After initially studying for a BSc in Computation at UMIST and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex, and several years as a business systems analyst, Simon Mayers returned to academia to pursue a diploma in Theology at Heythrop (a college of the University of London specialising in theology & philosophy with a modern Catholic ethos), followed by an MA in Jewish Studies, and then a PhD in Religions and Theology, at the University of Manchester.
Simon’s PhD, which was funded by an AHRC grant and supervised by Professor Daniel Langton at the University of Manchester, examined how Jews were represented in a variety of English Catholic discourses during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The following are some of the other projects Simon has worked on:
- An examination of Jewish stereotypes in the literature and journalism of the English author G.K. Chesterton. The results of this study can be found in Simon’s book: Chesterton’s Jews.
- An examination of theological representations of Jews and Judaism in the bible commentaries and sermons of Adam Clarke (1762-1832), a prominent Methodist theologian from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This project was funded by a Seed Corn Fellowship from the John Rylands Research Institute. An article based on this research into Adam Clarke’s discourse has recently been published in the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library.
- An examination of Jewish stereotypes in English Catholic newspapers during the nineteenth century. This project was funded by a research grant from the Vidal Sassoon Center
- Transcribing and summarising life story interviews as a volunteer for the “Rainbow Jews” LGBT Anglo-Jewish oral history project.
Simon Mayers is now the Administrator for the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS). The EAJS is the sole umbrella organisation for Europe representing the academic field of Jewish Studies. Its primary aims include providing encouragement and support for the research and teaching of Jewish Studies at university level in Europe, and other places of higher education and learning.