CFP: ‘Jewish Books in Amsterdam 1600-1850', Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies, January-June 2015

Amsterdam was the centre of Jewish printing in Europe from 1650 to 1800. Research into the extensive collections of Amsterdam printed material assembled in the Bodleian Library and the Leopold Muller Memorial Library is expected to yield significant results for the study of Dutch and European Jewish cultural history in the early modern period.

The central question to be tackled in the Seminar will be the role of books in the lives of authors and readers, highlighting the texts which were significant for Jewish readers as well as the books which are important for study of Jewish cultural and intellectual history in this period.  The Seminar welcomes scholars who study particular authors, texts or books, as well all those who deal with structures of readership or genres, or other issues affecting the preparation of texts for publication, such as editing, correcting and typesetting, and the provision of finance.

Weekly seminars will be convened through the duration of two Oxford terms between January and June 2015.

Visiting Fellows will receive free accommodation provided by the Centre and a stipend of £750 (pro rata) per calendar month during the period of their tenure.  Travelling expenses up to £500 will also be provided.

Applications by senior scholars, and by scholars at postdoctoral and advanced doctoral level, are all welcome.

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Professor Shlomo Berger (

Dr César Merchán-Hamann (