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‘Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept : Appel à contribution

Le Centre d’études juives de Berlin-Brandenburg – en coopération avec le Centre pour la recherche sur l’antisémitisme (de l’Université Technique de Berlin) et le DAAD – lance un appel à contribution pour son workshop Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept qui aura lieu les 20 et 21 novembre 2014 à Berlin.

Le workshop est organisé par Alina Bothe and Markus Nesselrodt. Les chercheurs Atina Grossmann, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum et Anne Rothe y participeront.
Les candidatures doivent être soumises avant le 1er avril 2014 et doivent comprendre  : une proposition en anglais ou en allemand de 300 à 500 mots (pour une intervention de 20 minutes) et un CV académique.

Call for Papers

‘Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept

The current understanding of the term ‘survivor’ in social and cultural studies includes various layers of  meaning. In the German discourse ‘survivors’ are often understood as those who were persecuted as Jews by the National Socialists in the years 1939-1945 and survived the war in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. Those who were able to escape and survive in exile are classified as ‘refugees’ or ‘emigrants’. The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation applies a broader concept of the term ‘survivors’ which includes all Jewish interviewees regardless of the variety of their experiences. Both examples illustrate the impact of a collective attribution by others to the status of being a ‘survivor’. In addition to the already widely discussed categories of victims and witnesses the concept ‘survivor’ still needs further discussion.

Taking into account the multiple self-narratives of Shoah survivors opens new possibilities of understanding survival. The Jewish Displaced Persons in occupied post World War II Europe identified themselves initially as She’erit Hapletah, the ‘surviving remnant’ of European Jewry. Following this self-definition, all remaining European Jews belonged to this collective; a formulation that stressed unity after catastrophe and effaced the many differences in wartime experiences of survival. Those who survived the war as refugees or deportees in the Soviet Union also became part of the She’erit Hapletah when they were repatriated to their countries of origin, especially Poland, from where, finding only a “vast graveyard” and renewed antisemitism, many fled again. Even as they became the majority in the Jewish Displaced Persons Camps of occupied Europe, their specific experiences and memories were marginalized. Scholars have only recently begun to examine (and re-examine) the complex set of historical experiences and meanings attached to the the concept and definitions of ‘survivor’ and survival.

The workshop will focus on the different semantic and political meanings of the concept of ’survivor’ since World War II. It is necessary to critically analyze the different disciplinary, historical, and national understandings of the term. These questions are not new but need to be asked once again from a contemporary perspective. The political and social conditions that provide individuals a public forum for their memories will be considered as well. In many countries there has been a broadening of the concept of ‘survivor‘ over the decades, very often related to discussions about remembrance and restitution. What strategies and policies stand behind this change, and how does the semantic opening work in practice?

Possible topics for contributions include:

– juridical definitions of the term ’survivor‘ and the consequences ;
– other definitions of the term and their effectiveness ;
– Jewish and non-Jewish understandings of the ’survivor’ ;
– reparations and compensation for survivors ;
– gaps and taboos in survivor’s narratives and memories ;
– function and role of ’survivors‘ in national memorial cultures ;
– national and transnational conditions of the ’invention‘ of the ’survivor’ ;
– survivors as historians, writers, politicians ;
– the impact of gender on semantics and politics of the concept ;
– how does media affect the memory of survival ;
– how do current political questions and anxieties shape debates about definitions of survivors?

Confirmed keynote speakers for the workshop are:

Dr Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, DAAD Walter Benjamin Visiting Professor)
Dr Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Director of the Berlin Institute of Technology Center for
Dr Anne Rothe (Associate Professor of German, Wayne State University, Detroit)

The workshop will be held in German and English. Selected contributions will be published.

Funding will be available only on a limited basis and by request.

Please submit your proposal of 300-500 words for a paper of 20 minutes length together with your institutional affiliation and your academic CV by April 1, 2014 via e-mail to Alina Bothe:

Participants will be notified by May 1, 2014.

Young Scholars Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews : Appel à contribution

Young Scholars Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews


Depuis 2008, le workshop “Pologne-Israël” propose aux doctorants et jeunes docteurs de se réunir deux fois par an autour de la thématique suivante : Histoire et culture des Juifs polonais.

Ce workshop donne l’opportunité à ces jeunes chercheurs de présenter leurs travaux en cours, de recevoir l’avis de chercheurs confirmés et de rencontrer des personnes issues d’autres institutions que les leurs.

Cette année le workshop est accueilli par l’Université de Wroclaw (Pologne), en coopération avec des institutions israéliennes (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University) et polonaises (Jagiellonian University in Kraków). Il se tiendra du lundi 23 juin au mercredi 25 juin 2014.

Date limite du dépôt des candidatures : 15 janvier 2014. Le contenu du dossier à présenter est décrit dans l’appel à participation ci-dessous.

Call for papers

Since its first meeting in Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamishah in 2008, the Bi-Annual Poland-Israel Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews has succeeded in creating a vibrant, dynamic and supportive academic community for the next generation of scholars of Polish Jewry. Through these and related frameworks, including a second workshop in Kraków in 2010 and a third workshop in Sdot-Yam in 2012, doctoral students and recent PhD’s have had the opportunity to present their work, receive critical feedback from other scholars and meet colleagues from other centers.

The fourth Bi-Annual Poland-Israel Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews will be hosted and organized by the University of Wrocław, in cooperation with other academic institutions in Israel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University) and in Poland (Jagiellonian University in Kraków).

The workshop will take place at Wielka Lipa near Wrocław from Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and will include presentations by doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars, responses by senior scholars, discussions and cultural activities. The program will begin with an opening event on Monday afternoon, June 23 and will be followed by two days of presentations and discussions. The workshop will conclude on Wednesday, June 25 in Wrocław with sessions held in Wrocław and a sightseeing tour of the town.

Participants will receive room and board for the duration of the program at the guest house in Wielka Lipa. In some cases, program organizers will be able to provide travel stipends for students from Israel.

Interested candidates should submit an electronic application in English to the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław ( by no later than January 15, 2014. Applications should consist of one Word or PDF file and include: a letter of interest, a 1-2 page abstract of their research proposal, and a short CV. A letter of recommendation by the student’s supervisor should be sent directly to the conference organizers.

Although the workshop is geared toward doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars affiliated with universities in Poland and Israel, students from other countries working on relevant topics are also encouraged to apply.

The organizing committee of the University of Wrocław includes: Dr. Agnieszka Jagodzińska, Lidia Jerkiewicz, Dr. Joanna Lisek, Prof. Marcin Wodziński.

For further details please contact Ms. Lidia Jerkiewicz at the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław (

Parution de “Polish Literature and Transformation”

untitledPolish Literature and Transformation, dirigé par Ursula Phillips, avec l’assistance de Knut Andreas Grimstad et Kris Van Heuckelomet, vient de paraître aux éditions allemandes LIT Verlag (320p.)

Cet ouvrage collectif fait suite à la conférence “Polish Literature since 1989“, qui s’est tenue à l’University College London en novembre 2011.


Ce livre propose plusieurs manières d’appréhender la littérature polonaise depuis 1989. Dans le cadre de ce blog, nous retiendrons les articles traitant de l’intérêt actuel de la Pologne pour son héritage juif, la mémoire de l’Holocauste ou encore les relations judéo-polonaises ; à savoir :

Motherhood and the Transmission of Memory in Texts by Polish-Jewish Writers, par Katarzyna Zechenter ;

Into the Well of Memory: Michał Głowiński’s Jewish Childhood during the Holocaust, par Joanna Michlic ;

Polish Holocaust Writing after Testimony, or the Relevance of Piotr Paziński’s The Boarding House, par Knut Andreas Grimstad ;

Constructing a Memory of a Polish/Jewish Community in Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Our Class, par Paul Vickers.

Une brève présentation de l’ouvrage est disponible sur le site H-net : compte-rendu Polish Literature and Transformation.