Professor Edward Dąbrowa* (Cracow) [website]
Dr François Guesnet* (London) [website]
Dr François Guesnet functions as EAJS Secretary and Director. He teaches Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London since 2008, having held research and teaching positions at Leipzig, Potsdam and Oxford universities, and research fellowships at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). He was a short-term visiting professor at Vilnius University and will hold the Brownstone Visiting Professorship at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) in the fall of 2017, and at the Jagiellonian University in 2018.
He holds a PhD in Modern History from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau, and specializes in the early modern and 19th century history of Eastern European, and more specifically, Polish Jewry. In his research, he looks at Jewish social history in Eastern Europe, the history of Jewish communal institutions and their political culture. He has worked on the history of Jewish-non-Jewish relations and antisemitism. He looks forward to embark on a new research project in the framework of history of the body – probably once he’s not EAJS Secretary anymore…
His book publications include Polnische Juden im 19. Jahrhundert: Lebensbedingungen, Rechtsnormen und Organisation im Wandel (1998), Der Fremde als Nachbar. Polnische Positionen zur jüdischen Präsenz in Polen. Texte seit 1800 (2009), and, with Gwenyth Jones, Antisemitism in an Era of Transition: The Case of Post-Communist Eastern Central Europe (2014). Together with Glenn Dynner he published Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis. Studies in Honor of the 70th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky (2015) and most recently the volume Negotiating Religion. Cross-disciplinary perspectives, co-edited with Cécile Laborde and Lois Lee (2017). Among other editorial roles, he is co-chair of the editorial board of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry.
As the off-spring of a French-German family, with a specialisation in Eastern European history, and as teacher of modern Jewish history in London, one of the most diverse metropolises on the planet, Dr Guesnet both believes in and enjoys international cooperation. For him, working with the European Association for Jewish Studies is an ideal way to foster further European understanding and integration.
Dr Michał Galas* (Cracow) [website]
Dr Javier Castaño (Madrid) [website]
Professor Martin Goodman* (Oxford) [website]
Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford and the President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has written many books on the history of the Jews and Judaism, working primarily on the history of the Jews in the Roman empire. He was Secretary of EAJS from 1994 to 1998. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of EAJS since 1994 and he is a Trustee of the Association.
Professor Elisabeth Hollender (Frankfurt) [website]
Professor Dr Andreas Lehnardt (Mainz) [website]
Andreas Lehnardt (PhD 1999, Free University Berlin) is professor for Judaic Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His main research fields are Jewish manuscripts and fragments, Rabbinic literature, and Haskala. He is author of a book on the Qaddish (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2002) and numerous articles on Jewish history and literature. He is head of a project on Hebrew binding fragments in Germany called ‘Genizat Germania’. He is member executive committee of the Verband der Judaisten in Deutschland (VJD).
Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Paris) [website]
Dr Pavel Sládek (Prague) [website]
Dr Simon Mayers (UK) [website]
After originally studying for a BSc in Computation at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex, and over ten years as a business systems consultant, Simon Mayers returned to academia to study for a Graduate Diploma in Theology at Heythrop College, followed by an MA in Jewish Studies and a PhD in Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. Simon is now the Administrator for the EAJS, as well as an assistant editor for Melilah (the Manchester Journal for Jewish Studies) and an independent scholar with research interests in Anglo-Jewish history, the history of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, and the power of religious discourse.
EAJS Executive Committee Meeting (July 2017, Kraków)