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2nd International conference “Jewish Diasporas in Europe and Beyond: Fieldwork and Source Studies”

Dear colleagues and friends!

We are happy to announce the call for papers for the 2nd International conference “Jewish Diasporas in Europe and Beyond: Fieldwork and Source Studies” that is organized by the Department of European Studies at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS. The conference will be held in our Museum (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) in November, 6-8, 2017.

This conference continues the tradition of the academic forum “Petersburg – Israel. An Intellectual Dialogue” that has been conceptualized and created by Prof. Natalia V. Yukhnyova as an intellectual meeting point for discussions and evaluation of results within the academic community of Russia and Israel. This conference took place in Kunstkamera and Russian Ethnographic Museum for times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013).

In 2015 our conference got a new title, and nowadays it better fits the main research projects of the Department of European Studies (MAE RAS). We warmly welcome the papers based on fieldwork materials, as well as museum and archive research.

The conference will be aimed at discussing the following issues and topics:

  • The History and Ethnography of the Jewish Diaspora in Europe
  • Jewish Language(s) and Folklore in Europe
  • Jewish Communities around the World
  • Jews and their Neighbors: Folk Religiosity, Stereotypes and Images of Jews
  • Politics of Memory: Memorialization of Jewish Culture and Museum Preservation of the Holocaust (Shoah) in European states
  • Jews in Leningrad / Petersburg (In Memoriam of Prof. Natalia V. Yukhnyova)


The program of the conference will include (according to participants’ choice) the excursions to the display “Jewish History and Culture in Russia” (Russian Ethnographic Museum) and all permanent displays of MAE. We are also going to visit the Grand Choral Synagogue (Saint-Petersburg).

In order to participate in the conference we kindly ask to send the title and a short abstract of your paper (app. 200 words) no later than May, 15, 2017 at our e-mail: eurojews@gmail.com

The notification as to whether the proposal has been accepted will be sent by June, 01, 2017.

The languages of the conference are Russian and English.

The organizers do not cover accommodation or travel expenses, there is no participation fee.

Foreign participants will be assisted with invitation letters and visa obtaining processes.

We are planning to publish the volume with selected articles (in Russian and English).


In case of any questions concerning the conference you may also contact us directly:

Natalia Golant: +7-921-976-88-96, natalita1977@yandex.ru

Alexander Novik: +7-911-990-93-93, njual@mail.ru

Denis Ermolin: +7-904-610-37-53, denis.ermolin@gmail.com


We will be pleased to meet you in Saint-Petersburg!