19 January 2017

Writing Jewish History in Eastern Europe - conference in

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The conference marks the launch of Studies in Polish Jewry:

POLIN VOLUME 29 - Studies in Polish Jewry

Time: January 19th 2016

Venue: Embassy of the Republic of Poland,

47 Portland Place, London W1B 6JH


Volume 29 of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry investigates Jewish historiography in three East European hubs: Congress Poland, the Russian Empire, and Galicia, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Looking beyond established paradigms, it adds to a growing literature seeking to transcend the trope of Jewish cultural insularity. It explores the tension inherent in the project of writing Jewish history in 

Eastern Europe: between the practice of exploring Jewish past in the communal setting, and the need to inscribe Jews into the social, political, economic and cultural fabric of the region.


Conference Programme

Registration 10.00am

Welcome H.E. Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

Vivian Wineman, President of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies

Ben Helfgott, Chairman of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies

10.15am Session 1: The Goals of the Volume

Then and Now: Mapping Polish Jewish Historiography - Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College, New York)

Legacy: Eastern European History on Three Continents - Brian Horowitz (Tulane University, New Orleans)

11.30am Coffee break

11.45am Session II: The European Dimension of Polish-Jewish History

Out of the Ghetto? Historiography on Jewish Women in Eastern Europe - Eliyana Adler (Pennsylvania State University)

Po-lin and the ghetto. European narratives in historical writings on Polish Jewry in the long nineteenth century - Jürgen Heyde (University of Leipzig)

Heinrich Graetz Finally at Rest in Wroclaw: Eastern Central Europe as a Space of Jewish Historical Entanglement - François Guesnet (UCL)

1.15pm Lunch break

2.30pm Session III: The Present State of Polish-Jewish Historiography

Panel discussion chaired by Jan Kubik (SSEES)

Edyta Gawron (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University), Norman Davies (University of Oxford)

4.00pm Tea break

4.30pm Closing Presentation

The Nomadic Shtetl Archive. Mobile Interventions in Post-Jewish Architecture - Natalia Romik (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)

5.30pm End of conference

Lunch and tea/coffee breaks courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Organised by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and the

Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL. Co-organised and supported by

the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Cultural

Institute, London. 


Registration fee: £15  Student concession: £10, plus booking charges

Reservation is essential, online only (here)

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