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>Subject: CFP: Jewish Identities and Political Stakes in Eastern and Central
>  Europe
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>Individual, Community and Nation
>Jewish Identities and Political Stakes in 
>Eastern and Central Europe (From the Age of 
>Enlightenment to the Interwar Period)
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>Dijon (I.E.P. de Paris, premier cycle est-européen)
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>December 1 - 2, 2006
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>Organizing Committee: Daniel Baric (Université 
>François Rabelais de Tours) - Tristan Coignard 
>(Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux 3) - 
>Gaëlle Vassogne (Université Paris III-Sorbonne 
>Nouvelle).
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>Scientific Committee: Bernard Banoun, Université François Rabelais, Tours
>Delphine Bechtel, Paris IV - Sorbonne
>Catherine Horel, CNRS Paris I
>Jacques Le Rider, EPHE
>Antoine Marès, Paris I
>Jean Mondot, Bordeaux 3
>Gerald Stieg, Paris III
>Céline Trautmann - Waller, Paris III
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>Languages: French, English and German
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>From the Age of Enlightenment to the interwar 
>period, Eastern and Central Europe was 
>constituted not
>only by big cultural and political entities but 
>also by « frontier territories » (as defined by 
>Claudio Magris). There were indeed numerous 
>spaces in which different political and cultural 
>minorities confronted and fought each other. In 
>that context, with regards to the question of 
>identity and political issues these minorities 
>had to face, the situation of the Jews, who were 
>divided between different emerging national 
>identities, is especially significant. Indeed, 
>the question of the construction of an 
>individual identity and of the national 
>belonging arose for them with particular 
>intensity.
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>The significance of the political and social 
>context for the definition of individual 
>identity is obvious if one defines the sense of 
>identity as does Erik H. Erikson, namely as « a 
>sense of being at one with oneself as one grows 
>and develops; and it means, at the same time, a 
>sense of affinity with a community's sense of 
>being at one with its future as well as its 
>history - or mythology ». But how can an 
>individual create an identity for himself, when 
>he lives in different communities whose 
>identities are in direct opposition to each 
>other?
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>This colloquium, designed specifically for 
>scholars at an early stage in their careers, 
>will be dedicated to analyzing individual Jewish 
>careers. The colloquium aims to bring to the 
>fore the mechanisms by which a personal identity 
>is constructed within a complex environment, be 
>it in the private sphere (for example by means 
>of personal archives or libraries, 
>autobiographical writings, etc.) or public 
>sphere (eg. through the conscious adherence to a 
>political or cultural community). In the process 
>of identity construction, the individual directs 
>his/her attention outwards, developing 
>affinities with a given community or consciously 
>refusing such affiliations. It seems possible to 
>make the hypothesis for a process of personal 
>development comprised of three stages: a phase 
>of appropriation of outside elements, a phase of 
>synthesis (which corresponds to the construction 
>of individual identity) and a phase of 
>inscription of the latter into a political 
>project. In some cases, the individual can 
>refuse this inscription and choose to distance 
>her/himself from society, however, this refusal 
>itself bears a political dimension that should 
>also be analyzed.
>
>The papers should engage this hypothesis by 
>analyzing one or several emblematic individual 
>careers within a « frontier territory », in a 
>space and at a time when the question of 
>national belongings is particularly significant, 
>and by examining the political issues at stake 
>in such contexts.
>
>Abstracts (maximum one page) and CV should be 
>sent to: [log in to unmask]
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>The deadline for receipt of proposals is March 31, 2006.

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