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COLLOQUIUM: Regarding the Other in Modern Jewish Thought

27th June 2012

Aaron Rosen, Agata Bielik-Robson, and Melissa Raphael

Venue: Lucy Cavendish College

Ruth gleaning, by ChagallAaron Rosen (KCL and CJCR), Emmanuel Levinas and the hospitality of images

Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham), The concept of the neighbour in Rosenzweig's 'Star of Redemption'

Melissa Raphael (University of Gloucestershire), The Other as an incarnation of the divine: modern Jewish theology and counter-idolatrous images of the human

Aaron Rosen is Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts at King’s College London and CJCR Visiting Fellow. He has served as a research fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Albert and Rachel Lehmann Junior Research Fellow in Jewish History & Culture at the University of Oxford, and post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He has written widely on religion and the arts in publications including The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, New Humanist, Jewish Quarterly, Art and Christianity, Religion and the Arts, and Literature and Theology.  His first book, Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj (Legenda, 2009), was shortlisted for the Art and Christian Enquiry International Book Prize.  He is currently at work on a new book entitled, The Hospitality of Images: Modern Art and Interfaith Dialogue.

Agata Bielik-Robson was born in 1966 and received her PhD in philosophy in 1995. She worked at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences before being appointed as Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Nottingham. She has published articles in Polish, English, and German on philosophical aspects of psychoanalysis, romantic subjectivity, and the philosophy of religion (especially Judaism and its crossings with modern philosophical thought). Her publications include the following books: The Saving Lie. Harold Bloom and Deconstruction (in English, Northwestern University Press, May 2011), In the Wilderness. Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity (Cracow, 2008), Romanticism. An Unfinished Project (Cracow, 2008), The Spirit of the Surface. Romantic Revision and Philosophy (Cracow, 2004), Another Modernity (Cracow, 2000), and On the Other Side of Nihilism (Warsaw, 1997). She is also a co-editor of the Bamidbar. The Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, which appears in English in Passagen Verlag, Wien.

Melissa Raphael is Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Gloucestershire.  She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996); Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (Oxford University Press, 1997, reprinted 2001); The Female Face of God in Auschwitz:  A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2003) shortlisted for the Koret Jewish Book Award, andJudaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (Continuum, 2009). She is an honorary research scholar at the University of Lampeter and Visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Chichester. An international guest lecturer with a place on the editorial boards of several international journals, she has also been the academic representative for the British Government on the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Research. She has been Manchester University's Sherman Lecturer in Jewish Studies (2008) and Oxford University’s Hussey Lecturer in the Church and the Arts (2011-12). Melissa is currently working on her new book, The Appearance of God: Jewish Theology and the Transfiguration of the Human.

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