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PhD Studentship in Holocaust Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship as part of the Music and the Holocaust website project ( The Music and the Holocaust website is a widely-used educational resource created under the auspices of the international organisation World ORT, and was featured at a United Nations presentation in 2014. Continue reading →

The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture 2015: ‘Hocus Pocus? – Ethnology of the magical text, Babylonia to Ethiopia’

Whatever you think of magic one thing is clear, it is a very long lived tradition that has left in its wake a huge wealth of written evidence. What can this evidence tell us about those who made use of magical knowledge and managed its transmission over time? We will examine two case studies, the Jewish and other magical text of late antique Mesopotamia, and the Christian and Jewish equivalents of medieval to current day Ethiopia. Continue reading →

Parkes Public Statement regarding the Conference ‘International Law and the State of Israel’

The conference ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’, organised by a member of the Southampton Law School, will take place from 17-19 April 2015. Members of the public, including friends and supporters of the Parkes Institute, have voiced their concern about the fact that a conference that invites the questioning of the legitimacy of the State of Israel should be hosted by one of the UK’s leading universities. Continue reading →

Call for papers – Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014

Against the backdrop of intense contemporary debate on immigration, the University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary and international conference on unaccompanied child migration both in and out of the UK over the past century. Continue reading →

The 2014 Montefiore Lecture

The Parkes Institute cordially invites you to attend this year’s Montefiore Lecture: Between Two Worlds: A Reflection on Assimilation This year’s lecture will be delivered by Reverend Dr Giles Fraser who is a priest of the Church of England and a journalist for The Guardian newspaper.  He is currently a parish priest at St Marys in London and writes a weekly Saturday column as well as frequently appears on BBC Radio 4. Continue reading →