Seminars and conferences

Forum for Jewish Studies (FJS) regularly organizes seminars, lectures and workshops with both Swedish and international scholars. International speakers usually participate at our seminars as part of our collaborations with Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies. FJS usually organizes between six and eight seminars / lectures per semester. In addition, an annual workshop is arranged for doctoral students at Swedish universities in the field of Jewish studies. We offer the possibility to present texts and applications for funds within FJS's area of ​​activity at FJS 'seminars. The seminars are often organized  together with other departments within Uppsala University and are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays (which is most common) or Thursdays 15.15–17.00 or (less commonly) 13.15-15.00.

Forum for Jewish Studies also organizes conferences. To date two major international conferences have been held: “Deutschsprachige jüdische Emigration nach Schweden,” together with Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum in Potsdam, and “Children of Abraham: Jewish and Islamic Studies in an Academic Setting” (2019). In addition, FJS regularly participates as a co-organizer of conferences organized by other  institutions at Uppsala University and different collaboration partners.

Seminars and Conferences in Fall 2020

TREDJE GENERATIONENS ÖVERLEVANDE. MINNE ANTISEMITISM OCH IDENTITET I SPÅREN AV FÖRINTELSEN

Date: 28 October 
Time: 15.15–17.00 
Online: Zoom

Anna Sarri Krantz, Lunds universitet

Presentation av den år 2018 i Lund i socialantropologi framlagda avhandlingen Tredje generationens överlevande. En socialantropologisk studie om minne, antisemitism och identitet i spåret av Förintelsen.
Läs mer om avhandingen här.

Samarrangemang med Historiska institutionen.

STORA SYNAGOGAN I STOCKHOLM 150 ÅR

Date: 29 October
Time: 13.15–15.00
Online: Zoom

Marina Burstein, mångårig redaktör på Hillelförlaget.

På seminariet berättar Marina Burstein om det praktverk, ”Jag må bo mitt ibland dem. Stockholms stora synagoga 150 år”, som hon nyligen gett ut.

THE ROLE OF COURIERS IN SPREADING AWARENESS OF MASS MURDER AND ESTABLISHING JEWISH RESISTANCE MOVEMENTS

Date: 11 November
Time: 15.15–17.00
Online: Zoom

Sylwia Szymanska-Smolkin, University of Toronto

Dr. Sylwia Szymanska-Smolkin holds a PhD in History and Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto and has a research and teaching expertise in the history of the Holocaust and Eastern European Jewry. Her dissertation, “Fateful Decisions: The Polish Policemen and the Jewish Population of Occupied Poland, 1939-1945”, examines the complicity of the Polish policemen in the Holocaust in occupied Poland. 

Here you find the link to Sylwia Szymanska-Smolkin's Power Point presetation

ALVAR OCH ANTISEMITISMEN

Date: 2 december
Time: 15.15–17.00
Online: Zoom

Lars M Andersson, Department of History, Uppsala univeretet.

Med anledning av nyutgåvan av Antisemitism, antisionism. Exemplet Polen, skriven av journalisten, redaktören och författaren Alvar Alsterdal presenteras och diskuteras dennes arbete mot antisemitism inom Socialistinternationalen och i andra sammanhang under 1960- och 1970-talen.

Lars M Andersson är lektor vid Historiska institutionen och en av två föreståndare för Forum för judiska studier

THE SURVIVOR BETWEEN SILENCE AND EXCESS

Date: 15 December
Time: 15.15–17.00
Online: Zoom

Kristin Wagrell, Linköpings universitet

Kristin Wagrell är filosofie doktor i kultur och samhälle och disputerade i februari på avhandlingen Chorus of the Saved”: Constructing the Holocaust survivor in Swedish Public Discourse, 1943–1966. Just nu arbetar hon som redaktör för den tvärvetenskapliga tidskriften Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research och som forskningsassistent i konsortiet DigiCONFLICT

SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS - CONFERENCE: JEWISH-CHRISTIAN CONTACTS, PAST AND PRESENT. SWEDEN AND GERMANY COMPARED

Date: 18-20 oktober 2021

This conference aims to explore commonalities and differences in patterns of Jewish-Christian contacts in Germany and Sweden. It also focuses on changes over time with a special emphasis on the period from the 1870s to the present. Although the conference as a whole has a comparative theme, we also welcome papers and sessions that deal with either Germany or Sweden specifically.
Read more here

Please submit your abstract before Jan 10th, 2021

Further information: Lena Roos, lena.roos@sh.se, professor of the Study of Religions, Södertörn University.

Organisers: The Study of Religions at the School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University. Forum for Jewish Studies (FJS) is a co-organizer together with Södertörn University, Paideia and Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum.

DNA-SPIRALER OCH BOKRULLAR. DÖDAHAVSRULLARNAS GENETISKA OCH HISTORISKA SAMMANHANG

Date: 28 January
Time: 15.15–17.00
Venue: Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken, and Zoom. 

Cecilia Wassén, Associate Professor and Mattias Jakobsson, Professor, Uppsala universitet.

Cecilia Wassén är lektor och docent i Nya testamentets exegetik, Uppsala universitet. Hennes forskningsområde är: Dödahavsrullarna och Nya testamentet, med inriktning på måltider, genus, renhetslagar, änglar och demoner. Hennes senaste bok, med Tobias Hägerland: Den okände Jesus: berättelsen om en profet som misslyckades (Langenskiöld, 2016) utkommer på engelska under titeln Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet ( T &T Clark/ Bloomsbury, 2021). Hon är redaktör för The Dead Sea Scrolls, i serien Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies (Zondervan Academic) och general editor.

Mattias Jakobsson, professor i genetik, och Cecilia Wassén, docent i Nya testamentet, vid Uppsala Universitet.

The lecture is organized by the Forum for Jewish Studies and the Department of Theology.

MUSIC IN IRAQ: A JEWISH-ARAB CULTURE

Date: 10 February
Time: 15.15–17.00
Online: Zoom 

Dafna Dori, doctoral studet, department of musicology, Uppsala University.

Dafna Dori is a music and singing teacher, and a PhD student at the department of musicology in Uppsala. She is due to complete her studies in January 2021. Her dissertation focuses on the brothers Al-Kuwaity, Jewish musicians whose impact on Iraqi music lasts until today.

CENTRALA TEMAN I DEN BIOGRAFISKA LITTERATUREN OM/AV FLYKTINGAR SOM KOM TILL SVERIGE FRÅN POLEN PÅ GRUND AV DEN ANTISEMITISKA KAMPANJEN 1967-1972

Date: 2 March
Time: 15.25-17.00
Online: Zoom

Martin Englund.

Ventilering av avhandlingskapitel. Martin Englund är doktorand i historia vid Södertörns högskola.

OPERATION MERCY

Date: 10 March
Time: 15.15–17.00
Online: Zoom

Håkan Bengtsson, docent, Uppsala universitet. 

Evakuering av ”judekristna” april-maj 1948.

Håkan Bengtsson disputerade år 2000 i bibelvetenskap inom Nya Testamentet på en avhandling om bibelkommentarer i Qumrantexterna. Han har undervisat på Högskolan Dalarna, på Uppsala universitet och på Södertörns högskola inom bibelvetenskap (Nya och Gamla testamentet), judendom, kristendomens historia och om religioners roller i politiska konflikter. Han har också varit delaktig i svensk judisk-kristen dialog, och är medlem av Samarbetsrådet för judar och kristna. Hans har bland annat forskat om Dödahavsrullarna, tidig kristen konst i Rom, hermeneutik samt i projekt om bibelforskning och antisemitism. Mellan 2007 och 2015 var han direktor för Svenska teologiska institutet i Jerusalem.

Antisemitism in the Church of Finland after World War I

Datum: 20 april
Tid: 15.15–17.00

Dr Paavo Ahonen, Helsingfors universitet

Paavo Ahonen är kyrkohistoriker, verksam vid universitetet i Helsingfors. Han disputerade år 2017 på avhandlingen Antisemitismi Soumen evankelis-luterilaisessa kirkossa 1917–1933. Dr Ahonen är under VT 2020 gästforskare vid FJS/Historiska institutionen och är i färd med att skriva den finska antisemitismens historia med fokus på den finska evangelisk-lutherska kyrkan.

Samarrangemang med Historiska institutionen.

SAKRAL JUDISK ARKITEKTUR I NORDEN

Date: 27 April
Time: 15.15–17
Online: Zoom

Daniel Leviathan, Doctoral Student in Jewish Studies at Lund University, researching Jewish sacred architecture in the Nordic countries, with a background in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology.
 

"AND PEACE UPON THE ISRAEL OF GOD": A NON-REFORMATION READING OF PAUL

Date: 6 May
Time: 15:15-17.00.
Venue: Humanistiska Teatern, Engelska parken

Professor Paula Fredriksen, Boston University.

Paula Fredriksen, the Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston University, since 2009 has been Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she also holds two honorary doctorates in theology and religious studies. She has published widely on the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity, and on pagan-Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire. Author of Augustine on Romans (1982) and From Jesus to Christ (1988; 2000), her Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, won a 1999 National Jewish Book Award. More recently, she has explored the development of Christian anti-Judaism, and Augustine’s singular response to it, in Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (2010); and has investigated the shifting conceptions of God and of humanity in Sin: The Early History of an Idea (2012). Her latest study, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (2017), places Paul’s Jewish messianic message to gentiles within the wider world of ancient Mediterranean culture.

Samarrangemang med Bibelvetenskap (offentlig föreläsning). Efterföljande debatt med Karl Olav Sandnes, MF Vitenskapelig Höyskole i Oslo och James Kelhoffer, Uppsala universitet.

BEYOND THE PALE: HOW 20TH/21ST CENTURY IMMIGRATION AFFECTED JEWISH CULTURAL LIFE IN SWEDEN

Date: May 2021
More info coming soon

Dr. Karen Uslin, adjunct professor of Music History and a Fellow for the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Rowan University.

Karen Uslin is adjunct professor of Music History and a Fellow for the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Rowan University. She received her Ph.D. in musicology from The Catholic University of America in 2015. Dr. Uslin’s main areas of expertise include music from the concentration camp of Theresienstadt and music from Central/Eastern Europe. Her current work includes examining music criticism during the period of World War II. She also has interests in Jewish music traditions in Latin America and an active performance career.