From: "Mimi Levy, Jens Neumann" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: The Interplay Between Real And Imagined Places in Judaism
The Third Conference of the PhD Program
"Makom. Place and Places in Judaism" at the University of Potsdam
26. -29. June 2005, Potsdam, Germany
Call for Papers
The Interplay Between Real And Imagined Places in Judaism
The PhD Program â*Makom. Place and Places in Judaismâ* inquires into the
meaning and construction of places in Judaism. Although considerations of
Judaism as a religion and a culture generally give priority to time and
history, the goal of the PhD Program is to draw the spatial dimension into
view and investigate experiences of place and spatial references. Jewish
studies, cultural studies, architecture, literature, religion, history,
political science, and philosophy all contribute to the interdisciplinary
work of the projects in the PhD Program, and we welcome proposals for the
conference from all of these disciplines.
This year's conference focuses on the interplay between the real, i.e., the
sensually experience-able place, and the concepts, constructions, and
meanings that are associated with it. We are interested in Jewish places
that are in equal measure physically existing as well as constructed in the
imaginary. This includes lieux de mĂŠmoire (Erinnerungsorte), insofar as
they are related to real places. After the first international conference
of the PhD Program inquired specifically into the â*Place of Judaism in the
present, 1989-2002,â* the conference in 2005 focuses on the continuity and
changes from the 18 th century until today with regard to the real and
imagined places in Judaism. Thereby media constructions and productions of
place are brought into the foreground. Acting on the assumption that
several layers of meaning are discursively inscribed onto every material
place, we aim to explore answers to questions such as:
â*˘ Why do some historical places provoke particularly enduring
constructions and myths of places?
â*˘ To what extent are the descriptions of real places derived from
different (historic, nostalgic, religious) concepts of places and to what
extent are new ones created?
â*˘ Which concepts of place make a place into a â*Jewishâ* place?
â*˘ How are the interfaces between real places and concepts of places
experienced through media (e.g., exhibitions or the internet)?
A few examples from the projects being pursued in the PhD Program â*Makomâ*
clarify the aim of the conference:
â*˘ In the tangible space of the Sukka (booth) several real and imagined
places are referenced: the local, the real and mythical Jerusalem, and the
bible as the â*portative fatherland.â*
â*˘ Through the imagination of a long-vanished real place, the literary
genre of the Ghetto story has occasioned considerations of the genuine
place of the relationship between â*Germansâ* and â*Jewsâ* and
Jewsâ* and â*Western Jewsâ* at the end of the 19 th century.
â*˘ The effective space of communication of the Jewish press is linked to
the concrete place/medium of the newspaper copy and the (distribution of
the) places of production and reading.
â*˘ Israel's â*Mediterranean Option', which has its multi-layered roots in
the region's history, gained popularity in present day Israel and offers
alternative views of identity, place, politics, culture and history.
We are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish places and
invite papers from different disciplines. Particularly welcome are
contributions with an interdisciplinary or comparative method. This is also
the case for comparisons that go beyond Judaism and whose places and
constructions of place are positioned in relationship to the one of other
Conference languages are English and German.
The paper proposal should be 1-2 pages.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 th of November 2004.
Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps, Head of the Department, PhD Program "Makom.
Place and Places in Judaism" at the University of Potsdam in cooperation
with the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam.
Please send your abstracts to:
Dr. Kerstin Armborst
Am Neuen Palais 10,
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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Meghan McKinstry
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