Professor Edward Dąbrowa* (Cracow) [website]
Dr Edward Dąbrowa is Professor of Ancient History at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He was Head of Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University (2000 – 2012) and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies (2012 – 2016). He is co-founder of Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia and its former editor-in-chief (2001 – 2016). He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the EAJS since 2010.
His main research fields are: Jewish Studies – the Second Temple Period (especially the Hasmoneans); ancient history – the Near East during the Hellenistic and Roman period, and the Arsacid Iran.
His book publications include: Legio X Fretensis. A Prospographical Study of its Officers (I – III c. A.D.), Stuttgart 1993; The Governors of Roman Syria from Augustus to Septimus Severus, Bonn 1998; The Hasmoneans and their State. A Study in History, Ideology, and the Institutions, Kraków 2010; Studia Graeco-Parthica. Political and Cultural Relations between Greeks and Parthians, Wiesbaden 2011. He is also co-editor (with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson) of The Enduring Legacy of Salo W. Baron, Kraków 2017.
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]
Dr Javier Castaño is a tenured scholar in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish and Islamic Studies at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. He holds a PhD in Medieval History from the University Complutense, and specializes in the study of the Jews in Hispano-medieval societies and the early modern Mediterranean Diaspora, their socio-religious identities and cultural history. He held visiting teaching positions at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and research positions at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and the University of Oxford. From 2006 to 2015 he has been the editor-in-chief of the journal Sefarad. He published several works on the mobility of the Jews and their cultural characterisation in Hispano-medieval societies, the relations between socio-economic behaviour and religious mentalities, and the objective mechanics of conversion. He has recently edited the book, Una Sefarad inventada, on the controversies of interpretation of Jewish heritage in Spain and Portugal. Currently, he is head of a research project for the edition and analysis of Jewish historical documents and halakhic texts in Hebrew script scattered in libraries and archives throughout the Iberian Peninsula (Ginze Sefarad). He is preparing the paleographical and diplomatic edition of a corpus of medieval historical documents in Hebrew letters from Spain and Portugal.
He became a member of the EAJS at an early stage in his academic career, convinced that the strengthening of the European scholarly interaction and integration would be one of the keys for a better understanding of regional Jewish societies that transcended political and linguistic borders, as well as for the study and safeguarding of their cultural heritage.
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]
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Hollender is member of the Executive Committee and president elect of the EAJS. She teaches medieval Judaism and a variety of topics in Judaic Studies at the Department of Jewish Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt since 2011, having held research and teaching positions at Cologne, Duisburg and Mainz universities, and research fellowships at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). She was visiting professor at Graz University.
She holds a PhD in Jewish Studies from Cologne University and a Habilitation from Duisburg University. She specializes in medieval Hebrew poetry and liturgy, and more specifically in Ashkenazic piyyut and its commentaries. In her research, she reconstructs the inner-Jewish cultural transfer with regard to liturgy and piyyut, investigates the potential of liturgy for the reconstruction of medieval Jewish (cultural) history, and uses detailed comparisons to identify individual, regional, and temporal trends. She cooperates with Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis in the field of Judeo-Greek texts and with scholars in Georgia in a project on Georgian-Jewish identity narratives. She hopes to embark on a new research project soon that will combine piyyut commentary and digital humanities, making a genre transmitted mainly in manuscript available to a scholarly audience.
Her books include Qedushta‘ot des Simon b. Isaak nach dem Amsterdam Mahsor. Übersetzung und Kommentar (1994), Clavis Commentariorum of Hebrew Liturgical Poetry in Manuscript (2005), Piyyut Commentary in Medieval Ashkenaz (2008), Liturgie und Geschichte. Der Aschkenasische Machsor und jüdische Mobilität im Mittelalter – Ein Methodologischer Versuch (2015), and, with Dagmar Börner Klein, Rabbinische Auslegungen zum Buch Ester (2000). Together with Joachim Yeshaya she edited Exegesis and Poetry in Medieval Karaite and Rabbanite Texts (2016). Together with Annelies Kuyt, she edits Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge – Frankfurt Jewish Studies Bulletin.
Elisabeth Hollender first attended an EAJS congress as graduate student in 1990 (Troyes) and has ever since regarded the European Association of Jewish Studies as important part of her intellectual home, complementing the small departments of Jewish Studies she was and is associated with. International cooperation, inspiration by colleagues from other European countries, and communication among scholars working under partially comparable conditions are among the factors that enable us to advance our research and to develop study programs that will educate the next generation of scholars and teachers in Jewish Studies.
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]
Pavel Sládek is associate professor at the Hebrew studies program at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, where he also earned his Ph.D. He specializes in cultural history of the Jews in Early Modern Europe, especially in Central-Eastern Europe. Areas of particular interest include printed book as a new medium, functions of the paratexts, transformations of reading practices, authorship and transfer of texts, rabbinic literature and the problem of religious authority in Early Modern Judaism. He published several studies on the Maharal of Prague and on David Gans and translated to Czech the books by Joseph M. Davis and Rachel L. Greenblatt. He was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies in 2013. He is a co-founder of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies (2012). His current works in progress include an edition of David Gansʼ Magen David (1612) from the unicum in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; Sixteenth-century editing strategies, based on the paratexts in the Hebrew printed books; the other-side of success: precariousness in the sixteenth-century Hebrew printing; and the Maharal of Prague in the context of the sixteenth-century Jewish thought.
Dr Simon Mayers (UK) [website]
After originally studying for a BSc in Computation at UMIST and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex, and over ten years as a business systems analyst and 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 then 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)