The 6th International Annual Conference ”Policy of Culture and Memory in Israel”

On 22-23 May 2018, the Center for Israeli Studies (CISs) from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) will organize the conference: “Policy of Culture and Memory in Israel”. The lecturers will be members of the academic communities from Romania, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Poland as well as professionals in the fields of media and culture.

Day 1, May 22nd, 2018

10:00-11:30 Opening Session – Conference Hall - ground floor
Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration;
Liliana Popescu, Vice Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration;
Andrei Țăranu, Vice Dean, Faculty of Political Science, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration;
Liviu Rotman, Director, Center for Israeli Studies, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration;
Dubi Bergman, Director FRD World Zionist Organization - Message of Avraham Duvdevani, Chair of the World Zionist Organization 

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:30-15:00 1st Session. Conference Hall – ground floor

Aviva Halamish, Director and Editor-in-Chief , The Open University of Israel Press - Israeli Perception of Europe: The Role of
Nostalgia, Negation of Exile and Search for Identity
Dan Korn, IDC Hezliya, Israel – Explaining the Reemergence of Social Identities in Israel Politics
Orit Galili Zucker, Independent researcher, Israel - A Unique Political Culture: The Problematic Relations of Israel’s Media
towards Its Governmental Institutions
David Tal, Yossi Harel Chair in Israel Studies, Department of History & Art, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom -
The Politics and Politicization of the Arab Jews
Chairperson: Liliana Popescu

15:30-17:30 2nd Session. Conference Hall – ground floor

Aaron T. Walter, Adjunct Professor, Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies; Department of International Relations and
European Studies, Brno, Czech Republic - Friend, and Ally: Case study of Czechoslovak and Israeli cultural identity through
Ana Maria Bolborici, Department of Sociology and Communication, Transilvania University of Brașov, Romania -
Perspectives on the Israeli-Jewish collective memory and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Ewa Wegrzyn, Institute of Jewish Studies, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland - The Immigration of Polish Jews to Israel
after the Second World War and the Cultivation of Polishness in the New Homeland
Chairperson: Liviu Rotman

18:30 Cocktail

Day 2, May 23rd, 2018

09:30 -12:30 3rd Session. Conference Hall – ground floor
Alexander Hausvater, Theatre director, Israel & Romania - The impact of politics and culture in Israel
Lou Gelehrter, Architect, Jerusalem, Israel – Jewish Space and Israel
Irina Ana Drobot, Lecturer, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania - National Identity and Yehuda
Amichai’s Poetry
Adina Babeș, Senior researcher, Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania – History teaching in
Israel during its three stages (case study: Holocaust history teaching)
Chairperson: Aviva Halamish

12:30 -13:00 Coffee break

13:00 –16:00 4th Session. Conference Hall – ground floor
Eugenia Mihalcea, PhD candidate, University of Haifa, Israel - Between memories and memorialization policies
Alon Helled, PhD candidate in "Social and Political Change", Universities of Turin and Florence, Italy - Telling the Story of a
Politicized National History: The Generations of Israeli Historians
Michael Shafir, Department of International Studies, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca, Romania - Zionism’s “Isms”:
Democratism, Judaism, Socialism, and Nationalism
Chairperson: Dan Korn

16:00 -16:30 Concluding remarks