Conference launching volume 29 of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry
Volume 29 of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry investigates Jewish historiography in three East European hubs: Congress Poland, the Russian Empire, and Galicia, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Looking beyond established paradigms, it adds to a growing literature seeking to transcend the trope of Jewish cultural insularity. It explores the tension inherent in the project of writing Jewish history in Eastern Europe: between the practice of exploring Jewish past in the communal setting, and the need to inscribe Jews into the social, political, economic and cultural fabric of the region.
The event will feature two panels with presentations by the volume’s editors and authors, and a roundtable with Norman Davies, Edyta Gawron, Jan Kubik and Antony Polonsky. It concludes with a slide show by Natalia Romik (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) about her trip with the Nomadic Shtetl Archive through small Polish towns in the summer of 2016.
Price includes tea and coffee and kosher lunch.
Early booking is advised.
Session 1: The Goals of the Volume
Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College, New York)
Brian Horowitz (Tulane University, New Orleans): Legacy: Eastern European History on Three Continents
Session 2: The European Dimension of Polish-Jewish History
Eliyana Adler (University of Maryland, PA): Out of the Ghetto? Historiography on Jewish Women in Eastern Europe
Jürgen Heyde (University of Leipzig): 'Po-lin' and the ghetto. European narratives in historical writings on Polish Jewry in the long nineteenth century.
François Guesnet (UCL)
Session 3: The Present State of Polish-Jewish Historiography
Jan Kubik (chair) (SEES, London)
Edyta Gawron (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University)
Norman Davies (UCL, University of Oxford)
Natalia Romik (UCL Bartlett School for Architecture): The Nomadic Shtetl Archive. Mobile Interventions in Post-Jewish Architecture