JHSE Sussex Branch Meeting
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
On 27th October, we are delighted to welcome Professor Miri Rubin, President of JHSE, who will discuss two matters close to her heart: new approaches to Jewish History, and the JHSE’s plans and aspirations for the future. Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London and a distinguished scholar of Jewish History.
The recent three decades or so have seen an extraordinary flourishing of new approaches to the study of Jewish lives in the past and this is true for all periods and regions. Historians of the period which Miri studies, medieval and early modern (1000-1600), have not only to engage with approaches such as social, economic and gender history, but also see Jews not as homogenous groups but as communities which harboured variety and conflict. Another important trend is to explore the zones of interaction – polemical, imitative, friendly, business-oriented – between Jews and non-Jews. These developments have coincided with the entry of many scholars who are not Jews into the field. Miri will present some examples of these trends and consider their consequences for those who make, and who read and enjoy, Jewish history.
At the request of the Sussex branch, Miri will also go on to present some of the ideas that the new Executive Committee – in interlocution with the branch leaders – has in mind for the JHSE’s future. What is the role of this long-standing Society in British life?
The meeting will commence at 7.45pm, and end about 9.15pm, and you can join the meeting on Zoom from 7.30pm.