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". This international interdisciplinary conference will explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews.
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 panels that address the conference theme (See call for panel proposals: https://www.polin.pl/en/call-for-panel-proposals-2021).
We also invite doctoral candidates to participate in a poster session that focuses on methodological issues related to their doctoral dissertations (See call for posters: https://www.polin.pl/en/call-for-posters-2021).
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Keynote speakers include:
François 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"
The keynote addresses will be posted on the conference website in September 2021.
In addition, Gerben Zaagsma's position paper will launch the discussion of the role of digital humanities in Jewish studies. One plenary panel will focus on financing research in Jewish studies, and a second plenary panel will consider the role of cultural institutions in conducting and disseminating research.
The conference is organized by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Mémorial de la Shoah, University of Michigan, Tel Aviv University, Yad Vashem, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and University College London, and under
the auspices of the 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, Moscow Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization "SEFER," Polish Association of Judaic Studies, Polish Association of Yiddish Studies, Taube Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw.
The conference will be held in English.
The conference will take place on October 3–7, 2021.
The conference will be held online.
Participants will have full access to the entire conference without charge.
The conference will be video-recorded and posted on POLIN Museum's website.
The conference is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.