Contemporary Jewish life in a global modernity
Comparative European perspectives on a changing diaspora – International Conference (in English)
The fall of the Iron Curtain has opened possibilities for a Jewish revival across Europe. In the past twenty-five years, parallel trends of secularization, grass roots movements, religious pluralization and new discourses on the definition of Jewish identities have emerged. The conference brings together international scholars to explore the different forms of Jewish life in contemporary Europe and the challenges and possibilities these present for the future.
11 December 2014: 7:30 pm
The Future of European Jewry
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marks the start of a revitalization of Jewish life in Europe. Historian Diana Pinto (PhD, Paris) is currently one of the most important advocates of a strong European Jewish identity. Twenty-five years after this iconic event, she reflects on progress and setbacks and what these developments could mean for European Jews in the future. Open to the public, this evening lecture is part of the conference »Contemporary Jewish life in a global modernity.« Isolde Charim (PhD, Vienna) will be present to comment on the talk.
In cooperation with Stiftung »Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft« (EVZ) and Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS).
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Cilly Kugelmann, Program Director, Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Panel 1 - Contemporary Jewish Life: Between Jewish Lifestyle, Individualization and Mutual Forms of Belonging
Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/American University, Washington DC, USA
Panel 2 - Jews by Choice? Jewish Diasporas and the Changing Role of Religion
Chair: Cilly Kugelmann, Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Friday, December 12, 2014
Panel 3 - 25 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain: Russian-Jewish Migration and the Formation of a Transnational Community
Chair: Prof. Dr. Atina Grossmann, Cooper Union, New York/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Panel 4 - What kind of future? European Jewry revisited
Chair: Prof. Dr. Raphael Gross, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt/Leo Baeck Institute London
Where, when, what?
11 + 12 December 2014, 11 December: 2 - 6:30 pm, 12 December: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm