2018 Conference at The Tantur Ecumenical Institute
It is our pleasure to announce that the next German Jewish Studies Conference will take place from March 17 until March 22, 2018 as Special Conference at The Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Tantur was founded as an ecumenical institute to promote understanding across Christian denominations; it has expanded its mission to promote peace and understanding among the three major Abramic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Tantur works in tandem with the Notre Dame Global Gateway, the University’s academic administrative unit.
Depart U.S. on Friday, March 16
Arrival, Tel Aviv, Saturday afternoon, March 17
Reception at Tantur, Saturday evening, March 17
Sunday a.m. tour of the Old City, lunch
Sunday afternoon/evening: session 1
Monday – Wednesday: ½ day for panels; ½ day for excursions (including, possibly: Hebrew University, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem, Masada). The actual program has yet to be determined and will certainly involve changes.
Wed night/Thursday morning, depart for U.S.
Conference Rationale & Goals
The opportunity to convene at Tantur--and, more importantly, to reenvision the field from the perspective of Palestine, Israel, Zionism and the Middle East more generally--will lead to a broadening of perspectives and an expansion of scholarly research. Examining German Jewish authors, filmmakers, etc. from the perspective of their Israeli reception is an enterprise that until now has been undertaken only in a piecemeal fashion. Equally important in this effort is the study of Israeli authors, artists, and filmmakers who take up traditionally “German Jewish” themes, such as the Holocaust in cultural memory, the cultivation of German Bildung, antisemitism and acculturation, exile, etc. This more capacious and systematic approach, which we hope to continue in future conferences, will enrich the field.