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The Leo Baeck Essay Prize


The Leo Baeck Institute for the study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2015 Year Book Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford journal.

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 post-war period and present.

The Prize


The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the 2015 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 http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/lbaeck/for_authors for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. The closing date is 15 April 2014.

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 http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/lbaeck/prize_submissions.html for the full competition rules.

PAST WINNERS

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

“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)