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Etty Hillesum. One hundred years later (1914-2014)

Etty Hillesum. Un siècle après (1914-2014)

Etty Hillesum. Cento anni dopo (1914-2014)

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Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Esther (Etty) Hillesum writings are a crucial historical document, as they report on the extreme evil of racial persecutions and life in lagers. They are a reflection on the value and the meaning of life, love and death. The International Conference “Etty Hillesum. Cento anni dopo (1914-2014)” (December 9-10, 2014, at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy) aims to assess the works of this important witness from the 20th century.

Announcement

Argument

One hundred years ago, on January 15, 1914, a Jewish woman named Esther Hillesum was born in Middelburg (Netherlands). People usually called her Etty. She wanted to become a writer, a great writer, as she said to her friend and wrote in her journals. She would draft up novels, poems and fables, but her violent death in Auschwitz put an end to all her dreams.

Nevertheless, Etty left us some journals and letters. A century later, her writings are a crucial historical document, as a report on the extreme evil of racial persecutions and life in lagers. They are a reflection on the value and the meaning of life, love and death. They tell us about a high mystical experience, giving an example of religious conversion, as it would be possible today. They are also interesting from a literary point of view,  although their writing is often provisional as well as fragmentary.

The International Conference “Etty Hillesum. Cento anni dopo (1914-2014)” (December 9-10, 2014, at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy) aims to assess the works of this important witness from the twentieth century. Some of the most important scholars of the Dutch woman-writer will present their papers, among them Klaas A. D. Smelik, Director of the Center of Etty Hillesum Studies at Ghent University (Belgium), and son of Klaas Smelik, to whom Etty Hillesum sent her writings to be published before her tragic death.

Program

Thuesday, december 9th 2014

3.30 pm – Welcome

4.00pm – Plenary session #1

Chair: Luigi Vero Tarca (Ca' Foscari University)

  • Aart Heering (Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy), Considerazioni storiche sull’olocausto in Olanda
  • Klaas A. D. Smelik (Etty Hillesum Onderzoekscentrum, Gent University, Belgium), Spirituality in the Writings of Etty Hillesum
  • Giancarlo Gaeta (Florence University), Etty Hillesum. Il privilegio di giudicare
  • Gerrit Van Oord (Centro Studi Etty Hillesum, Italia), La fortuna in Italia dell’opera di E. Hillesum
  • Silvia Piccolotto (Ca' Foscari University), Dostoevskij nel Diario di E. Hillesum
  • Maria Gabriella Nocita (LUMSSA University, Rome), Etty Hillesum. Educare l'anima

Wednesday, december 10th, 2014

9.00 pm – Plenary Session #2.

Chair: Paolo Bettiolo (Padua University)

  • Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo (Università di Padova), Appunti su La notte dei Girondini di Jakob Presser
  • Isabella Adinolfi (Ca' Foscari University), Un percorso filosofico nel pensiero di Etty Hillesum 
  • Adone Brandalise (Padua University), “Geduld ist alles”. La creazione artistica in Rainer Maria Rilke e Etty Hillesum
  • Marta Perrini (Ca' Foscari University), Hannah Arendt e Etty Hillesum. “Pensare senza ringhiere”
  • Rolando Damiani (Ca' Foscari University) L’ “amor fati” in Etty Hillesum

Conference Ending : Viviana Leoni (Accademia Teatrale Veneta), Etty Hillesum. Dalle fragole a Dio (theatrical performance)

Places

  • Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Aula Baratto in Palazzo Ca' Foscari - Dorsoduro 3246
    Venice, Italian Republic (30123)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, December 09, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Keywords

  • II World War, Shoah, Mystic, Etty Hillesum

Contact(s)

  • Cristina Baicchi
    courriel : baicchi [at] unive [dot] it

Information source

  • Fulvio Accardi
    courriel : fulvio [dot] accardi [at] hotmail [dot] it

To cite this announcement

« Etty Hillesum. One hundred years later (1914-2014) », Colloquium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, https://calenda.org/307513

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