The focus of this year’s fellowship program was the origin of the academic study of Judaism, a story that began in Germany but extended to Hungary, Italy, Russia, Poland, Spain, Egypt, and beyond, as revealed by our fellows’ varied research projects. The year was an opportunity to rethink the history of the field, to follow its development in many different contexts, and to contextualize in new ways the scholars who created Jewish studies as a discipline. It also happened to be an appropriate backdrop to the institutional transition of the Katz Center. During my first year as the director, reflection on the field itself provided apt food for thought as we strove to maintain the center’s level of excellence and, at the same time, sought opportunities to experiment—to see things in a new way, to redraw the borders of possibility… Continue reading
Find out here about award-winning books by fellowship program alumni as well as recent publications our Jewish Culture and Contexts series, the Jewish Quarterly Review, and acquisitions of the Library of the Katz Center.