June 23, 2016
Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested
When: September 25-26, 2016
Where: Bajit, Stockholm
In 2016, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden – commemorates a number of milestones: the installment of the new Director Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger, the completion of the 15th class of Fellows, the inauguration of the 16th cohort in the presence of the ambassadors, the opening of Paideia folkhögskola – the first Jewish Cultural College in Scandinavia – and moving into Bajit, the new centre of Jewish education and culture in Stockholm. These occasions will be celebrated with an international conference on the theme “Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested”.
The conference addresses and challenges the notion of “home”, understood intuitively as a natural human aspiration, yet an existentially elusive and a politically complex phenomenon. Drawing on Jewish sources and thought, we wish to initiate a conversation around the notion of “home” and its role today in Sweden and Europe. Academicians, thinkers, politicians, educators and young activists are all invited to join and engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue on this topic.
Among the speakers are Konstanty Gebert, Abdulkader Habib, Moshe Halbertal, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Göran Rosenberg and Barbara Lerner Spectre. Textual studies are provided by Marc Hirshman, Ute Steyer and Eiran Davies.
The conference will be divided into four sections:
Sunday, September 25
11:30-13.00 Celebratory opening of the conference, placing the Mezuzah ceremony and lunch
13:00-15:00 Key note lecture by Professor Moshe Halbertal, reflections and discussions
15:00-16.30 Coffee and Chevruta text study session with Professor Marc Hirschman
16:30-18:30 Lecture by Konstanty Gebert, reflections and discussions
Monday, September 26
10:00-12:00 Lecture by Göran Rosenberg, reflections, and discussions
12:00-14:00 Lunch and Chevruta text study session with Ute Steyer and Eiran Davies
14:00-15:00 Opening Paideia folkhögskola
Part IV. Installment of new Director
15:00-17:30 Lecture by Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger, reflections, discussions and mingle with between ambassadors and students
17:30-18.00 Concluding remarks by Barbara Lerner Spectre
The conference is organized in cooperation with Uppsala University, the Jewish Chronicle, Kista Cultural College, and the Jewish Community of Stockholm. To register for the conference, click here. The deadline for registration is August 31.
For more information contact:
Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
Phone: +46 8 679 55 55