EAJS Conference Grants
Calendar of Forthcoming Events
30 January – 2 February 2017
Event: 24th International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies and International Youth Conference on Jewish Studies in Moscow
Abstract: This will be the 24th international conference of Jewish studies organised by the Sefer Centre. It brings together researchers of Jewish studies in the post-Soviet space, as well as those who deal with topics related to the Jews in the former Soviet Union. The conference is devoted to the broad theme of Jewish studies, with a large number of panels and sessions (including Bible and Semitic studies, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Jewish Languages and Literatures, Art and Music, Jewish Material Heritage, Ethno-cultural contacts, and Jewish Topics in the Social and Political Sciences). Over the last 20 years this conference has become an important platform for meeting and exchanging ideas among researchers in the field of Jewish studies in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic countries, Israel, the USA and Europe. This year we are planning to combine our traditional international conference with the conference for young researchers (which is aimed at BA and MA students from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Baltic countries and others). The main working language of the conference is Russian. English is the second working language.
6 – 7 February 2017
Event: Turning the Page: Jewish Print Cultures and Digital Humanities
Abstract: Jewish Studies and the Digital Humanities with regard to early modern and modern Jewish print cultures. We will bring together Jewish Studies scholars from across Europe, Digital Humanities scholars and curators to discuss opportunities and challenges arising from the new technologies for the textual, cultural and social analysis of Jewish printed sources. The Roundtable will foster cooperation on existing and new projects, and it will formulate a specific research agenda for a pilot study. The exploration of Sephardic-Ashkenazic interaction as reflected in print culture will form a thematic anchor. Digital experience already accumulated in History and Modern Languages will serve as an inspiration.
13 – 14 February 2017
Event: Yiddish Language and Culture. A Relay Station of Modernity and Lieu de Mémoire of Postmodernity
Abstract: In current models and reflections on “new world literatures” translation plays a crucial role on the level of experience as well as in theoretical reflections (translational turn). Yiddish literature and culture have been and are shaped by processes of encounter, transfer and transmission to a particularly high degree (e.g. Jewish tradition, politics of translation). This laboratory aims at confronting and expanding existing notions of translation in diverse fields of Yiddish cultural production. Applying current theoretical assumptions to Yiddish literature in historical and contemporary perspective we intend to draw together various realms of Yiddish Studies. The lab aims to extrapolate the multifold cultural interactions that have made Yiddish culture a relay station of Modernity and a lieu de mémoire of Postmodernity.
22 – 23 May 2017
Event: Jewish books and their Christian collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia
Abstract: The role of the library as a crucial element for ‘reader communities’ has become a central issue of scholarly debate. How were book collections acquired and assembled, and in what way could they be said to represent the cultural universe of their owners? The purpose of this conference is to consider this crucial question in relation to the widespread phenomenon of Hebrew books read, collected, deposited, and sometimes catalogued in the libraries of Christian scholars and merchants, as well as in universities and theological seminaries. We will explore the diverse reasons for collecting Hebrew books, how they were collected, and whether confessional difference affected the criteria for building libraries? The discussions will range from Europe to the New World.
23 – 25 May 2017
Event: New Approaches to the History of the Jews under Communism
Abstract: The experience of Jews under Communist regimes became a hotly debated topic of historiography after the 1950s. Until the 1980s, the Cold War propaganda exerted a powerful influence on the interpretations published on both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’. Even after the collapse of the Communist regimes, most works have focused on the relationship between the State and the Jews and the role of Jews in the Communist/Socialist movements. The aim of our conference is to go beyond this political and ideological framework. We are especially interested in contributions focused on the everyday life of Jews, Jewish religious and secular organizations, and the possibilities of ‘being Jewish’ under Communism. It will be the first time that specialists on the history of Jews in different east-central and eastern European states will meet and discuss the different Jewish experiences in those countries, including comparisons with the Soviet model.
10 – 12 July 2017
Event: Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time
Abstract: The annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies will investigate the theme of ‘movement’ from antiquity to the present. From the earliest accounts, travel and migration, movement across space and time, characterise Jewish history and culture. No less crucial than the movement of people is the movement of texts, objects, and ideas, which travel both physically and intellectually as generations in distant locations engage with these at different times and places. Jews themselves are associated with travel and migration, historically and in cultural production. This conference invites contributions of papers within the broad theme of the conference.
17 – 28 July 2017
Event: Jews and Christians between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean: Co-existence and Conflict
Abstract: This summer school will serve to introduce MA and doctoral students as well as researchers in their early careers to the history of Jewish-Christian relations in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, Arabia, Ethiopia, and South India from the rise of Islam to the eighteenth century CE. The course will explore the effect on Jewish-Christian relations of such issues as imagined Jewish identities (Armenia and Ethiopia), equal power relationships between Jews and Christians (Middle East and India), Jews as a political/military threat to Christians (Ethiopia), Jews and Christians in the same trade guild (South India) as well as Jews in a minority status in non-Western Christian states (Byzantium, Caucasus, Ethiopia). It serves to challenge stereotypes and teach new approaches to history.