Studying difference to make a difference
The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations is a unique centre of study across the ages. We are a community of scholars, archivists, librarians, students, and activists. The Institute is based on the life work of the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981), one of the most remarkable figures within twentieth century Christianity. Ordained by the Church of England in 1926, through his work with the International Student Service and the Student Christian Movement as early as the 1920s he campaigned against the rise of racist nationalism in Europe.
The Parkes Institute prides itself on being at the cutting edge of research in terms of identifying both new topics and fresh approaches.
All of our teaching and much of our research relies on the outstanding printed and archive collections of the Parkes Library.
We have a flourishing postgraduate programme; one that reflects the international nature of our staff and student body alike.
All members of the Parkes Institute are highly committed to and involved in our outreach work,and this year the programme has expanded in both adult education and work with schools and colleges.