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Synagogue and the City: Architectural Dialogue between the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and the Capital of the Russian Empire Seminar

Dr Reverend James Parkes
Time:
18:00
Date:
30 May 2017
Venue:
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email The Parkes Institute at parkes@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

Part of The Parkes Institute's Research Seminar Series for 2016/2017.

 

Synagogue and the City: Architectural Dialogue between the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and the Capital of the Russian Empire

How a Jewish community communicates with a modern metropolis? How to demonstrate its being an integral part of the Gentile human and architectural environment on the one hand and to preserve its distinctiveness on the other? This was a question common to all Jewish communities in all European capitals. In the Russian Empire, this question was even more complicated due to the absence of emancipation and the strong desire of Jews to prove to the authorities that they deserve to be emancipated.

Portrait photograph of Dr Vladimir Levin
Dr Vladimir Levin

Speaker information

Dr Vladimir Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Vladimir Levin is the Acting Director of the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in St. Petersburg, he holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. He authored From Revolution to War: Jewish Politics in Russia, 1907-1914 (in Hebrew) as well as numerous articles, and co-edited Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue. His last book, Synagogue in Ukraine: Volhynia is being published now by the Zalman Shazar Center. His research interests include social and political aspects of modern Jewish history in eastern Europe, especially in Lithuania, Orthodox Judaism, and synagogue architecture.

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