Monday, February 26, 2018

Polish Jewish Conference and Concert, March 5-6, 2018 at Rutgers University

Centering the Periphery: 
Polish Jewish Cultural Production Beyond the Capital
March 5-6, 2018, Rutgers University
Conference of the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative

March 5, 9:15am - 11:15am               Panel 1: Translations
March 5, 11:30am - 1:30pm              Panel 2: Geographies
March 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm               Panel 3: Traditions
March 6, 9:00am - 11:00am              Panel 4: Embodiments and Spaces
March 6, 11:15am - 1:15pm              Panel 5: High and Low Cultures
March 6, 2:45pm - 4:45pm                Panel 6: Audiences

Organized by: Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College; Halina Goldberg, Indiana University; and
Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University.

For more information, contact the Center for European Studies:
l (848) 932-8551

Concert, “Soundscapes of Modernity”
7:30pm - 9:00pm, March 5, 2018
Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Jewish inhabitants  of Polish cities, like their  counterparts elsewhere,  responded to the challenges of
 modernity in diverse ways, which  included reshaping the musical  soundscapes of their communities.
 This concert presents music of Polish  Jews that is little known to American  audiences — choral pieces from  19th-century progressive (“Reform”)  congregations, compositions associated  with Jewish music societies, and  avant-garde works by  Jewish composers.

Founded in 2013, the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative (PJSI) is an international, interdisciplinary forum for scholars involved in research and teaching at the intersection of Polish and Jewish studies. This collaboration has generated an annual Polish Jewish Studies Workshop (PJSW) that brings together scholars, public intellectuals, artists, and cultural workers to identify new theoretical and methodological developments in the field of Polish Jewish Studies; to help scholars keep abreast of each others’ work across linguistic and continental divides; and to consider new vocabularies and research strategies in a hybrid and transnational cultural landscape. The PJSI Advisory Committee welcomes inquiries from institutions and organizations interested in applying to host the annual international Polish Jewish Studies Workshop.

PJSI Advisory Commmittee: Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Princeton University, Jessie Labov, Central European University, Karen Underhill, University of Illinois at Chicago, Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan



This event is made possible by generous support from the following sponsors:

At Indiana University: The Borns Jewish Studies Program, The Russian and East European Institute, and The School of Global and International Studies

At Rutgers University: The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers Global, The Center for European Studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, The Department of History, The Department of German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures, The Department of Jewish Studies, and Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences

Additional Support Provided by: The Jan Karski Educational Foundation, the POLIN Museum’s GEOP, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Kronhill-Pletka Foundation, the Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Campus Coach Lines

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