New Approaches to the History of the Jews under Communism

Conference - Prague, 23–25 May 2017

The experience of the Jews under the Communist régimes of east-central and eastern Europe has been a hotly debated topic of historiography since the 1950s. Until the 1980s, Cold War propaganda exerted a powerful influence on most interpretations presented in articles and books published on both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’. Moreover, most works focused both on the relationship between the régime and the Jews living under it and on the role of the Jews in the Communist/Socialist movements and the political...  

The Holocaust and its Aftermath from the Family Perspective

Conference - Prague, 15-16 March 2017

Applying gender analysis to the field of Holocaust Studies has yielded important results. Whereas before the 1990s, most Holocaust scholarship focused almost exclusively on the experiences of male victims, expanding to include women’s experiences has both opened up new areas of inquiry and raised crucial questions about established areas. And yet this developing scholarly conversation has limitations as well. As Joan Ringelheim, an early adopter, pointed out in her later work, scholarship about women during...  

Remnants of the Past or Laboratories of Modernity?

Workshop - Olomouc, 3–5 May 2016

The Political Jewish Communities in Moravia after 1848 and their Archival Sources

The 25 (later 27) political Jewish communities were an important outcome of the failed revolutions of 1848/49 and the...  

Research Forum of CEFRES: Jewish Studies

Workshop - Prague, 29 April 2015

The “CEFRES Platform” is glad to invite you to the Research Forum in Humanities and Social Sciences in the Czech Republic.
The forum will contribute to draft the CEFRES’s scientific policy and to set in motion European scientific cooperations.
The CEFRES is writing a new page of its history in the wake of the Cooperation Agreement signed on 21 November 2014 between the Embassy of France in the Czech Republic, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Charles University (UK)...  

Archival traces of Jewish history and the Holocaust in the Czech Republic

Workshop - Prague, March 30 - 31, 2015


Combined workshop EHRI, Yerusha and „Frontier of Memory“ project

The workshop aims to recapitulate and evaluate the state of archival documentation of Jewish history and of the Holocaust in the Czech Republic and to discuss the cooperation and synergies with the ongoing international projects. It will engage professionals from regional and central archives, from specialised Jewish and Holocaust archives and from European research infrastructures, as well as historians,...  

Czech-Jewish and Polish-Jewish Studies: (Dis)Similarities

Conference - Prague, 29–30 October 2014

Polish-Jewish and Czech-Jewish history are often seen as following two different lines of narrative. While historians of Bohemian and Moravian Jews tend to focus on the impact of Austrian-Jewish and German-Jewish history and tend to see Bohemian and Moravian Jews as part of west European or at least central European Jewry, historians generally associate Polish Jews with the east European Jewish experience. Both of those popular images of Czech-Jewish and Polish-Jewish history are gross over-simplifications,...  

Early Attempts at the Historical Documentation of the Holocaust

Workshop - Prague, 21-23 October 2014

The forms, methods and means of the early documentation of the Holocaust are the main focus for this workshop. Participants will provide new insights on the projects to collect evidence about the Holocaust in its immediate aftermath, from the war period up to 1960s. The workshop will promote a comparative perspective and attempt to broaden the scope of research into the documentation initiatives, with special focus on those in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.  Over the last few years, much new research has...