Interdisciplinary Conference Studies on Yiddish Language and Culture in Poland

The First Interdisciplinary Conference organized by the Polish Association of Yiddish Studies „Studies on Yiddish Language and Culture in Poland: Transformation, Challenges, Perspectives.” (coorganized with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Jewish Commmunity Centre Kraków and Galicia Jewish Museum)


May, 7-9 2013


(The conference will be held in Polish and Yiddish)

Tuesday, 7 May

Galicia Jewish Museum, ul. Dajwór 18

4.00-5.30 pm Opening of the conference

Magdalena Ruta (Jagiellonian University, Polish Association of Yiddish Studies), Welcome Address Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, PAYS), Keynote Lecture: Yiddish in Poland Today: Not Just an Academic Trade Fair of Wonders

Nathan Cohen (Bar Ilan University), Keynote Lecture: 'From Jargon to Yiddish' and from Market to Univeristy: Yiddish Language and Culture as an Academic Subject

5.30-6.00 pm coffee break

6.00-7.30 pm Discussion on the book Studia z dziejów trójjęzycznej prasy żydowskiej na ziemiach polskich (XIX-XX w.) [Studies on Trilingual Jewish Press in Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries] edited by Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences, PAYS)

Wednesday, 8 May

Jewish Community Centre, ul. Miodowa 24

9.00– 11.00 am PANEL I: LANGUAGE, Moderator: Ewa Geller (University of Warsaw, PAYS) Agata Kondrat (University of Warsaw, PAYS) Mutual Definitions of Jews and Poles as an Expression of Group Identification.

Michał Gajek (University of Warsaw) Language Rules Determining Penetration of Yiddish Words into Polish.”Nasz Głos” Weekly as a Case Study.

Štěpán Balík (University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice) Yiddish Loanwords in Czech. Iga Monika Kościółek (Humboldt University) Semantic Connections between Yiddish and Polish. Selected Prefix Verbs.

Małgorzata Kozyra (Jagiellonian University, Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich) Research on Contemporary Yiddish Language: Categories of Aspect and Temporality.

11.00 – 11.30 am coffee break

11.30 – 1.30 pm PANEL II: HISTORY, Moderator: Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Science, PAYS)

Anna Jakimyszyn (Jagiellonian University, PAYS), Jolanta Kruszniewska (Jagiellonian University) „Sefer ben Moshe” by Moshe Sertels the son of Isachar as an Example of a Bilingual Tora Studybook.

Adam Kopciowski (Maria Skłodowska-Curie University, PAYS) The Criminal Underworld in Lublin's Yiddish Press, 1918-1939.

Anna Łagodzińska (Jagiellonian University, Museum of the City of Lodz, PAYS) The Jewish Press in Łódź before 1939. Research Statement.

Magdalena Kozłowska (Jagiellonian University, PAYS) Tsukunft The Future. Yiddish as a Part of the Identity of the Political Active Youth in Interwar Period.

Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat (Polish Academy of Sciences) Ideology and the Everyday Life of 'Tsukunft' in the Warsaw Ghetto (1940-1942). Study Based on the Underground Press and the Bund Archives.

1.30 – 3.00 pm break

3.00 – 5.00 pm PANEL III: LITERATURE, Moderator: Magdalena Sitarz (Jagiellonian University, PAYS)

Joanna Lisek (University of Wroclaw, PAYS) „In My Songs, Many Tones Sound Like Yours, but Believe Me, My Brother, They are Still Mine”. The Beginnings of Women Poetry in Modern Yiddish Literature.

Krzysztof Niweliński (Jagiellonian University), On Sabataism and Frankism in Modern Yiddish Literature.

Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, PAYS) Rachela Auerbach: Interwar Sources of the Poetics

Izabela Olejnik (University of Wroclaw, PAYS), The Image of Łódź in Isroel Rabon's Literary Works

Monika Szabłowska-Zaremba (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, PAYS) On Polish- Yiddish Literary Connections from the Perspective of Polish Language Education

5.00 – 5.30 pm coffee break

5.30 – 7.30 pm Polish Association of Yiddish Studies General Assembly

Thursday, 9 May

Jewish Community Centre, ul. Miodowa 24

9.00 – 11.00 am PANEL IV: CULTURE, Moderator: Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Skłodowska-Curie University, PAYS)

Marek Tuszewicki (Jagielllonian Univeristy, PAYS) The Image of Jewish Health Practices and Beliefs in Turn of the Twentieth Century Yiddish Memoir Literature.

Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota („Midrasz”, PAYS) Menachem Kipnis and His „Chelemer Mayses” Aleksandra Geller (University of Warsaw, PAYS) Discussions on the 1937 Paris Congress of Culture in the 'Litererishe Bleter' Weekly

Mariusz Kałczewiak (Justus Liebig University of Giessen) Buenos Aires Observed in Warsaw. The Image of Jewish Settlements in Argentina in the Yiddish Press from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.

Martyna Steckiewicz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, PAYS) On The Presence of Yiddish Language in Retro Crime Stories

11.00 – 11.30 am coffee break

11.30 – 1.00 pm PANEL V: FINE ARTS, FILM, THEATER, Moderator: Mira Bułat (Jagiellonian University, PAYS)

Agata Katarzyna Dąbrowska (University of Łódź, PAYS) 'Shakespeare is beser af Yidish'. Avrom Morewski's Shakespeare Creations.

Maria Krawczyk (Alumni of Jagiellonian University) 'Identity of Fullness' or 'Identity of Lack'? The Question of Jewish Identity and Self-presentation in the 'Golden Era' of Yiddish Cinema. Several Exmples.

Małgorzata Stolarska-Fronia (Museum of History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Jewish Historical

Institute Association) The Art of Yiddishland. Discourse of Avangarde Artistic Manifests.

Anna Rozenfeld (Museum of History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, PAYS) Yiddish in the Works of Contemporary Artists

1.00 – 2.30 pm break

2.30 – 3.00 pm Statement

Agnieszka Ilwicka-Sheppard (National Yiddish Book Center in Armhest, PAYS) New Reserach Methods for the Contemporary Yiddishists. „Yokhre”. Optical Character Recognition and its Usage in Yiddish Studies.

3.00 – 3.30 pm Ending of the conference


Polish Association of Yiddish Studies

Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University


JCC Kraków

Galicia Jewish Museum


Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University Ph.D. Students’ Association of Jagiellonian University Kraków City Office

7 May 2013 - 9 May 2013