I’m taking part in this panel discussion at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
Jewish places in Poland, almost moribund after the war, have become increasingly popular among tourists over the last two decades, and their past is becoming meaningful to their present residents. Their visage is highly differentiated, from fields of rubble built over with new structures as at the site of the former Jewish district in Warsaw, through extant streets with hardly any Jews in them, as in the case of Kazimierz in Krakow. In the first case there is a danger that the new identity of a place will replace the old, and in the second that the old will be transformed into a Disneyland fantasy. How to speak about these identities, and how to present them to residents and visitors?
The issue will be discussed by: Beata Chomątowska (Poland), Konstanty Gebert (Poland), Ruth Ellen Gruber(USA), Monika Murzyn-Kupisz (Poland), Karen Underhill (USA).
I’ll be taking part in a wide-ranging discussion with the anthropologist Annamaria Orla Bukowska, during the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival.
I’ll be speaking on the role of civil society in preserving and managing Jewish heritage.
The conference is organized by the Tom Lantos Institute
presentation on a panel at the conference: Contemporary Jewish life in a global modernity: Comparative European perspectives on a changing diaspora
The conference takes place 11 December: 2 – 6:30 pm; 12 December: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
The fall of the Iron Curtain has opened possibilities for a Jewish revival across Europe. In the past twenty-five years, parallel trends of secularization, grass roots movements, religious pluralization and new discourses on the definition of Jewish identities have emerged. The conference brings together international scholars to explore the different forms of Jewish life in contemporary Europe and the challenges and possibilities these present for the future.
Where: Old Building, second level, Great Hall
Registration required: www.jmberlin.de/contemporary-jewish-life