CFA: Doctoral Studentship at Cardiff and Southampton on British Jewish Humanitarianism in the 20th century

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The doctoral studentship:

The South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership is a consortium of UK universities funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to provide postgraduate studentships and training. Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are doctoral studentship projects which are developed by consortium academics working in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education. The supervisory team is pre-determined and consists of two consortium academics and a member of the partner organisation. CDAs embed the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training which a student may gain during the course of their award. Eight CDA awards are available for entry in September 2022, including the one described below, and are open to UK and international applicants. A doctoral studenship includes tuition fees, a full maintenance stipend, a comprehensive training programme, and funding to support additional skills-acquisition and placements with non-HEIs. To be eligible for a SWW DTP studentship, you should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.


Setting the Holocaust in context: British Jewish Humanitarianism in the 20th century

British Jews have a long history of overseas humanitarianism and supporting Jewish migrants and refugees to Britain, but this is only recently being recognised and analysed in the scholarly community. The student would undertake a history of 20thc British Jewish humanitarianism with the Holocaust as its core, exploring its antecedents and marginality in British memory thereafter. The project aims to connect the efforts of the Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF) and the Chief Rabbi’s Religious Emergency Council (CRREC) to (1) elite, liberal traditions of British Jewish activism predating the 1905 Aliens Act, including those of Zionism, migration, and agricultural colonies (2) Jewish intra-communal tensions along the Orthodox/Progressive divide, class, immigration history, and gender roles (3) other Jewish and British traditions of humanitarian activism, intimately connected to war and empire (4) the status of British Jewish humanitarianism post 1945, including CBF’s evolution into World Jewish Relief.

The British Jewish humanitarian tradition is neither a focus of current research on humanitarianism nor a part of British Holocaust consciousness. Conversely, British Jews have yet to be integrated into the narrative of 20th century transnational Jewish activism. This project will contribute to research on British Holocaust consciousness, humanitarianism, British Jewish history, and Jewish international activism. Reframing discussions of Jewish agency in humanitarian assistance is timely given the 2023 Kindertransport anniversary and the 2025 UK Holocaust Memorial opening.


Dr Jaclyn Granick, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University,

Professor Tony Kushner, Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department, University of Southampton,

Dr Jenny Carson, Holocaust Educational Trust,

More information and to apply by 24 January.