Yiddishism: Mythologies and Iconographies

Joint International Conference of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the Paris Yiddish Center – Medem Library in cooperation with the Polish Association for Yiddish Studies and the Michal Friedman Foundation.

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The program can be downloaded in .pdf format by clicking on the left.

15–16 November 2015, Warsaw

Conference committee: Prof Mikhail Krutikov (Michigan University), Dr Yitskhok Niborski (INALCO), Prof. Simon Neuberg (Univesität Trier), Prof. Eugenia Prokop-Janiec (Jagiellonian University), Dr. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences).


The papers are in English (E) and Yiddish (Y).

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, ul. Tłomackie 3/5 00–090 Warsaw, Błękitny Wieżowiec

10:45 Registration and coffee 

11:15 Opening

11:15–11:30 Greetings, Prof. Andrzej Żbikowski, Head of the JHI Academic Department. Tal Hever-Chybowski, Director of the Paris Yiddish Center – Medem Library (PYC)

11:30–11:45 Opening remarks, Dr. Karolina Szymaniak (JHI)

Jewish Masses and Politics, Chair: Dr. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences/ Deutsches Historisches Institut)

11:45–12:05 Dr. Tamara Sztyma (POLIN Museum), Folklore as Reassurance of Distinctiveness: On the Fusion of Folk Nature, Avant-garde and Mass Culture in Jewish Interwar Culture in Poland (E)

12:05–12:25 Tal Hever-Chybowski (PYC), Gathering zamlers: Political Representations of Collecting in Modern Yiddish Scholarship (Y)

Respondent: Prof. Kenneth B. Moss (Johns Hopkins University) (E)

12:40–13:00 Discussion

13:00–14:30 Lunch break

Heroes, Icons, Models, Chair: Tal Hever-Chybowski (PYC)

14:30­–14:50 David Mazower (independent scholar, London), Commerce and Celebrity: The Yiddish Writer as Popular Icon (E)

14:50–15:10 Dr. Magdalena Kozłowska (Warsaw University/ Jagiellonian University), To Be Young, a Martyr and a Socialist: Yugnt-Bund Tsukunft and Its Heroes (E)

15:10–15:30 Evita Wiecki (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Ikh bin dokh a yidish kind, muz ikh kenen yidish: Yiddishism in Post-War Yiddish Textbooks (E)

Respondent: Dr. Kamil Kijek (Wrocław University) (E)

15:45–16:10 Discussion

Yiddishism and Linguistics, Chair: Dr. Agata Kondrat (Polish Association for Yiddish Studies)

16:10–16:30 Prof. Itzik N. Gottesman (University of Texas), The Yiddishism of Yehuda Elzet’s Der vunder-oytser fun der yidisher shprakh (Y)

16:30–16:50 Alec Burko (Jewish Theological Seminary, New York), The Story of Max Weinreich’s Yiddish Myth (Y)

Respondent: Prof. Ewa Geller (Warsaw University) (E)

17:05–17:20 Discussion

17:20–17:35 Coffee break

Old Yiddish Literature, Chair: Dr. Marzena Zawanowska (JHI)

17:35–17.55 Dr. Arnaud Bikard (European University of Saint-Petersburg), Yiddishist Myths and Their Influence on the History of Old Yiddish Literature (E)

17:55–18:15 Binyamin Hunyadi (Hebrew University), Noli turbare circulos meos! Yiddish Historical Attempts – The Growth of the Yiddish Historiographical Tradition around Yavein Metsula (Y)

18:15–18:35 Dr. Oren Roman (Haifa University), Thoughts on the Composition of the Biblical Epics in Old-Yiddish (Y)

Respondent: Prof. Marion Aptroot (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) (E)

Discussion: 18:50–19:05

Monday, 16 November 2015

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, ul. Tłomackie 3/5 00–090 Warsaw, Błękitny Wieżowiec

Modern Yiddish Literature,

9:30–9:50 Dr. Khayke Beruriah Wiegand (University of Oxford), The Myth of Isaac Bashevis Singer as the Icon of the Yiddish Culture for the World (Y)

9:50–10:10 Dr. Sharon Bar-Kochva (INALCO, Paris), Birth of the Yiddish Writer or the Author’s Name as a Bridge between Myth and Reality (E)

10:10–10:30 Dr. Natalia Krynicka (PYC/Paris IV-Sorbonne), The Myth of Klemens Junosza as a Yiddishist (Y)

Respondent: prof. Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)

10:45–11:00 Discussion

11:00–11:15 Coffee break

Spaces and Places of Yiddishism, Chair: Dr. Sharon Bar-Kochva (INALCO)

11:15–11:35 Prof. Jack Kugelmass (University of Florida), Venice in the Swamps of Pinsk (E)

11:35–11:55 Yaad Biran (Hebrew University), Erets Yisroel: The Image from Yiddish Travelogues (E)

11:55–12:15 Janina Wurbs (GEI Braunschweig / MLU Halle), Where From and Where To? The Power of Imagined Space – Mordkhe Schaechter’s Business Card (Y)

12:30–12:45 Discussion

12:45–14:00 Lunch break

Yiddishism and/in Art, Chair: Dr. Karolina Szymaniak (JHI)

14:00–14:20 Dr. Marcos Silber (Haifa University), Yiddish Cinema in Poland and the Visualization of Yiddishist Myths in Poland during the Late 1930s (E)

14:20–14:40 Dr. Małgorzata Stolarska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń), Jewish Messianism and Its Visual Discourse in Jewish Avant-Garde Groups (E)

14:40–15:00 Dr. Agnieszka Żółkiewska (JHI), And the Myth Was Made Flesh: Yiddishism in Caricature (E)

Respondent: Dr. Renata Piątkowska (POLIN Museum) (E)

15:15–15:30 Discussion

15:30–16:00 Closing discussion with all participants

Convened by

Karolina Szymaniak (The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute)

Natalia Krynicka (Paris Yiddish Center – Medem Library)

Tal Hever-Chybowski (Paris Yiddish Center – Medem Library

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