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International Conference «Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards» (Warsaw, 2-4 October 2017)

Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards

International Conference at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Warsaw, Poland

2-4 October 2017

 

The Russian revolutions of 1917 played a key role in defining the 20th century by virtue of the processes they launched, the entities they helped create and the reactions they triggered. The legacies of these transformative events and their aftermath, not least the collapse of empires and the birth of nation-states, still reverberate in many ways throughout Eastern and Central Europe.

This conference, “Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards,” to be held at the POLIN Museum is the second of a three-part series. The ­1rst stage, “The Hundred-Year Legacy of the Russian Revolution and the World Today: How the Revolution Divided, Uni­ed, and Shaped a Continent,” is being held at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center) in Washington, D.C. on April 3-5, 2017. The ­nal conference is scheduled for December 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

With the NADAV Foundation’s support, POLIN Museum, the Nevzlin Center, and the Kennan Institute are inviting presentations from Central and Eastern Europe scholars (particularly from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) aimed at reassessing the profound implications of the events of 1917-1918 through a regional lens. While focusing on the Jewish experience, the participants will revisit the shared past of many nationalities throughout this area. The objective of this scholarly platform is to spark new conversations on the meaning of the nation-state and its narratives. Prevalent themes of our sessions will include radical change, war and violence. What is more, we will explore how these phenomena have found expression in collective memories, migration, integration, and other socio-cultural developments.

To this end, the organizers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that address, inter alia, the following forces that the Russian revolutions set in motion throughout Central and Eastern Europe:

• Co-existence of Jews and non-Jews before and after the wars: between pragmatic alliances and anti-Semitism.

• Jews and hegemonic national groups – allegiance and estrangement, Jewish vectors of assimilation and acculturation.

• Gender in the aftermath of 1917-1918: Jewish and non-Jewish facets.

• Jewish chapters, understated or otherwise, of current national narratives and the historical memory of these fateful years.

All proposals should constitute original, wide-ranging, multifaceted research that has yet to be presented in any academic forum. Written proposals of 200-300 words and a brief CV are to be sent to: conference1917@polin.pl no later than April 30, 2017. Travel expenses, including accommodations in Warsaw, will be covered by the organizers. The conference organizers reserve the right to publish proceedings from the conference.

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