Call for applications 31.12.2020

What’s New, What’s Next? – conference postponed. Call for panels and poster session for conference extended by 31 December 2020.

What's new, what's next" - grafika konferencji - na granatowym tle biały napis
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Given the coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed the international conference „What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies” by a year to October 2021. Health and safety of the conference participants is our top priority, and we look forward to welcoming you in Warsaw – hopefully in a better circumstances. Call for Application will remain open until 31 December 2020.

New conference date: October 2021 (dates to be confirmed)

During the intervening months, we are inviting distinguished academics to explore the conference themes in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Published every two weeks online podcasts will precede and introduce the conference. As a lead-up to the conference, the podcasts will demonstrate the kinds of presentations we would like to encourage. The CFP is open until December 31, 2020. Don't miss any update on the conference - follow our website and subscribe to our newsletter!

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Until 31 December 2020 we invite scholars working in Jewish studies to propose panels and PhD students to submit proposals for the poster session for the international interdisciplinary conference. The aim of the interdisciplinary conference “What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies” is to explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews.

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:

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 December 2020



Core presentations: 

  • 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".

Academic Committee:

  • 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: 

The conference is organized by:

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

in cooperation with:
The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical InstituteLeibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture–Simon DubnowMémorial de la Shoah

University of Michigan

Yad VashemYIVO Institute for Jewish Research

United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumUniversity College London

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, Taube Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław, The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University.