There’s still time to propose a panel or submit a poster for the upcoming online conference organized by the POLIN museum in Warsaw — What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies to be held October 3-7.
The interdisciplinary online conference will “explore new directions in the study of East and Central European Jews”:
What constitutes Jewish studies today and in which direction should we be heading? Which paradigms are guiding the field today? How are theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities and social sciences shaping Jewish studies? How are scholars working in a broad range of disciplines – history, social sciences, literature, visual and performing arts, and other disciplines – contributing to the field? What are interdisciplinary approaches contributing to the field? What is the impact of studies of Jewish life in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on a wider understanding of world history?
Deadline for submission is April 30
The conference incites submission for panels in several specific general areas:
- Theory in Jewish studies
- Paradigms, methodologies, and sources in Jewish studies
- Problematics, emphases, and lacunae
- Advantages and disadvantages of the digital revolution
- Ethics and politics
- Role of cultural institutions
- The invitation is for panels of three 20-minute papers – proposals for a single presentation are not eligible. The conference Academic Committee will assign panel chairs and discussants.
- The panel proposal should include an abstract (150 words) for the panel as a whole, the name and affiliation of each panelist, and the title and abstract (150 words) for each paper.
- Panels should be thematically coherent.
- Panel proposals must be in English.
In addition to panels, the call includes poster sessions for PhD students who are writing doctoral dissertations related to East and Central European Jewish communities.
The posters “should focus on methodological, theoretical, and source-related issues relevant to the dissertation. The poster session will offer students an opportunity to discuss their work with conference participants and to receive constructive feedback.”