Call for Papers: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence is an international conference taking place as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, in Krakow, Poland. The final call for papers is currently open until 11th May 2018.

The conference will take place from 3-7 September 2018 and will examine the pasts, presents and futures for urban areas with Jewish heritage. The theme of the papers accepted so far cover the breadth of issues and opportunities that surround the history, conservation, interpretation and development of Jewish heritage in towns and cities across Europe.

The full call for papers can be found on the conference website, along with further details about the conference programme and papers that have been accepted so far.

Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program 2018-2019

You can apply to the Paideia European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm for a scholarship for their 2018-2019 One-Year Jewish Studies Program.

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German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy

Lecture Prof. Kathleen Gyssels, 2 May 2017 in Nancy

On Tuesday 2 May 2017, Prof. Kathleen Gyssels will present a lecture on "Les récits posthumes d'André Schwarz-Bart: Transhumance et transhumanisme" at the Association Culturelle Juive in Nancy (France).

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Lecture Gaston-Paul Effa, Monday 20 February 2017

Rendez-vous avec l’heure qui blesse
Lecture by the author and philosopher Gaston-Paul Effa, moderated by Prof. Kathleen Gyssels
Monday 20 February 2017 at 20h00
Hotel Ter Elst, Kattenbroek 1, 2650 Edegem

Lecture in the framework of the Conférences des Amitiés françaises

Gaston-Paul Effa est né au Cameroun et a fait ses études en France. Aujourd’hui, il mène de front la vie d’écrivain et de professeur de philosophie. Son dernier livre : ‘’Rendez-vous avec l’heure qui blesse’’ raconte l’histoire de Raphaël Elizé, premier maire noir de France en 1929, déporté à Buchenwald où il trouva la mort. Cette conférence est organisée en collaboration avec l’Université d’Anvers , section Littératures francophones postcoloniales.

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Article by Prof. Kathleen Gyssels in Études caribéennes

Click here to read the article by Prof. Kathleen Gyssels, « Rendez-vous avec l’heure qui blesse » ou l’ELÉGIE D’ÉLIZÉ de Gaston-Paul EFFA.

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

On 26 March 2015 the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) online portal was launched. The EHRI portal gives access to dispersed Holocaust sources and is a growing resource. At the time of the launch it already provided access to rich information about more than 1,800 Holocaust-related archival institutions in 51 countries, and to descriptions of tens of thousands of archival materials.

Click here to watch a short film presentation of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.
Click here to visit the portal for online searching.

Jews on the Move graduate program

Throughout recorded Jewish history, from antiquity to the present, Jews have relocated as immigrants, refugees, and travelers, and various kinds of movement - exile, migration, pilgrimage - as well as the movement of ideas and practice, have shaped Jewish history and culture. "Jews on the Move" is an intensive, week-long graduate level program. It offers the opportunity to work with internationally recognized scholars, in archives and libraries, and will include day trips in Jerusalem.
The program is geared toward graduate students from the various subfields of Jewish studies in the humanities and the social sciences, including students who are interested in various aspects of the Jewish past as well as those focused on present-day realities.

IIAS Advanced School in the Humanities
Jerusalem, July 5-9, 2015

For registration, program details and eligibility for financial support, click here.

23.03.2015 - Lecture Helmut Clahsen: "Meine Kindheit in der NS-Zeit"

On Monday March 23rd 2015, Deutschcafé organizes a lecture by Helmut Clahsen on his childhood as 'Judenbastard' during the Nazi era. The lecture starts at 19h30 in the Elsschot room of the Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13b, 2000 Antwerp.

Lecture in German.

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Book "Marrane et marronne" by Prof. K. Gyssels

The book Marrane et marronne: La co-écriture réversible d’André et de Simone Schwarz-Bart by Prof. dr. Kathleen Gyssels has been published with Brill ed.
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Book presentation - 21 January 2015, Berlin

Book Presentation at the Jewish Museum Berlin
The Book of Job. Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics
21 January 2015, 19h30
Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

The biblical book of Job is a central reference point for dealing with adversity and personal disasters, for faith and apostasy. Why does the book play such a prominent role in the project of modernity – from the Enlightenment to the present day – in literature, art, and theater?

The two editors of the first volume of the new series Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will discuss these questions with Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp and Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Moderated by Peter Schäfer, director, Jewish Museum Berlin.

For more information, click here.

Free admission/ Bookings: Tel: +49 (0)30 25 993 488 or
A cooperation with De Gruyter Publishers and the Institute of Jewish Studies, Antwerp.

The book series Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts, directed by Vivian Liska and published with De Gruyter, consists of publications resulting from conferences (co-)organized by the Institute of Jewish Studies.

Bookcover (detail), © De Gruyter Publishers

Exhibition "Verdrängte Jahre - Bahn und Nationalsozialismus in Österreich 1938-1945"

The thematic exhibition "Verdrängte Jahre - Bahn und Nationalsozialismus in Österreich 1938-1945" takes place from 4 until 7 November 2014 in the European Parliament (Brussels). This exhibiton shows the dark page in the history of the Austrian railways: the period when the Austrian Federal Railways (BBÖ) were part of the German Reichsbahn and one of the main pillars of the Nazi state in Austria.

More information in press release and online at
The exhibition is in English.

European Day of Jewish Culture

On Sunday 14 September 2014 the European Day of Jewish Culture takes place in Antwerp with central theme 'Women in Judaism'.

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