Current/Forthcoming Research Projects




Project 6: Jews, Liberalism, Anti-Semitism:
the Dialectics of Inclusion (1780-1950)
(October 2016 to March 2017)

This Oxford Seminar is examining the place of Jews in the liberal political culture of Europe and the United States of America from the first period of emancipation to the birth of the State of Israel and the postwar struggles for human rights in which Jewish activists played a prominent role. In particular, the Seminar is exploring the tension between the key role of Jews in constituting liberal political culture in a wide variety of contexts, and the limits and constraints imposed on Jewish political activity by the rise of modern Anti-Semitism, including their tragic climax in the Holocaust seen especially through Jewish reactions to persecutions.

Project Leaders:

Abigail Green (Brasenose College, Oxford)
Simon Levis Sullam (Ca’Foscari University of Venice)

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Project 7: Greek expanded, Greek transformed
The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators
(January to June 2018)

This Oxford Seminar will bring together an international team of scholars from different disciplines to work on the religious and political vocabulary of the Septuagint, combining the expertise of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, where it will be based, with the resources of the Oxford Classics Faculty and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. The project will illuminate for biblical scholars the cultural world of those who produced and read the books of the Septuagint, and will illuminate for classical scholars the ways in which Jews of the Greek world adapted to the dominant culture and influenced it in turn.

Project Leaders:            

Jan Joosten (Oriental Studies, University of Oxford)
Philomen Probert (Classics and Linguistics, University of Oxford)

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Application deadline: 4 January 2017