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The Miqra Society

The Miqra Society (formerly the OT/HB Graduate Seminar) is a dedicated forum for graduate students whose research falls within the field of Old Testament studies to share their research with the OT/HB scholarly community, as well as the wider Faculty. The word מקרא (miqra) may refer to either the Tanakh (the Old Testament) or an assembly, and on both counts it captures well the spirit of the Society.

The group meets several times each term on weeks alternate to the Senior OT/HB Seminar to discuss papers presented primarily by graduate students, but also by invited senior faculty. It is a great opportunity to interact with each other's research, explore new ideas, and build relationships.


Easter Term 2018

Event: "A Foot in the Door: From PhD to Post-Doc"

All graduate students are warmly invited to an informal conversation with Dr Paul Michael Kurtz, a Marie Curie Fellow in the Faculty of Divinity and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens' College, about the (mysterious) life beyond the PhD, hosted by the Miqra Society. As well as discussing his current research project, Paul will share his wisdom for early-career academics by talking about his experiences as a doctoral and now postdoctoral researcher. He will be speaking about the ins and outs of the journey towards a post-doc, from initial inklings of ideas to fully fledged applications, and also drilling down into the many varied dimensions of the post-doc life, such as publications and changes in responsibilities. There will be plenty of time for interactive discussion, so make sure to bring lots of questions. After the seminar, we will be heading to the Granta to continue our conversations there.

Date: 23 May 4.30pm

Place: Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

Speaker: Dr Paul Michael Kurtz is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens' College, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders, based at Ghent University. Paul's larger work is on German intellectual history, historiography, and the history of knowledge, with more disciplinarily-concrete agenda in the history of interpretation and the history of biblical, oriental, and theological scholarship in late modern Europe. His current project probes political representations of ancient Judaism in the German-speaking lands of the 19th century against the background of discourse on the nation and national identity.

All are welcome!


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