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Guest Lecture with Geneviève Zubrzycki: “Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival”

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival
Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan)

Wednesday, February 22
4:00pm
Pyle Center 
702 Langdon St. (Madison, WI)

This lecture will also be livestreamed, via Zoom, for anyone unable to attend in-person. Please check back soon for the Zoom information.

Since the early 2000s, Poland has experienced a remarkable Jewish revival, largely driven by non-Jewish Poles with a passionate new interest in all things Jewish. Klezmer music, Jewish-style restaurants, kosher vodka, and festivals of Jewish culture have become popular, while new museums, memorials, Jewish studies programs, and Holocaust research centers reflect soul-searching about Polish-Jewish relations before, during, and after the Holocaust. In Resurrecting the Jew, Geneviève Zubrzycki examines this revival and asks what it means to try to bring Jewish culture back to life in a country where 3 million Jews were murdered and where only about 10,000 Jews now live. Drawing on a decade of participant-observation in Jewish and Jewish-related organizations in Poland, a Birthright trip to Israel with young Polish Jews, and more than a hundred interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish Poles engaged in the Jewish revival, Resurrecting the Jew presents an in-depth look at Jewish life in Poland today.

 

Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and faculty associate of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies. A historical and cultural sociologist, she has published widely on nationalism and religion; collective memory, national mythology and the politics of commemoration; and visual culture and materiality. She’s the author of the award-winning  The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland and Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec and the editor of National Matters: Materiality, Culture and Nationalism. Her most recent monograph, Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism and Poland’s Jewish Revival analyzes the current renewal of Jewish communal life in Poland and non-Jewish Poles’ interest in all things Jewish, exploring the limits of performative solidarity and empathetic forms of cultural appropriation. In 2021 Zubrzycki was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and was awarded the Bronislaw Malinowski Prize in the Social Sciences from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.

 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and German, Nordic, and Slavic+

Details

Date:
February 22
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Venue

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Phone:
(608) 262-1122
Website:
https://pyle.wisc.edu/about/pyle-center/