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The University of Bucharest The Faculty of Letters The Center of Jewish Studies

International Conference on

To Be Or Not To Be A Jew:
Problems on Converting to and Renouncing Judaism
Bucharest, New Europe College, 23-24 May 2013 Conference Program
Thursday 23rd of May 2012 1st Session
Chair: Andrei Oiteanu, Institutul pentru Istoria Religiilor Academia Romn, Centrul de Studii Ebraice Universitatea din Bucureti 10.00 Andrei Cornea, Director of the Center of Jewish Studies, University of Bucharest: Opening Remarks 10.20 Ronny Miron, Dept. of Philosophy, Bar Ilan University, Israel: The Secret of Jewish Existence - A Metaphysical Analysis of Gershom Scholem's Idea of Jewish History 10.45 Ana Brbulescu, coala Naional de Studii Politice i Administrative, Bucureti: Constructing Border Lines: Converts and Heretics in Tannaitic and Amoraic Times

11.10 11.30 Coffee Break 11.30 Cristina Ciucu, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris: "Converting to a Religion one already embraces. On Allegations against Kabbalists and Philosophers". 11.55 Philippe Bobichon, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris: "Converts and Conversion in the Controversial Literature between Jews and Christians (2nd. to 17th. centuries)" 12.20 12.45 Discussions 12.45 14.45 Lunch

2nd. Session
Chair: Andrei Cornea, Centrul de Studii Ebraice, Secia de Studii Europene Universitatea din Bucureti 15.00 Nadezda Koryakina, Nantes University, France: Doubtful origins: Converts to Judaism in Medieval Provence and Catalonia. 15.25 Marisa Bueno Sanchez, Nantes University, France: Baptism and Royal Clemency in Medieval Spain (1492-1502) Legal pictures, legal practices and social reality. 15.50 Daniel Silva Perdigo, Instituto Cames, Universitatea din Bucureti: Les Nouveaux Chretiens et les tourments des Saint-Office 16.15 Mriuca Stanciu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice, Universitatea din Bucureti Biblioteca Academiei Romne: A Transylvanian Jerusalem: The Story of the Unitarians' Conversion to Judaism 16.40 17.00 Discussions 17.00 More discussions over a glass of wine

Friday 24th of May 2013 3rd. Session


Chair: Mriuca Stanciu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice, Universitatea din Bucureti Biblioteca Academiei Romne 10.00 Mihai Rzvan Ungureanu, Universitatea din Bucureti: Dynamics of Religious Conversion in Early 19th Century Principality of Moldova 10.25 Victor Karady, Central European University, Budapest: Anti-Semitic Crises and Jewish Baptism in Hungary A Paradigm of Secularization under Duress (with Special Focus on Budapest 1900-1960) 10.50 - 11.15 Coffee Break 11.15 George Voicu, coala Naional de Studii Politice i Administrative, Bucureti: Conversion to Orthodoxy as Means to Naturalization. Two Cases and Their Distinct fates: Constantin Dobrogeanu Gherea and Lazr ineanu 11.40 Adina Babe, Inst. Naional pt. Studierea Holocaustului n Romnia Elie Wiesel, Bucureti: Religion and Integration in the Israeli Society 12.05- 12.30 Discussions 12.30 14.30 Lunch

4th. Session
Chair: Mihai Rzvan Ungureanu, Universitatea din Bucureti 15.00 Alexandru Florian, Inst. Naional pt. Studierea Holocaustului n Romnia Elie Wiesel, Bucureti: Est-que la conversion une solution de sauver les Juifs pendant la Shoah? 15.25 Francisca Bltceanu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice, Univ. din Bucureti: Aspects de la conversion du judasme au christianisme dans la premire moiti du XIXe sicle 15.50 Brndua Palade, coala Naional de Studii Politice i Administrative, Bucureti: Being a Jew in Terms of Self-confessed Identity: the Case of Edith Stein 16.15 Eugen Ciurtin, Inst de Istorie a Religiilor, Academia Romn, Bucureti: Arion Thomas Rou Confession of a Blissful Bystander 16.40 Discussions 17.00 Closing of the works of the conference