fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich / ŻIH
7–10 września

I. L. Peretz and his Circle - Academic Conference

International Academic Conference “I. L. Peretz and his Circle”, 7-10 September 2015, Warsaw - Zamość

>>Program of the conference<<

In April 1915, 100 years ago, Yitschok Leybush Peretz, an eminent Yiddish writer regarded as the father of Yiddish literature, passed away in Warsaw. To commemorate the anniversary, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Society of Yiddish Studies, Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage and International Centre for Research on the History and Cultural Heritage of Jews of Central and Eastern Europe at the Catholic University of Lublin are organizing an international academic conference under the title: “W kręgu Pereca/I. L. Peretz and his Circle”. The conference will be devoted to the writer’s life, work and both literary and spiritual legacy.

The conference, attended by scholars from Poland, Israel, France, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States, aims 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. To celebrate that, one of the conference sessions will be held entirely in Yiddish (with simultaneous translation into Polish). There will also be a reading of fragments of Peretz’ literary work in the original language, organized as part of “Perecjada” project. “Perecjada” has been running all year, and was prepared in cooperation with PSW Foundation for Promoting Contemporary Art, under the auspices of the Polish Society of Yiddish Studies.

Languages of the conference: Polish, English, Yiddish (simultaneous translation)

Free admission

The conference will be live-streamed via the organizers websites: POLIN Museum, FODZ and KUL 

The Organizing Committee:
Dr. Hanna Węgrzynek (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews)
Dr. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Society of Yiddish Studies; Polish Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Karolina Szymaniak (Polish Society of Yiddish Studies; Jewish Historical Institute)
Dr. Marek Tuszewicki (Polish Society of Yiddish Studies; Jagiellonian University)
Gniewomir Zajączkowski (Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage)
Prof. dr hab. Sławomir Jacek Żurek (Catholic University of Lublin)
Dr. Monika Szabłowska-Zaremba (Polish Society of Yiddish Studies; Catholic University of Lublin)


  • POLIN Museum, 6 Anielewicza Street, Warsaw (September 7, 2015)
  • Centrum „Synagoga”, 14 Pereca Street, Zamość (September 8-9, 2015)

The conference is organized within the framework of the Global Educational Outreach Program

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


Sponsor of the conference: B.M. - TUR Sp. Jawna, Łój Mariusz, Grela Bogdan, Zamość,

Honorary patronage: The Mayor of Zamość

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