JS Lecture Series: Jana Vobecká : Demographic Avant-Garde. Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah
The Central European University
Jewish Studies Program
cordially invites you to a lecture by
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Demographic Avant-Garde. Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah
The lecture elucidates the unique trends and context of the demographic behavior of Jews in Bohemia from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. It examines what made Bohemian Jews true forerunners of the demographic transition in Europe and explains why this occurred. It shows the main demographic trends of Bohemian Jews such as population growth, fertility, mortality and migration and interprets them in a larger social-historical and international context and points out the socio-economic position of Jews within Czech society. In the interpretation of the early Jewish demographic transition the role of human capital, culture, the legal environment and economic development is put into a forefront. The lecture will highlight the essential findings from the new book of Jana Vobecká Demographic Avant-Garde: Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah published in 2013 at the CEU Press.
Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m.
In Gellner Room
Jana Vobecká holds a PhD in demography from the University of Burgundy in Dijon and Charles University in Prague. She is a researcher in social demography at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences). Her research focuses inter alia on spatial population dynamics and its effects on social inequalities, local governance, and historical demography. She has published in journals such as Population, Space and Place, Czech Sociological Review and Central European Journal of Public Policy. Her first book Demographic Avant-Garde, Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah has been published in 2013.
A reception will follow