Feb 022013
 

The Jewish presence at Mainz  probably goes back to Roman times. In the 900s, Mainz – Magenza in Hebrew – became one of Europe’s foremost centres of Jewish spiritual and academic life and retained that position for a century.

During the Middle Ages, relations between the Jews, the city, and the archbishops were tumultuous to say the least, but from the late 18th century, the situation greatly improved, and Jews gradually gained full civil rights and became well integrated. The community flourished, and in 1912, they built a new synagogue in the the Art Deco style in the heart of the “Neustadt” area, a new development beyond the limits of the medieval city, to accommodate their growing numbers.  All this came to an end in the 1930s, when the Jewish population of Mainz was driven into exile or murdered, and their synagogues destroyed.

Few Jews returned to Germany after the war.  During the  1990s, however, Jews from Central and Eastern Europe began to settle in Germany, and Jewish communities began to grow again. In Mainz, work on a new synagogue and community centre began on the site where the Art Deco building had stood. The new synagogue, designed by Manuel Herz, is a strikingly modern structure that nonetheless reflects traditions which are many centuries old.

One of my colleagues, who is head of the Israel Studies unit here at Mainz, has kindly agreed to organise a guided tour of the synagogue for the participants of the ECPR Joint Sessions. If you are interested, drop us a line.

Jan 312013
 

If you haven’t sorted out your accommodation by now, you have a problem. All the rooms we had pre-booked through the Mainz tourist board are gone. There seem to be a few rooms left in Wiesbaden, but they are going fast. On the local website, we have listed a some hotels which run their own systems, but most seem to be fully booked, too. Of course, there are sites like expedia, but last time I checked, that looked rather bleak, too. So, let me reiterate: If you haven’t booked a room yet, do it NOW.

If you can’t find something adequate in Mainz or Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Rüsselsheim and some of the smaller towns in the area are commutable. But it is important to act now. BTW, as of late, I feel like a travel agent.

Jan 102013
 

With just two months to go until the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops at Mainz, the local team is getting super-excited, if not slightly panicky. We have finally found funding for two drinks/finger-food receptions: a welcome bash at the university on Monday evening (5-7), and another reception on Wednesday night at Mainz City Hall following the Rokkan Lecture and price-giving ceremonies on Wednesday night. Would you please put this in your diaries? We would hate to miss you!

As always, you can follow us on facebook, on twitter (hashtags #ecprjs2013 and #ecpr), on this blog, or simply via the conference website. If you know someone who is going to the conference yet is blissfully unaware of  this whole social media shebang, be a chap and pass on the word.

Dec 182012
 

Was your paper proposal successful? Congrats from our end, we’re looking forward to having you with us! If you haven’t done so, can you please confirm your participation with your workshop directors? We need exact numbers (exact numbers, this is Germany, after all) as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead.

We would also urge to book your room now, as hotels in the Rhine-Main region can be very busy.

Sep 142012
 

Have you already submitted your paper for the Joint Sessions 2013 at Mainz? We have updated the pages that provide local information on transport, accommodation, and the City of Mainz. There is even a neat GoogleMap (also accessible from your mobile) showing the conference hotels, airports and relevant railway stations. We will add further information on venues, excursions etc. over the coming weeks.

Jul 142012
 

The list of workshops that have been accepted for the 2013 Joints Sessions at the University of Mainz is now available on the new ECPR site. The call for papers should go out before August, with a deadline of November 1. In the meanwhile, we’re working on getting the local website up and running.

Update: Click here for the ECPR Joint Sessions 2013 local website, and here for more JS 2013 related blogs and updates.

 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013: Academic Programme