March ’68. Fifty Years Later - the conference program

Marzec 1968 - wagon pociągu, przed którym stoi wiele osób.
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DAY 1 // 13 March 2018 (Tuesday), POLIN Museum // Auditorium


12.30 – 1.30PM // Registration

1.30PM – 2.30PM // Opening remarksDariusz Stola, Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spano, Andrzej Waśkiewicz

  • Opening lecture: Anthony Polonsky (EN) From Liberation to Exclusion: Jews in Poland and the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1968

2.30PM – 2.45PM // Coffee break

2.45PM – 4.45PM // Session 1: Antisemitic Campaign, 1967-1968Antisemitic Campaign, 1967-1968Chair: Dariusz Stola 

  • Piotr Pęziński (PL) Between Submission and Resistance: TSKŻ Management’s Attitude towards the Antisemitic Campaign, 1967-1968
  • Hans-Christian Dahlmann (PL) Who Stood behind the Antisemitic Campaign? The Course of Events of March ’68 at the Institute for Nuclear Research and the Institute of Experimental Physics
  • Stephan Stach (EN) Moczar’s Politics of History, the Holocaust Memory and the Jewish Historical Institute in 1968
  • Mikhail Mitsel (EN) Accusations against Joint during the Anti-“Zionist” Campaign in Poland

4.45PM – 5PM // Coffee break

5PM – 6PM // Visit to the temporary exhibition at the POLIN Museum Estranged. March ’68 and its Aftermath

6PM – 6.45PM // Q&A session with the curators of the temporary exhibition (PL): Justyna Koszarska-Szulc, Natalia Romik, Chair: Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Michał Trębacz

6.45PM – 7PM // Coffee break

7PM – 8.30PM // Keynote lecture (PL): Hate Speech Epidemics. Are We Far from March ’68?

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DAY 2 // 14 March 2018 (Wednesday), University of Warsaw


10AM – 12.00 // Session 2: Political Dimensions of March ’68 - Chair: Piotr Osęka // Old Library Building, Auditorium

  • Joachim von Puttkamer (EN) Communicating Violence. March ’68 and the Awareness of Police Brutality in Socialist Poland
  • Łukasz Bertram (PL) Changing of the Guard: Shifts in the Polish Political Elite, 1967-1970
  • Michał Siermiński (PL) Memory at Work: Reminiscences of the March ’68 and the Ideological Evolution of the Polish Oppositional Left in the 1970s
  • Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat (PL) The Hunt for a “Zionist” Element. The Aftermath of March ’68 in the Polish Provinces

12.00 – 12.30 // Coffee break

12.30 – 2.30PM // Session 3 : Propaganda and Diplomacy - Chair: Jerzy Kochanowski // Old Library Building, Auditorium

  • David Tompkins (EN) Imagining Israel in Central Europe in the late 1960s
  • Andre Roosen (EN) Dutch Diplomatic Representation of Israeli Interests in Poland, 1967-1990
  • Bożena Szaynok (PL) The Catholic Church in Poland and the Jewish Issue, 1967-1968
  • Alicja Podbielska (PL) “The Righteous” in the 1968 Antisemitic Propaganda

2.30PM – 3.30PM // Lunch 

3.30PM – 5.30PM // Parallel sessions

Session 4: The Youth and Students in 1968 - Chair: Norbert Frei // Old Library Building, Auditorium

  • Burkhard Olschowsky (EN) Protest and Disobedience of the Youth in the GDR and in Poland: Comparative Considerations around the Year 1968
  • Tom Junes (EN) Was 1968 a Transnational Generational Phenomenon in the Socialist Bloc? From the Student Rebellion to the Crisis in Youth Organizations
  • Dragoş Petrescu (EN) Specificities of a Transnational Year 1968: Belated De-Stalinization and Student Unrest in Romania
  • Andrzej Czyżewski (EN) March ’68 Generation or Generations – the Case of Łódź

Session 5: Individual Perspectives on March ’68 - Chair: Pavel Kolář // Institute of History, Column Room

  • Małgorzata Melchior (PL) Am I still living here? Once more on Repressive Measures and Gnawing Activities of Polish Authorities toward March Emigrants  and Potential Emigrants
  • Przemysław Kaniecki, Józef Markiewicz (PL) A Panorama of Individual Lives: March ’68 in the Oral History Interviews from the POLIN Museum Collection
  • Krzysztof Świrek (PL) Alienation in Socialism – March ’68 as Seen by Adam Schaff
  • Dariusz Brzeziński (PL) March ’68 from the Perspective of Zygmunt Bauman’s Life and Work: The Revisionist Thought, Sociological Interpretation and Jewish Experience

4.45PM – 5PM // Coffee break

6PM – 7.30PM // Student debate: How should March ’68 be remembered? (PL) // Old Library Building, Auditorium

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DAY 3: 15 March 2018 (Thursday), POLIN Museum


10AM – 12.00 // Parallel sessions

Session 6: Polish Jews in Exile - Chair: Jaff Schatz // Auditorium

  • Łukasz Górniok (EN) Swedish Policy on Jewish Immigration from Poland, 1968-1972
  • Jan Axel Stoltz (EN) Reception of the Polish-Jewish Refugees by Sweden from 1968 onwards
  • Michał Sobelman (PL) The “Zionists” Finally in the Land of Moshe Dayan
  • Marcin Starnawski (EN) Generation of March ’68 in Exile: Patterns of Integration and Identification shifts

Session 7: Representations of March ’68 in Film, Art and Literature - Chair: Jerzy Eisler // Conference room A

  • Dorota Jarecka (EN) March ’68 and the Disruption of the Artistic Field in Poland: Artists’ Response to Political Regression
  • Maciej Pietrzak (EN) March ’68 in Polish Feature Films
  • Renata Piątkowska (PL) March ‘68 – a Symbolic or Real End of Jewish Artistic Life in Poland?
  • Jan Olaszek (PL) A Formative Experience? March ’68 in the Polish Samizdat

12.00 – 12.30 // Coffee break

12.30 – 2.30PM // Parallel sessions

Session 8: The Legacy of March ’68 - Chair: Helena Datner // Auditorium

  • Gershon Bacon (EN) Keepers of the Flame: the 1968 Exiles and Their Influence on the Development of Polish Jewish Studies in Israel and North America
  • Marcin Zaremba (PL) Edward Gierek’s post-March ’68 government
  • Monika Stępień (PL) The Jews Have Become Exotic in Poland, an Almost Extinct Species: Image of the Jewish Community in 1970s and 1980s Poland in Personal Accounts of the Jewish Returnees
  • Katarzyna Chmielewska (PL) Heroic Memory and Memory of Defeat

Session 9: International Response to March ’68 - Chair: Kamila Dąbrowska // Conference Room A

  • Andrzej Krakowski (EN) The Events of 1968 in Poland as Covered and Interpreted by American Press
  • Rachel Rothstein (EN) Did the Warsaw Ghetto Burn in Vain? American Jews React to the Anti-“Zionist” Campaign
  • Miri Freilich (EN) Responses of the Polish Press in Israel to the Exodus of Jews from Poland, 1968-1969
  • Iwona Guść (EN) March ’68 as seen from the Netherlands

2.30PM – 3PM // Closing remarks // Audytorium

3PM – 4PM // Lunch

4PM – 6PM // Visit to the POLIN Museum’s core exhibition 

6PM – 7.30PM // Discussion: March ’68. Fifty Years Later - Dariusz Stola, Ireneusz Krzemiński, Marcin Kula, Chair: Karolina Wigura

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