Katarzyna Taczynska’s book fifth in the series Colloquia Balkanica

Katarzyna Taczyńska

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.

Colloquia-tom5

ISBN 978–83–7181–986–5 (DiG)
ISBN 979–10–95627–24–1 (La Rama)

wyd. I, Warszawa
Format B5, ok. s. 320
ISBN: 978-83-7181-986-5
EAN: 9788371819865

2nd Warsaw AIESEE International Workshop Program

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UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE RECTOR MAGNIFICUS
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW
Professor Marcin Pałys

University_of_Warsaw_Universitas_Varsoviensis.pngFACULTY OF “ARTES LIBERALES”
UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW

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ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE
D’ÉTUDES DU SUD-EST EUROPÉEN (AIESEE)
POLISH COMMISSION OF BALKAN CULTURE AND HISTORY

Logo Polish Balkanology

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

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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”)
R
ăzvan Theodorescu (Secretary General of AIESEE)
Jolanta Sujecka (Chair of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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: RZVAN 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
A
MIKAM NACHMANI

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
A
MIKAM NACHMANI

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

ROUND TABLE
MODERATOR: JONNA ROCK
M
ARZENA MACIULEWICZ

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
A
LEKSANDRA TWARDOWSKA

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

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INFORMATION

Dear Participants,
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:

jolanta.sujecka@al.uw.edu.pl

m.maciulewicz@student.uw.edu.pl

 

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Colloquia Balkanica vol. 4 has been published

The Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History informs colleagues that fourth volume of the series Colloquia BalkanicaThe 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)
EAN: 9788371819728

Table of Contents

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.”

 

 

CfP: 2nd Warsaw AIESEE International Workshop

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: office@aiesee.org and to the Secretary of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History, Mrs. Marzena Maciulewicz: ma.maciulewicz@gmail.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.