Analysing Jewish Europe Today: perspectives from a new generation Third Conference of Emerging Researchers

In 2010 and in 2013, the first and second conference of emerging Jewish studies' researchers was sponsored by JDC International Centre for Community Development (JDC-ICCD). In both editions, a circle of emerging European researchers analysed a broad spectrum of issues pertaining contemporary Jewish Europe, covering topics such as: future perspectives for Jewish Europe, new Jewish identities, political divisiveness in relationship with Israel, the role of Jews and the need of Jewish voices in European civil society, the development of Jewish “spaces” – encounters between Jews and non-Jews in contemporary Europe, as well as anti- and philo-semitism.


Drawing on the positive outcome of these two conferences, JDC-ICCD, in partnership with POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews, is organising the third edition of the Analysing Jewish Europe Today Conference, to take place in Warsaw on October 23-25, 2017.


The central idea of the conference is to analyse contemporary Jewish life in Europe from the point of view of the younger generation. In doing so, the conference seeks to be a platform where to engage researchers around the value of research, how to share their research and create a meaningful networks.


Since the collapse of communism and the re-emergence of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, a renovated view of European Jewry has arisen. In the last 28 years, numerous specialised conferences, publications and debates have flourished, creating a better understanding of European Jewry today. This conference is specifically geared to offer a space for young and emerging researchers to expose their research work and debate. Are there “new” topics and perspectives that could be brought into the field? What are the existing links between scholarly research and community life? 


Participants are expected to submit a paper proposal by the dates indicated below. The organising committee will review the application and will send notifications of acceptance.


For this third conference, proposals dealing with the issues listed below will receive especial consideration (other themes are welcomed as well). 


·         Academic approaches and/or reflections about Jewish innovation.What consequences on Jewish life?

          Relationship between grass-roots Jewish groups and official community. New Jewish spaces and settings.

·         Intermarried couples and their children, Jewishness and Jewish life. Qualitative and quantitative approaches.

·         Jewish mobility and contemporary migrations.

·         Contemporary antisemitism in local and/or comparative perspective

·         Jewish studies vs. community life – opportunities for effective cooperation

·         Judaism and gender issues


We are happy to announce that the Third Analysing Jewish Europe Today Conference is done, for the first time, in partnership with POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The conference program will include a guided visit through the Museum’s exhibitions and premises and a further discussion with Museum’s staff as well as a keynote address by Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York University and Chief Curator of the POLIN Museum core exhibition).


Who can participate?

-MA or PhD students

-Post-graduate researchers

-Early-career scholars

-Journalists, independent researchers and/or community activists engaged in research on contemporary European Jewry


How to participate?

Those who are interested in attending the conference should fill in the online application form, specifying their contact details, academic and/or other affiliations, a short bio and an abstract of their proposed presentation. The number of spaces is limited and accepted candidates will be informed by 15.06.2017


Important Dates

Deadline to submit applications: 31.05.2017

Notification of acceptance: 15.06.2017

Conference: 23-25.10.2017


Conference Fees

A participation fee of €100 is requested. The fees include accommodation for 3 nights and all meals during the conference. Those presenting a paper are entitled to a reimbursement of up to 150€ of the transportation costs to and from Warsaw (the conference will not cover airport transportation, extra-hotel nights).

Participants unable to pay the 100€ fee, will be able to apply for financial assistance.

A fee of €25 is requested from participants living in Warsaw, or the surrounding areas, who do not need transportation or accommodation.

A fee of €25 is requested to those only wishing to attend. However, the conference organization will not be able to cover accommodation nor transportation to and from Warsaw. 


Organizing Committee

Ewa Tartakowsky (Centre Max Weber, France)

Marcelo Dimentstein (JDC Europe)


To download this CfP in PDF format, click here

23 October 2017 - 25 October 2017