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Twelfth EAJS Congress: “Branching Out. Diversity of Jewish Studies”

Twelfth EAJS Congress. “Branching Out. Diversity of Jewish Studies”. Frankfurt. July 2023.

“Jewish Studies” is a multi-disciplinary field that brings together scholars, topics and methods from across many academic disciplines. Additionally, Jewish Studies scholars are often involved in multi-disciplinary networks, cooperating and communicating with colleagues from a wide variety of fields. At the same time, research into Jewish history, culture, languages and the like is not limited to Jewish Studies departments, creating yet wider networks and even greater diversity. The twelfth EAJS congress, “Branching Out. Diversity of Jewish Studies”, taking place in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) on 16-20 July 2023, will showcase the diversity that is an integral part of Jewish Studies: research topics that range from the Bible and ancient history to contemporary Jewish thought and culture, a multitude of different sources from all over the world, methods and approaches from archaeology to digital humanities, and a vast array of interdisciplinary networks and research approaches. Scholars of Jewish Studies from Europe and beyond are invited to propose papers and sessions.

The following are links to various announcements for the 12th EAJS Congress:

Call for Papers (Abstracts/Sessions) – Deadline 31 December (23:59 GMT+1): https://www.eurojewishstudies.org/calls-for-papers/call-for-papers-twelfth-eajs-congress/

EAJS Emerge (forum for PhDs and emerging scholars) – Deadline 31 December (23:59 GMT+1): https://www.eurojewishstudies.org/calls-for-papers/twelfth-eajs-congress-16-20-july-2023-eajs-emerge-call-for-applications-deadline-31-december-2022/

Distinguished Panels for the Congress – Deadline 15 Jan 2023: https://www.eurojewishstudies.org/calls-for-papers/call-for-submissions-distinguished-eajs-panel-and-distinguished-eajs-graduate-student-panel-deadline-15-january-2023/

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies. ‘Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism’. Volume 12.

This volume attempts to make a modest contribution to the historical study of Jewish doubt, focusing on the encounter between atheistic and sceptical modes of thought and the religion of Judaism. Along with related philosophies including philosophical materialism and scientific naturalism, atheism and scepticism are amongst the most influential intellectual trends in Western thought and society. As such, they represent too important a phenomenon to ignore in any study of religion that seeks to locate the latter within the modern world. For scholars of Judaism and the Jewish people, the issue is even more pressing in that for Jews, famously, the categories of religion and ethnicity blur so that it makes sense to speak of non-Jewish Jews many of whom have historically been indifferent or even hostile to religion.


Themed volume: Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism.
Editor: Daniel R. Langton.
Assistant editor: Simon Mayers.

Open Access, freely available online: www.melilahjournal.org/p/2015.html


  1. Introduction.
  2. Kenneth Seeskin, From Monotheism to Scepticism and Back Again.
  3. Joshua Moss, Satire, Monotheism and Scepticism.
  4. David Ruderman, Are Jews the Only True Monotheists? Some Critical Reflections in Jewish Thought from the Renaissance to the Present.
  5. Benjamin Williams, Doubting Abraham doubting God: The Call of Abraham in the Or ha-Sekhel.
  6. Károly Dániel Dobos, Shimi the Sceptical: Sceptical Voices. in an Early Modern Jewish, Anti-Christian Polemical Drama by Matityahu Nissim Terni.
  7. Jeremy Fogel, Scepticism of Scepticism: On Mendelssohn’s Philosophy of Common Sense.
  8. Michael Miller, Kaplan and Wittgenstein: Atheism, Phenomenology and the use of language.
  9. Federico Dal Bo, Textualism and Scepticism: Post-modern Philosophy and the Theology of Text.
  10. Norman Solomon, The Attenuation of God in Modern Jewish Thought.
  11. Melissa Raphael, Idoloclasm: The First Task of Second Wave Liberal Jewish Feminism.
  12. Daniel R. Langton, Joseph Krauskopf’s Evolution and Judaism: One Reform Rabbi’s Response to Scepticism and Materialism in Nineteenth-century North America.
  13. Avner Dinur, Secular Theology as a Challenge for Jewish Atheists.
  14. Khayke Beruriah Wiegand, “Why the Geese Shrieked”: Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Work between Mysticism and Sceptics.

Melilah is published electronically by the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester (ISSN 1759-1953), and as a printed edition by Gorgias Press.