The Department of Jewish Culture
"Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought"
June 22-24, 2019
Call for Papers
Following the success of conferences on Jewish thought in 2017, 2018, and 2019 the Department of Jewish Culture of Saint-Petersburg State University, in collaboration with the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will host a three-day conference «Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought».
The aim of the conference is to examine an essential issue of Jewish thought, meaningful throughout the entire history of Jewish philosophy - dialogism and dialogical approach. The topic of the conference provides an overview of the broadest spectrum of Jewish philosophical teachings, both in chronological and spatial terms, in internal and external connections.
In the 2020 conference we intend to address the dialogical philosophy (philosophy of dialogue) as a point of collaboration and interaction betweeen the Russian, German, German-Jewish, and Jewish intellectual traditions. Dialogism is deeply rooted in the Russian culture as attested by Dostoevskiy and Bakhtin. Dialogical thought in Germany includes extremely rich heritage of works and ideas of Ludwig Feuerbach, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Ferdinand Ebner, Martin Buber, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. In the Jewish thought the Bible and Talmud affirm the Dialogism and dialogical approach to core theological and philosophical issues. Jewish philosophy and mysticism continue the approach. Accordingly, studies on Dialogism allows to treat inter-cultural and inter-philosophical dialogues, exchanges, conflicts and interactions.
Conference sessions will be divided chronologically and thematically.
The conference will address the following topics:
1. Dialogism in the Jewish thought of Biblical and Post-Biblical era.
2. Dialogism of the Talmud and Midrash.
3. Dialogism of the Medieval Jewish philosophy and mystical thought.
4. Dialogism / Dialogical thought of the Early modern, Modern and contemporary Jewish Philosophy.
5. Dialogism / Dialogical philosophy in Russian thought.
6. Dialogical philosophy in the German and German-Jewish thought.
5. Dialogical philosophy in individual works and circles of the Russian, German, German-Jewish, and Jewish thought (Fyodor Dostoevskiy, Michael Bakhtin, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas .
The other core project of the Department of Jewish Culture is the the journal Judaica Petropolitana (judaica-petropolitana.philosophy.spbu.ru). The Judaica Petropolitana is interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed open-access journal of Jewish Studies, dedicated to the exploration of the core issues in Jewish culture, philosophy, history, and religion. The journal welcomes participants' papers extended to a standard article length.
Working languages: English, Hebrew, Russian.
The deadline for application is March 20, 2020.
Timeline and place: Saint-Petersburg, Mendeleevskaya line 5, Institute of Philosophy, May 26-28, 2020.
Please complete your paper proposal with the following information:
1. Full name
5. Current institution and/or academic affiliation
6. Academic degree / year of study)
7. Title of the paper
8. Language of the paper
9. Technical equipment for your paper (in case you need it)
10. Abstract of the paper (up to 300-400 words)
Contact Info of the conference team:
Dr. Prof. Igor Tantlevskiy, Chair of the Department of Jewish Culture, Chair of the Conference Organizing Commitee
Ilya Dvorkin, Co-Chair of the Conference Organizing Commitee
Dr. Igor Kaufman
March 15, 2020