International workshop 6-7 October 2021

Across Borders and Boundaries.
Jewish Be-longings in the Mediterranean Space and Beyond



At the intersection of Jewish, postcolonial and migration studies, the workshop Across Border and Boundaries: Jewish-Belongings in the Mediterranean Space and Beyond explores Jewish migrations from the Middle East and North Africa across the Mediterranean and beyond during the second half of the 20th century. It does so bringing together scholars from different disciplines (history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies) to discuss issues of multiple belongings, cultural affiliations, dis-locations as they are evoked in memories and narratives of migration. Building on multiple case studies (Jewish migrants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Rodhes, Corfu), the workshop aims at portraying the complexity of a migratory phenomenon that intensified dramatically between the late 1940s and 1970s and deeply changed the demography and social composition of European Jewish communities.


The workshop will be held on the 6 and 7 october in-presence for participants only. However, all sessions will be streamed live on Zoom.

Please register in advance

Wednesday 6 October 2021: Zoom Link
Thursday 7 October 2021: Zoom Link

Programme attached

Memory, Heritage and Languages

Symposium organised by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool

This series of interactive talks, exhibitions, and papers will showcase the latest research being undertaken in the areas of heritage and memory from a Modern Languages-informed perspective. Exploring alternative formats of memory-making, such as digital and interactive forms of memory, participatory forms of memory-making, story-telling, and self-curation, the event will demonstrate the importance of public integration and inclusion in identity creation, across a variety of contexts and locations. It will ask how heritage practices, which are often conceived of as top-down, can be re-situated from the grassroots, where individuals or collectives foreground personal experience in the creation of a shared heritage. We engage in particular with languages which locate state-sponsored memory – and therein expectations of memory and identity narratives – within an inherently masculine concept (patrimonio, patrimoine, patrimoni, patrimônio, patrimoniu). We will ask in particular what the role of languages in this dynamic is, with a focus on social groups who either no longer find themselves in their homeland, those who have been invisibilised from a national/social rhetoric, and those whose representations on an ‘official’ level see them erased from or fighting for representation within national and historical narratives.

9:00am – 4:30pm / Friday 23rd April 2021 / Online even
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/events/event/?eventid=98494