The Usage of Ego-documents in Jewish Historical research – an International researchers’ workshop

The workshop will deal in the usage of Ego documents by historians. By ego-documents we refer to letters, diaries, life stories written by individuals. The workshop will concentrate of Jewish History in the last three centuries, especially the 20th century.

Since early modern hysterography, Ego-documents were considered sources unsuited for historical research. However, in the last decades the human aspect of history became incrementally important. Researching individuals changed the way historians regard Ego-documents. The workshop will concentrate on the methodological issues concerning these documents. We will concentrate on letters, testimonies and life stories (including ethical testaments). Special attention will be given to immigration, Holocaust, the early years of the State of Israel (1948-1960).

The workshop will take place at the Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel, between 27 and 28 of May 2019. Accommodation and partial travel costs will be covered. The workshop will include two keynote lectures and twelve to fifteen presentations.

We invite proposals (un to 500 words) short CVs.

Please send proposal & CV to Dr. Haim Sperber, Head of Department, Multi-disciplinary Studies:

Please send your proposal by 10 October 2018 the latest.

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