Jewish Regions in the Early Modern Central and Eastern Europe


wto. 06.11.2018 | 13:30 -
śro. 07.11.2018 | 18:00
dr Maria Cieśla

In recent years the regional perspective has gained more significance in historical research in early modern and modern periods.  As a result of this shift  regional studies have not only become a field for historians focusing on the description of “small homelands” but a tool for researching broad social and economic process.

The regional perspective is hardly ever used in early modern Jewish studies. It is obvious that  traditional terms like “Ashkenaz”, “Sfarad” or “Polin” are not enough precise in order to adequately describe of the complex social, religion division of the Jewish community in the early modern period. For this kind of research concepts of national states and national borders are not fitting as well. 

In our conference we would like to focus on the functioning of different Jewish regions in the East Central Europe in isolation from the traditional political borders. We understand Jewish region as an “area of action” created and performed by the Jews.   Adopting this research perspective enables us speak about different issues of the Jewish historical experience. We are particularly interested in economic activity, religious movements, languages and literature, economic activity, book production and book market, the relations between different Jewish social groups, family – ties as well as local autonomic Jewish government. In our reflections and discussions special emphasis will be given on the following subjects:

·         The question of how Jewish regions are constituted

·         Ties between different Jewish regions

·         “Jewish” vs “Christian” regions

·         The perception of Jewish regions by Jews and Christians

·         Regional Identity vs Broader Identity

The chronological framework comprises the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. The geographical framework is the Polish – Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Empire.

6. 11. 2018 Tuesday

(German Historical Institute Warsaw)

13 – 13.30 Registration

13.30 – 14.00 Opening

14. 00 -15.30 Jewish Regional Self Governments

Anna Michałowska – Mycielska (University of Warsaw) Lithuania as a Jewish Province

Przemysław Zarubin, (Jagiellonian University of Kraków) The Cancellation of Crown Jewish Self-Government and Jewish Debts 1764-1767

Adam Kaźmierczyk, (Jagiellonian University of Kraków) The Jewish Poll Tax, the Jewish Local Councils and the Magnates. How the Magnates influenced the Jewish Self-Government.

15. 30 -16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 Regions and Economy

Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Economy and the Building of Jewish Regions

Ruth Leiserowitz (German Historical Institut Warsaw) Jewish Merchants in Samogitia in the late 18th Century

Maria Cieśla (German Historical Institute Warsaw) Between Königsberg, Słuck and Berlin. The Economic Activity of Szmojło Ickowicz in mid-18th Century

18.00 – 19.30

Keynote Lecture Moshe Rosman (Bar Ilan University) Region, Region: Let Me Count the Ways

19.30 Reception

07.11.2018 Wednesday

(University of Warsaw. University of Warsaw, Institute of History)

10.00 – 12.00 Jewish Geography

Vladimir Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Where is Jewish Lithuania? Lite, Raysin and Zamet on the Jewish Mental Map of the Eastern Europe.

Paweł Maciejko (John Hopkins University), The Sabbatian Orient

Marek Tuszewicki (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), Jewish Regions of Polish Lands: Medical Perspective.

Alicja Maślak – Maciejewska (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), Beyond the Partition Borders: Networks and Intellectual Exchange between "Progressive Synagogues" from Galicia and the Kingdom of Poland

12 – 12.30 Coffee Break

12. 30 – 14.30

Jewish Regions – Christian Regions

Andrej Shpirt (Lomonosov Moscow State University) Territorial-political Regions, Religious Spaces and the Jewish – Christian Relations in the East Parts of the Polish – Lithuanian Commonwealth

Radosław Poniat (University of Bialystok) /Mikołaj Szołtysek (University of Warsaw), How exceptional was Early - Modern Jewish Family. In Search of the Jewish Family System.

Anat Vaturi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Blurred Lines: Jewish Cross Regional Legal Practices in Old Poland

Tomasz Wiślicz (Polish Academy of Sciences) “Sir" Zelman Wolfowicz and his Demesne: Jews in the Political Geography of Poland-Lithuanian Commonwealth in mid-18th Century

14.30 – 16.00 Lunch

16.00 – 17.30

Oren Roman (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) Minhag Frankfurt Outside Frankfurt

Lucia Raspe ( Goethe University Frankfurt/Jewish Museum Berlin) Migration, Printing and Emergence of Liturgical Regions in Early Modern Ashkenaz

Sarit Cofman Simhon (Kibbutzim College) Performing Purimspil in the Early Modern Yiddishland.

17.30 – 18.00 Closing remarks

Organizations Institutions

German Historical Institute Warsaw

Institute of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University of Kraków

Institute of History University of Warsaw

Concept and Organization

Dr hab. Anna Michałowska – Mycielska

Prof. dr hab Adam Kaźmierczyk

Dr Maria Cieśla

Conference Venue

6.11.2018 German Historical Institute Warsaw

Aleje Ujazdowskie 39

7.11.2018 University of Warsaw, Institute of History University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28

Contact: German Historical Institute Warsaw

Aleje Ujazdowskie 39

00-540 Warsaw

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