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Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London
Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies
Teaches (T) and/or researches (R) in:
2. History of the Jewish People: TR
12: Medieval: T
13: Early Modern: T
Regional and National (i.e. in North Africa, Greece, Eastern Europe, Germany, Middle East, Spain, India, South America, United States, etc): TR
Local (e.g. the Jews of Canterbury, the Jews of Kovno, etc): TR
Biographical Studies: TR
3. Religion and Religious Movements: T
22: Jewish religion - general: T
28: Reform Judaism: T
29: Orthodox Judaism: T
8. Art, Architecture and Performing Arts: TR
Art (including iconography): TR
9. Contemporary Studies: TR
64: State of Israel: R
Jews in the United States: TR
Anthropology, Ethnography and Folklore: TR
Jewish identity and assimilation: TR
Holocaust Studies: TR
10. Jewish Studies and Resources: TR
Scholarship, history of: TR
Teaching and Study of Judaism: TR
Professor Berkowitz, a native of Rochester, New York, received his BA from Hobart College (Geneva, New York) and his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). At Wisconsin he studied under the late George L. Mosse.
He has received research support from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas (Austin), the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), the British Society for the History of Science, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), the British Academy, the Convocation Research Fund of the University of London, the Leo Baeck Institute (New York)/DAAD, the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati), the Wiener Library of Tel Aviv University, the University of Judaism (Los Angeles; formerly west coast affiliate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before coming to UCL he taught at the University of Chicago, Ohio State University, and the University of Judaism.
Professor Berkowitz\'s current work is on the engagement of Jews and photography. He is preparing a book tentatively entitled Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850-2007. Presentations based on ongoing research focus on Jewish networks in the field of radiography, the invention of Kodachrome, the history of photojournalism, and a reconsideration of the career of Helmut Gernsheim. Work in the pipeline include an essay, \"Lost in the transnational: Photographic initiatives of Walter and Helmut Gernsheim in Britain,\" for an anthology edited by Leslie Morris and Jay Howard Geller, and \"The origins of Zionist tourism in Mandate Palestine: Impressions (and pointed advice) from the West\" for Public Archaeology.
His scholarship has dealt broadly with modern Jewish identity formation and political self-representations, 1881-1948; relationships between art, politics, and culture; sport (especially boxing) and spectacle; the politics of religion in Mandate Palestine; perceptions of criminality and social deviance from early modern times to the present; Jews and German culture; ties between charity and nationalism; and modes of understanding and mis-understanding the Holocaust.