Jewish Community in the Space of an Imperial City: Tradition-Adaptation-Modernization, 1859-1917 (Kharkiv case)

Jewish Community in the Space of an Imperial City: Tradition-Adaptation-Modernization, 1859-1917 (Kharkiv case)

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Artem Kharchenko, PhD

National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute”

18.11.2022, 15:00

online / zoom

During the seminar, we shall consider the peculiarities of researching the Jewish population beyond the Pale of Settlement. Kharkiv will be represented as a necessary "transit point" on the map of Jewish migration. An important focus is covering the "hidden" Jewish community built between 1859 and 1917. It helps go beyond the conventional historiography in the study of Jewish elites. The statement suggested for discussion claims that the traditional institutes of communities and the behavior strategies of their members have been changing rather slowly to be able to ensure the adaptation transition in times of modernization.

The seminar will focus on the history of the Jewish community in an imperial city. Kharkiv and its Jewish population were selected as an illustration of such a city. The research objective is to describe the space where local social organizations co-existed with the imperial city management policy.

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Artem Kharchenko

National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute”

Candidate of History, Associate Professor at the Department of Ukrainian Studies at the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute.” Researcher of Jewish history in the Russian empire. His research focus covers the history of the Jewish population in the Russian Empire, social and economic processes in the South of the empire in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, transformations of traditional society in the 19th century, and inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations. He is also interested in the social transformations of the interwar period and in the functioning of Soviet orphanages. In 2022, he became a guest researcher at the Center for Urban History under a scholarship supported by the Free University of Berlin.

The event has a workshop format, with the guest researchers discussing academic projects and research works on different stages of progress and the completed projects prepared for print.

Participation in the Urban Seminar implies reading and discussing the researcher's text. If you wish to join the workshop, please, send an email to Sofia Andrusyshyn ([email protected]) to receive the materials in advance.


Cover Image: Railway station in Kharkiv, architect Y. Tsaune / Album "Kharkiv. New about familiar places."