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Doctoral Seminars

The Parkes doctoral seminar is an opportunity for our students to discuss their own research or selected themes in a workshop environment. Discussion are informal and based around selected readings of either themes or students’ own work. Readings will be uploaded on the MS Teams channel Parkes doctoral seminar, where applicable. Link to follow for your diaries!

The seminars are open to all doctoral students but Parkes staff may message the convenor ( and ask for an invitation. All discussions for 2021-22 are to be held in the Burgess building: 65b/1003 though the seminar will have a hybrid format. An invitation will be sent to those who can’t attend in person via MS Teams. These will be on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4.30pm unless otherwise stated.

For previous doctoral seminars, please visit the archive page.


Parkes Doctoral Seminar 2021-22

Semester 1

DateTopic and extra information
13th October

Workshop, theme: Jewish humour and comedy in history

Suggested reading/watching for this seminar:

27th October

Anoushka Alexander-Rose, ‘V. D. Nabokov, the Constitutional Democrats and liberal antisemitism’

Please note this session will start at 4.15pm, though in the usual room.

10th November Hannah Capey, ‘Reconciling Humour and Horror: Black Comedy in Hebrew Esther’.
24th November This session will be lead by Ryan Hugh Ross, title tbc.
8th December Yilian Chee, ‘Jewish and Christian Encounters over Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecies’.
12th January Ben Giordano, ‘Dance Halls, Dancing, and Conceptions of Class in Britain: 1918-1960

Semester 2

Date Topic and extra information
2nd February

Ancient History Sources Workshop

Readings: suggested by Yiliang Chee and Hannah Capey

Please note start time of 4pm

16th February Uri Agnon, ‘Between Critique and Judgement: Ethical Frameworks in the Reception of Political New Music’
2nd March Yilian Chee, ‘Jewish and Christian Encounters over Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecies’
16th March Charlie Knight, ‘Mental pictures [...] on my skull’s grey wall-spaces’: Intersections in the writing of Mr Emmanuel
27th April

Nicola Woodhead, ‘The Kindertransport in a global context’

Please note start time of 4pm

11th May Ioanna Galaki, ‘Rethinking Jewish heritage sites - the case of a revived synagogue in Greece’
25th May Ben Giordano, ‘Dance Halls, Dancing, and Conceptions of Class in Britain: 1918-1960


Please do message the convener if you have any ideas about particular readings for the sessions, and these can be uploaded to the Teams channel ahead of our discussions. George Gilbert,


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