Program: Thinking Europe in Yiddish

Conference organized by Marion Aptroot, Efrat Gal-Ed and Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Departments of Jewish Studies and Art History

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Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf

June 4, 2018

09:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:45 – 10:45 Keynote
David E. Fishman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York): How Yiddish Became a European Culture

11:15 – 12:45 Early Concepts and Visions
François Guesnet (University College London): Places and Spaces of Eastern European Jewish Identity – the Impact of the 19th Century
Kenneth B. Moss (Johns Hopkins University): Europeans, Israelites, Indigenes, or African-Americans: the Yiddish Intelligentsia, the European Horizon, and Other Horizons Good and Bad, 1900–1939

14:30 – 16:00 Concepts in Literature
Marc Caplan (Yale University): Y. L. Peretz, Beyond a Boundary: Warsaw as Border Between ‘Shtetl’ and ‘Europe’
Sabine Koller (Universität Regensburg): Dovid Hofshteyn’s Early Poetry Between Yidishkayt and Eyropeishkayt

18:00 – 19:00 Exhibition (Goethe Museum)
Opening of the Exhibition “Jüdische Künstler in jiddischen Büchern und Zeitschriften. Russische Künstler aus der Sammlung LS des Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven”
Reception

19:00 Public Lecture (Goethe Museum)
Efrat Gal-Ed (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf): Jiddischland – Verheißung einer Zugehörigkeit

June 5, 2018

09:30 – 11:00 The First World War and Its Aftermath
Samuel Kassow (Trinity College, Hartford): Yiddish Europe from a Vilna Perspective, 1915–1921
Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw): Debates on Poland and Europe in Yiddish Literary Discourse in the Interwar Period

11:30 – 12:30 Keynote
Mikhail Krutikov (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor): Reading Europe in Yiddish: A Literary History of Space

14:00 – 15:30 Avant-Garde Movements
Andrea von Hülsen-Esch (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf): The Impact of Transnational Yiddish Culture on Jankel Adler’s Artistic Expression and His Struggle for Jewish Art in the Rhineland
Inna Goudz (Düsseldorf): Kultur-lige – Jewish Art between Zionism and Yiddishism

16:00 – 17:30 Yiddish Periodicals
Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw): The Interwar Yiddish Press: A Pan-European Network?
Aleksandra Geller (Rehovot): Literarishe bleter – Mapping an Intellectual Community

19:30 Concert
undefinedZwischentöne – Poetry and Songs from Yiddishland
Bavat Marom (mezzo-soprano)
Eyal Bat (piano)

June 6, 2018

09:30 – 11:00 On the Eve of the Second World War
Nick Underwood (University of Colorado Boulder): The Kultur-lige, the World’s Fair, and the Making of Yiddish Paris
Gennady Estraikh (New York University): The Controversies of the 1937 Yiddish Congress in Paris

11:30 – 13:00
Marion Aptroot (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf): Reflections on the Conference
Discussion: Gennady Estraikh, Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Mikhail Krutikov, Kenneth B. Moss

Venues:
Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
Goethe Museum Düsseldorf, Schloss Jägerhof, Jacobistraße 2, 40211 Düsseldorf (Monday evening)
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The conference, the exhibition and the concert were made possible by the generous support of:

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