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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:

  • Polish Jewish Studies Workshop - Generations and Genealogies, Ann Arbor, April 2-4, 2017
    The aim of the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative and this workshop is to establish an international forum for communication among scholars working in the growing field of Polish Jewish studies; to identify theoretical and methodological developments and new research; and to create a forum for scholars, educators, and activists who rigorously pursue the study of Polish and Jewish cultures more intentionally. (source:  
  • Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards, October 2-4, 2017 
    The conference is aimed at reassessing the profound implications of the events of 1917-1918 through a regional lens.
  • Analysing Jewish Europe Today: perspectives from a new generation Third Conference of Emerging  Researchers, October 23-35, 2017 
    The conference is aimed at analyzing a broad spectrum of issues pertaining contemporary Jewish Europe, covering topics such as: future perspectives for Jewish Europe, new Jewish identities, political divisiveness in relationship with Israel, the role of Jews and the need of Jewish voices in European civil society, the development of Jewish “spaces” – encounters between Jews and non-Jews in contemporary Europe, as well as anti- and philo-semitism.
  • The Seventh International Conference for Jewish Studies Researchers, November 14-16, 2017
    The aim of this conference is to gather Jewish Studies Researchers in purpose of sharing the latest research on Jewish Studies worldwide. 


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.