Moscow Summer School in Judaic Studies

«Beyond the Pale»

June, 27 – July, 1, 2021.

Center “Sefer” in collaboration with International Centre for University Teaching of Jewish Civilisation (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) are going to hold the Summer School in Judaic Studies (June, 27 July, 1, 2021). School is organized with the support of Genesis Philantrophy Group, Russian Jewish Congress, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and Claims Conference.

The Pandemic of 2020-2021 put the whole world into the limits of a kind of Pale of Settlement. Our boundaries, internal and external, physical and symbolic, are constantly being verified and transformed.Within the framework of this summer school, we will consider the idea of being "beyond the pale" within the variety of its meanings. We will understand it as something that steps over the boundaries, something unusual, as well as something that falls outside the scope of rational thinking. For example, the ideas about miracles, that spring up because of trauma. We can discuss boundaries while defining categories and classifications, which became subject of revision in new conditions. The tragedy of the Holocaust became such a bifurcation point in the process of defining and verification of categories and stereotypes.

The Summer School Courses and Learning Tracks:

Learning Tracks

1 lecture

2 lecture

3 lecture

Historical Anthropology

Mikhail Krom

Introduction into Historical Anthropology

Valery Dymshits

Historical Anthropology of Shtetl

Viktoria Mochalova and Arthur Markovsky

Historical Anthropology: Jewish Life in Cities


Maria Kaspina and Svetlana Amosova

Transformation of the Holocaust Narratives:
Oral History and Folklore

Irina Adelheim

Strategies of Auto psychotherapy and Succession: Holocaust in Polish Prose of 20002010.

Maksim Gammal

Holocaust, American Jewry and Formation of the Israel State.

Thought and Ideology

Svetlana Bardina

Beyond Classification: How Categories Emerge, Change and Disappear

Ksenia Krimer

From Eugenics to Holocaust: the Role of Science in Preconditioning of the Nazi Genocide

Uri Gershovitch

Regarding Gender Relations in Talmudic Literature: Sources and their Interpretation

The deadline for applications is 20.05.2021.
The working language of the summer school is Russian.Please, fill in the formif you would like to apply.


Thanks for collaboration!

Anna Shaevich, Program Director, Sefer Center

Irina Kopchenova, coordinator of educational programs at the Sefer Center