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Visiting Fellowship

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The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton is delighted to once again invite applications for two visiting fellows to take up temporary positions at the Parkes Institute.

This year’s theme is ‘Jewish Economic History from Antiquity to the Present Day’, with a particular focus on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. We welcome applications from scholars at any stage of their career, working on topics related to Jewish economic history, culture, and heritage/memory. Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate engagement with the Parkes Library and Jewish archives at the University of Southampton. Scholars should have completed their PhD and be affiliated to a non-UK institution.

The fellowships are for at least one month and up to two months, and will provide up to £2,500 to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses. The fellowships are offered for the first semester and should be taken up between October and December, 2023, with as much overlap as possible between the two fellows. Please indicate your availability in your application.

The Parkes Institute will provide access to the Parkes Library and Special Collections, as well as to a working space and university facilities. We can also provide support for visa applications where needed.

Fellows will be based in Southampton and are expected to attend Parkes events (such as the Tuesday evening research seminars and Wednesday afternoon doctoral seminars) and to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellows will be asked either to deliver a seminar paper or to present their work to students in the form of a teaching session or master class.


Please send a CV and a proposal (up to 700-words) to, outlining your research project, methodology, reasons why the Parkes Institute is an appropriate venue for you to conduct your research and your plan for the fellowship including projected outcome.

The deadline for applications is 3 May 2023.

Past fellows:


Dr Isabelle Hesse, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, 

Research Project: 'Jewish Speculative Fiction, Nationalism, and Nation-Building'.

Dr Arie Dubnov, Associate Professor and Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies in the Department of History at George Washington University

Research Project: 'Between Manchester and Jerusalem (and back?) Leon (H.Y.) Roth, Richard Koebner and the circulation of knowledge between Britain and Mandatory Palestine'.



Dr Susanne Korbel, lecturer at the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Graz (Austria)

Research Project: 'Intimacy in a Splendid Metropolis: Versatile Encounters between Jews and non-Jews in Vienna around 1900'

Dr Reuven Kiperwasser, lecturer at Ariel University (Israel) and research associate at Hebrew University (Israel)

Research project:' A Jew and a Gentile in the mirror of a Rabbinic Conversion story: From Aquila the Proselyte to Abba Goolias'

Dr Nir Cohen
Dr Nir Cohen


Dr Nir Cohen, Senior Lecturer in the department of Geography at Bar-Ilan Universit.

Research project: ‘the changes in Israeli state discourse and policy towards children of Israeli emigrants since the establishment of the state (1948)’

Dr Sebastian Musch, research fellow in history at the University of Osnabrück.

Research project: ‘A biographical exploration of Rabbi Hermann Helfgott-Zvi Asaria (1913–2002)’

Sebastian Musch
Sebastian Musch


Vladimir Levin, Acting Director of the Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University.

Research project: “The Place and Function of the Synagogue in the East European Jewish Society from the Late Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries”.

Portrait of Vladimir Levin
Vladimir Levin
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