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The Parkes Institute

About us

The Parkes Institute is the world's oldest and most wide-ranging centre for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations across the ages.

The Parkes Institute carries out a wide range of activities, underpinned by the Parkes library and Jewish archive collections.

Our work includes extensive teaching at undergraduate level, an internationally successful MA in Jewish History and Culture, and a thriving doctoral programme. Our outreach programme includes adult education and cultural days, school and college visits, public seminars, and lectures across London and the South East. Our research is also world-renowned and covers all periods and approaches to Jewish history and culture.

We have strong research partnerships across the world, including particularly in South Africa, Australia, and the United States. These have led to exchange visits as well as international conferences held in Southampton and with our partners abroad. The Parkes Institute's publications include three international journals: Patterns of Prejudice, Jewish Culture and History, and Holocaust Studies.

Our activities are outlined each year in our annual review.


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Scholars and students at the Parkes Institute are deeply indebted to the work of Rev. James Parkes. It is our task today to develop this heritage further, to make our library and archival collections accessible to students and researchers, to cultivate an academic community that contributes to the wide and varied world of Jewish Studies and still retains its own specific approach to Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

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