I Interdisciplinary Conference of the Polish Society Yiddish Studies

The study of Yiddish language and culture in Poland. The changes, challenges and prospects (May 7–9, Krakow)

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Within the last fifteen years, the development of Yiddish Studies in Poland have gained great momentum. New centers are joining some of the largest ones (Cracow, Lublin, Warsaw and Wroclaw). Contemporary Yiddish Studies are constantly redefining their limits, by entering into dialogue with other disciplines and by using new methods.

The purpose of the conference is to review current Yiddish Studies researches, identify current trends and research approaches and to set priorities for the coming years. In addition, the meeting will be an opportunity to strengthen existing relations between the academic centers in Poland, the integration of different academic communities and to establish cooperation in the implementation of specific research projects.

To the conference we invite researchers from Poland and abroad, as well as PhD students and students working in the field of broadly defined culture of the Yiddish language and its multilingual contexts.

We are interested in papers presenting different methodological approaches, using solutions characteristic for a single discipline or proposing interdisciplinary look, relating to both: Poland and Yiddishland. Presentations may focus on language, literature, press, theater, film, visual arts, issues of translation, borderland issues, the use of Yiddish sources for research in the field of history, ethnography, cultural studies, sociology, etc.

The conference will be held in Polish and Yiddish.

Application forms with abstracts should be sent by 2nd December, 2012 to the e-mail address ptsjkonferencja@gmail.com

We will provide information whether the paper has been accepted by 1st February 2013

Conference participants who report the need, where possible, the organizers will try to provide accommodation.

For more information, please visit http://www.ptsj.pl/pl/aktualnosci

Coordinator: Dr. Magdalena Ruta (ptsjkonferencja@gmail.com)


„Study of Yiddish language and culture in Poland — 

 changes, challenges and prospects”

Cracow, 7–9 May, 2013


Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Galicia Museum, ul. Dajwór 18

16.00–17.30 Opening of the Conference

Magdalena Ruta (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ) Opening of the meeting

Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, PTSJ), Yiddish in Poland today — Not Just an Academic Trade Fair of Wonders

Nathan Cohen (Bar Ilan University), „From jargon to Yiddish” and from market to university — Yiddish culture as an academic subject

17.30–18.00 Coffee break

18.00–19.30 discussion about the book Studies of the history of the trilingual Jewish press on Polish lands (XIX–XX centuries), edited by Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences, PTSJ)

18.00–19.30 Dyskusja wokół książki Studia z dziejów trójjęzycznej prasy żydowskiej na ziemiach polskich (XIX–XX w.) pod red. Joanny Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polska Akademia Nauk, PTSJ)


Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Jewish Community Center, ul. Miodowa 24

9.00–11.00 Language

Moderated by Ewa Geller (University of Warsaw, PTSJ)

Agata Kondrat (Warsaw University, PTSJ), Mutual terms for the Jews and Poles as an expression of group identity

Michael Gajek (University of Warsaw) Language Rules determining permeating of Yiddish forms into the Polish language on the example of Polish-language Jewish journal of the interwar period: „Our Voice”

Štěpán Balík (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice), Yiddish loanwords in the Czech language

Iga Monika Kościołek (Humboldt University, Berlin), Semantic relations of Yiddish and Polish language based on selected prefixed verbs.

Małgorzata Kozyra (Jagiellonian University, Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich),Research on contemporary Yiddish — categories of aspects and temporality

11.00–11.30 Coffee break

11.30–13.30 History

Moderated by Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences, PTSJ)

Anna Jakimyszyn (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ), Jolanta Kruszniewska (Jagiellonian University), „Sefer Beer Moshe” by Moshe Sertels the son of Isachar as an example of a bilingual text to study Torah

Adam Kopciowski (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, PTSJ), Criminal underworld on the pages of Lublin’s Yiddish press (1918–1939)

Anna Łagodzińska (Jagiellonian University, Museum of the City of Lodz, PTSJ) The Press of the Jews in Lodz before 1939. Communiquéon research.

Magdalena Kozlowska (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ), Zukunft — the Future. Yiddish as an element of the identity of politically active youth in the interwar period.

Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat (Polish Academy of Sciences), Ideology and everyday life of Zukunft in the Warsaw Ghetto (1940–1942) on the basis of the underground press and documents from the archives of the Bund

13.30–15.00 break

15.00–17.00 Literature

Moderated by Magdalena Sitarz (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ)

Joanna Lisek (University of Wroclaw, PTSJ), „In my songs there are many tones similar to yours, but believe me, brother, they are, however, mine.” The origins of women’s poetry in the modern Yiddish literature

Krzysztof Niweliński (Jagiellonian University), About Sabbatean movementand Frankism in the modern Yiddish literature.

Karolina Szymaniak (Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, PTSJ), Rachela Auerbach — the interwar sources of poetics.

Izabela Olejnik (University of Wroclaw, PTSJ), Image of Lodz in the works of Yisroel Rabona.

Monika Szabłowska-Zaremba (Catholic University of Lublin, PTSJ), The Polish-Yiddish literary relations in the perspective of Polish language education.

17.00–17.30 Coffee break

17.30–19.30 General Meeting of the members of Polish Society of Yiddish Studies

Thursday, 9th May 2013

Jewish Community Center, ul. Miodowa 24

9.00–11.00 Culture

Moderated by Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, PTSJ)

Marek Tuszewicki (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ), The picture of Jewish health beliefs and practices of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, preserved in Yiddish memoirs.

Bella Szwarcman-Chernota (magazine „Midrasz”, PTSJ), Menachem Kipnis and his „Chelemer majses”.

Alexander Geller (University of Warsaw, PTSJ), Discussions about the Paris Congress of Culture in 1937 in the pages of the weekly magazine „Literarisze Bleter”.

Mariusz Kałczewiak (Justus Liebig University in Giessen), Buenos Aires seen from Warsaw. The image of Jewish settlement in Argentina presented in the Polish Yiddish press from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Martyna Steckiewicz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, PTSJ) About the presence of the Yiddish language in retro detective novel.

11.00–11.30 Coffee break

11.30–13.00 Visual arts, film, theater

Moderated by Mira Bulat (Jagiellonian University, PTSJ)

Agata Katarzyna Dabrowska (University of Lodz, PTSJ), “Shakespeare iz beser af Yiddish”Avrom (Abraham) Morewski’s Shakespeare Creations.

Maria Krawczyk (Alumni of Jagiellonian University), “Identity of fullness” or “identity of lack?” The problem of Jewish identity and self-presentation in Yiddish cinema of „golden era” based on selected examples.

Małgorzata Stolarska-Fronia (Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland), The art of Yiddishland. The discourse of artistic manifestos of the Jewish avant-garde.

Anna Rozenfeld (Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, PTSJ), Yiddish in the works of contemporary artists.

13.00–14.30 break

14.30–15.00 Statement

Agnieszka Ilwicka (National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, NY, USA; PTSJ),Recent research methods of modern Yiddish Studies Researchers: „Jochre”. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for the Yiddish language.

15.00–15.30 End of the conference


Polish Society of Yiddish Studies

The Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University


JCC Cracow

Galicia Jewish Museum


Urząd Miasta Krakowa

Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University

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