Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 at the University of Mainz
The Department of Political Science at the University of Mainz is hosting the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops in March 2013. The local website is here: Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 local website.
But if you want to go us a larger group, they might still be able to accommodate you – just drop them an email or give them a ring. Moreover, there is the synagogue tour, which is organised not by the board but by our colleague Alfred Wittstock. If you have set your sight on this one, please get in touch with Jasmin Fitzpatrick (fitzpatrick-at-politik.uni-mainz.de) to see if there are enough places available for your group.
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.
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.
p.s. The registration area and book exhibition are located in the Arts & Humanities building.
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.
We would also urge to book your room now, as hotels in the Rhine-Main region can be very busy.
Bowing to the inevitable, we have updated our interactive map (below) and put information about the buildings’ locations on the website. We’ll keep updating the website with more local information over the next months.
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Local organisers are not involved in the selection process, but we expect that paper proposers will be informed whether their papers have been accepted in early December. We’ll keep you posted.