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International Conferences on Jewish Studies

International Conferences on Jewish Studies

International conferences on Jewish Studies organized by Sefer Center take place every year in Moscow since 1994. 26 annual international conferences have already been held (1994–2019). This is the only large-scale interdisciplinary conference on Jewish studies in the entire post-Soviet space. It is the unique academic meeting place for the researchers from around the world who work with different aspects of Jewish Studies from Biblical Studies to the History of the State of Israel, from Jewish philosophy to Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish literature and art, history of the Jews in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, etc.

During 19942017 Sefer Center annually published proceedings of the International conferences on Jewish Studies. Since 2018, the Sefer Center seized to publish conference proceedings in favor of the publication of a new academic peer-reviewed "Judaic-Slavic Journal".

Recently Center "Sefer" in cooperation with the Center for Slavic-Jewish studies the Institute of Slavic studies organized the 27th International conference on Jewish studies (Moscow, July 11-13, 2021).

We plan to alternate winter and summer conferences, keeping the new frequency of the conference - once a year and a half.

The conference program usually includes sections reflecting traditional areas of Judaism (biblical and Talmudic studies, Jewish thought, Jewish history of different periods, Judeo-Christian relations, the Holocaust, Israeli studies, languages and literature, art, Ethnology, demography, genealogy, museums and archives, etc.). Topics that allow for an interdisciplinary approach to research are welcome. Reports of graduate students and young researchers, as shown by the positive experience of the past few years, are included in the youth panels of the conference with the participation of specially invited debaters.

More detailed information about the recent 27th Conference is presented atConference website

Sincerely, organizing Committee.

The reports on the previous conferences can be found below on this page.


XXII International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies

XXII International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies

XXII International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies took place on 1st – 3d of February in Golitsyno (near Moscow). The conference was organized by Center “Sefer” with financial support by Joint, Russian Jewish Congress, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and Genesis Charity Foundation. During its long history annual conferences became the basic meeting place for the researchers and central scientific forum for Jewish Studies.

Around 150 researchers from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Israel and USA participated in the conference.

The conference was opened with the greetings of chairperson of Sefer’s academic board and general secretary of EAJK Mikhail Chlenov, director of the Sefer Center Victoria Mochalova, representer of the Jerusalem branch of Joint committee Michael Beizer and first secretary of the Israel embassy in Russian Federation Boris Belodubrovskiy.

Two lectures were held on the first plenary session: The Medieval Jewish Ethno-

Genetic Mythologies (Mikhail Chlenov) and From the Myth to the Logos, from the Logos to the Myth: the Paradoxes of Public Consciousness (Arkady Kovelman).

The program included the following sections: Jewish World in the Architecture, Memoirs and Music, The Holocaust: the Analysis of the Sources in the Historical Memory Context, Museum Collections and Expositions, Jews in the Diaspora: Contacts and Conflicts, The Bible: Research and Interpretation, Jewish Literature. Literary Connections, Non-Ashkenazic Jewish Communities, History of the Jews in Eastern Europe, Faith and Reason in the History of the Jewish Though and Culture, Jews in the Russian Empire, The State of Israel. Politics, Economics and International Relations, Special Historical Disciplines: Prosopography, Genealogy, Epigraphics and Biographics, Jews in the USSR and on the Post-Soviet Territories.

Also on the conference took place the round table Electronic Databases on Jewish Studies: the Search for Collaboration and the Development Perspectives.

As usually there was also a ceremony of presenting the grants from Prof. Eugene Weiners Fellowships Award. This year the grants were presented to Alexander Ivanov (Saint-Petersburg), Victor Kelner (Saint-Petersburg) and Efim Melamed (Kiev).

There was a big presentation of new books and editions on Jewish Studies, where performed different publishing houses fromRussia,UkraineandIsraelas well as authors themselves.

(you can download the full program of the conference by clicking the image)


Feedback from the participant:

I want to thank you again for all of your assistance and hospitality. I thought it was a very good conference. I learned a great deal and I also had a good time. I know that this was mainly because of all of your work and because of your great team.

Shaul Stampfer (Jerusalem)

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