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GEOP: Conferences

GEOP supports the organization of international, multi-disciplinary conferences on Jewish history and culture, museum studies and memory studies.

So far we have organized:

  • Chone Shmeruk, in memoriam, in May 2017
    The conference was aimed at recalling the life and work of Chone Shmeruk, one of the leading scholars of Yiddish language and literature, who passed away 20 years ago. Professor Shmeruk was a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, but he spent his youth and final years in Warsaw.
  • Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History, in March 2017
    The conference explored the role of museums in negotiating new public histories in societies in transition, as old narratives and historical policies are questioned and stories once silenced are given voice. Of special interest was how the historical narratives constructed in museums help to shape new social relations in a dynamically changing present.
  • I. L. Peretz and His Circle, in September 2015
    The conference, attended by scholars from Poland, Israel, France, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States, aimed at presenting Peretz not merely as a writer, but also as an ‘institution’, owing to whom Warsaw at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries became the centre of Yiddish culture.
  • From Ibrahim ibn Yakub to 6 Anielewicz Street, in May 2015
    The conference introduced the POLIN Museum's Core Exhibition to the scholarly public and reviewed the present state of knowledge on the history of Jews in the Polish lands.

Future Events:

We would like all the participants to ponder together on the causes, the course and the aftermath of March ’68 in a comparative perspective, while paying special attention to the following issues:

  • youth rebellion, anti-establishment activity and conformism in the Eastern Block
  • the Jewish experience of March ‘68
  • struggle for power in the communist states
  • the aftermath of March ‘68.

Additionally, GEOP supports and co-organizes conferences:


This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.