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HIST6117 Dialectics of Time and Space

Module Overview

This module intends to give a broad overview of Jewish history and introduce you to the main fields for the study of Jewish history and culture. Particular stress will be placed on the dialectics of time and space, of “belonging” and “longing” and on the continuous and complicated relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. You will also be familiarised with an understanding of the different ideological and methodological approaches toward Jewish history and culture.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Introduce you to central aspects of Jewish history and culture ? Provide you with the most important theoretical and methodological approaches to this inter-disciplinary field ? Encourage you to develop your own research in this inter-disciplinary framework

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of religion and religious practice for Jewish history and culture
  • The inter-relationship between the notions of time and space in Jewish history and culture
  • The dialectics of “home” and “exile” in Jewish history and culture
  • The variety of Jewish experiences in different geographical areas
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate confidence in the scholarly application of knowledge, and the ability to advance that knowledge through research informed by the work of others
  • Work independently and effectively using library, archival and internet resources and demonstrate efficient time management in your studies
  • Prepare and give an effective oral presentation that engages and informs its audience
  • Contribute to original and intellectually challenging discussion in a supportive group environment, including active listening and responding to the views of others
  • Analyze complex texts (in translation)
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Make connections between Jewish history and general history
  • Apply current theoretical approaches (Diaspora, Transnationalism, Cultural Transfer) to questions of Jewish history
  • Evaluate scholarly literature about Judaism in the light of their authors political and ideological points of view
  • Analyse the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in its historical contexts


Topics may include, but are not limited to: ? Introduction - Key concepts for this module will be introduced – in later weeks these will be applied to traditional fields of Jewish history and culture ? Diaspora Studies ? Transnationalism ? Cultural Transfer ? Gender

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

10 weekly double seminars, led by student presentations and facilitated by the tutor/s. Attention will be paid in each seminar to identifying and discussing key scholarship and debates, as well as engaging in a focused manner with primary sources, with the aim of producing familiarity in the methodological issues raised by the sources and fostering the ability, through example and experience, of incorporating these texts into critical frameworks with original insights. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to pursue your own particular research interests and case studies and space will be allocated during the module to enable you to present your essay work in progress in a supportive and reciprocally challenging environment. Learning activities include: ? Preparatory reading and study before each seminar ? Preparation and giving of at least one presentation during the seminar ? Participation in small group and plenary seminar discussion ? Preparing discussion questions and leading the seminar group in discussion for part of a seminar period ? Independent research, including identification of wider source materials, in preparation for the research essay summative assessment

Completion of assessment task54.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions75
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi (2000). Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination. 

David Biale (2002). Cultures of the Jews: A New History. 

Amos Funkenstein (1993). Biblical and Postbiblical Perceptions of History. Perceptions of Jewish History. ,0 , pp. 50-87.

Sian Jones, Tony Kushner, Sarah Pearce (1998). Cultures of Ambivalence and Contempt. Studies in Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. 

Jamie Scott, Paul Simpson-Housley (1991). Sacred Places and Profane Spaces: Essays in the Geographics of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

Harold Brodsky (1997). Land and Community. Geography in Jewish Studies. 

Brian Cheyette, Laura Marcus (1998). Modernity, Culture, and ‘the Jew’. 

Jonathan Boyarin (1994). Remapping Memory. The Politics of Time Space. 

Sander L. Gilman (1991). The Jew’s Body. 

Daniel Boyarin, Jonathan Boyarin (1997). Jews and other Differences: The new Jewish Cultural Studies. 

Benjamin Harshav (1993). Language in Time of Revolution. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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