Summer School 2018

Polish-Jewish studies: Poland as an interspace of Polish-Jewish history.

Dates: September 5-15, 2018.

Organizers: Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with Jewish Historical Institute, Center of the Holocaust Research, The Center for Yiddish Culture, Brama Grodzka-Teatr NN in Lublin.

Deadline for application: July 31, 2018.

In 2015 postgraduate certificate program in Polish-Jewish studies has been established at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The main aim of this program is to unfold and explore the complex intersections between Polish and Jewish history and culture(s). This interdisciplinary approach fits both into theoretical frames of Jewish studies and Polish cultural studies.

This year, for a first time Polish-Jewish Studies Team organizes thematic Summer School Poland as an „Interspace” of Polish-Jewish History.

Polish-Jewish history is often characterised by binary divisions. The line drawn between what is Jewish and Polish frames identities. We understand “Interspace” as everything that is in between these border lines and all of these elements and issues that escape these division or have a potential to transcend it. We would like to approach the “Interspace” as a process of opening, closing, crossing, and negotiating these borders.

These borders and ”borderlands” include both visible and invisible:
– spacial (the shtetl, Jewish quarter, ghetto)
– political (partition, independent state, war)
– cultural and language-bound (literature, cinema, theater, everyday life)
– national (Polish, Jewish, Russian and German identities)

Border building is responsible for creating such phenomena as otherness, often predicated on the concept of “race.” Divisions operate along invisible lines that often cross and double themselves, connecting and dividing societies, groups of people, families, sometimes they run even through an individual creating tensions. To be able to understand all these processes, we need to leave the grand historical narrative and turn to ordinary ones, both individual and collective. The Summer School will focus on such micro-histories escaping easy divisions and evident identities. Thus we will try to work on problems such as the interference of of cultures and national identities and the question of hiding one’s own identity, as in the case of masking Jewish genealogies..

We invite graduate students to participate in lectures, seminars, and workshops at selected cultural and academic institutions in both Warsaw and Lublin. The participants will have a chance to visit and gain an insider perspective on these selected institutions and also work on archival sources.

Cost: 450 €

The fee includes:
– participation in all the lectures, seminars and workshops
– a guided tour of the former Warsaw Ghetto
– entrance fees to cultural institutions
– a 2-day stay in Lublin (transportation and accomodation)
Accomodation in Warsaw is not included in the Summer School fee.

Language: Working language is English

Application should include resume (CV) sent on an address:

ECTS: 5 pt.

Concept and program:
Monika Rudaś-Grodzka (Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Jolanta Żyndul (Jewish Historical Institute)
Natalia Judzińska (Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences)