Simon Mayers is an independent scholar with research interests in Anglo-Jewish history, the history of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, and the power of religious discourses. Simon completed his PhD in Religions and Theology in 2012. Simon is assistant editor of Melilah (the Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies), and a member of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) and the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS).
Simon’s PhD, which was supported 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 texts, such as newspapers, magazines, books, pamphlets, pastoral letters, sermons, letters to editors and personal correspondence, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With the help of research grants from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Simon is extending his original investigation to provide a more complete picture of how Jews were represented in English Catholic discourses from 1850 to 1945.
The following are some of the other projects Simon has worked on since completing his PhD:
- 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. This project was supported by a Seed Corn Fellowship from the John Rylands Research Institute.
- An examination of the life and discourse of Masonic and theosophical author Dudley Wright.
- Transcribing and summarising life story interviews as a volunteer for the “Rainbow Jews” LGBT Anglo-Jewish oral history project.