Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies

The Katz Center, together with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, co-organizes an annual Summer School for advanced graduate students. Guided by leading scholars of Jewish studies from around the world, the Summer School is interdisciplinary and extends into all periods of Jewish history.

The Summer School is a week-long intensive course taking place in Philadelphia and Jerusalem in alternate years. Meant to promote a sense of intellectual community among scholars and graduate students, the program welcomes participants from any institution, in any subfield of Jewish studies, past or present, and focuses on a unique theme each year.

 

Troublemakers: Rebels, Radicals, & Rascals in Jewish History and Culture

June 28–July 2, 2020 in Philadelphia

The 2020 program will explore the role of Jews in the history of subversion and resistance. Guided by leading scholars of Jewish studies from around the world, students will have the opportunity to learn about the role of Jews in heretical and revolutionary movements, their participation in crime and other illicit activities, and their role as intellectual and cultural agitators and agents of change. 

The program will be interdisciplinary and will extend into all periods of Jewish history. It is also meant to promote a sense of intellectual community with scholars and fellow graduate students from around the world. Graduate students at any institution worldwide, in any subfield of Jewish studies, past or present, are eligible to apply. Fellowships are available for students who do not have applicable funding from their home institutions.

Please note that the application period for the 2020 Summer School is now over. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mid-March. Questions? Please reach out to Dajana Denes Walters at dajana@upenn.edu.

 

Browse Past Summer School Themes

Jerusalem 2019

Secrets and Lies: Truth, Evidence, and Deception in Jewish History and Culture

Philadelphia 2018

Out of this World: The Supernatural in Jewish History and Culture

Jerusalem 2017

Personal/Interpersonal: I, We, and You in Jewish History and Culture

Philadelphia 2016

Shaking Foundations

Jerusalem 2015

Jews on the Move: Translocation, Transmissions, and Transformations in Jewish Culture

The Katz Center is able to host the Summer School every other year thanks to the generous support of Dr. Garry Rayant and Dr. Kathy Fields-Rayant.