UCL Institute of Jewish Studies

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UCL Institute of Jewish Studies
Established 1954
Location London, United Kingdom
Website UCL Institute of Jewish Studies

The UCL Institute of Jewish Studies is an institute located in London, United Kingdom dedicated to the academic study of all branches of Jewish history and civilization.[1] It is a privately funded institute within the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL), the largest department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Europe.[1][2]

The Institute is located at the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury, close to the British Library, the Wiener Library, the Warburg Institute, Dr Williams's Library, the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the UCL Jewish Studies Collection, which houses the Moccatta Library, the Altman Collection and a substantial collection of unique Yiddish material.[3] The staff and students are mostly Jewish, unlike other UK faculties for Jewish studies in the UK.[4]

History[edit]

The Institute was founded by Alexander Altmann in Manchester in 1954 as the Institute of Jewish Studies.[5] In 1959, following the departure of Altmann as director, the Institute moved to UCL.[5]

Altmann's justification for the activities of the Institute was given in a 1957 lecture to the Hillel Foundation of London (Ivry, Wolfson & Arkush 1998):

Being connected with our past, at home in our literature, and in sympathy with ourselves as it were, we shall find it easier to approach the ultimate questions.

Victor Mishcon became chairman of the Institute in 1959.[6]

Activities[edit]

Events[edit]

The Institute organises public lectures, symposia and seminars throughout the academic year, where leading scholars from Europe, Israel and the United States communicate the results of their research to scholars, students and the public, thereby creating the opportunity for regular exchange of ideas and interests.[7]

The Institute also hosts one or more major international conferences annually, which focus on significant themes relating to Jewish civilisation, and bring together eminent scholars from different countries working in the same or allied fields of research.[7]

Research[edit]

The Institute regularly sponsors research projects by postgraduates and scholars in important academic fields.

Publications[edit]

The Institute sponsors the publication of its conference proceedings and other academic works in co-operation with publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Appendix 1: Jewish Communal Organizations Engaged in Representation". Institute for Jewish Policy Research. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "About Us". UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Contact us". Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Martin Goodman, Jeremy Cohen, David Sorkin, The Oxford handbook of Jewish studies 
  5. ^ a b "About Us". Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Lord Mishcon". The Guardian. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Events". Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Publications". Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ivry, Alfred L. (1998), "Preface", in Alfred L. Ivry, Elliot R. Wolfson & Allan Arkush, Perspectives on Jewish Thought and Mysticism: Proceedings of the International Conference held by The Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London, 1994, in Celebration of its Fortieth Anniversary, Australia: Harwood Academic Publishers .
  • Ivry, Alfred L.; Wolfson, Elliot R.; Arkush, Allan (1998), "History of the Institute of Jewish Studies, London, during its first 40 years, 1954–1994: Its contribution to the history of Jewish scholarship", in Alfred L. Ivry, Elliot R. Wolfson & Allan Arkush, Perspectives on Jewish Thought and Mysticism: Proceedings of the International Conference held by The Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London, 1994, in Celebration of its Fortieth Anniversary, Australia: Harwood Academic Publishers .
  • Davis, Moshe (1995), Teaching Jewish civilization: a global approach to higher education, New York: NYU Press .

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