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Summer online school on Jewish studies

Jews as Strangers: symbol and everyday life


OnAugust 5-9 ,2020 Sefer Center in collaboration with the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Institute of social and humanitarian Sciences of Tyumen state University is planning to hold a Summer school on Judaics. The event will be supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Russian Jewish Congress.

The pandemic and the re-emergence of xenophobic speech in the world, as well as the acute reaction to these events in society, made 2020 a unique time when the problem of the Outsider, the phenomenon of conspiracy theories went beyond philosophical and sociological research and became part of our daily life and news feeds. Jews traditionally become an important part of the conspiracy narrative. These and other topics will be the focus of the school's anthropological stream. The second main theme of the school will be the study of the experience of everyday existence of Jewish communities in the Imperial suburbs (Modern Syria-Palestine within the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, the Caucasus and Central Asia), as well as the General field of research of modern Jewish Kabbalists and European philosophers of the twentieth century.

Within the framework of two parallel lecture streams the following problems will be considered at the school:

* social theory of one of the Central sociological intuitions – the Outsider's intuition;

• how conspiracy theories function in society, and how they can be critically examined and deconstructed;

how and why there are rumors, fakes, urban legends;

what was the daily life of the Jewish communities of the Middle East, their relations with the local population, administration and other Jewish communities during the period of the Ottoman Empire's rule in this region (XVIXIX centuries)?);

the impact of Western colonialism on the legal status of the Jewish population in the East and the role of the colonial legacy in the post-colonial world;

how the ideas of twentieth-century philosophers Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty help to better understand the philosophy of the eighteenth-century Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato and allow us to call him the founder of a new type of materialistic dialectic.

Students, postgraduates and young teachers (up to 35 years old) whose interests include the study of social theory and modern philosophy, the history of Jewish communities and Judaism in General are invited to participate in the Summer school.

The School's program includes mini-courses (consisting of 4 lectures), allowing each participant to attend 3 mini-courses; plenary lectures, methodological seminars, master classes and a cultural program.

Applications for participation in the School (online application form) are accepted until July 20, 2020.

For a description of the courses, see the table below

Notifications on the results of the competitive selection for the Summer school, as well as the decision on its format (online or offline) will be sent out by July 25, 2020.

School on Jewish studies

August 5-9, 2020

Jews as Strangers: symbol and everyday life

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Ilya Yablokov

Big brother: exploring conspiracy theories

Viktor Vakhshtein

Social theory of the Outsider

Alexandra Arkhipova

Jews vs. Bill Gates:

how and why there are rumors, fakes, urban legends

Maxim Gammal

Jerusalem and the surrounding area: the Jewish community of Syria-Palestine in the early Modern times (XVI-early XIX centuries)

Zeev Levin

The Jews of the East and Western colonialism

Yoel Regev

Kabbalah of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato and problems of materialistic dialectics