EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies
The EAJS is pleased to announce that eight events will take place in the 2015/16 academic year in the Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies:
- The Role of Jewish Mysticism in Early Modern Philosophy and Science: Kabbalah, “Atheism” and Non-Mechanical Philosophies of Nature in the 17th-18th Centuries.
- Suppressed Historiography, Erased Memory? The Perception of the Shoah in East Central Europe during Socialist Rule
- XXIII International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies, Moscow.
- Jewish Museologies and the Politics of Display.
- The Talmud and Christianity: Rabbinic Judaism after Constantine.
- Nationhood and Religion in Hellenistic/Roman-Period Judaism.
- “The Other Within” – The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library.
- The Western Balkan Encounter of Sepharad and Ashkenaz: Between Tradition and Change.
- Jewish Languages.
1. The Role of Jewish Mysticism in Early Modern Philosophy and Science: Kabbalah, “Atheism” and Non-Mechanical Philosophies of Nature in the 17th-18th Centuries.
EAJS Conference to take place in Paris from 10th to 13th October 2015.
Dr Cristina Ciucu, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris;
Professor Gad Freudenthal, Centre National de las Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris; and
Professor Sylvie Anne Goldberg, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
The aim of our Colloquium is to probe into the unlikely processes through which Jewish esoteric thought reached a peak of influence on general, non-Jewish culture in early modern Europe. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the terms “Cabala” and “cabalist” were paramount, with meanings ranging from free-thinking and experimentalism to atheism and heresy, Spinozist pantheism and “occult plot.” Studying the role of Jewish mysticism as a ferment in the emergence of Early Modern thought requires the collaboration of scholars from very different horizons, whom our Colloquium intends to bring together. We hope to create a lasting network of cooperation and contribute thereby to the integration of the history of Jewish thought in general intellectual history.
2. Suppressed Historiography, Erased Memory? The Perception of the Shoah in East Central Europe during Socialist Rule.
EAJS Conference to take place in Halle (Saale) from 30th November to 1st December 2015.
Dr Stephan Stach, Aleksander Brückner Zentrum für Polenstudien, Halle;
Dr Michal Frankl, Department of Jewish Studies and History of Antisemitism, Jewish Museum in Prague; and
Professor Dr Yvonne Kleinmann, Aleksander Brückner Zentrum für Polenstudien, Halle.
The international workshop aims at a deeper understanding of how the Shoah was researched, commemorated and debated in East Central Europe under state socialism. It therefore exceeds the perspective of socialist politics of history, understanding the perception of the Shoah as a dynamic social and political process. It also aims at stirring an international scholarly debate on the comparative aspects of Shoah perception in socialist East Central Europe with an interdisciplinary approach, including History, Jewish Studies, Philology and Cultural Studies. The workshop includes doctoral students and early post-doctorate researchers, as well as established scholars in the field from various European countries, Israel and the United States. Thus it will stimulate the communication between scholars from different parts of Europe and overseas, fostering and possibly extending research cooperation in Jewish Studies.
3. XXIII International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies, Moscow.
EAJS Conference to take place in Moscow from 31st January to 2nd February 2016.
Dr Victoria Mochalova, Sefer – the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Moscow;
Ms Svetlana Amosova, Sefer – the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Moscow; and
Mrs Irina Kopchenova, Sefer – the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Moscow.
This will be the 23rd international conference of Jewish studies organised by the Sefer Center. 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.
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The funds provided by the European Association of Jewish Studies for this conference are earmarked for travel grants for PhD students and early career researchers.
4. Jewish Museologies and the Politics of Display.
EAJS Conference to take place in Leeds, England from 13th to 14th March 2016.
Dr Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds; and
Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Association of European Jewish Museums, Amsterdam.
In the wake of the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, the first major museum of Jewish history in an East-Central European capital in over a century, this conference aims to reassess the diversity of Jewish museologies in post-WWII Europe, as well as in the context of the UK/Ireland. These developments, decentralised as they are, raise questions about what Jewish museology should be and can be: a museology of celebration or commemoration? A history lesson or an encounter with art and aesthetics? In addition, the conference will address specific issues relating to Jewish museums and Jewish history in museums in the UK and Ireland in a European context.
5. The Talmud and Christianity: Rabbinic Judaism after Constantine.
EAJS Conference to take place in Cambridge, England from 27th to 28th June 2016.
Dr Holger Zellentin, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham;
Dr Daniel Weiss, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge; and
Dr Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
This international conference will bring together leading and fresh voices in Talmudic studies and select experts in Roman and Persian Christianity in order to explore the complex relationship of both emulation and enmity between the rabbis and their Christian neighbours. A new look at the Talmud and Christianity, moreover, will synergize three of the most central developments in the study of rabbinic Judaism: our more precise understanding of the indebtedness of the Babylonian to the Palestinian Talmud; our growing sense of the editorial artistry that gave both Talmudim their present form; and a better understanding how closely both Talmudim respectively reflect the early Byzantine and Sasanian culture in which they evolved.
Conference website: http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/research/confseminars/conferences/talmud-christianity.
6. Nationhood and Religion in Hellenistic/Roman-Period Judaism.
EAJS Conference to take place in Groningen, The Netherlands from 21st to 23rd June 2016.
Professor Steve Mason, Qumran Institute, Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins, University of Groningen; and
Prof. Mladen Popović, Qumran Institute, Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins, University of Groningen.
The place of nationhood and religion in modern Jewish identity is a topic of perennial discussion. This conference will explore related issues in the Graeco-Roman period (ca. 300 BCE – 300 CE), partly as a resource for modern reflection. At the level of method we need to ask, inter alia, whether we are trying to think our way into ancient discourse or to test social-scientific models. (E.g., did they know about religion, and does it matter?) Concretely, we shall consider how different the Hasmonean Revolt and expansion, Herodian policies, domestic critique of each, priestly aristocracy and cult, Judaism, conversion, laws and judiciary, Judaea’s relations with neighbours, or conflicts with Rome (for example) look when viewed through national, religious, or bifocal lenses.
7. “The Other Within” – The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library.
EAJS Conference to take place in Manchester from 27th to 29th June 2016.
Dr Katharina Keim, John Rylands Research Institute, The University of Manchester;
Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) ; and
Professor Dr Emile Schrijver, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
The John Rylands Library preserves one of Europe’s valuable collections of Hebraica and Judaica. The aim of this conference, hosted by the John Rylands Research Institute, is to promote scholarly engagement with these resources, to study their place within the Library, and to establish their relationship with other European collections. The conference will convene early career researchers, curators, established scholars and students with expertise in principal areas of the holdings – the Cairo Genizah, medieval Hebrew manuscript codices, early printed books, Samaritan manuscripts and the collections of Moses Gaster. Providing this forum for new research will increase knowledge of European Judaica libraries and the resources and methods needed for their effective study, and create the networks needed to advance such scholarship. The funds provided by the European Association of Jewish Studies for this conference are earmarked for attendance of early career researchers.
8. The Western Balkan Encounter of Sepharad and Ashkenaz: Between Tradition and Change.
EAJS Conference to take place in Belgrade, Serbia from 5th to 6th July 2016.
Professor Krinka Vidaković-Petrov, Institut za književnost i umetnost (Institute for Literature and Art), Belgrade; and
Dr. Katja Smid, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Languages, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
This colloquium intends to explore the cultural and religious exchanges of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewries in the regional space of the Western Balkans and the transformation they experienced in the transition from tradition to modernity. As a country in which there were substantial communities of the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim Yugoslavia was a specific and extremely interesting case in the European framework, providing material for the study of a variety of issues regarding Jewish history, heritage, identity and creativity. The proposed EAJS conference is a pioneering effort to bring together experts in different fields, generate new insights into the relationship between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, confront various perspectives of research, and encourage further research and academic programs in Jewish Studies.
9. Jewish Languages.
EAJS Conference to take place in London from 28th to 29th July 2016.
Professor Markham Geller, Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London; and
Dr Lily Kahn, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London.
This conference is dedicated to the rich array of vernacular and written linguistic varieties other than Hebrew employed by Jews throughout history. Recently there has been a growing scholarly recognition of the significance of theoretical and descriptive research into these Jewish languages, including varieties with a long and in some cases substantial written tradition such as Aramaic, Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-French, and Karaim, as well as less well attested, scantily documented, and primarily oral varieties such as Judeo-Berber, Judeo-Turkish, Jewish Hungarian, Jewish Russian, and Jewish secret languages. The conference will bring together established scholars who have conducted pioneering work on Jewish languages with younger researchers who are contributing to this emerging field of enquiry.