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Call for papers

The conference title is 'Jewish/non-Jewish Relations from Antiquity to the Present'

James Parkes
James Parkes

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Parkes Library at the University of Southampton, the catalyst for the establishment of the unique Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. 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. A tireless fighter against antisemitism in all forms, including from within Christianity, he helped rescue Jewish refugees during the 1930s and campaigned for the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. During the Second World War he helped found the Council of Christians and Jews and worked throughout his career in promoting religious tolerance and mutual respect. As part of his international campaigning, he built up the Parkes Library and associated archive which transferred to the University of Southampton in 1964 and opened in 1965. It is now one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe and the only one in the world devoted specifically to Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

This anniversary conference will examine the subject of Jewish/non-Jewish relations by looking at the history of research over the last 50 years, presenting the latest research in this area, and determining future directions in the field. We welcome proposals covering any subject related to Jewish/non-Jewish relations from antiquity to the present day, with proposals for papers (and panels) in the following areas especially welcome:

Venue and Conference Information

7-9 September 2015, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.

Submission of paper proposals:

Please submit proposals by 1 April 2015 to Dr Helen Spurling ( ), including the following information:

Participants will have 30 minutes, including a 20 minute paper and 10 minutes for discussion.

A limited number of bursaries will be available on a competitive basis for postgraduates and early career researchers. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

For further information, please visit the Parkes Jubilee website .

For academic enquiries, please contact

Register your interest and general enquiries, please contact:

Parkes at 50
Parkes at 50

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