Summer school on Jewish studies in Moscow

(July 12–17, 2015)

Practical conflictology: Jews, non-Jews and the world around them


Program of the school (in Russian)

The school was organized in partnership with The InternationalCenter for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, with financial support ofGenesis Philanthropy Group (Charities Aid Foundation "Jewish Communities"), Rothschild Foundation Europe and Israel Cultural Center in Moscow.

13 lecturers and 60 students took part in this school, among them PhD students and young scholars from Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Nizhnevartovsk, Hefteyugansk, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Penza, Tomsk, Toliati, Tver), Belorussia (Grodno, Minsk, Borisov), Ukraine (Lugansk, Poltava, Kharkiv), Latvia (Riga), Poland (Lublin), Czech Republic (Prague), USA (Chicago, Michigan).


There the following mini-courses, divided by three main branches:

1. Jewish wars.

  • Dmitry Bratkin "The Jews and the Judaism of Greek-Roman World: on the Crossroads of Conflicts and Compromises"
  • Ilya Lurye "Chassidic Split and Its Perception in the Jewish Society of Eastern Europe"
  • Svetlana Amosova, Galina Zelenina, Victoria Mochalova "Strategy, Tactics, Ideology and Poetics of the Conflict Inside and Outside Community"
2. Jews in the Conflict Zone
  • Maksim Griger "Jews in the Fascist Italy (1922-1938): the Way from the Friendship to the Racial Laws"
  • Leonid Katsis "Jews in the Russian Conflicts of the Beginning of the 20th Century"
  • Oleg Budnitskiy "Jews in the Time of Wars and Revolutiona"
3. Ideology and psychology of conflicts
  • Alexandra Polyan "The Unity and the Struggle of Opposites: Hebrew and Yiddish"
  • Yoel Regev "Cain against Abel: the Metempsychosis Theory in Lurian Kabbalah"
  • Eugeny Tartakovsky "Between Russia and Israel: Psychological Conflicts and Adaptional Mechanisms of Russian Jews"

it is remarkable that more than half of the school's lecturers are former Sefer's students. Now they are professional scholars who have their honorable place among the Russian and foreign researchers of Jewish studies.

Besides the courses the students attented plenary lectures given by Alexandr Lokshin "Unknown Jewish Moscow of the Civil War Period and the First Half of the 1920s (on Moscow archives' materials)" and Viktor Shnirelman "Antisemitism in Russia Today: the Topics and the Characters".

There were also several workshops:

  • Alexandra Polyan (IAAS MSU) "Yiddish for Beginners"
  • Ekaterina Karaseva (IAAS MSU, MA student) "How Does Modern Hebrew Look Like?"
  • Mark Gondelman (HUJI, PhD student) "Reading Plato. Workshop on the Reading of Philosophical Texts"
  • Maksim Hammal (IAAS MSU) "Workshop on Beer, or One More Time about the Usefulness of the Humanitarian Education"
The participants could take part in watching and discussion the movies: "Goltzius and the Pelican Company" by Peter Greenaway (discussion moderated by Uri Gershovich) and the film by Grigory Kurdyaev "Kokurin's Debiut" about the life in Russian province.

The closing of the school was accompanied by the concert of legendary band Paperny T.A.M.

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