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Oct
23
Mon
Jewish Heritage Tourism in the Digital Age @ Venice
Oct 23 @ 10:00 – Oct 25 @ 17:00

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The challenges and opportunities posed by Jewish heritage tourism and travel in Europe are the focus of this three-day conference and raise many important issues both in places where there is an active local Jewish population and in places where there are sites of Jewish heritage but no organized Jewish community.

The conference will focus on issues that reflect the growing diversity and energy of Jewish and Jewish-themed tourism in Europe, both for Jews and for others. But it would also address both the specifics of Jewish heritage tourism and how it fits within heritage tourism/travel in general. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which technology influences and possibly changes Jewish heritage tourism.

This conference is the latest in a series of international conferences on Jewish heritage and follows on from a number of major international conferences on Jewish built heritage issues that have taken place since 1990.

 

Purposes:

  • To bring together thinkers, practitioners, professionals of Jewish heritage tourism, inspire the next generation of caretakers of Jewish sites, and strengthen a Europe-wide network of people involved in Jewish heritage tourism;
  • To make connections across borders, while acknowledging the local specificities;
  • To present innovative and successful projects that are not necessarily fully replicable in a different context, but that can inspire others.

 

 

Oct
26
Thu
Jewish Culture Days @ Various in Cluj, Romania
Oct 26 all-day

A Jewish culture festival in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) Romania

Oct
28
Sat
Jewish Culture Days @ Various in Cluj, Romania
Oct 28 all-day

A Jewish culture festival in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) Romania

Oct
29
Sun
Jewish Culture Days @ Various in Cluj, Romania
Oct 29 all-day

A Jewish culture festival in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) Romania

Oct
30
Mon
Jewish Culture Days @ Various in Cluj, Romania
Oct 30 all-day

A Jewish culture festival in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) Romania

Nov
9
Thu
The Value of Museum Collections @ Ghent, Belgium (Various venues)
Nov 9 @ 18:30 – Nov 12 @ 12:00

The annual conference of NEMO, the Network of European Museums Organizations.

Museum experts from all over Europe will present museum concepts and projects reaching into political and social spheres or opening up collections to participative, modern and exceptional approaches. Museums need to deal with new tasks, new challenges and opportunities within a digital and diverse society, preserving intangible heritage, representing diverse and shared heritage. These tasks have to be met with changing resources, structures, expertise and skill sets to make sure collections are accessible for current and future audiences.

Additionally, this year’s conference offers various hands-on workshops that look into different aspects collection handling. NEMO also offers the unique opportunity to connect to European museum-related projects and initiatives during a EU Project Slam.

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Nov
11
Sat
Silent Synagogues: The Fate of Former Synagogues in Hungary during the 60s and 70s @ Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Nov 11 @ 15:45 – 16:30

The synagogue in Gyongyos, Hungary was long used as a store. This shows furniture in sanctuary, 2005. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

Presentation by Eszter Gantner on the Panel “Heritage Care and Objects of Negotiation in Cold War Eastern Europe: A Conversation across Borders” at the 2017 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual Convention.

Between 1948 and 1989 recollections of Judaism and Jewish culture and of the Holocaust had been taboo in the former socialist countries of East Central Europe. A main reason for this prohibition laid in the anti-Zionist and Israel-hostile politics dictated from Moscow. This silence, which also meant a denial of the past and of the existence of Jewish culture, manifested itself in neglect of the tangible heritage of Jewish communities, including synagogues and cemeteries. Synagogues in Hungarian settlements, which in many cases were transformed into concert halls or Houses of Technics (Technika Háza) with various exhibitions, especially reflected the mechanisms through which the Hungarian state excluded Jewish heritage from the official Hungarian heritage landscape during the Cold War period. This paper will examine selected case studies of the reconstruction and reuse of formal synagogues during the 60´s and 70´s, including in Sopron, Esztergom, Kecskemét and Budapest. It will do so situating them in the matrix of party politics, Holocaust remembrance and local heritage management, arguing that the complexity of decision-making for or against the reconstruction of a formal synagogue in socialist Hungary can be understand and analyzed with the help of this matrix.

 

Nov
19
Sun
AEJM Annual conference @ Sephardic Museum Toledo
Nov 19 @ 10:00 – Nov 21 @ 13:00

The Association of European Jewish Museums Conference 2017 will be hosted by the Sephardic Museum of Toledo, Spain, on 19-21 November. There will be an optional evening programme on 18 November and an optional excursion on 22 November.

Click here to read about the programme, conference fees, and hotel discounts.

AEJM Conferences are held in a different European venue on an annual basis to enable members to connect and learn more about each others collections, exhibitions, and curatorial and educational work. Each Conference offers keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, project presentations and excursions. The Annual General Meeting of the AEJM, which is attended by all members also takes place at our Annual Conference.

This year’s conference is kindly hosted by the Museo Sefardí. The Museum was created by Royal Decree in 1964 and is housed in a historical building, the synagogue of Samuel ha-Leví, in the Jewish Quarter in Toledo.