International conference "East Central Europe at the Crossroads: Jewish Transnational Networks and Identities"
This conference brings together the latest scholarship on the broad themes of transnationalism, intersectionality, and cross-border exchanges in Jewish history from the early modern period to the present.
- 18-20 June, 2023 (Sunday-Tuesday)
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On the first day of the conference, Tara Zahra will give the keynote lecture titled "European Jews between Globalization and Deglobalization." The conference will include panels with leading scholars from Europe, Israel, North America and South America. The goal is to form a better picture of the most current research on the subject of Jewish transnationalism. This will cover cultural, religious, economic, and social aspects of the topic.
- POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
- YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York
- Columbia University, New York
- University of Buenos Aires
- The Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Poland-Israel Relations, Tel Aviv University
- Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow
- Institute for Jewish Studies & Slavic Institute, University of Potsdam
- Taube Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław
- History Department, University of Warsaw
We are mostly interested in submissions related to the following topics, but not exclusively:
- Jewish transnational networks in the early modern period (for example, commercial and intellectual ones).
- Jewish spiritual life from a transnational perspective.
- Jewish mass migration and the changes in awareness and self-perception of Jews who remained in East Central Europe.
- East Central European Jewish culture (literature, press, theater) from a transnational perspective.
- The heritage of East Central European Jews on diasporas in the areas of self-organizing, communal politics, involvement in various social and political movements, economic behavior (for example consumerism, concentration in specific segments of the labor market), culture, and self-definition.
- Transnational character of relief networks during World War One and the Holocaust.
- East Central European Jews during the Cold War from a transnational perspective.
Eliyana R. Adler is an Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of "Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union" (2020) and "In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia" (2011) and the co-editor of several works, including most recently "Jewish and Romani Families in the Holocaust and its Aftermath" (2020). She has published articles in "Holocaust and Genocide Studies," "Yad Vashem Studies," "East European Jewish Affairs," "Polin" and other journals and held fellowships sponsored by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, and the German Historical Institute, among other institutions. Adler’s current work focuses on East European Jewish memorial books.
Paula Ansaldo is a theatre historian who specializes in Latin American Jewish theatre and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Arts from the University of Buenos Aires and is currently a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies of Harvard University. She has co-authored the books "Independent Theatre: History and Present" (2017) and "Perspectives on Theater Directing: Theory, History, and Poetics" (2021), and her articles have appeared in "Latin American Theatre Review," "Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença," "Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos and Anagnórisis." Her book "Broyt mit Teater. Historia del Teatro Judío en Argentina" [A History of Jewish Theatre in Argentina] will be published in 2023 by the University of Buenos Aires Press. Her research has been supported by the National Council for Scientific Research of Argentina, Coimbra Group Universities, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the American Philosophical Society, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Anna Berezin is a research associate at the Center for Jewish Art, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Economy in 2005 from the University of Engineering and Economics in St. Petersburg and another degree from the Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2013). Her research interests include Jewish Heritage in Eastern Europe, Siberian Jews and their culture, and Jewish ritual objects made in the Russian Empire. Her article appeared in Jewish-Slavic Journal and another is forthcoming in Ars Judaica. Currently, she is co-authoring with Dr. Vladimir Levin the book "Jewish Heritage in Siberia."
Piotr Długołęcki is a historian, deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Polish Diplomatic Documents series at The Polish Institute of International Affairs, and former Kosciuszko Foundation fellow. He is the author of several articles published in scientific and popular science magazines. He also published volumes of "Polish Diplomatic Documents" (PDD 1959, PDD 1976 and PDD 1980–1981) and served as the scientific editor of "Confronting the Holocaust. The Polish Government in Exile towards Jews 1939–1945" (2022) and "The Polish Crisis 1980-1982 from the Western Perspective" (2022).
Glenn Dynner is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, Editor of the journal Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies; and a recent Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of "Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society" (2006), and "Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor & Life in the Kingdom of Poland" (2014). He is currently working on a monograph entitled "The Light of Learning: Hasidism in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust" (forthcoming on Oxford University Press).
Raffaele Esposito is an Associate Professor of modern and contemporary Hebrew language and literature at the University of Naples L’Orientale. His research areas include contemporary Israeli fiction and the history of Hebrew and Yiddish theatre. He also published essays in the fields of linguistics and translation studies. He authored a critical edition of the play "The Dybbuk" (Naples 2012), a monograph on the birth of Hebrew theatre (Turin 2016), and a history of Yiddish theatre (forthcoming 2023).
Amy Fedeski is Alfred and Isabel Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish History at Queen’s University. She received her PhD from the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, in 2022, with a dissertation entitled "What We Want To Do As Americans": Jewish Political Activism and United States Refugee Policy, 1969-1981. Her broader research interests focus on transnational Jewish politics during the Cold War. She is currently turning her dissertation into a monograph while developing her second project, which she will present at this conference.
Elisabeth Gallas is Deputy to the Director and Head of the Research Unit "Law" at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture ‒ Simon Dubnow in Leipzig, Germany. She studied Cultural Studies and German Literature at the Universität Leipzig and Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, and received her Ph.D in Modern History from the Universität Leipzig in 2011. In the past, she was a Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute of Holocaust-Studies, and held a Minerva Research Fellowship at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and most recently she was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on Modern Jewish Legal and Cultural History, Holocaust and Aftermath Studies. A revised and translated English version of her thesis entitled "A Mortuary of Books. The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust" appeared in 2019 with NYU Press and won a National Jewish Book Award.
Jaclyn Granick is a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in Modern Jewish History at Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom. She won a National Jewish Book Award (US) for her monograph International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War (Cambridge University Press 2021). She also co-edited with Abigail Green a special issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (2022), "Gendering Jewish Inter/Nationalism." She completed her BA at Harvard University, undertook her postgraduate work at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. She is now deputy-directing a UK Arts and Humanities Council research and heritage project on Jewish Country Houses and researching Jewish women’s international activism.
Elena Hoffenberg is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on Eastern European Jewry’s social and cultural life, particularly in interwar Poland. Before beginning doctoral studies, she completed graduate work in library science at Simmons University and in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa. She held the Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, where she used digital methods to explore the multilingual corpus of published yizkor bikher (memorial books).
Kamil Kijek is an Associate Professor at the Tadeusz Taube Jewish Studies Center at the University of Wroclaw. He graduated in sociology from the University of Wroclaw and received his Ph.D. at the History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His primary scientific interests are the history of Jews in East Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relationship between the Eastern European Jewish community and other Jewish centers globally, and social and cultural theories. He is the author of "Children of Modernism: Political Consciousness and socialization of Jewish youth in interwar Poland" (2017), awarded first prize in Nevzlin Center’s Competition for the best academic work on "Jews and Liberal Regimes in Eastern Europe after 1917." He is also a co-editor of "Jewish Lives under Communism. New Perspectives" (2022) and "Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Polish Lands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" (2019).
Adriana Katzew is an artist and a Professor of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston). Her research focuses on community engagement, social justice, and arts-based approaches to interdisciplinary teaching and learning. She holds an MA and Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in American History and Literature from Harvard University. She is a co-author of :Approaching Interdisciplinarity in a School of Art and Design. In J. Hoffmann Davis" (Ed.), "Discourse and Disjuncture Between the Arts and Higher Education" (2017). She is a winner of New York’s En Foco 2007 New Works Photography Awards. Her photography-based art practice reveals her deep interest in social documentary, history, and marginalized voices. Through her images, she captures an often voiceless segment of society and seeks to uncover the individual narratives and humanity of each subject.
Anne-Christin Klotz is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 2021 with a thesis on the Warsaw Yiddish press and its struggle against Nazi Germany, which has been awarded three prizes in Austria and Poland. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and worked as a research assistant at the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. She was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. She is the author of Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland. Warschaus jiddische Presse im Kampf gegen den Nationalsozialismus (1930-1941) (2022).
Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University, where she is also the director of Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. Her book "Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora" (Indiana University Press, 2010) was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer prize for best book in modern Jewish history. She is the editor of "Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism" (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and co-editor with Adam Teller of "Purchasing Power: The Economics of Jewish History" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). In 2015, she was awarded Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award for her outstanding teaching and mentoring. Her writing regularly appears in The Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian and Bloomberg News.
Eli Lederhendler holds the Stephen S. Wise Chair in American Jewish History and Institutions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the academic director of the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center on Russian and East European Jewry. His major publications include "The Road to Modern Jewish Politics" (1989), "Jewish Responses to Modernity: New Voices in America and Eastern Europe" (1994), "New York Jews and the Decline of Urban Ethnicity, 1950-1970" (2001), "Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism" (2009), and "American Jewry: A New History" (2017). He is a co-editor of the annual journal, "Studies in Contemporary Jewry."
Margarita Lerman is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Fellow at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, and an Affiliated Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow in Leipzig, Germany, since 2021. She studied Translation (2015), Conference Interpreting (2019), and European Studies (2021) at the universities of Leipzig, Concepción (Chile), Havana (Cuba), and Jerusalem. In her Ph.D. project, she focuses on Jewish networks active outside the normative confines of the law in the 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in their respective countries of immigration. Her article "A Real Salvation” for the Seduced? A Case Study in Jewish Engagement in Commercial Sex in Fin de Siècle Galicia" is forthcoming in Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook 20 (2022).
Vladimir Levin is the Director of the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He is the author of "From Revolution to War: Jewish Politics in Russia, 1907–1914" (in Hebrew, 2016) and co-editor of "Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue" (2010–2012). In 2017 he co-authored with Sergey Kravtsov the book "Synagogue in Ukraine: Volhynia," and currently works on a book about Jewish material culture in Siberia with Anna Berezin. He headed numerous research expeditions to document synagogues and other monuments of Jewish material culture in Eastern and Central Europe and led several research projects in the field of Jewish Art, the most important of which is the creation of the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art – the world’s largest digital depository of Jewish heritage.
Michael Lukin is a scholar of the traditional culture of Yiddish speakers from ethnomusicological, folkloristic, and historical perspectives. He teaches Yiddish music and folklore at Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University. His articles on the music and poetics of Yiddish folk songs appeared in "Polin," "Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore," "Shofar," and "Judaic-Slavic Studies." Over the past three years, as a Polonsky fellow in Oxford and a Mandel-Scholion postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Lukin has engaged in an extensive exploration of additional aspects of Ashkenazi music – the semiotics of its various genres, its encounters with Western classical repertoires, and the politics of its scholarship. In 2023-2024 he will be a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania to work on his new project about Hasidic nigunim.
James Nadel is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University in the History department. His research focuses on Jewish merchants working throughout the Russian Empire – from Warsaw to Petersburg to Baku – during the last four decades of its existence. In 2022, he was an ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellow, and in 2017 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan. His articles appeared in "In Geveb," "Vashti and Sephardic Horizons." His translations of the Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever have appeared in Paper Brigade and Pakn Trager. His first peer-reviewed article will soon appear in American Jewish History, which tells the history of the Ottoman Jewish "Schinasi Brothers Cigarette Company" of New York.
Irina Nicorici is a sociologist of global migrations. She received her Ph.D. in 2021 from Rutgers University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study New Europe College in Bucharest. She works on the dilemmas of citizenship and migration to/from the erstwhile Soviet space and is interested in how citizenship laws work both on the books and in action.
Ekaterina Oleshkevich is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Jewish History & Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, where she is completing a dissertation entitled "History, Culture and the Experience of Jewish Childhood in Late Imperial Russia." Her articles appeared in "PaRDeS 26," (2020) and "Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry" 36. Between 2013 and 2018, she had been a chief librarian and a research fellow at the Schneerson Library (a branch of the Russian State Library at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow). Since 2019, she has headed a project on inventorying the archive of R. Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson. Her research interests include modern Jewish history in Eastern Europe, social history, history of childhood and family, and gender studies.
Carolin Piorun is a PhD Candidate at the Dubnow Institute since 2020 and funded by Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk. She is also working as Academic Assistant in the Editorial Department. Carolin Piorun studied Cultural Sciences and East European Studies at the universities of Frankfurt (Oder), Wroclaw and Munich and completed her MA degree in 2018. The subject of the Master’s thesis was: "Displaced Children. Childcare at the DP-Hospital St. Ottilien 1945–1948 Between East European Jewish Traditions and Visions of Eretz Israel" (published in the digital postgraduate papers series of the Collegium Carolinum). Her articles appeared in "Afn Shvel," No. 388–390 (2020), "Osteuropa" 64 (2014), and "OderÜbersetzen. Deutsch-polnisches Übersetzungsjahrbuch – Karl Dedecius Archiv" 4 (2013).
Karina Pryt studied German literature and modern history at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg im Breisgau. She received her doctorate in history on cultural diplomatic relations between Germany and Poland (published in 2010 as "Befohlene Freundschaft. Die Deutsch-Polnischen Kulturbeziehungen 1934–1939"). Her main areas of interest also include the film policy of the National Socialists and the economic and social history of cinema. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), she worked at the Institute for Film Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main until December 2022. Currently, she is working as an independent scholar dealing with the use of digital tools, such as geographic information systems (ArcGIS, QGIS) and Nodegoat in historical research.
Daniel Reiser is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Jewish Thought at Hertzog College, Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought. He specializes in Kabbalah, Hasidic philosophy, modern Mysticism, and theology in the Shoah. He was a Matanel and a Warburg Postdoctoral Fellow in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Yad-Vashem Postdoctoral Fellow in Jerusalem and a Claims Conference Saul Kagan Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies, New York. His book "Vision as a Mirror" (2014) was awarded the World Union of Jewish Studies Matanel Prize for the best book in Jewish Thought published during the years 2013-2014 and his book "Sermons from the Years of Rage" (2017) was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research 2018.
Marcos Silber is an Associate Professor at the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Unit for Polish Studies. At the core of his academic interest is the relationship between citizenship and ethnicity. He is the author of "Different Nationality and Equal Citizenship! The Efforts to Achieve Autonomy for Polish Jewry during the First World War" (Hebrew, 2014) and co-author with Szymon Rudnicki of "Polish-Israeli Diplomatic Relations, a selection of documents "(1945 -1967; 2009). He edited a collection of documents on "Jewish National Councils in Eastern Europe in 1917-1919" that is scheduled to appear in 2023. His articles appeared in "Galed," "Michael," "Journal of Baltic Studies," "Journal of Israeli History," "Polin," "Acta Poloniae Historica Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook," "Shvut," "Tzion," "Yiunim le-Tekumat Israel," "East European Jewish Affairs" and elsewhere.
Nancy Sinkoff is the Academic Director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers—New Brunswick. She is the author of "From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History" (2020), the winner of the 2020 Natan Notable Book award; and "Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands," has been reissued digitally with a new preface (2004; 2020). She co-edited a volume "Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin" (2018), winner of the outstanding book prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society; and another volume "Polish Jewish Culture Beyond the Capital: Centering the Periphery, is forthcoming" (September 2023).
Katrin Steffen is DAAD Professor of European and Jewish History and Culture at the University of Sussex in Brighton. She received her Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin and habilitation in 2019 at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. She has published widely on the history of Jews in Europe before, during and after the Holocaust, on modern Polish history, on memory, forced migrations, and on the transnational history of science, expert cultures and the circulation of knowledge. Her double biography on the transnational lives of Jan Czochralski and Ludwik Hirszfeld has been published with Wallstein in 2021 under the title "Blut und Metall (Blood and Metal)." Her latest articles appeared in "On the Transcultural Nature of Jewish Periodicals," (2023), "Acta Poloniae Historica" 125 (2022), and "Legacy of Polish Jews," ed. by Barbara-Kirshenblatt-Gimblett und Tamara Szytma (2021)
Marcin Starnawski is an assistant professor at the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław, Poland, where he teaches sociology and education. His research interests include nationalism, antisemitism, discrimination and their impact on identity and community, with a particular focus on historical sociology of Polish Jews after the Holocaust, antisemitism and post-1968 emigration. He is the author of "Socialisation and Jewish Identity in Post-WWII Poland" (Polish, 2016). His articles appeared in "East European Jewish Affairs," "Patterns of Prejudice," "Jewish History Quarterly," "British Journal of Sociology of Education" and other scholarly journals. He currently heads the research project "Jews in Poland in the aftermath of the 1967-68 antisemitic campaign: biographical experience, identity changes and community dynamics," carried out by three academic institutions in Poland.
Avinoam J. Stillman is a doctoral candidate at Freie Universität Berlin, where he is an associate of the research group "Patterns of Knowledge Circulation: The Transmission and Reception of Jewish Esoteric Knowledge in Manuscripts and Print in Early Modern East-Central Europe." He studies early modern Jewish history, with particular interest in kabbalah, Hebrew manuscripts and printed books, and the Jewish diasporas of East-Central Europe and the Ottoman Empire. He is currently a doctoral candidate preparing a dissertation on the 17th-century kabbalist Meir Poppers, who played a key role in the circulation of Lurianic kabbalah between Palestine and Poland. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in journals like the "European Journal of Jewish Studies," "Jewish Review of Books," "Philological Encounters," "Quest," and "Polin."
Marcin Wodziński is the head of the Taube Department of Jewish Studies and holds position of professor of Jewish history and literature. His research focuses on the history and culture of East European Jews in modern times, especially the Haskalah and Hasidism. Of his recent publications, he is most proud of "Historical Atlas of Hasidism" (Princeton, 2018) and "Hasidism: Key Questions" (Oxford, 2018).
Claire Zalc is Research Director at the CNRS-France and a Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, France). She has written on a broad range of topics, including the history of migration, persecutions and Jews; and received the Bronze medal of the CNRS. She is the author of "Denaturalized. How Thousands Lost Their Citizenship and Lives in Vichy France," Harvard University Press, 2020, finalist of the Eugen Weber Prize 2022. She also co-edited "Microhistories of the Holocaust" (2016) and "Quantitative Methods in the Humanities. An Introduction" (2019). She is currently leading the ERC Lubartworld project "Migration and Holocaust: Transnational Trajectories of Lubartow Jews Across the World (1920s-1950s)."
Anya Zhuravel Segal is a Ph.D. student at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. She holds an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (2004) and a BA in political science from Moscow State University (2001).
Barbara Mann is the inaugural Stephen H. Hoffman Professor of Hebrew Literature at Case Western Reserve University, and the author of "A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space" (2006), "Space and Place in Jewish Studies" (2012) and "The Object of Jewish Literature: A Material History" (2022). Mann received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University.
Netta Ehrlich is a doctoral student and MacCracken Fellow at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU, focusing on modern East European Jewish History. She graduated with a BA at The Hebrew University and MA at Tel Aviv University. At Yad Vashem, she acted as a guide and pedagogical leader for five years. This work provided her with the opportunity to interact with visitor groups from all over the world and engage in academic discourse with leading institutions, educators, and historians from Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland.
William Pimlott is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. He researches modern Jewish history with a special focus on global history from below, transnational utopian movements, and the intersection of politics and aesthetics. Building on his doctoral research, William’s current project investigates the global Yiddish press – focusing on the polycentric development of Jewish journalism in the period 1890-1920. Pimlott has written for the "London Review of Books," "In Geveb and "Jewish Currents" and recently published an article in "Shofar," with colleague Alex Grafen, on Leo Koenig and Yiddish Art History. This year (2023) he is co-publishing a Yiddish journal, di Naye Levone, dedicated to new writing in Yiddish.
Renata Piątkowska is an art historian dealing with the art and culture of Polish Jews. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw. She is the author of numerous books, articles, and exhibitions on this topic, among others, a book on the life and work of Roman Kramsztyk entitled "Between Ziemianska Café and Montparnasse. Roman Kramsztyk" (in Polish, 2004). Until 2006 she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, where she prepared several exhibitions: "The work and life of Maurycy Trębacz 1861-1941," "Artur Markowicz 1872-1934. Monographic Exhibiton," "Roman Kramsztyk (1885-1942)," "Friends. Simon Mondzain. Jan Hrynkowski, Władysław Zawadowski." Since 1999 she has been working at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, now as a Chief Curator of the Collection.
Magdalena Kozłowska is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Warsaw. She received her doctorate in Jewish Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research interests include the social history of Jews, mainly in the interwar period, and the history of Orientalism. She is the author of "A Bright Future: The Jewish Youth Association Tsukunft Faces the Challenges of Interwar Poland" (in Polish, 2016), the editor and translator from Yiddish to Polish of "The Spanish Civil War: Report from the Hinterlands" by S. L. Shneiderman (2021), and the editor of a volume "The World beyond the West: Perspectives from Eastern Europe" (2022, with Mariusz Kałczewiak). Her publications include articles in "East European Politics and Societies," "Aspasia," "Middle Eastern Studies," "Journal of Southeast Asian Studies," and "Jewish Culture and History."
Dariusz Stola is a historian and a Professor at the Institute for Political Science, Polish Academy of Sciences. He works on the history of Communist Poland, international migrations, and Polish-Jewish relations. He is the author of multiple articles and books, among others, "Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland" 1867-1968 (in Polish, 2000), and "Country with no exit? Migrations from Poland 1949-1989" (in Polish, 2010) that won Polityka award in category of history. In 2014-2019, he was the director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Sunday, 18 June 2023
15:00–15:15 Opening Remarks
15:15–16:15 Panel 1: Yiddishland in Global Perspective
Chair and respondent: Elisabeth Gallas
- Carolin Piorun – Centers and Peripheries in Yiddishland. The Yiddish PEN Club and Its Transnational Network
- Barbara Mann – "A Bridge, Four Walls, and a Beam": The Yiddish Little Magazine as a Site of Transnational Culture
16:15–16:45 Coffee break
16:45–18:15 Panel 2: Soviet/Polish Diasporas – Stays and Returns
Chair and respondent: Dariusz Stola
- Marcin Starnawski – A New Diaspora Space: Transnational Contacts Among Polish Jews after the 1968 Antisemitic Campaign
- Amy Fedeski – Refuseniks no more? Transnational Jewish Refugee Politics, 1971-1980
- Irina Nicorici – The Myth of Soviet Jewish No-Returns
18:30–20:00 Keynote lecture: Tara Zahra – European Jews between Globalization and Deglobalization
Monday, 19 June 2023
10:00–11:30 Panel 3: Thinking of Home After the Holocaust
Chair and respondent: Rebecca Kobrin
- Anne-Christin Klotz – Restitution, Remembrance & Relief: Polish-Jewish Survivor Landsmanshaftn as Agents of Migrant Self-help and Transnational Solidarity
- Claire Zalc (and Thomas Chopard) – Transnational Circulations of Jewish Remembrance of the Holocaust: the Case of the Lubartów Memorial Book
- Eliyana Adler – Transnational Networks and the Resurrection of Dead Communities
11:30–12:00 Coffee break
12:00–13:30 Panel 4: Moving Spirituality
Chair and respondent: Marcin Wodziński
- Ekaterina Oleshkevich – Tzaddik on Move: Long-Distance Relationship between the Chabad Rebbe and His Hasidim in the Interwar Period
- Avinoam Stillman – A Kabbalist at the Crossroads: Meir Poppers Between Krakow and Jerusalem
- Daniel Reiser – Vienna Post-World War I: A Crossroad Between Modern Psychotherapy and Hasidic Spiritual Praxis
13:30–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–16:00 Panel 5: Jewish Popular Culture & Performance on the Move
Chair and respondent: Marcos Silber
- Karina Pryt – Jewish Pioneers of the Polish Film Industry and the Trajectories of Their Films. An Empirical Study with QGIS Set in 1910s Warsaw
- Paula Ansaldo – The South American Jewish Theatre and the Transnational Networks of Yiddish Actors, 1930-1960
- Raffaele Esposito – Yiddish and Hebrew Stage Across Land and Language Borders. A Transnational and Translinguistic Theatre in the First Half of the 20th century
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–18:00 Panel 6: The Oriental Gaze in Yiddish
Chair and respondent: Barbara Mann
- Nancy Sinkoff – Into Africa: A Polish Jewish Yiddish Journalist’s Travels through Colonial Africa On the Eve of World War II
- William Pimlott – Conceptualizing Colonialism in a Comparative Perspective: The East Central European Yiddish Press in conversation with Argentina and South Africa, 1890-1920
- Magdalena Kozłowska – "Un gliklekh zenen Yidn vos hobn nisht keyn geshikhte": Groshn-biblyotek on the 1934 Constantine Riots
18:00 Reception for panelists and invited guests
Tuesday, 20 June 2023
9:00–10:30 Panel 7: Transnational Practices: Security, Crime and Production
Chair and respondent: Katrin Steffen
- Netta Ehrlich – Jewish Security at a Crossroads: Self-Defense in Eastern Europe and the Land of Israel 1917-1921
- Margarita Lerman – From the shtetl to Maxwell Street? Jewish Criminal Cooperation in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago
- James Nadel – The Threads that Bind: Textiles and Jewish Mercantile Networks Across Imperial Russia, 1891-1917
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Panel 8: Cultural Transfer
Chair and respondent: Kamil Kijek
- Eli Lederhendler – Cultural Transfers and Transplanters: The East/East-Central European Jewish Heritage in American Jewish Life
- Anya Zhuravel Segal – Moscow on the Spree: Russian Jews as Cultural Brokers in Berlin, 1919-1939
- Marcos Silber – Jewish, Polish and Jewish-Polish Popular Culture in Transit: Transferring Transnationally, Transforming Locally
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–15:00 Panel 9: Transplanting Aesthetics
Chair and respondent: Renata Piątkowska
- Vladimir Levin – Transnational Synagogues: Architectural Features, Behavioral Modes, and Imagined Communities
- Michael Lukin – The Premodern Yiddish Folk Song as an Expression of Transnational Experience
- Anna Berezin – Jewish Ceremonial Textiles in East Central Europe: There and Back Again
- Adriana Katzew – A New World: Unearthing Family Stories of Transnational Jewish Migration Through Art
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–17:00 Panel 10: Dollars for Soup Kitchens: Transnational Aid Networks
Chair and respondent: Jaclyn Granick
- Glenn Dynner – Transatlantic: The American Joint Distribution Committee in Interwar Poland
- Piotr Długołęcki – Cooperation or competition? Aid activities of International Jewish Organizations and Polish Diplomatic and Consular Posts During the Second World War
- Elena Hoffenberg – Finding One’s ORT: Mobility and Jewish Technical Education within and beyond Interwar Poland
17:00 Conference closure
- Paula Ansaldo (Buenos Aires University)
- Elisabeth Gallas (Dubnow Institute)
- Aleksandra Jakubczak (POLIN Museum / Columbia University)
- Kamil Kijek (University of Wrocław)
- Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University)
- Artur Markowski (University of Warsaw)
- Zachary Mazur (POLIN Museum)
- Eddy Portnoy (YIVO Institute)