Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin (LBI) in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) and co-sponsored by the German Foreign Office is pleased to announce a call for papers for a three-day interdisciplinary conference to kick off the Shared History Project (https://www.lbi.org/projects/shared-history/) and year-round events planned for 2021. The conference will be held in Berlin on December 7-9, 2020. Paper proposals are due by August 15, 2020 (details below).
2021 marks the 1700th anniversary of a Constantinian edict that for the first time granted Jews offices in the municipal administration of Cologne, thus providing the earliest evidence of a Jewish community in the German-speaking world. To commemorate the event, the Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin (LBI) is undertaking a project to document the multifaceted narratives of Jewish history titled Shared History: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-speaking Lands through 52 Objects.
The goal of the Shared History Project, including the conference, is to convey the relevance of historical events to the everyday here and now and to make history useful in educational settings, intercultural contexts, and for public audiences. The Shared History Project communicates important messages about migration, acceptance, inclusion, acculturation, prejudice, exclusion, persecution, success, and resilience in order to make an important contribution against ignorance, increasing distortion of history and growing antisemitism with the help of historical facts and dissemination of knowledge.
The conference will be divided into 7 panels:
- Flight: From the Exodus to modern times
- Migration: From refugees to citizens
- Withstanding the Pressure: Resilience and self-assertion in times of discrimination
- A Rupture in History: Talking about the Holocaust
- The Search for Belonging: The ongoing struggles for minority identity
- Shared Spheres and Cultural Exchange: Acceptance as challenge and opportunity for multicultural societies
- Memory and Commemoration: Historical narratives of minorities within discourse of the majority society
LBI welcomes proposals for presentations from scholars, educators, multipliers, graduate students, and journalists that build on these topics. While the conference is focused on the German-speaking world, these themes provide numerous points of contact for the whole of Europe, making the conference an ideal platform for international exchange among scholars from different disciplines. By involving various institutions, the organizers of the conference also intend to ensure that the proceedings of the conference are reflected in the academic world, in educational practice, and in the public sphere.
For the complete Call for Papers and the application requirements, please visit: https://www.lbi.org/news/call-for-papers-shared-history-conference/