Polish Jewish Literature and Its Cultural Contexts





Polish Jewish Literature and Its Cultural Contexts: Current Research and Future Perspectives

International Conference, Lublin, December 9-11, 2008


In discussions about the transformation of Polish studies as a research discipline, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the necessity of focusing on multicultural and multilingual dimensions of the writings created on the Polish lands and opening them to the questions of diversity and cultural difference.


Research on Polish Jewish literature occupies an important place in such discussions because it is a literature that covers a cross-cultural area, where the Polish language helps connect Jewish and European traditions. That area emerged thanks to modernization processes: traditional Jewish culture, on the one hand, and unifying tendencies within modern European cultures which absorbed and transformed different types of local cultures, on the other.


The conference aims at evaluating the research on Polish-Jewish literature to date and defining its future perspectives. We are interested in contributions of researchers both from Poland and abroad, who apply different methodologies and interpretations.


We invite contributions in the following historical, literary, cultural and comparative areas:


  • Polish-Jewish literature of the 19th and 20th century;
  • literature in the Polish language created since the 1930's in Israel;
  • multiple cultural contexts of Polish Jewish literature, including Jewish religious thought (with a special focus on religious thought after the Holocaust);
  • cross-cultural issues;
  • relations of Polish-Jewish literature with Hebrew, Yiddish and Aramaic literatures and the question of topical sources;
  • Polish Jewish literature as seen against other modern Jewish literatures in other non-Jewish languages: e.g. German, English, Russian etc.


The choice of Lublin as a venue of this conference is not accidental. This city, known in the past as the Jerusalem of the Polish Kingdom, in the 18th and 19th centuries as the center of Hasidism, and between the wars as the seat of the Talmudic Academy (Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin), was a thriving center of Jewish culture for a number of centuries.


Today at universities in Lublin there are two research centers dealing with Jewish history and culture:

the Center for Jewish Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and the Polish-Jewish Literature Department at the Catholic University of Lublin. The latter together with the Department of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies of the Jagiellonian University and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, conduct an international research program on the cultural contexts of Polish Jewish literature. The conference is part of this project.


Please send your proposals with one-page abstracts until June 30, 2008 by regular mail to Polish-Jewish Literature Department, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin or via e-mail to: zureks@kul.lublin.pl


The conference fee is 350 PLN (Polish zloty). This amount covers three-night accommodation and meals during the conference. After acceptance of your paper, you are kindly requested to pay the conference fee to 59124023821111000039262147 until September 30, 2008.



Conference Organizing Committee:


Eugenia Prokop-Janiec, Associate Professor

Sławomir Jacek Żurek, Associate Professor

Anna Jeziorkowska-Polakowska, Doctor

Autor: Aleksandra Dziak
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 15.09.2008, godz. 14:55 - Aleksandra Dziak