On 26 and 27 May 2010, the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London will host an international conference: Antisemitism in Hungary and Poland: Genealogies, Transitions, Practices.
On the first day, researchers from European countries and the US will discuss the genealogies of antisemitism and focus on four crucial arenas: religious traditions, the popular press, visions of the body politic, and the Communist movement. The second day investigates the role of antisemitism in the period of transition by focusing on the image of ‘the Jew’ in the 1980s in Polish and Hungarian culture, the function of antisemitism in cultural memory, antisemitism and new media, constituencies of antisemitic ideology, and the conflation of other exclusionary visions such as anti-Roma racism and homophobia. Both perspectives, the historical-genealogical as well as the contemporary, are presented by specialists on Poland and Hungary, which invited discussants will contrast, offering critical reflections.
The conference, organized in cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES, UCL) is the culmination of a project initiated in 2006 by the late Professor John Klier and led by Dr François Guesnet, Elizabeth and Sydney Corob Lecturer in Modern Jewish History, UCL. The main investigator is Dr Gwen Jones, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The workshop and research project are generously funded by the Rothschild Foundation Europe.
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Attendance is free, but prior registration is required. To register, or for the further information, please contact Ms Agnieszka Oleszak, Project Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
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