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Summer School in Judaic Studies "Beyond the Pale"
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.
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