At a two-day conference on "Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution" hosted by the European Humanities University's (EHU) Center for the Study of the History and Culture of the Jews of Belarus (Jewish Studies Center) in cooperation with Uppsala University's Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, researchers searched for overlap between history and philosophy by examining how philosophical questions are raised in historical works and how history complement philosophical discussions.
The keynote address at the conference was given by well-known scholar of philosophy Dr. Catherine Chalier (University of Paris) who presented a paper on "Jewish Hope Versus Revolutionary Hope." EHU’s Jewish Studies Center also presented the newest issue of its annual publication Tsaytshrift. Tsaytshrift is the only journal dedicated to Jewish studies in Belarus.
“This conference allows us to strengthen scientific contacts with researchers from the region, especially with the University of Uppsala. It also reinforces the image of EHU as a western university which, among other areas, contributes to research in Jewish studies,” said Dr. Dzmitry Shavialiou, director of the Jewish Studies Center.
Over 30 researchers from France, Sweden, Belarus, and Russia participated in the conference, which was sponsored by the Swedish government through the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.