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  1. Type: Fellowships
    Deadline: 19-05-2019
    Location: Warsaw, Poland
    Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
    Fellowships

    GEOP Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates

    POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is offering three month doctoral fellowships and five month postdoctoral fellowships, which will begin in January 2020.

    Successful doctoral candidates will receive a grant of $6,000 USD and post-doctoral candidates will receive $10,000 which will be paid in Polish zlotys. The program is financed through the Global Education Outreach Program, thanks to the support of Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute.

    The program’s goal is to support research in the field of the history and culture of Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the countries at present within its borders. It aims at stimulating the development and expansion of the group of scholars specializing in this subject. Priority will be given to research that requires using collections of source materials kept in Warsaw.

    Participants of the program will be able to make use of the resources of the POLIN Museum and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute: the POLIN core exhibition and the POLIN collection, the Resource Center and the library of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, as well as of the archive, library and collection of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. They will also be able to visit all other institutions in Warsaw that hold archival and book collections.

    Program participants will be able to:
    Consult with a mentor from the POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute or any other academic center in Poland on their project.
    Participate in the full program of lectures, workshops and conferences organized at the POLIN Museum and in the Jewish Historical Institute.
    They will be obliged to:
    Conduct research primarily in the archives and libraries of Warsaw.

    Requirements

    Doctoral candidates may apply for a 3-month long stay, and postdoctoral candidates for a 5-month long stay. Fluency in English is required, as well as at least passive knowledge of the languages necessary to conduct the research that a candidate intends to pursue during tenure of the fellowship. People engaged in all academic fields related to the history of Polish Jews may participate in the project.

    Doctoral candidates from the United States and Canada must hold ABD status. Those from Europe, Israel and elswhere should have no more than two years left of their doctoral studies.

    Postdoctoral candidates should be scholars who obtained their PhD within the past 5 years ago, or 7 years if a candidate had a child after receiving a doctoral degree and/or took maternity leave.

    Applicants should fill in the application form - for doctoral candidates download here: https://www.polin.pl/en/system/files/attachments/application_form_phd.docx ; for post-doctoral candidates download here: https://www.polin.pl/en/system/files/attachments/application_form_post-doc.docx . All documents should be in English and in PDF format and should be sent to the email address: geopfellowship@polin.pl.

    Two letters of reference are required, to be sent directly by the referee to the email address: geopfellowships@polin.pl. Members of the selection committee (listed below) must not act as referees. Only two letters of reference will be considered.

    People shortlisted by the committee will be invited for an interview (via skype). The list of fellowship winners will be announced on the basis of these interviews, which will be conducted in English and will concern the project that the shortlisted candidates plan to fulfill during their research fellowship.

    Applications should be submitted between 1 March 2019 – 19 May 2019
    Interviews will be held in the second half of June 2019
    The final results will be announced on 28 June 2019 at the earliest
    Research fellowships can commence in January 2020, and must be completed no later than 15 December 2020
    For more information please contact us at: geopfellowships@polin.pl.

    The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.
  2. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 31-05-2019
    Location: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    Conference

    Biographies and Politics: Involvement of Jews and Activists of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th and 20th Century Poland

    We would like to invite you to propose papers for the international conference:

    Biographies and Politics: Involvement of Jews and Activists of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th- and 20th- Century Poland.

    The conference is jointly organized by the POLIN Museum and the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies of the University of Oxford, and the University College London.

    The aim of the conference is to outline the actual involvement of Jews and activists of Jewish origin in the leftist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries from the perspective of individual motivations, ideological choices and personal biographies.

    For more detailed CFP please see: https://www.polin.pl/en/biographies-and-politics-conference


    We especially invite scholars focusing on biographical research on Jews and activists of Jewish origin in leftist movements in 19th and 20th century Poland.

    Possible questions to be addressed might be:

    - Was being Jewish an important factor in choosing a specific political path?
    - Which other factors led Jews and people of Jewish origin to affiliate with a particular political group?
    - How did their leftist involvement influence their attitude towards imperial settings, occupying powers, internationalist movements, as
    well as Poland and Polish identity?
    - How did they assess their leftist engagement later in their lives?

    Proposed issues:

    - Biographies: individual and collective paths of Jewish leftists, circumstances of social and political involvement in leftist movements and organizations, self-perceptions, alternatives to leftist engagement, entangled ideologies (e.g. leftists Zionists), generational transmission of ideologies;
    - Methodologies: biographical approach, gender history, oral history, and others;
    - Ideologies: attractive leftists ideas for Polish Jews (socialism, communism, labor Zionism etc.);
    - Historical culture and politics of history: Perceptions and instrumentalizations of “Jewish” leftist biographies.


    The deadline for submitting the proposals is 31 May 2019.

    The conference is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.

    The conference was made possible thanks to the support of Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

    Contact Info:

    geopconference@polin.pl

    https://www.polin.pl/en/biographies-and-politics-conference
  3. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 30-06-2019
    Location: Warsaw
    Organiser: Warsaw Ghetto Museum, Polish Association for Jewish Studies
    Conference

    The Beginning of Nazi Occupation: Patterns of Continuity and Changes in Jewish and Polish Life, 1939-1941

    Contact details:

    E-mail: conference2019@1943.pl
    The conference marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II and the beginning of the Nazi occupation in Poland. It will deal with all aspects of the changes that took place in Jewish and Polish life during the first period of the Nazi occupation, as well as continuities in both communities. The purpose is to discuss a wide range of issues from all possible disciplines in order to characterize the formative year of the German occupation in Poland, its influence on Jewish and Polish life in the following years, as well as encounters between the two nations during this time.


    The interdisciplinary conference will reflect a full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current studies of the Holocaust and of the Nazi occupation in Poland. We invite applications (and encourage young scholars to apply) from all fields and disciplines (history, sociology, economics, psychology, cultural studies, gender studies, to mention but a few) and from countries all over the world.
    Examples of possible topics:
    - Life under siege: Warsaw, September-October 1939;
    - Facing violence: the first Jewish and Polish encounters with Nazi terror;
    - Family life and other aspects of everyday life during the initial period of the occupation;
    - Making a living: Jews and Poles;
    - Patterns of adjustment;
    - Jewish and Polish life in cities, small towns and rural areas;
    - Polish anti-Jewish manifestations and violence;
    - The social, economic and urban implications of the ghettoization process;
    - The Polish underground and the Jews;
    - The attitude of the Catholic Church towards the occupation and ghettoization;
    - Non-Jewish national minorities and the occupier: Roma, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Greek Catholics and others;
    - Going underground: cultural life.
    The organizers will cover the cost of accommodation (three nights) in Warsaw during the conference. Flight tickets for participants from outside Poland (economy class) and train tickets for participants from Poland will be reimbursed.

    Applicants should submit:
    1. A short curriculum vitae (one-page max.) including name, address, e-mail, and telephone number.
    2. Paper title and abstract (approx. 500 words, two pages max. in English).
    The application deadline is June 30, 2019. Answers will be sent by August 31, 2019.
    Languages of the conference: English and Polish with simultaneous translation.
    Applications should be sent to: conference2019@1943.pl

    For more information, please contact:
    Prof. Daniel Blatman: dblatman@1943.pl
    Prof. Konrad Zieliński: kzielinski@1943.pl

    Organizing Committee:
    Prof. Daniel Blatman (Warsaw Ghetto Museum/Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    Prof. Stephan Lehnstaedt (Touro College Berlin)
    Dr hab. Magdalena Ruta (Polish Association for Jewish Studies/Jagiellonian University)
    Dr Małgorzata Pakier (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity)
    Prof. Konrad Zieliński (Warsaw Ghetto Museum/UMCS Lublin)
    Prof. Andrzej Żbikowski (Jewish Historical Institute)

    Warsaw Ghetto Museum
    Polish Association for Jewish Studies
    In collaboration with:
    European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
    Touro College Berlin

    You can download the CfP here: https://enrs.eu/uploads/media/cfp_beginning_of_nazi_occupation.pdf