History from below: Microhistorical Approaches to the History of East European Jewry


Mo. 04.07.2022 | 09:00 -
Di. 05.07.2022 | 17:00 Uhr
Dr. Gintarė Malinauskaitė
Prof. Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

International conference

History from below:
Microhistorical Approaches to the History of East European Jewry

July 4 and 5, 2022, Vilnius

Vilnius University, Faculty of History, auditorium 211


MONDAY 4  July

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:30- 11:00 Panel 1 – Anti-Jewish Violence in Eastern Europe

Chair/ Discussant: Vladimir Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Taro Tsurumi (University of Tokyo), “The Carrying Over of the Memory of Pogroms into Palestine in the 1920s and 1930s.”

Darius Staliūnas (Lithuanian Institute of History) “Slobodka Pogrom of 1929 from the Microhistorical Perspective“

Aivaras Poška (Vilnius University and Institute of Lithuanian History), “How the Khmelnitsky Uprising affected the Jewish-Christian relations? Case of 17th-Century Dubno”

11:00 – 11:30 Break and Coffee

11:30-13:00 Panel 2 – Elites and Education: Micro-Histories of Integration

Chair/   Discussant: Elly Schainker (Emory College of Arts and Sciences)

Alex Valdman (The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University) “Secondary Schools and the Roots of Provincial Civil Activism in Imperial Russia”

Anna Engelking (Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences), Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute and University of Wroclaw) “Joachim/Chaim Chajes: A Case Study in the Intellectual History of the Jewish-Polish Frontier”

Mikołaj Wojciechowski (University of Wroclaw), “Candles, Processions, and the Brotherhoods. The Case of Czempiń at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century.”

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Panel 3 –Society, Economy and Everyday Life

Chair/   Discussant: Jurgita Verbickienė (Vilnius University)

Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) “Once again: Jews and the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages”

Ruth Leiserowitz (German Historical Institute Warsaw /Humboldt University Berlin) “What Files Tell about Jewish Everyday Life in the First Half of the 19th Century (The Examples of Sudargas and Vištytis)”

Maria Cieśla (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science), New Wine in Old Bottles. Can Microhistory Enrich our Knowledge about the Jewish-Christian Relations in the 17th Century?

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00- 17:30 Online Panel 4 – New Micro-Historical Perspectives on East-European Jewish History

Chair/ Discussant: Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Moshe Rosman (Bar-Ilan University), “How Much Did It Cost to Get Married in 16th Century Krakow?”

Glenn Dynner (Sarah Lawrence College), “Bursting the Bubble: Inter- and Intra-religious Tensions in Lublin after the First World War”

Anna Kushkova (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Micro-History at the Juncture of Oral Interviews and Archival Documents: a Case Study of one Jewish “Entrepreneur.”

17:30- 19:00 Visiting the Exhibition “German street” at Vilnius City Museum

19:00   Dinner


9:30 – 11:00 Panel 5- Family, Violence, Gender: Reflections on Social History

Chair/  Discussant: Ruth Leiserowitz (German Historical Institute Warsaw /Humboldt University Berlin)

Gintarė Malinauskaitė (German Historical Institute in Warsaw) “Representations of Childhood in the Jewish Memoirs in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Empire”

Julija Levin (Tel Aviv University), “Violence Against Jewish Women in 19th Century Vilna”

Saulė Valiūnaitė (Vilnius University), “Voicing Female Experience in Vilne. The Case of Dveira Dines”

11:00-11:30 Break and Coffee

11:30- 13:30 Panel 6 –  Jewish Spaces: Community and Society    

Chair/ Discussant: Alex Valdman (The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University)

Vladimir Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Microhistory in a Giant Land: Synagogues in Siberia and the Myth on Siberian Jewry”

Jurgita Verbickienė (Vilnius University) “Who, lived where, and how?  Residents of the second half of 18th Century Vilnius Jewish Quarter and their Neighbors”

Martynas Jakulis (Vilnius University), “Conversion, and Thereafter: Jewish Converts in Eighteenth-Century Vilnius”

13:30- 14:00 Closing remarks

14:00- 15:00 Lunch and visiting of Vilnius University St. John’s Church tower  

16:00 Visiting the exhibition “Fraynt fun YIVO. Vilnius YIVO Institute and the Interwar Jewish World” based on the Judaica collection of Martynas Mažvydas National Library and presentation of the National Library Collections.


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