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Generations and Genealogies
The 4th Annual Polish Jewish Studies Workshop

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Events held in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University unless otherwise noted


Sunday, April 2

5:00-6:30 pm  
  Reading and Conversation
    Agata Tuszynska, author
    Family History of Fear: A Memoir
    Michigan Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University

Monday, April 3

8:15-8:30 am   Opening Remarks
    Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan
8:30-10:00 am   I. Genealogies of Polish Jewish Studies: The Historiographic Making of a Field
    Chair: Karen Underhill, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University/POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    Disputed Issues in Polish-Jewish Historiography
    Piotr Wrobel, University of Toronto
    Jewish Historians from Habsburg Galicia and the Holocaust
    Gershon Bacon, Bar-Ilan University
    Transitional Generation: On the Trajectories of Polish Jewish Studies over the Past Half Century
10:30 am-12:00 pm   II. Generational Turning Points
    Chair: Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan
    Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew University
    The First Generations of Ashkenazic Polish Jews
    Karen Auerbach, University of North Carolina
    Generational History and Religious Change: A Jewish Publisher’s Family in Fin-de-siecle Warsaw
    Ela Bauer, Tel Aviv University/Kibbutzim College
    Between Mickiewicz and Bar Kokhba: The Young Jewish Generation in Lwow at the End of the 19th Century
    Winson Chu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Generation and Suicide in the Lodz Ghetto
1:30-3:00 pm   III. Diasporic Generations
    Chair: Shachar Pinkser, University of Michigan
    Kamil Kijek, University of Wrocław
    Facing Ashes and Rubble: Western Jewish/Polish Jewish Encounters and Transnationalism of Polish Jewry, 1945-50
    Kamila Dabrowska, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    The Mnemonic Community of the March ’68 Emigrants and Their Attitudes toward Poland
    Jagoda Budzik, Adam Mickiewicz University
    Third-Generation Polish-Jewish Israeli Authors and Their Identity Struggles
3:30-5:00 pm   IV. The Jewish Story in the New Generation of Polish Museums
    Chair: Erica Lehrer, Concordia University
    Joanna Wawrzyniak, University of Warsaw
    The Jewish Story in the New Generation of Museums in Poland: Revised? Repeated? Concealed?
    Karolina Koprowska, Jagiellonian University
    Tag Plaszow: The Curatorial Collective as a New Generation of Museology in Poland
    Anna Muller, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    Situating the Holocaust in the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk
5:30-7:00 pm
  Annual Copernicus Lecture
    Adam Michnik, historian and editor-in-chief, Gazeta Wyborcza
    The Glory and Poverty of the ’68 Generation
    Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art, 525 S. State

Tuesday, April 4

8:30-10:15 am   V. Generational and Genealogical Memory and Non-Memory
    Chair: Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Princeton University/Polish Academy of Science
    Michal Bilewicz, University of Warsaw
    From Competitive Memories to Local Identity: Changing Perceptions of Jews and the Holocaust in the Young Generation of Poles
    Alicja Podbielska, Clark University
    Genealogical Memory of the Righteous in Poland
    Olga Kaczmarek, University of Warsaw
    A Genealogy of Diverging Narratives on Wartime Polish-Jewish Relations in Polish Public Discourse
    Marcin Napiorkowski, University of Warsaw
    Tracing the Genealogy of Competitive Martyrdom: The Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw Uprising
10:45 am-12:00 pm   VI. The Discovery and Recovery of Jewishness: Narratives and Experiences
    Chair: Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan
    Benjamin Paloff, University of Michigan
    Genera through Generations: On the Evolution of How We Read Concentration Camp Literature
    Joanna Trzeciak Huss, Kent State University
    Tertium Datur: Rozewicz’s Final Act
1:30-3:00 pm   VII. Generational Cultural Practices and Forms
    Chair: Shana Penn, Jagiellonian University
    Rachel Merrill Moss, Northwestern University
    Exploring Jewish Theater as a Performative Link between Pre- and Post-War Generations in Poland
    Pawel Dobrosielski, University of Warsaw
    “The Jew with a Coin” as Transgenerational Vernacular Practice with New Meaning
    Slawomir Jacek Zurek, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
    The Newest Generation of Polish Writers and Holocaust (Post)Memory
3:30-5:00 pm   VIII. Roundtable: The Jewish Revival Seen from Within and Without
    Moderator: Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan
    Jonathan Ornstein, Jewish Community Center Krakow
    The Rebirth of Jewish Life in Poland
    Ruth Ellen Gruber, author and independent scholar
    Life after Life: Virtually Jewish 15 Years On
    Chuck Fishman, photographer
    Roots, Resilience, Renewal: A Portrait of Polish-Jewish Generations, Lost and Found
    Marta Eichelberger-Jankowska, George Washington University/Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland
    “In Search of More than One Truth”: Mi Dor Le Dor Program’s Transmission of Polish Jewish Heritage