Community and Exclusion: Annual Conference of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies

The Prague Centre for Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts, Charles University), Masaryk Institute, and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences organise an international conference Community and Exclusion. Collective Violence in the Multiethnic (East) Central European Societies before and after the Holocaust (1848–1948). The conference will be held on September 25 – 27, 2016. The conference is supported by the Visegrad Fund and held under the auspices of the Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities, Mr Jiří Dienstbier. The conference is organised in co-operation with Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences; The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences; and the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The whole event is free of charge. The conference will be held in English.

Conference registration is open until September 19, 2016:


Sunday, September 25, Venue: Vila Lanna, V Sadech 1
15:00–16:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
16:00–16:30 Introduction (Ines Koeltzsch, Pavel Sládek)
16:30–18.00 Panel I: Anti-Jewish Violence in the 19th Century (and Beyond)
Chair: Werner Bergmann (Berlin)
Michael Miller (Budapest): Arming or Harming Jews? The National Guard in 1848
Daniel Véri (Budapest): Musical Patterns of Violence: The Long Shadow of the Tiszaeszlár Blood Libel
Darius Staliunas (Vilnius): Anti-Jewish Pogroms and Polish-Lithuanian Conflicts on Language in Churches: A Comparison of two Cases of Collective Violence
18:00–18:15 Break
18:15–19:15 Keynote Lecture (I)
Chair: Pavel Sládek (Prague)
David Engel (New York): Thinking about Interethnic Violence in Historical Context
19:15 Reception

Monday, September 26, Venue: Hrzánský palác, Loretánská ulice 9/177
9:30–11:00 Panel II: Exclusionary Violence – Approach and Applications
Chair: Sławomir Kapralski (Cracow/Uppsala)
9.30–10.30 Keynote Lecture (II)
Werner Bergmann (Berlin): “Out with the Jews!” Exclusionary Violence in 19th Century Europe – Some Theoretical Considerations
10.30–11.30 Miloslav Szabó (Bratislava): Topographies of Exclusion – Anti-Jewish Violence in Pressburg/Pozsony/Bratislava (1848-1948)
11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:30–13:00 Panel III: After Violence
Chair: Kateřina Čapková (Prague)
Sławomir Kapralski (Cracow/Uppsala): Exclusionary/Structural Anti-Roma Violence in (East) Central Europe and Its Post-Holocaust Consequences for Roma Communities
Éva Kovács (Vienna): Parallel Reading. Narratives of Violence
Monika Vrzgulová (Bratislava): Liberation and Return Home – Stories with a Happy End?
13:00–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–15:30 Panel IV: Anti-Jewish Violence during World War I and in the Aftermath
Chair: Rudolf Kučera (Prague)
Michal Frankl (Prague): Moral Economy of Exclusionary Violence? Pilsen 1917
Emily R. Gioielli (Williamsburg/Virginia): ‘Brother Save Us!’: the JDC and anti-Jewish Violence in Post-World War I Hungary
Bödők Gergely (Budapest): Violence against Jews during the Hungarian Red and White Terror
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
16:00–17:30 Panel V: Ethnic Violence in Interwar Central Europe
Chair: Ines Koeltzsch (Prague)
Pavel Baloun (Prague): Included through Exclusion: Discourses on “Gypsies” in Interwar Czechoslovakia and the Case of Anti-Gypsy Violence in Pobedim 1928
Natalia Aleksiun (New York): Crossing the Line: Violence against Jewish Women and the New Model of Antisemitism in Interwar Poland
Izabela Mrzygłód (Warsaw): Violence and Discipline at two Central European Universities in the 1930’s
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, September 27, Venue: Hrzánský palác, Loretánská ulice 9/177
9:00–11:00 Panel VI: Radicalization and Paramilitary Violence in Interwar Central Europe
Chair: Michal Frankl (Prague)
Gábor Egry (Budapest): Armed Peasants, Violent Intellectuals and Political Guards. Trajectories of Violence in a Failing Nation State, Romania 1918–1940
Grzegorz Krzywiec (Warsaw): “Przytyk as a heart of Poland”: Rethinking of anti-Jewish Violence in mid-1930s Poland
Istvan Pál Ádám (Prague): Anti-Jewish Episodes from the Life of a Hungarian Interwar Militia: the Rongyos Gárda
Jaromír Mrňka (Prague): Swept away by a Rage of the People. Public Acts of Collective Violence in the Czech Lands 1938-1948
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30–13:00 Panel VII: Anti-Jewish Violence after the Holocaust
Chair: Natalia Alekisun (New York)
Péter Apor (Budapest): Workers, Jews and Rites of Violence: Anti-Jewish Atrocities Against Jews in Provincial Hungary in 1946
Ivica Bumová/Michala Lônčíková (Bratislava): Anti-Jewish Violence in Slovakia in 1945. A Comparison
Valentin Săndulescu (Bucharest): “Like coals under ashes, ready to scorch the earth once more”: Notes Regarding Anti-Jewish Attitudes in Romania (1944–1947)
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Roundtable
Chair: Grzegorz Krzywiec (Warsaw)
Natalia Aleksiun – Péter Apor – Werner Bergmann – David Engel – Michal Frankl – Sławomir Kapralski
15:00 Farewell Coffee