"What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies" an online conference, will explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews and the place of Jewish studies in the humanities today.
- Online conference 3-7 October 2021
- No conference fee
- Conference language: English
- Keynote presentations & debates in English with Polish translation
This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars in a wide range of fields: anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, art history, and political science, among others.
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We will look for answers to these questions at the conference: 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?
- François Guesnet, "The Narcissism of Small Differences? Reflections on Jewish Studies and Jewish Area Studies"
- Havi Dreifuss, "Beyond traditional methods: Five Thoughts of what is New and What is Next in Jewish Studies"
- Marcin Wodziński, "What's Next in Jewish Studies: Prospects and Challenges"
- Gerben Zaagsma, "Exploring Jewish History in the Digital Age"
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- Paradigms, methodologies, and sources
- Issues, emphases, and gaps
- Digital resources and methods
- Ethics and politics
- Academic and cultural institutions
1 Poster session
- PhD candidates will present methodological, theoretical, and source issues related to their dissertations.
- "Creating a Legacy: The Impact of Jewish Studies in Poland"
- "The Future of Museum Architecture"
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If you have any questions please contact us: [email protected]
- Jonathan Brent, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
- François Guesnet, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London
- Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Chair of the Academic Committee)
- Lisa M. Leff, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Enrico Lucca, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow
- Artur Markowski, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Conference Convener)
- Dan Michman, Yad Vashem
- Antony Polonsky, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- Hubert Strouk, Mémorial de la Shoah
- Michał Trębacz, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- Scott Ury, Eva and Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, Tel Aviv University
- Anat Vaturi, Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University
- Genevieve Zubrzycki, Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, University of Michigan
- Andrzej Żbikowski, Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
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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.
Co-financed from the "Excellent Science" program of the Minister of Education and Science
The conference was made possible thanks to the support of the European Association for Jewish Studies
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, Taube Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.