6th Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries

Wednesday 22 May 2013, 9.15 - 17.15
University of Antwerp, city campus, room R.011 (Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerp)

In cooperation with the History Departement of the University of Antwerp

The Institute of Jewish Studies organizes for the sixth time an interdisciplinary study day concerning Jewish Studies on the Low Countries at the University of Antwerp, the purpose of which is to facilitate contacts between researchers working within this area of study and to establish a positive exchange between different research generations.

Contact day in English - free of charge.
Registration required.


22 May 2013, University of Antwerp, City Campus, room R.011 (Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerp)

9.15-9.30      Registration, coffee and tea
9.30-9.45      Welcome and opening by Vivian Liska, Karin Hofmeester and Veerle Vanden Daelen

9.45-11.15    Session I: Jewish identities in the colonies
                     Chair:Jessica Roitman (KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)
                     Aviva Ben-Ur (University of Massachusetts), Eurafrican Identity in a Jewish Society: Suriname in the 18th and 19th centuries
                     Laura Leibman (Reed College, Portland), The Rabbi’s House and Religious Authority in Colonial Curacao
                     Tsila Rädecker (Groningen University), Purim and the Jewish Question: poverty, inequality and unproductivity in the Dutch Purim productions (ca.1800)

11.15-11.30  Coffee break

11.30-13.00  Session II: Diamond migrants from Amsterdam to Antwerp
                     Chair:Karin Hofmeester (International Institute of Social History/Antwerp University)
                     Youssef Deconinck (Antwerp University), Moving to Antwerp. The migration of Jewish and Gentile workers in the diamond industry from Amsterdam to Antwerp, 1865-1880
                     Huibert Schijf (Amsterdam University) and Peter Tammes (University of Southampton), Moving to Antwerp. The migration of Jewish and Gentile workers in the diamond industry from Amsterdam 
                     to Antwerp, 1896-1914, followed by general conclusions about the period from 1865 to 1914

                     Jaap Cohen (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), Quasi-socialisten. Hollanders te Antwerpen (1907). Historical perspectives on a roman à clef about the world of diamond grinders 
                     in Antwerp

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-15.00  Session III: Studies of Jewish life via settlement patterns 
                     Chair:Anick Vollebergh (Amsterdam University)
                     Daniël Metz (Independent Scholar, Amsterdam), The forgotten heart of the Amsterdam diamond industry
                     Dorien Vandebroek (Antwerp University), The relationship between Jewish immigrants and Jewish assimilated inhabitants in Antwerp: the Terlist street as a micro study

15.00-15.15  Coffee break

15.15-17.00  Session IV: Round-table with keynote lecture: Identifying archives and collections on Jewish history in the Low Countries
                     Chair: Veerle Vanden Daelen (Cegesoma / Antwerp University)
                     Gertjan Desmet and Pascale Falek-Alhadeff (Belgian State Archives), Archival source guide on Judaism and the Jewish population in Belgium 19th-20th century. Intermediate Results and Discoveries

                     Panel participants:
                     Herman Van Goethem (Kazerne Dossin Mechelen), Petra Links (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), Tehila Moked-Van Luit (Menasseh ben Israël Institute), Emile Schrijver
                     (Amsterdam University)

17.00-17.15 Closing remarks by Karin Hofmeester and Veerle Vanden Daelen

22 May 2013