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Susanne Jennings

Subject Librarian

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Susanne Jennings read Theology at Cambridge. She is an alumna of the Woolf Institute when it was the Centre for Jewish & Christian Relations. Her Master's dissertation was undertaken under the supervision of the CJCR and was entitled, 'Priests & Rabbis: Issues of Identity and Religious Authority in 19th-century English Literature ca 1828-1858'. Through close analysis of literary case studies, a common thread emerged in the way Jews and Catholics were pejoratively depicted as objects worthy of national suspicion in the person of the priest and the rabbi.  

A professional chartered librarian, Susanne has worked in Cambridge University libraries for the past 15 years. She currently works part-time as Art History Librarian at the Faculty of Architecture & Art and at St Edmund's College Library. As the first Subject Librarian at the Woolf Institute, she combines her experience as a professional librarian with subject specialist knowledge.

Outside librarianship, current and past work has included teaching introductory day courses in London on Judaism and the Abrahamic faiths and acting as a tutor for IB, A Level and undergraduate students in Religious Studies and English Literature. She is also an experienced editor and proof-reader. Prior to her work in the libraries of Cambridge University, Susanne worked for the Diocese of East Anglia with special responsibility for adult religious education, liturgy and interfaith work. The latter included the design, teaching and delivery of courses based on the Books of Job, Ruth and Genesis and special responsibility for services for Holocaust Memorial Day which drew academic speakers from Cambridge, as well as hosting forums for the furtherance of Christian and Islamic dialogue.  

More recently, Susanne has written in an interfaith context on Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton and given conference papers. In 2015, she gave a paper at the International Thomas Merton Society's 100th Anniversary Conference in Louisville, Kentucky at which Rowan Williams was the key speaker. Her paper focused on Merton's engagement with Jewish and Islamic religious figures and was published as an article in 'Doctrine & Life' in 2016. She is currently collaborating on a Jewish-Christian course book with a leading academic from the US.

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