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Final call for papers:  “Unhealed Breach” or a Good Divorce? –The Hungarian Jewish Congress (1868-69) and the “Schism” in Historical Perspective

Kazinczy st orthodox synagogue, Budapest

There’s still time to submit a proposal for a paper at a conference marking the 150th anniversary of the 1868-69 Jewish Congress in Hungary, which led to the “schism” in Hungarian Jewry into Neolog, Orthodox, and Status Quo ante communities whose impact is still felt today.

The conference is called  “Unhealed Breach” or a Good Divorce? —The Hungarian Jewish Congress (1868-69) and the “Schism” in Historical Perspective.

It will be held February 5-6, 2019, organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Minority Studies and ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Assyriology and Hebrew Studies,

Deadline for submissions is September 30.

The organizers welcome

innovative scholarly contributions that examine little studied aspects of the Congress, its antecedents and its aftermath [and] encourage the exploration of unknown or under-examined sources1 on topics including, but not restricted to:

  • Jewish historical context of the Congress on the local community level (election of Congress representatives; conflicts and debates concerning the affiliation of the communities in the post-Congress period)

  • The Congress in the context of religious policies of the state

  • Significant participants of the Congress, in the context of their pre-Congress and post-Congress careers

  • Reception and impact of the Congress and the “schism” outside Hungary (Eastern Europe, outside Europe)

  • Propaganda, campaigning, and folklore, related to the Congress

  • Reunification efforts

We feel that an examination of the impact of the schism on synagogue architecture, Jewish cemetery organization and other aspects of communal built heritage could also be valid topics.

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