CFP: International Conference "Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought". Final Call for Papers

Igor Kaufman Discussion

Saint-Petersburg State University
The Department of Jewish Culture

International Conference

"Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought"


June 22-24, 2020


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. Dialogism of the Talmud and Midrash. Dialogism of the Medieval Jewish philosophy and mystical thought.

2. Sources and evolution of the philosophy of dialogue in Germany: Jacobi, Kant, Feuerbach, and Cohen.

3. Philosophy of dialogue in Germany and Austria at the turn of the XXth century: Franz Rosenzweig, Ferdinand Ebner, Martin Buber, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.

4. Dialogism in Russian and the Russian thought: Dostoevskiy, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Bakhtin, and Vladimir Bibler.

5. Philosophy of dialogue and phenomelogy: Levinas.

6. Philosophy of dialogue and the pedagogical thought. Philosophers of dialogue on novations in education. Dialogical pedagogy and theories of learning and education. Rosenzweig, Buber, Rosenstock-Huessy, Levinas, Vladimir Bibler и др.

7. Recent state-of-the art and perspectives of philosophy of dialogue (Russia, Israel, etc).

The other core project of the Department of Jewish Culture is the the journal Judaica Petropolitana ( 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 April 01, 2020.

Timeline and place: Saint-Petersburg, Mendeleevskaya line 5, Institute of Philosophy, June 22-24, 2020.

Please complete your proposal with the following information:

1. Full name

2. E-mail

3. Country

4. Telephone

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)

For further information and paper proposals please contact to Ilya Dvorkin [], Igor Kaufman [] (please mail to both of them)

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