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585,000 m2 - Academic Panel

April 14. 2016, 6.30pm

SOCIETIES IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE AND JEWISH HERITAGES

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

White Box | 329 Broome Street, NY

The panel explores the complex of majority conceptions of nationhood and political community native to East Central Europe with a special focus on the representational practices of accommodating, marginalizing or outright excluding Jewish contributions and participation in society. Jewishness as a discursive marker has filled a large number of functional niches from scapegoats to harbingers of modernity in the region in competing narrations of identity. Contributors from various academic disciplines are asked to reflect and compare country-specific patterns of marking out the place of Jews and Jewishness in East Central Europe with the ultimate goal of arriving at conclusion regarding overarching, regional similarities and variation across cases.

PANELISTS

Attila Pók, academic advisor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, former István Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University is a noted expert on aspects of nationhood and representations of identity in Hungary and Europe, especially politics of exclusion and modernization.

András László Pap, professor, Hungarian University of Public Administration is an expert on constitutional law and minorities, with a focus on legal and societal conceptions of ethnicity and minority communities. Professor Pap is a permanent visiting faculty at Eötvös Loránd University and former senior fellow at the Academy of Sciences in Hungary.

Elena Keidosiute, Prins Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish History is a distinguished academic specializing in the history of Jews in Lithuania, focusing on majority and minority relations in the context of conversion and missionary activities directed at Jewish communities.

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