What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies
We invite scholars working in Jewish studies to propose panels for the international interdisciplinary conference “What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies.” The aim of the conference is to explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews.
12-15 October 2020
At the heart of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a multimedia narrative exhibition that draws upon the best recent scholarship in a broad range of disciplines. Scholars in Poland, Israel, and North America collaborated on the creation of an open historical narrative that begins in the 10th century and comes forward to the present.
The exhibition raises many of the methodological and theoretical issues central to Jewish studies today and serves as the inspiration for "What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies".
What constitutes Jewish studies today and in which direction should we be heading? Which paradigms are guiding the field today? How are theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities and social sciences shaping Jewish studies? How are scholars working in a broad range of disciplines – history, social sciences, literature, visual and performing arts, and other disciplines – contributing to the field? What are interdisciplinary approaches contributing to the field? What is the impact of studies of Jewish life in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on a wider understanding of world history?
We invite proposals for:
- panels that address the conference theme >>
- posters for a session for PhD students that focuses on methodological issues related to their doctoral dissertations >>
Deadline for submitting proposals: 30 April 2020
- Francois Guesnet, "The beauty of small differences: about Jewish studies and Jewish area studies"
- Havi Dreifuss, "Beyond traditional methods"
- Marcin Wodziński, "What’s Next? Prospects and challenges".
- Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, POLIN Museum Core Exhibition, Academic Committee Chair ;
- Prof. Antony Polonsky, POLIN Museum;
- Dr. Michał Trębacz, POLIN Museum;
- Dr. hab. Artur Markowski, POLIN Museum, Conference Convener;
- Prof. Andrzej Żbikowski, Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute;
- Dr. Enrico Lucca, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture–Simon Dubnow;
- Prof. Hubert Strouk, Mémorial de la Shoah;
- Prof. Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan;
- Dr. Scott Ury, The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University;
- Prof. Dan Michman, Yad Vashem;
- Prof. Jonathan Brent, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research;
- Dr. Lisa M. Leff, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;
- Dr. François Guesnet, University College London.
Information for conference speakers:
- There is no conference fee for speakers.
- POLIN Museum will provide speakers with accommodation and meals during the conference.
- A limited number of travel grants will be available for speakers >>
- The conference will be held in English.
- Proposals must be submitted in English.
The conference is organized by:
in cooperation with:
The conference is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.
The conference is supported by Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.
Conference patrons: American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies, European Association for Jewish Studies, Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Mordechai Anielewicz Center for Research and Teaching of the History and Culture of Jews in Poland, Institute of History, University of Warsaw, SEFER Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Polish Association of Judaic Studies, Polish Association of Yiddish Studies.