The interdisciplinary symposium “Global Yiddish Culture, 1938 – 1948”

Країна: Канада

Місто: Toronto

Тези до: 16.09.2014

Дати: 20.04.15 — 21.04.15

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Організатори: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures University of Toronto


In 1926 Yiddish writer Dovid Bergelson suggested that Yiddish culture had three centers: Poland, the Soviet Union and United States. Between 1939 and 1941, this geography radically changed. While New York remained a Yiddish centre, Polish and most European Soviet ones ceased to exist.  By 1943, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and South Siberia became the new centers of Yiddish culture. Yiddish writers, actors, artists, activists, musicians, and poets from around the world found themselves in close proximity with one another and in close contact with their counterparts in the United States.  By 1943, when the majority of the world’s Yiddish speakers were murdered, Yiddish civilization went through a radical transformation and became the culture of guilt-driven resisters, fighters and survivors.

The interdisciplinary symposium “Global Yiddish Culture, 1938 – 1948” invites historians, literary scholars, sociologists, cinema and theatre scholars to think about the nature of Yiddish culture that developed during this difficult period in Jewish history. We are interested in discussing works by individual authors or institutions (Yiddish theaters, concert groups, newspapers and more) and in issues of public Yiddish culture, relationship between war-torn governments and Yiddish activists, challenges and achievements of the Yiddish press in the Soviet Union and in the United States, and the state of Yiddish culture in Palestine and South America. Of special interest are papers on the transnational nature of Yiddish civilization of the period, as well as submissions that deal with questions of the relationships between wartime Yiddish and Russian, English, Spanish, and Polish-language Jewish cultures.

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