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”

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

Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
Goethe Museum Düsseldorf, Schloss Jägerhof, Jacobistraße 2, 40211 Düsseldorf (Monday evening)

The conference, the exhibition and the concert were made possible by the generous support of:

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