The international conference Warsaw – the History of a Jewish Metropolis, London 22-25 June 2010, will gather top-ranked scholars in the field of Jewish studies. More than 30 lectures on varied aspects of the history of the Jewish metropolis will be given in nine sessions over the course of these four days.
It is hosted by the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London. For over 50 years the Institute has been providing lectures, symposia and seminars, holding international conferences, conducting reasearch projects and sponsoring publications in co-operation with leading publishing houses. The conference: Warsaw – the History of a Jewish Metropolis is the Institute’s latest and one of its most ambitious projects.
The Institute of Jewish Studies was established in 1954 in Manchester by the late Professor Alexander Altmann, and since 1959 it has been located within the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL, while retaining its autonomous status. The IJS is funded by donations and has its own Patrons, governing body and Director. Its events are free and open to all.
The activities of the IJS offer students, colleagues, and the interested public the opportunity to meet distinguished scholars in their field and gain up-to-date acquaintance with their work through lectures, symposia and a major international summer conference. All our events are acclaimed as important scholarly events, on all aspects of Jewish Studies.
More recent annual conferences have covered the Jews of Italy and in the Low Countries, the Archaeology of the Talmud and of the Land of Israel, Modern Hebrew Literature, Officina Magica, (or Workings of Magic), Nationalism Zionism and Ethnic Mobilisation, the Shtetl, Theatre, Medieval Science, Maimonides, Herod and Augustus, Jewish Longings and Belongings in Modern European Consumer Culture, Diaspora Nationalisms, Jewish Sects and Sectarianism.
The Institute publishes the proceedings of its conferences, and nine conference volumes have appeared in a new series, IJS Studies in Judaica with Brill Academic Publishers, and will be on display during the conference.
The Trustees of the Institute of Jewish Studies
Board of Governors: Chairman Philip L Morgenstern, BA (Hons), Hon Treasurer Daniel Peltz, BA (Hons), Hon Secretary J Caplan, FCA, David J Lewis, BSc, FRICS, Edward M Lee BSc (Econ) (Hons), Stuart Roden BSc (Econ) (Hons): Director Professor M J Geller
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The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, is the largest department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Europe. The department is the only one in the UK to offer a full degree course and research supervision in Jewish Studies in every subject of Hebrew and Jewish Studies – philology, history, and literature – covering virtually the entire chronological and geographical span of the Hebrew and Jewish civilisation from antiquity through the Middle Ages to the modern period.
University College London is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with 8,000 staff and 22,000 students. Founded in 1826, it opened its gates for people of all beliefs and background. Nowadays UCL continues to improve its position as a world-leading university. UCL is now ranked fourth in the world by the Times Higher-QS World University Rankings, rising from seventh place in 2008, and 21st by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Rankings of World Universities, rising from 22nd in 2008.