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Research Colloquium | 6 June, 14:15 | Genevieve Zubrzycki (Ann Arbor) | Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival

When? Thursday, 6 June 2024, 14:15

Where? Room 319, Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4

We are delighted to welcome Geneviève Zubrzycki on 6 June to our joint Regensburg Research Colloquium. She will give a lecture on "Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival". The lecture will be held in English.


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:

Geneviève Zubrzycki is William H. Sewell Jr. Collegiate Professor of Sociology 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 (2006), Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (2016), and Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism and Poland’s Jewish Revival (2022).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. Her latest book, Resurrecting the Jew, was awarded the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize by the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences, and the Rachel Feldhay Brenner Award by Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America for its contribution to Polish-Jewish Studies.

She will be spending the month of June 2024 in Regensburg as a visiting fellow of the ScienceCampus.

In cooperation with: Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (UR)