14 December 2017 - 15 December 2017

S1, Alison Richard Building

A two-day seminar from the Religious Diversity & the Secular University project group.


Prof Simon Goldhill
Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün
Dr Sami Everett


The conference is supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, and by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Thursday 14th December

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00

Session One

Prof. Eliyahu Stern (Yale University)
Marx and the Kabbalah

Respondent: Prof. Simon Goldhill (CRASSH)

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:15

Session Two

Prof. Céline Trautmann-Waller (PR Sorbonne Nouvelle University - Paris 3)
Goldziher and the Foundations of Islamwissenschaft

Respondents: Dr. Lena Salaymeh (Tel Aviv University) & Prof. David Mosfegh (IE University)

16:15 - 16:45

Tea & Coffee Break

16:45 - 18:30

Session Three

Dr. Brian Young (University of Oxford)
Religious plurality and histories of opinion: insiders and outsiders in the English universities.

Respondents: Dr. Hugo Drochon (CRASSH) & Dr. Ruth Jackson (University of Cambridge)

Friday 15th December

09:00 - 10:30

Session Four

Dr. Theodor Dunkelgrün (CRASSH)
“Praeparatio Rabbinica": Zacharias Fraenkel (1801-1875) and the Septuagint

Respondent: Dr. Aaron Kachuk (University of Cambridge)

10:30 - 11:00

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Session Five

Dr. Emily Levine (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Exceptional Institutions

Respondents: Dr. Alison Wood (University of Cambridge)

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Session Six

Dr. Michael Ledger-Lomas (King's College London)

Mr Simon's Sunday Service

Respondent: Dr. Avi Lifschitz (University of Oxford)