Australian Association for Jewish Studies – Annual Conference 14-15 February

February 9, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Australian Association for Jewish Studies will hold its 2022 conference at Deakin University’s City Campus in Collins St, Melbourne on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February, and online.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Jewish History in a Global Context – Telling Transnational Stories’, which has been applied across a range of topics by academic presenters, including Holocaust studies, diasporic narratives and religious studies. The conference is proudly presented by Deakin University academics Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Steven Cooke and Genocide Studies scholar, Dr Donna-Lee Frieze, with the AAJS Vice President (Victoria), Dr Anna Hirsh, who is the Manager of Collections and Research at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

The AAJS and conference committee will feature distinguished keynote speakers in the conference program with the opening keynote to be delivered by Professor Debórah Dwork, titled Flight and Exile: Challenges of Jewish Refugee Life, 1933-1953.

Professor Dwork is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at CUNY. Renowned for her scholarship on Holocaust history, she is also a leading authority on university education in this field.

The keynote panel to be held on Day 2 features eminent architecture, design and museum academics from Melbourne: Professor Harriet Edquist (RMIT), Professor Phillip Goad (University of Melbourne) and Professor Andrea Witcomb (Deakin University). Titled: Telling Transnational Stories through Galleries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Places and chaired by Deakin University’s Dr Luke Keogh, this panel will discuss both the impact of Jewish émigré design professionals on the Australian scene as well as their representation and narratives through exhibition and museums.

The AAJS is a terrific platform for both established and emerging scholars across all Jewish studies fields; its annual conferences are also open to the interested public to join the audience in an enriching two days of lectures and research presentations.

There are still a few more days to register: Registration for in-person attendance closes 5pm Wednesday 9 February and registration for online attendance closes 5pm Friday 11 February.

The AAJS 2022 Conference program, details and registration link are at

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