Jewish-Polish-German realms of memory. A triple neighbourhood - Berlin April/19 #germany

Yvonne Stern

Conference in Berlin, April 15,.2019, Berlin at the

Zentrum fuer Historische Forschung der Polnischen Akademie der
Wissenschaften Berlin
(Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences Berlin)

The exploration of multilateral Jewish-Polish-German relations is
crucial for the reading and understanding of the deeper content of
European culture. In order for this reading to be correct, it is
necessary to distinguish and take into account several overlapping
perspectives: the inner- Jewish and the external one, resulting >from the
perception of the Jewish world by non-Jews and vice versa. The long-term
continuity and development of the Ashkenazic Diaspora tradition and the
interruption of this continuity caused by the Holocaust are reflected in
the asymmetry between the Jewish and non-Jewish memory cultures.
Recalling the key contents and threads of this "interrupted" tradition
and memory is the most important goal of the conference.

The methodology of the project rests on the concept of lieu
de m=C3=A9moire
(Pierre Nora, Hagen Schulze, Etienne Fran=C3=A7ois), which overlaps
with the notion of ha-makom (a place - singular, in Hebrew) rooted in Jewish
tradition. Its key position in Jewish culture developed >from the need to
maintain cultural continuity in the context of the diaspora, and the
concomitant variability of references to geographic locations.
Consequently, the ha-mekomot (the plural form) have become shared realms
of memory, places of reference and recollection, realms of departure,
and of return. Because of this, Jewish culture and tradition is
primarily a culture of memory. For the Jewish community and diaspora,
memory and realms of memory, as well as ways of commemorating are vital
instances of shared reference.

Diverting >from national historiographies, we expect the research
presented during the conference to define anew the relationship
between the three communities mentioned above, and to rest on two
research perspectives: the Beziehungsgeschichte or the 'history of
mutual relations', and 'history of the second degree', i.e., studies on
cultures of memory. Such point of view emphasizes the multilateral
influences between the different communities. The interaction can take
place both between nations/peoples and nation-states and between
entities that are regional, religious, class or gender in nature.

An interesting focal point is the history of particular realms of memory
(e.g. concepts and ideas, events, people and places).We are also
interested in tracing the process how they developed, evolved and
changed their meaning in all three cultures. The fundamental questions
to be answered would be: How did they emerge and how did they merge into
Polish and German cultural spaces? What forms did they take and how
were/are they manifested? Finally, we would like to define their current
place in the memory of all three cultures. Possible examples of such
common realms of memory would be: Polin, shtetl, Ashkenaz, Golem, the
Eternal Jew, Alilat Dam, the Messiah. However, we are open to individual
proposals of Jewish-Polish-German realms of memory.

We would like to invite to participate in our conference scholars of
broadly understood humanities: i.e. history, art history, literature and
linguistics (Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Polish), cultural sciences, gender
studies, Jewish studies, etc. The research questions do not require to
be chronologically confined.

Please submit your paper proposals as abstracts (250 words) in English
along with a short academic CV until April 15th, 2019, to:
phone: + 49 30 486 285 58.

The conference will be held in English (no translation provided), and is
preliminarily scheduled for Septemebr 4th-5th, 2019.

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of Sciences Berlin


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Posted by Yvonne Stern, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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