Center for Slavic and Jewish Studies
Institute of Slavic Studies, RAS

International Conference
"Object - symbol - sign in the Slavic and Jewish cultural tradition"


On December 5-7, 2018, the RAS Institute of Slavic studies held a conference "Object - symbol - sign in the Slavic and Jewish cultural tradition" organized by the center for Slavic-Jewish Studies. The conference was the twenty-second in a row of annual meetings of scientists working on the international project "culture of Slavs and culture of Jews: dialogue, similarities, differences" since 1995 (materials of all previous conferences of 1995-2017 are published, full texts are posted on the website).

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The conference presented a wide range of issues related to the problems of objectivity and its understanding, symbolic meanings, the role of symbolism in the cultures of Slavs and Jews: the role of the object/thing/artifact in rites and rituals, the secondary use of ritual attributes, the object and symbol in the language of culture, the image of the object/thing in oral narratives (family heirlooms, local symbols, etc.), the object/artifact as a carrier of cultural information. These problems are an integral part of traditional culture and correlate with the system of values of ethnic and religious traditions. These problems were discussed on the basis of oral and written texts, language, folklore, literature, philosophy, fine arts.


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The conference was attended by 40 speakers from Belarus, Germany, Israel, Russia, including 4 representatives of the Institute of Slavic studies.
The meeting was opened with the presentation of the collection of materials of last year's conference "Prohibitions and regulations in the Slavic and Jewish cultural tradition" (ed. Amosova, O. V. Belova (resp. ed.), A. I. Grishchenko, I. V. Kopchenova, V. V. Mochalova. M, 2018).

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The program of the conference can be divided into several thematic blocks: reports, united by the theme of objectivity and its metaphorical understanding in the antique book culture, the middle ages and early Modern times; commentaries on the narratives of things, the place of things in culture, symbols of culture; blocks related to the themes of the thing and the symbol in ritual practices, the symbolic meaning of things in fiction and memoir literature, epigraphy, religious objects and Museum exhibitions.

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Dear colleagues,
We would like to invite you to take part in the annual scientific conference, which is the continuation of the long-term project on the comparative study of Jewish and Slavic cultures.
The conference "Object - symbol - sign in the Slavic and Jewish cultural tradition" will be the twenty-second in a series of annual meetings of scientists, since 1995 working on theinternational project "ulture of Slavs and culture of Jews: dialogue, similarities, differences", carried out by the center of Slavic-Judaica of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) Slavic studies Institute in cooperation with various scientific and public organizations interested in the dialogue of cultures.

A wide range of issues related to the problems of objectivity and its understanding, symbolic meanings, the role of symbolism in the cultures of Slavs and Jews will be discussed. The subject of the research will be: the role of the object / thing / artifact in rites and rituals, the secondary use of ritual attributes, the object and symbol in the language of culture, the image of the object/thing in oral narratives (family heirlooms, local symbols, etc.), the object / artifact as a carrier of cultural information. These problems are an integral part of traditional culture and correlate with the system of values of ethnic and religious traditions. These problems are to be discussed basing on the material of oral and written texts, language artifacts, folklore, literature, philosophy, musical culture, fine arts.

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The conference is interdisciplinary thus welcomes reports of historians, philologists, folklorists, ethnographers, reflecting the comparative aspects of the problem.
Please send your application, topics and annotations (up to 200 words) until October 25, 2018 using the attached form (by email: sefer@sefer.ru marked “Sign”).

Accommodation in Moscow for nonresident participants is paid by the organizers of the conference. But the organizing Committee is not covering the travel expenses of participants.
The conference proceedings are expected to bepublished.

We will inform you about the organizational details in due course when your participation in the conference is confirmed
We will be very glad to see you at the conference – as speakers, participants, guests!

APPLICATION FORM:

Last name, First name
Affiliation,
Degree received
Research interests
Address, phone
Email
Presentation topic
(in Russian and English)
Brief summary
(200 words)