The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation is an interdisciplinary centre that sits within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) in the Faculty of Arts. Our researchers are immersed in the academic study of the cultures, literatures, politics and histories of Jewish civilisation. Each year, hundreds of students study with us on issues that impact on world history. We are known for our international focus that enlivens the student experience through overseas study in Europe, Israel and Rwanda.
As members of the global Monash community, we are engaged in a dialogue of religions, cultures and civilisations that aims to address the critical challenges that confront us all. We invite you to enrol in one of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses or to participate in our public programs which encompass a diverse schedule of events incorporating distinguished Visiting Scholars. Between lectures, research, conferences and public discussions, you will find us at our Monash offices in Caulfield, Building H, Level 8.
- Life in the Warsaw Ghetto, A Public Lecture by Paweł Śpiewak, Director of the Warsaw Jewish Historical Institute (Sunday 2 June, 6pm H116)Between July 22 and September 12, 1942, the German authorities deported or murdered around 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. In April–May 1943 the underground organisations organised an armed uprising, which was suppressed with unprecedented brutality. This talk will reflect on the life and memory of the Warsaw ghetto seventy years after its liquidation. Paweł Śpiewak ... Read more
- The 3rd International Aftermath Conference will be held at Monash on August 6-7. Registrations are now open for academics and postgraduate students through the Aftermath conference website. A public lecture series will accompany the conference, featuring our keynote overseas scholars who include Ben Kiernan, Hasia Diner, Richard Bessel and Jay Winter. The ACJC Events calendar ... Read more
- Menachem Begin’s Legacy and Israel’s Future, Monash Israel Oration by Daniel Gordis (Tuesday 4 June, 7.30pm H116)On the centennial of Menachem Begin’s birth in Poland, Daniel Gordis explores the life and legacy of Israel’s former Prime Minister based on a biography he is writing about one of Israel’s most enduring and surprising national figures. The Monash Israel Oration honours the name of Sir John Monash through a public lecture on the history ... Read more
- Jews and Christians in Dialogue, Public Lecture on Interreligious Relations by Amy-Jill Levine (Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm H116)This lecture will be delivered in two-parts: 1. Bearing False Witness: What are the stereotypes Jews and Christians have of each other, why do they arise, and how might correct information lead to greater love of our neighbors? 2. On Different Grounds – Jewish and Christian Understandings of the Land of Israel: The divides within and between Jewish and Christian communities ... Read more
- Dr Michael Steinlauf, Kronhill Fellow in Yiddish Culture, will be giving 3 lectures between 13-20 May on the Yiddish writer, YL Peretz, on Anski and the Dybbuk, and on Memory of the Holocaust in Poland. See events here. Dr. Michael Steinlauf teaches Jewish history and culture at Gratz College near Philadelphia. He holds an MA in Literature from ... Read more
- The ACJC has appointed Randall Geller as the inaugural Les and Eva Erdi Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies. Randall will be starting in second semester and teaching courses on Modern Israel, the Middle East, and the Arab-Israel conflict. Randall Geller completed his doctoral work in Israel Studies and Middle Eastern History at Brandeis University in May ... Read more
- Christopher R. Browning, pre-eminent historian of the Holocaust will be a visiting scholar at the ACJC in second semester 2013, where he will deliver a four-part lecture series. Christopher Browning is the author of eight books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010).The Origins of the Final Solution: ... Read more
- The ACJC, together with the History Program at Monash University and Warwick University will be hosting an Aftermath Conference in Holocaust and Genocide Studies on 6-7 August 2013 at Monash University. Keynote Speakers Include: Professor Hasia Diner, New York University; Professor Ben F. Kiernan, Yale University; Professor Richard Bessel, University of York. Call for Papers: The field of Holocaust and ... Read more