University of Wrocław, Poland
The coming conference will focus on Christian Hebraism as a tool and vehicle of inter-religious interaction between Christians and the Jews in East and Central Europe, i.e. in the Germanies, the Habsburg Empire, Poland-Lithuania, Russia, and more. These interactions varied from friendly inspiration, to academic debates, and religious polemics, up to missionary activities and antisemitic propaganda. They also greatly varied in time, from early, mediaeval assaults to post-Holocaust rapprochements. While many of these have been the subject of scholarly scrutiny, the topic seems to be suffering from an inadequate consolidation and systematic reflection. The Wrocław conference aims to bring together scholars who study those and related issues in order to discuss shared interests, sources and methodological challenges, the current state of research, achievements and shortcomings. Therefore, we encourage papers probing one of these and related aspects:
- Hebrew in debates over the Bible and biblical canon
- Use of Hebrew and the image of the Jews in intra-Christian polemics
- Hebrew and the Jews in debates over Reformation and Counter-Reformation
- Academic centers of Hebrew learning in religious and antisemitic debates
- Hebrew in religious polemics with the Jews
- Polemical ethnographies
- Hebrew in missionary activities toward the Jews
- Hebrew in antisemitic writings
The conference will be held jointly by the University of Wrocław and the Papal Faculty of Theology, Wrocław, 27–29 April 2017. The language of the proceedings will be English.
Applicants should submit a short abstract for a paper of 20 minutes in length by 30 August 2016. Participants will be notified by 1 October 2016. The conference organizers shall provide accommodation, meals, and cultural activities for the duration of the conference. If needed, selected participants might be assisted in covering their travel expenses. (If you require such assistance, please indicate this in your application.)
If you have any questions related to the conference please get in touch with the organizers: Rajmund Pietkiewicz (firstname.lastname@example.org), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński (email@example.com), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.