The AEJM Conference 2017 will be hosted by the Sephardic Museum of Toledo, Spain, on 19-21 November.
This year our Conference will look into the theme of The Absence of Things. How do museums deal with historical periods from which almost no material culture remains? For example related to social structures, oppression, violence, or migration. How does this Absence effect the curatorial practices of European Jewish museums?
Two keynote speakers will each share their perspectives on The Absence of Things. Elma Hašimbegović, the director of the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, will address the topic in conversation with Joanne Rosenthal. Dr Javier Castaño, CSIC – Spanish National Research Council, will discuss the representation of Hispanojewish and Sephardic Material Culture in Spain in relation to absence.
On Saturday 18 November the AEJM and the hosting museum organize an optional evening programme with the concert Lunes de Sefarad and a reception. This year the post-conference optional excursion will bring delegates to Segovia. Please find our here the tentative conference programme.
AEJM Conferences are held in a different European venue on an annual basis to enable members to connect and learn more about each others collections, exhibitions, and curatorial and educational work. Each Conference offers keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, project presentations and excursions. The Annual General Meeting of the AEJM, which is attended by all members also takes place at our Annual Conference.
This year’s conference is kindly hosted by the Museo Sefardí. The Museum was created in 1964 and is housed in a historical building, the synagogue of Samuel ha-Leví, in the Jewish Quarter in Toledo.