„1st Annual Conference of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies: Jewish Studies in 21st Century. Prague – Europe – World“ will take place on October 17-21, 2012 in Prague, in the Clam-Gallas Palace.
The First Annual Conference of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies: Jewish Studies in Twenty First Century: Prague – Europe - World. The First Annual Conference is conceived as a pilot. It aims at emphasizing the potential of Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague and at other academic institutions in Czech Republic. The conference is open to full topical diversity, focusing both older and new periods of Jewish history in Central and Eastern Europe. The topical diversity, covering select issues from the perspective of general and cultural history, literary history and theory, religious studies and anthropology, will present the Jewish Studies in their contemporary form as a complex discipline, studying historical and contemporary issues pertaining to Jewish people and Judaism from multidisciplinary perspective with the emphasis on comparative approaches and using variable methodological and heuristic tools.
The key-note speaker and official guest of the Conference is Professor Hillel Kieval, Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at the Washington University of St. Louis. His groundbreaking monograph The Making of Czech Jewry: National Conflict and Jewish Society in Bohemia, 1870-1918 (Oxford University Press, 1988) has been recently published in Czech translation (Paseka Publisher, 2012).