2014-2015 Polish-Jewish Studies Initiative

Starting in March 2014, we began a series of events that aim to both define and advocate for the emerging field of Polish-Jewish studies. The goal is to mark a path for scholars and activists who would like to see the study of Polish and Jewish culture more intentionally and productively intertwined. We would ultimately like to reach several audiences: students, professors, heads of cultural organizations, archivists, emigre groups, and the larger public with an interest in Polish-Jewish relations.

Our efforts began with a workshop held on March 24, 2014 at Ohio State University. We convened a small group of scholars who are already active at the intersection of Polish and Jewish studies, together with some key institutions concerned with this area. This session started a conversation about a curricular model for Polish-Jewish Studies that could be deployed in a number of ways. Although much of the discussion took place between and among the invited guests, we also held one larger public event at the end of the day to draw a larger audience and collect feedback on our initial proposals.

The OSU workshop will be followed by a second at Princeton University in April 2015, ad a third at University of Illinois-Chicago in the Fall 2015 semester. We held a roundtable on "Polish-Jewish Studies in the 21st Century" at the 2014 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annual convention and held a session at the 2015 ASEEES and Association for Jewish Studies conventions.

Core Organizers

Irena Grudzinska Gross (Princeton)

Jessie Labov (OSU)

Karen Underhill (U Illinois-Chicago)