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The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize in German-Jewish Studies

The Leo Baeck Institute for the study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2018 Year Book Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford journal and covers cultural, social, and economic history. Appearing annually since 1956, it has become the field's central and most comprehensive publication.

The Leo Baeck Essay Prize was established to:

  • • Stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry
  • • Promote young researchers in the field

The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the present.

The Prize

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the 2018 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
  • A cash prize of £500
  • A free year's print and online subscription to the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book

How to enter

Entries of 5-7,000 words should be submitted through our online submission system. Please refer to the Competition Rules for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. All entries will be peer reviewed anonymously. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by our peer reviewers. 

The closing date is 15 January 2016 .

The competition rules

The competition is open to recent PhDs and Postdocs who have received their PhD no more than 5 years ago. The winner's student status verification will be requested from their academic supervisor or head of department. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

See for the full competition rules.

Past Winners

Click on the links below to read past winners of the essay prize for free.

On Nathan Birnbaum's Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other
by Nick Block
The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 60 (2015)

“A Few Human Beings Walking Hand in Hand”: Margarete Susman, Leonhard Ragaz, and the Origins of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Zurich
by Susanne Hillman
The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 59 (2014)

Identity Politics and the Jewish Body in Edgar Hilsenrath’s The Nazi and the Barber
by Verena Hutter
The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 58 (2013)

Franz Rosenzweig’s Modern Mathematics
by Matthew Handelman
The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 57 (2012)

The Architectural Origins of the Great Early Modern Urban Synagogue
by Barry Stiefel
The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 56 (2011)

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