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Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden is a non-denominational academic framework that was established in 2000 with funding from the Swedish government.
Dedicated to the revival of Jewish culture in Europe, Paideia educates leaders for Europe - academicians, artists and community activists - towards fluency in the Jewish textual sources that have served as the wellsprings of Jewish civilization.
In renewing interpretation of Jewish text, Paideia is reviving a European Jewish voice long silenced by Communism and post-Holocaust trauma - a voice that can contribute to a culturally rich and pluralistic Europe.

Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested

Welcome to a Paideia Conference on September 25-26, 2016, in 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 Moshe Halbertal, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Konstanty Gebert, Abdulkader Habib, Göran Rosenberg and Barbara Lerner Spectre. Textual studies are provided by Marc Hirshman, Ute Steyer and Eiran Davies.

To register for the conference, click here. The deadline for registration is August 31.

For the conference program, please see: Conference Program

The conference is organized in cooperation with Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Uppsala University, the Jewish Chronicle, Kista Folkhögskola, and the Jewish Community of Stockholm.
For more information contact:

Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
Phone: +46 8 679 55 55
Email: info@paideia-eu.org


Fania Oz-Salzberger New Director at Paideia

Israeli historian Fania Oz-Salzberger has been named the new Director of Paideia, The European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden, starting in autumn 2016.
Fania Oz-Salzberger  is Professor of History at the University of Haifa. She completed her doctoral degree at Oxford University. A former Fellow of the Jerusalem and Berlin Institutes of Advanced study, she also held posts as Chair of Israel Studies at Monash University and Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Her books include Translating the Enlightenment (Oxford, 1995), Israelis in Berlin (Jerusalem and Berlin, 2001) and, with Amos Oz, Jews and Words (Yale, 2012). She has published prolifically on the history of ideas, the Enlightenment, Jewish origins of modern political thought, and Israeli-European relations. Her opinion articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Guardian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and elsewhere.
Founding director Barbara Spectre will will become Paideia’s Global Ambassador.

Israeli historian Fania Oz-Salzberger has been named the new Director of Paideia, The European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden, starting in autumn 2016.

Fania pictureFania Oz-Salzberger  is Professor of History at the University of Haifa. She completed her doctoral degree at Oxford University. A former Fellow of the Jerusalem and Berlin Institutes of Advanced study, she also held posts as Chair of Israel Studies at Monash University and Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Her books include Translating the Enlightenment (Oxford, 1995), Israelis in Berlin (Jerusalem and Berlin, 2001) and, with Amos Oz, Jews and Words (Yale, 2012). She has published prolifically on the history of ideas, the Enlightenment, Jewish origins of modern political thought, and Israeli-European relations. Her opinion articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Guardian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and elsewhere.

Founding director Barbara Spectre will become Paideia’s Global Ambassador.

Picture by Karl Gabor


A new Jewish Cultural College

Paideia has been granted the right to run a preparatory year in order to start the first Jewish Cultural College in Sweden. The plan is that in a couple of years the new Jewish Cultural College will be fully developed and will serve the Jewish Community as well as a larger Swedish society.

Please read more here: http://www.folkbildningsradet.se/om-folkbildningsradet/nyheter/2015/tre-nya-folkhogskolor-kan-fa-statsbidrag/


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Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
Box 5053, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden,
Phone: +46 (0)8 679 55 55, Fax: +46 (0)8 661 14 55, Email: info@paideia-eu.org
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