colloque “urban Jewish heritage”



We are delighted to announce a new international Conference which is taking place as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence is being held from 3-7 September 2018 in the World Heritage City of Krakow, Poland. The Conference will bring together academics, planners, policy makers and community leaders to examine and discuss the pasts, presents and futures for cities with Jewish Heritage, particularly in Europe.

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and absence. This Conference seeks to explore themes such as sustainability, tourism, conservation, representation and interpretation of urban Jewish heritage across different sectors and disciplines.

The Conference is being organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, in association with the City of Krakow and the Villa Decius Association, Poland.

Professor Mike Robinson, Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage said of the Conference:

‘The cultural diversity of every city is an essential heritage resource; it forms part of the narrative of place. In this Conference we wish towns and cities across Europe to focus upon how they can re-vitalise, interpret and be proud of their Jewish Heritage in its tangible and intangible forms, not only for the present Jewish community but for wider society and future generations. We are delighted to be working with our Polish partners to bring you this important International Conference and to focus on state of the art research, policy and practice that will be of value to many urban centres.’ 

Michael Mail, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage added:

‘The Jewish people have a vast cultural heritage that has produced many unique and beautifully constructed buildings.  However the tragic events of the 20th century have meant that many Jewish communities simply disappeared leaving buildings unused and highly vulnerable. There has in recent years been growing interest in preserving, and presenting, Jewish heritage right across Europe.  With 2018 designated by the EU the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’, this seemed an excellent moment to bring together leading theorists and practitioners working on Jewish heritage to consider collectively the various models that are emerging and the issues and questions these pose; to look at both achievements and challenges ahead.’

The call for papers is now open, and we encourage participation from the fullest range of disciplines and sectors. To read the full call for papers, with details of the indicative themes of the Conference, and information on how to submit an abstract, please click on the link below. The deadline to submit a 300 word abstract is 9th April 2017.

« Juifs disparus : enjeux de mémoire. Entre redécouverte et appropriation »

Colloque international du GDRI CNRS SAJ et Chaire d’histoire des Juifs et du judaïsme

LUNDI 12 JUIN 2017

Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Géopolis, salle 2121

9h 30 Accueil des participants

Chantal Bordes Benayoun et Jacques Ehrenfreund


Introduction. Jacques Ehrenfreund, UNIL, Une absence si présente. Quelques remarques sur la place des Juifs dans les imaginaires.

Modératrice : Muriel Katz, UNIL

Martine Benoit, Université de Lille, Histoire juive et Shoah dans la littérature est-allemande après la chute du Mur : (re)mémoration chez Jakob Hein et Wladimir Kaminer.

Paul Zawadzki, Université Paris 1 Sorbonne, Passé juif et projet démocratique. Réappropriation de soi et travail de la reflexivité historique en Pologne (1975-2005)

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Judaism and Jewishness: socio-anthropological perspectives

The goal of this carnet is at least threefold :

  • the first goal is to combine research works developed in the filed of sociology and anthropology related to Jewish studies, in different countries. Not only ailing from European or American (both north and south) countries, but also from countries where Jewish studies still play a marginal and isolated role (Morocco, Egypt, certain eastern countries…).
  • Another goal is to inform researches conducted in other subjects, starting from the cases considered in the field of Jewish studies. In a world that is both extremely connected and at the same time confronted with new divisions and the strengthening of borders, both material and symbolic, this carnet constitutes a kind laboratory not only to grasp forms of distinction and affiliation, but also dynamics of local integration and marginality, between Israel, considered as the central reference for Jewishness and Judaism, and diasporas with their multiple affiliations and spaces of reference. In addition to contributing to the understanding of the topic “Judaism”, whose contours are continuously redefined by the tensions between its center and its margins, the scientific approach here proposed takes part in the debate of different disciplines making use each time of an angle particularly appropriate to each one of them. Continuer la lecture de Judaism and Jewishness: socio-anthropological perspectives

Socio-anthropologie des judaïcités

L’objectif de ce carnet est au moins triple :

  • mettre en dialogue les recherches en sociologie et anthropologie  du fait juif, développées dans différents pays: non seulement en France, en Italie, en Suisse ou en Espagne, en Israël, aux Etats-Unis, au Canada, au Brésil ou encore en Argentine, mais aussi dans des pays où ces recherches restent plus ou moins marginales et isolées (Maroc, Egypte, certains pays de l’Est Europe);
  • éclairer les recherches conduites dans les aires culturelles diversifiées à partir de l’exemple du monde juif. Ce dernier constitue de fait une sorte de laboratoire pour saisir, dans un monde tout à la fois intensément connecté et confronté à des nouvelles divisions et au renforcement des frontières, tant matérielles que symboliques, les régimes de distinction et d’affiliation, les ancrages locaux et les dynamiques d’extranéité, entre Israël – comme foyer ou référence de la judéité et du judaïsme – et des diasporas aux multiples espaces de référence. Au-delà de la contribution à la compréhension de l’objet « judaïsme », dont les contours doivent continuellement être redéfinis, car constamment retravaillés par la tension entre des centres et des marges de plus en plus nombreuses,  la démarche scientifique prend part aux débats des différentes disciplines par un angle d’approche particulièrement approprié;

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