GEOP podcast series - What’s New? What’s Next? Jewish Studies in the time of pandemic

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We invite everybody from July 6 to listen to our new "GEOP podcast series What’s New? What’s Next? Jewish Studies in the time of pandemic".

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have rescheduled our international conference „What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies" by a year to October 2021. Starting from July 6, over the coming months, we are inviting colleagues to explore the conference themes in the context of pandemic.

In July, we will post the podcasts by distinguished Jewish Studies scholars every two weeks on POLIN Museum’s website. From August the lectures will be available on Spotify, and other podcasts platforms.


The podcast series will explore the conference themes – methodology, paradigm shifts, new sources, and new approaches to old sourcesin relation to the current and earlier epidemics, Jewish responses to them, and how they have been studied from historical and contemporary perspectives.

  • In the first podcast in this series, Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explores new sources, with a focus on “collecting the pandemic.”
  • On our next podcast, Professor Maciej Munnich and Dr. Jeremy Brown will talk about epidemics in the Bible and Talmud in light of the coronavirus. Dr. Marek Tuszewicki and Dr. Francois Guesnet will explore epidemics in Jewish folk medicine. Professor Shaul Stampfer and Prof. Natan Meir will focus on this history of Jewish responses to epidemics in the modern period
  • Dr. Karolina Szymaniak and Professor Jeffrey Shandler will discuss epidemics in Yiddish literature, followed by podcasts dedicated to epidemics in the Warsaw ghetto and to epidemics and antisemitism, from historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • The series will conclude with podcasts devoted to what’s next? How will Jewish studies change? Will we turn to new methods? Are we facing a paradigm shift? Dr Gerben Zaagsma, Professor Marcin Wodziński, and others, will consider the future of digital research and Jewish studies in light of these uncertain times.


The focus of this series offers a multidisciplinary and transhistorical case study for exploring the conference themes. As a lead-up to the conference, the podcasts will demonstrate the kinds of presentations we would like to encourage.
This series is one of the ways that POLIN Museum is responding to the unique situation that all of us are facing.

Call for panels and poster session for conference extended by 31 December 2020.

For more information check: https://www.polin.pl/en/whats-new-whats-next-2020

"What’s New, What’s Next? Innovative Methods, New Sources, and Paradigm Shifts in Jewish Studies", an international conference, will take place at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, in October 2021.

Contact: whatsnewconference@polin.pl

 

The conference is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.