sex (Five Leaves, 2008). He is currently working on Stanley Kubrick as a Jewish New York intellectual.
Dr Anna Sapir Abulafia is Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on the medieval Jewish-Christian debate. Her most recent book is Christian Jewish Relations 1000-1300: Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom. Longman, 2011. Other books include Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-century Renaissance, Routledge, 1995; Christians and Jews in Dispute. Disputational literature and the rise of anti-Judaism in the West (c. 1000-1150), Ashgate, 1998. She edited Religious Violence between Christians and Jews: Medieval Roots, Modern Perspectives, Palgrave, 2002. Her current research concerns Jews and Muslims in Christian law and politics, c. 1140-c.1300.
Professor Michael Berkowitz is Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London. He is author of The Crime of My Very Existence (University of California Press, 2007), The Jewish Self-Image (New York University Press & Reaktion Books, 2000), Western Jewry and the Zionist Project (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2000), and Zionist Culture and West European Jewry before the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 1993; University of North Carolina Press, 1997). He co-edited, most recently, "We Are Here": New Approaches to Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany with Avinoam Patt (Wayne State University Press, 2010). His current work on Jews and photography has been supported by the Ransom Center (University of Texas), the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), and the British Society for the History of Science.
Jews and Perceptions of Law and Order in Germany
Dr Daniel Davies, is a Research Associate at the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit in Cambridge University Library. His research interests revolve around Arabic and Hebrew philosophical and theological writings. He is the author of Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, published by Oxford University Press, and has contributed pieces on Maimonides, Hasdai Crescas, and the Arabic and Hebrew translations of Galen.
Theories of Soul in Medieval Jewish Thought
Dr Maria Diemling is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. Her research interests focus on the complex relationship between Jews and Christians in the early modern period, with a particular interest in people at the margins of society, with hybrid or multiple identities (such as converts), how Jews and Christians imagined each other and how they interacted on a daily basis and in images of the body. She has co-edited (with Giuseppe Veltri) The Jewish Body: Corporeality, Society, and Identity in the Renaissance and Early Modern Period (Brill: Leiden, 2009).
Christian Ethnographies of Jews and Judaism
Dr Lars Fischer is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of History and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. Before returning to UCL, he was the Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (CJCR) in Cambridge and previously held lectureships at King’s College London and UCL. He was educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) and UCL. Grounded in a strong interest in historiographical issues and intellectual history, his work focuses predominantly on the history of antisemitism and Jewish/non-Jewish relations in the later modern German context. His publications include The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany (Cambridge University Press 2007, paperback 2010).
Dr Miri Freud-Kandel is Lecturer in Modern Judaism at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the development of Orthodox Jewish theology in the 19th and 20th Centuries; denominationalism and the nature of fundamentalism in modern and contemporary Orthodox Judaism; and Anglo-Jewry, especially Anglo-Jewish Orthodoxy and the role of the Chief Rabbinate. Her main publication in this field is Orthodox Judaism in Britain Since 1913, An Ideology Forsaken (Vallentine Mitchell, 2006). Her current research is focused on the theology of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs and the construction of modern theologies of Judaism.
Immanuel Jakobovits on Inter-Faith Relations
Professor Catherine Hezser is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of the Study of Religions of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research and publications focus on rabbinic literature and the social history of Jews in Roman Palestine in late antiquity. Her main publications include: The Social Structure of the Rabbinic Movement in Roman Palestine (Tuebingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1997); Jewish Literacy in Roman Palestine (Tuebingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2001); Rabbinic Law in its Roman and Near Eastern Context (ed., Tuebingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2003); Jewish Slavery in Antiquity (Oxford: OUP, 2005); The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine (ed., Oxford: OUP, 2010). Her new book on Jewish Travel in Antiquity is going to be published by Mohr-Siebeck in the fall of 2011.
Palestinian Rabbis' Encounter with Graeco-Roman Paganism
Dr K. Hannah Holtschneider is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at New College, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. Her research interests are at the interface of religion, culture and identity, focusing on Jewishnon-Jewish Relations, in particular in contemporary Germany. Her first book, German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory (Münster, Lit. Verlag 2001) examined the representation of Jews, Judaism and the Holocaust in German post-Holocaust theologies. Her second monograph analyses the representation of Jews and Jewish history in the museum: The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum (London: Routledge, 2011).
Dr Edward Kessler MBE is Founding Director of the Woolf Institute and Fellow of St Edmunds College, Cambridge. His academic interests are in early and modern Jewish-Christian Relations and contemporary Muslim-Jewish Relations. His major works include: Bound by the Bible, (Cambridge University Press, 2004) A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations co-edited with Neil Wenborn (Cambridge University Press, 2005) What do Jews Believe? (Granta Publications, 2006) and An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He was recognized for services to interfaith relations in the Queen's Birthday 2011 Honours List and awarded an MBE.
Professor Daniel Langton is Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations at the University of Manchester and co-director its Centre for Jewish Studies. He is Secretary of the European Association for Jewish Studies and co-editor of the Jewish Studies journal Melilah. The focus of his research is the history of Jewish-Christian relations and modern Jewish thought. Main publications include Claude Montefiore: His Life and Thought (Vallentine Mitchell, 2002), Children of Zion: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land (Woolf Institute, 2008), The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Writing the Holocaust (co-edited with Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Bloomsbury, 2011). He is currently working on Jewish theological engagement with Darwinian Theory.
Dr Dan Levene is a Reader of Jewish History and Culture at The Department of History and The Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton. He did undergraduate degrees in both Fine-Art and in Ancient Egyptian and Semitic languages, and doctoral studies on the late Aramaic Jewish magical texts of the Jews of Babylonia in the 5th - 7th century CE. He has published two monographs: A Corpus of Magic Bowls: Incantation Texts in Jewish Aramaic from Late Antiquity (2003) and A Metallurgical Gemara: Metals in the Jewish Sources (2007, with Beno Rothenberg). Religion, folklore and realia are foci through which he investigates the Aramaic speaking Jewish and Christian communities of the late antique to early medieval periods.
Jewish Aramaic Incantation Bowls
Dr Maria Mazzenga is Education Archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives and also manages the American Catholic History Classroom, a website featuring primary documents and educational materials on Catholics and race, education, industrialization, politics, and Catholic-Jewish relations. Her research and publications focus on U.S. society and culture from the 1920s-1950s, on American Catholic life, and on Christian-Jewish relations in the 1930s and 40s. Her most recent publication is "Condemning the Nazis' Kristallnacht: Father Maurice Sheehy, the National Catholic Welfare Conference, and the Dissent of Father Coughlin" (U.S. Catholic Historian, Fall 2008). She edited American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and is currently working on books on the Baltimore home front during the Second World War, and on American Catholic responses to the Holocaust.
Dr Eyal Poleg is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Book, the University of Edinburgh. He examines how the medieval and early modern Bible interacts with culture and religion, and especially how biblical layout and addenda reflected and facilitated preaching, liturgy, biblical exegesis and civic rituals. His book Mediations of the Bible in Late Medieval England is forthcoming, as is an edited volume (together with Laura Light) on Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible. He has recently edited a crusader rendering of the Books of Maccabees written at the monastic establishment which occupied the Dome of the Rock (Crusades 9, 2010).
Professor Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. His research and publications include works on social theory, globalization, post-communism, ethnicity and the sociology of violence. Main publications include Theorizing Classical Sociology (Open University Press, 1999), Key Contemporary Social Theorists (co-edited with Anthony Elliott, Blackwell, 2002), Social Theory and Post-Communism (with William Outhwaite, Blackwell, 2005), Globalization and Everyday Life (Routledge, 2007) and Violence and Society (Sage, 2011). He is currently working on social memory and Jewish cultural and musical revivals, and is President Elect of the British Association of Jewish Studies.
Music, Remembrance and the Holocaust
Dr Aaron Rosen is a fellow at Yale University Divinity School. He taught previously at the University of Oxford and Columbia University, after receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has written widely for popular and scholarly publications including The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The New Humanist, Jewish Quarterly, Art and Christianity, and Religion and the Arts. His first book was entitled Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj (Legenda, 2009). He is currently working on a new book entitled, The Hospitality of Images: Modern Art and Interfaith Dialogue.
Professor Marc Saperstein is Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics at Leo Baeck College in London, following a five-year period as Principal of the College. Previously he held prestigious positions at three American Universities. Author of six books - most recently Jewish Preacher in Times of War, 1800–2001 (Littman Library, 2008) - and more than 60 articles on various aspects of Jewish history, literature, and thought, he is widely recognized as perhaps the pre-eminent contemporary authority on the history of Jewish preaching. Before leaving the United States, he was Vice President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Professor Joachim Schlör is Professor of Modern Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, School of Humanities, University of Southampton. His main research areas are urban history and the cultural history of migration, especially German-Jewish emigration after 1933. Main publications include Tel-Aviv. From Dream to City (Reaktion Books, 1999), Endlich im Gelobten Land: Deutsche Juden unterwegs in eine neue Heimat (Aufbau Verlag 2003), Das Ich der Stadt: Debatten über Judentum und Urbanität, 1822-1938 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2005). He is currently working on a transnational history of German-Jewish emigration, between Buenos Aires and Shanghai, and on a study of the cultural milieus relevant for the life and work of a forgotten poet, Robert Gilbert (born Robert David Winterfeld 1899 in Berlin).
A Space of Memory: Between Tel-Aviv and Berlin
Dr George R. Wilkes is Director of the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace and Research Fellow at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. His research and publications encompass historic and contemporary Jewish approaches to war and peace, modern Jewish religious history, Israeli encounters with Muslims and other Arabs, and modern Jewish attitudes to dialogue and encounter with Christians and Christianity.
On 'Confrontation', by Joseph Soloveitchik