The Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University Of Warsaw
The Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History (Aiesee)
The Balkan Mediterranean Commission
cordially invite you to attend a lecture by
Professor AMIKAM NACHMANI
Department of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan Israel
Greece-Israel-Turkey; Orthodox Christians-Jews-Muslims: Discord and Cooperation in the East Mediterranean
The lecture and discussion will take place as part of the seminar of Professor SHEVAH WEISS
(Centre for Research on Modern Israel, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, University of Warsaw), who will be the Chair.
Participants of the discussion:
KONSTANTY GEBERT and PRZEMYSŁAW KORDOS, PhD (Faculty of “Artes Liberales”).
8 May 2018, 4.45 p.m., 67/69 Nowy Świat St.,
Lecture Theatre (right side from Nowy Świat St., ground floor)
A Joke That Stretched for Two and a Half Years.
The Portrait of Goli otok in Serbian Literary and Historical Discourse at the End of the 20th and the Beginning of the 21st Century
For years the topic of communist prison camps in Yugoslavia had been absent from the public media both in the country itself and abroad. A real breakthrough occurred as late as in the 1980s with the publication of the memoirs of former prisoners that depicted the experiences of their stay in the camp. There is a range of publications, both memoirs and fiction, dominated by the issue of the past prison experiences. However, there is an actual lack of critical texts, particularly historical and literary or cultural, focusing on the analysis of literary representations of repressions in communist Yugoslavia. The main aim of this book is to show that in Serbia both documentaries and literature are significant media in reflection on Goli otok labour camp, and to trace the ways of remembering and transmitting memories of this historical experience.
ISBN 978–83–7181–986–5 (DiG)
ISBN 979–10–95627–24–1 (La Rama)
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE RECTOR MAGNIFICUS
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW
Professor Marcin Pałys
D’ÉTUDES DU SUD-EST EUROPÉEN (AIESEE)
POLISH COMMISSION OF BALKAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
2nd Warsaw AIESEE International Workshop
The Balkan Jews & the Minority Issue in South-Eastern Europe
7th – 9th November 2016
Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Dobra 72, Warsaw
MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER
- 8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
- 9:00 – 10:30
OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE
Robert A. Sucharski (Dean of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”)
Răzvan Theodorescu (Secretary General of AIESEE)
Jolanta Sujecka (Chair of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History)
Răzvan Theodorescu (Secretary General of AIESEE) Herzl’s dream. European Jewry between East and West
Dragi Gjorgiev (Institute of National History, Republic of Macedonia) Non-Muslims in ottoman society: Ottoman Jews in the Balkan
- 10:30 – 11:45 SESSION I
MODERATOR: RĂZVAN THEODORESCU
Benedetto Ligorio (Sapienza University of Rome), Connecting cultures, cross-cultural trade networks of Ragusan Sephardim in 16th and 17th centuries
Wojciech Sajkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), The image of the Balkan Jews in French travelogues in 19th century
Kujtim Nuro (Turkish and Ottoman Studies Association, Toronto), Jewish population in Albanian territories according to Ottoman yearbooks (1870 – 1912)
Miloš M. Damjanović (University in Priština, Kosovska Mitrovica), The status of Jews in Kosovo and Metohija and Relations towards other Peoples in the Final Decades of the Ottoman Occupation (1876-1912)
Paweł Michalak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), The Jews and the so-called “Jewish question” in the interwar Yugoslavia according to the newspaper “Politika”
- 11:45 – 12:05 DISCUSSION
- 12:05 – 12:20 COFFEE BREAK
- 12:20 – 13:20 SESSION II
MODERATOR: RẰZVAN THEODORESCU
Bouroutis Andreas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), ”From a thriving community to a minority”. The Jewish commu nity of Thessaloniki and the incorporation of the city to the Greek state
Shaban Sinani (The Academy of Sciences of Albania), Quelque actes internationaux atténuant l’entrée des juifs en Albanie pendant les deux guerres mondiales/ Some international acts that facilitated the emigration of Jews to Albania in the period between the two World Wars
Artan Puto (European University Institute, Florence), The League of Nations projects on Jewish settlements in Albania (1934-1935)
Irina Lyubomirova Ognyanova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Jewry-related Discourse in Bulgaria in the Interwar Period
- 13:20- 13:40 DISCUSSION
- 13:40 – 15:00 LUNCH BREAK
- 15:00 – 15:45 SESSION III
MODERATOR: JĘDRZEJ PASZKIEWICZ
Amikam Nachmani (Bar Ilan University), Greeks, Jews, Greece, Israel: The 1940s Greek Civil War as a Microcosm
Olimpia Dragouni (Humboldt University of Berlin), The narratives on Jews: Bosnian Muslims between SS Handżar and Sarajevo Resolution
Jonna Rock (Humboldt University of Berlin), A Sephardic Story from Sarajevo
- 15:45 – 16:00 DISCUSSION
- 16:00 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
- 16:15 – 17:00 SESSION IV
MODERATOR: JĘDRZEJ PASZKIEWICZ
Guido Franzinetti (University of Eastern Piedmont), Albanian Jews in Communist Albania and after: a historical overview
Alexander Novik (Russian Academy of Sciences), Jewish population in Albania in the 20th century: historical presence and modern situation
Natalia Golant (Russian Academy of Sciences), Mutual Influences in the Family Rites of Moldavian Jews and Their Neighbors (According to the Materials of Fieldwork in the Republic of Moldova)
- 17:00- 17:10 DISCUSSION
- 17:10- 18:30 SESSION V
MODERATOR: JONNA ROCK
Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste), The Jewish Philanthropic Associations of Western Europe and the Question of Serbian And Romanian Jews (1878-1920)
Emanuela Constantini (University of Perugia), Compromise or denial? Bucharest Jews in the Romanian nation-state.
Bojan Mitrović (University of Trieste), The Struggle for Social Recognition of Belgrade Jews after 1878: Life and Works of Haim S. Davičo (1854-1916) and David Albala (1886-1942) in a Comparative Context
Aleksandar Kadijević (University of Belgrade), Between national style and modern reform: Jewish civil engineers and architects in Serbia (1900-1941)
- 18:30-19:15 RACHEL KESSELMAN (PRESIDENT-FOUNDER OF ‘YIDDELE MEMORY’), PRESENTATION OF RADOMSKO, THE FIRST JEWISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM IN EUROPE
TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER
- 9:00 – 10:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Agnieszka August-Zarębska (University of Wrocław), Language and Literature of Sephardic Jews. The Balkan Context
- 10:00 – 11:30 SESSION VI
MODERATOR: AGNIESZKA AUGUST-ZARĘBSKA
Agata Grzybowska (University of Warsaw), Hecataeus of Abdera and the first Greek-Jewish Literary Encounters in the Hellenistic Period
Magdalena Matuszewska (University of Warsaw), Jewish Sacred Poetry in the Ottoman Empire on the Basis of Manuscript from the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw
Michael Halévy (The Institute for the History of the German Jews, IGDJ), A Sefardi kina (endecha) from Karnobat, Bulgaria
Floresha Dado (The Academy of Sciences of Albania), The Pretty Jevrenija and Qyste Jahudia in the Albanian Epos of the Warriors
Krzysztof Usakiewicz (University of Warsaw), The Image of a Jew in Karaghiozis Greek Shadow Theatre
Aleksandra Twardowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), The Status of Judeo-Spanish in Yugoslavia until 1941
- 11:30 – 11:45 DISCUSSION
- 11:45 – 12:00 COFFEE BREAK
- 12:00 – 13:00 SESSION VII
MODERATOR: KRINKA VIDAKOVIĆ-PETROV
Katarzyna Taczyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), “I had a turbulent past…”: Jewish issues in Ženi Lebl’s au tobiographical prose
Przemysław Kordos (University of Warsaw), The Jews of Ioannina in the Dimitris Chatzis’s prose
Magdalena Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), ‘The Sephardic Woman in Bosnia’: Intercultural Survival Strategies (Laura Papo Bohoreta – Muhamed Nezirovi ć – Gordana Kuić)
Ljiljana Dobrovšak (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar), The Croatian Zionist magazine “Židov” and Bosnian Sephardic
- 13:00 – 13:20 DISCUSSION
- 13:20 – 15:00 LUNCH BREAK
- 15:00 – 16:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Nadége Ragaru (Sciences PO CERI, Paris), Judging Anti-Jewish Crimes before Nuremberg: The Case of the Bulgarian People’s Court (1944-1945)
- 16:00 – 16:45 SESSION VIII
MODERATOR: NADÉGE RAGARU
Pedro Badenas (Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean, Madrid), The Taboo on collaboration and Indifference during the Holocaust in Greece
Bojan Aleksov (School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL), Jewish Refugees in the Balkans: Entangled Perspectives on Second World War and the Holocaust
Vladimir Iliescu (University Aachen), The rescue of a third of the Jewish Population of Cernăuţi (Romania) from the deportation to Transnistria
- 16:45 – 17:00 DISCUSSION
- 17:00 – 17:15 COFFEE BREAK
- 17:15 – 18:00 SESSION IX
MODERATOR: NADÉGE RAGARU
Marco Clementi (University of Calabria), The Rhodes Jewish Community under the Italian Rule. From Control to Deportation.
Jolanta Mindak-Zawadzka (University of Warsaw), Jews and Albanians. Prolegomena.
Kateřina Králová (Charles University in Prague), Greeks or Jews? The Problem of Jewish Identity and Citizenship in Post-War Greece
- 18:00 – 18:20 DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER
- 9:00 – 10:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Konstanty Gebert (Gazeta Wyborcza), Wars and Jews in the Balkans: Some Reflections of an Onlooker
- 10:00 – 11:15 SESSION X
MODERATOR: KONSTANTY GEBERT
Tijana Zebić (University of Belgrade), Jewish community in Pirot: Public and religious identity in the Balkan Ottoman town from the Tansimat reforms period to the WWI
Mateusz Maleszka (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Acculturation of Galician Jews in Bosnia
Krinka Vidaković-Petrov (University of Belgrade), Jewish Identity in Yugoslavia Before and After the Shoah
Kyrillos Nikolaou (Paris-Sorbonne University), Changing geopolitics and the Migrations in the eve of the 20th century: Balkan Jews, Balkan Greeks
Răzvan Mitu (University of Craiova), Ethnic-Political Relationships in Post-Communist Bulgaria.
- 11:15 – 11:30 DISCUSSION
- 11:30 – 11:45 COFFEE BREAK
- 11:45 – 13:00 SESSION XI
MODERATOR: KONSTANTY GEBERT
Yorgos Christidis (University of Macedonia), The Jewish community in post-Communist Bulgaria. State policy and community evolution.
Denis S. Ermolin (Russian Academy of Sciences), Jewish Cemeteries in Pristina (Kosovo) as Places of Memory
Ivana Manić & Miloš Manić (University of Niš), The case of Jewish cemetery in Niš
Mirella Korzeniewska-Wiszniewska (Jagiellonian University), Ethnic policy of Slovenia in the face of European regulations on minorities
Dzmitry Shavialiou (Belarusian State University), Jews of Moldova in the post-Soviet era
- 13:00 – 13:15 DISCUSSION
- 13:15 – 13:40 CLOSING REMARKS
- 13:40 – 16:00 LUNCH BREAK
- 17:00 – 20:00 POLIN – VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF POLISH JEWS
We kindly remind you that you have 15 minutes for your lecture.
We intend to print the materials in the 6th number of “Colloquia Balkanica”.
The standardized text in English, up to 15 pages in MS WORD .doc or .docx format, should be sent to the organizers by 30th of January 2017 at the address given below:
The Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History informs colleagues that fourth volume of the series Colloquia Balkanica “The Image of Russia in the Balkans” (edited by Jolanta Sujecka and Krzysztof Usakiewicz) has been published in Warsaw by Wydawnictwo DiG.
ISBN 978–83–7181–972–8 (DiG)
ISBN 979–10–95627–15–9 (La Rama)
From the Introduction:
“In some aspects, The Image of Russia in the Balkans continues the first book in the series, The Semantics of Russia in the Balkans, though the present volume definitely contains more extensive material and covers more issues. The image of Russia presented in the papers making up the volume, though multi-themed, seems to split into two main types depending on ethnogenesis and language on the one hand and religion on the other. One might think that there is a Slavic image of Russia, which involves the Slavic cultures of the Balkans, and an Orthodox image, which is Greek and to some degree Albanian and Romanian. This would be the result of the dual discourse developed by Russia with regard to the Balkans that Pedro Bádenas de la Peña writes about.
Meanwhile, Balkan images of Russia create more of a multi-layered structure subordinated to Balkan cultural perception while also conducting a dialogue with Russia and its legacy. Developing from the Byzantine tradition, the Balkans and Russia essentially form a space of mutual ties that goes far beyond the cliché of liberator and liberated.
Opening up to influences coming from South-Eastern Europe in times when the Ottoman threat was increasing, Russia in a way repaid its “debt” incurred in the early 18th century by sending teachers and books to the Habsburg town of Karlowitz (Sremski Karlovci, Karlovatz). (…)
Thus everything came full circle: having taken in refugees from South-Eastern Europe, Russia (…) returned to Turkish Europe, to the Balkans, as a player but also an ideologue, wanting to liberate but also to decide. The only thing is, contrary to the European powers, Russia was a part of that world, which is why its role in the Balkans was different, and this is what the present volume sets out to show.”
2nd Warsaw AIESEE International Workshop
“The Balkan Jews & the Minority Issue in South-Eastern Europe”
Organized by the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History
Faculty of “Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw
Warsaw 7th – 9th November 2016
Call for Papers
The Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History as a full member of Association Internationale d’Etudes du Sud-Est Européen (AIESEE) has existed since the 10th Congress of AIESEE in Paris held in 2009. In 2011, the Commission organized the first AIESEE Conference “The Image of Russia in the Balkans”.
The second AIESEE Warsaw Conference designed as an educational workshop is dedicated to the topic of Balkan Jews. The minority issue should not only be considered as a significant context for the main topic but also as an exemplification of Balkan specific and unique character which is a result of linguistic and cultural convergence.
In the Balkans a multilevel network of mutual cultural relations has been created including language, tradition, religion, literature as well as identity. It seems that in the region which has functioned as a multiethnic and multireligious whole for the centuries, a specific model of multiethnic relations appeared, based on balancing between preserving own ethnic distinctness and integrating with the dominant culture.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss the character of relations in the Balkans and to understand tolerance in mutual interethnic relations. During the discussion we would like to focus on the following topics:
• Jews’ status in the Ottoman Empire and interethnic relations in the Balkans
• Sephardic culture and its intercultural relations in the Balkans: literature, language, religion
• Legacy of multiethnic empire and the minority issue in the Balkan countries as a context for Shoah
• Jews’ identity in the Balkans after Shoah, Yugoslav context
• Jewish minorities in the contemporary Balkan countries (EU policy toward minorities and current authorities’ attitude toward Jewish communities contexts)
Sessions will take place in the morning and afternoon of 7th, 8th and 9th November 2016 at the Faculty “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw. The guest speakers on this occasion will be:
Dragi Gjorgiev (Institute of National History Republic of Macedonia)
Agnieszka August-Zarębska (Faculty of Philology, Institute of Romance Studies, the University of Wrocław)
Nadege Ragaru (Sciences PO CERI – France)
Konstanty Gebert (Gazeta Wyborcza)
The working language of the Workshop is English. For each academic paper on the aforementioned topics that is accepted will be allocated a slot of a maximum 20 minutes.
We kindly ask each Committee member of AIESEE to recommend specialists for this conference. All proposals should be sent to the General Secretariat of AIESEE: firstname.lastname@example.org and to the Secretary of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History, Mrs. Marzena Maciulewicz: email@example.com.
We kindly ask all interested applicants to submit abstract (approximately 1000 words) as well as personal and represented institution data.
Deadline for sending topics: 15th February 2016
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31st March 2016
Announcement for successful paper: 9th May 2016
Accommodation, travel and food expenses are expected to be covered by the participant or its affiliated institution.
We plan to publish materials in the book series “Colloquia Balkanica”.
Looking forward to receiving your recommendations, we send you the warmest regards.
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