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Lifelong Learning

Jewish Culture Through the Ages Study Day Event

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10:00 - 16:00
1 October 2011
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Kirsty McLean on 02380 59 4514 or email .

Event details

Come to a stimulating all-day event consisting of a series of talks held by experts from within the Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. The discussion will range across a wide variety of topics looking at Jewish art, Jewish contributions to popular culture, biblical literature and how Jewish culture is represented in museums in Britain.

Talks include:

Professor Tony Kushner: 'The Jewish museums of Britain' Britain has several well established Jewish museums - the first such heritage sites devoted to the experiences of ethnic/religious minorities in the country. This talk will briefly outline the history of these museums and then will focus on recent developments, especially the newly re-opened Jewish Museum in Camden Town which has received massive support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The talk will explore the dynamics and tensions of putting the Jewish experience in the public domain. Should the displays be self-critical or should they celebrate the achievements of British Jews? And how British and how Jewish should these displays be?

Dr Claire Le Foll: ‘The Jewish Lives of Marc Chagall' This talk will use Chagall's paintings and statements to explore the painter's engagement with his Jewishness. In particular, this will be analysed in connection with his Yiddish culture, the creation of national Jewish art and the Holocaust.

Dr Helen Spurling: ‘The Contribution of the Bible to Jewish Culture' A Rabbi once said of Scripture "Turn it and turn it again for everything is in it". He meant that all questions that could ever be asked have been answered in the Bible. This session will explore the significance of the Bible to Jewish thought. We will examine how biblical stories are interpreted to reflect different cultural and historical situations and explain relations with other religious groups.

Professor Joachim Schlör: ‘A Jewish Contribution to Popular Culture? The Story of Robert Gilbert' Discussions of "notions such as "Jewish culture" or "Jewish contributions to European culture" have often concentrated on what might be termed "high" culture: literature, classical music, theatre, and cultural productions relating to the synagogue, such as liturgical music. In contrast, this presentation aims to look at popular culture, especially music written for films and operettas during the late years of Weimar Germany. Robert Gilbert, born Robert David Winterfeld 1899 in Berlin, was one of the exponents of this form of cultural production.

Dr Andrea Reiter: ‘Jewish Authors and the Internet' Together with a significant proportion of the population, especially in the developed world, Jewish writers nowadays use the internet to present themselves, advertise their work and their interests, or share pictures of their family albums. This session will look at how Jewish writers, who are now in their forties and fifties - i.e. members of the generation of children of Holocaust survivors - use the internet not only to define themselves as authors but also to position themselves as Jews both within a Jewish and a non-Jewish discourse.

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Speaker information

Prof Tony Kushner,Marcus Sieff Professor of the History of Jewish/non Jewish Relations

Dr Claire Le Foll,Lecturer in History

Dr Helen Spurling,Ian Karten Outreach and Teaching Fellow

Prof Joachim Schlör,Professor of Modern Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

Dr Andrea Reiter,Reader in German

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