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Hungarian Hebrew Studies Conference

Schweitzer Lectures 2018


The conference of the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Society

ELTE, Budapest, 8 February 2018


Introduction Call for papers Deadlines
and programme
Submission Contact
and location
József Schweitzer


We are inviting scholars and students in Hebrew studies and in related disciplines to submit an at most 1-page-long abstract for the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Conference, through this web form, by 18 December 21 December 2017. Please consider the following when preparing your abstract.

The topic of a presentation may cover any subfield of Hebrew studies, including among others: the Hebrew Bible and its historical, archaeological, cultural and religious context, the Hellenistic and Roman period, Qumran and early Judaism, rabbinical and medieval Jewish literature, Jewish history, social history, cultural history, history of religion, and so forth. Welcome are works employing historical, social scientific, philosophical, ethnographic and anthropological, literary, linguistic and translations studies methodologies, as well. However, theological discussions related to any particular confession, independently of their scholarly worth, fall outside the scope of the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Conference.

Speakers will have 30 minutes at their disposal, which is best used as 20-22 minutes for the talk and 8-10 minutes for the discussion. The language of the talks can be either Hungarian or English. We expect the presentation of new results, either unpublished, or recently published, but unknown to the broader audience.

The main idea behind the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Conference is that all scholars present their novel research, without thematic restrictions. Yet, we plan to organise two thematic sessions, especially inviting colleagues whose project is relevant for either of these two themes:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, after 70 years: state-of-the-art and retrospection
  • Seventy years after the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls, the talks in this session discuss contemporary research directions and their influence on related research areas.
  • The individual, the community and the state: Hungarian-Jewish history
  • On the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of the Jews in Hungary, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration and the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, we would like to review the relationship between the individual and the community, as well as between the individual and the (either Hungarian, or Jewish) state, in the “long nineteenth century” and thereafter, with examples taken from local history, cultural history and social history.

Submissions of at most 1-page-long anonymous abstracts in pdf format are welcome via the web form until the deadline,18 December 21 December 2017. Three forms of submission are available:

  • Regular abstract: anonymous submission by students and scholars who are not members of the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Society, but also by members. These abstracts undergo regular double-blind peer review, in order to ensure the quality of the conference.
  • Member abstract: members of the Hungarian Hebrew Studies Society who will have paid their membership dues of 2017 by the submission deadline can also submit a non-anonymous abstract. Their membership of the Society will be the guarantee for the quality of their papers presenting novel research results, which we shall aim at including in the programme.
  • Poster: preliminary outcomes of newly started and on-going research projects, student projects of “junior kind”, as well as topics best fitting the visual modality, and demonstrations of databases and software will have the chance to be presented in a separate poster session.