[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements--Call for papers: Global Yiddish Culture in 1938-1948 (April, 2015)

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July 6, 2014

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From: Anna Shternshis <ANNA.SHTERNSHIS at utoronto.ca>

Date: June 27, 2014

*Global Yiddish Culture in 1938 – 1948*

8th Annual Symposium of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

*University of Toronto, April 20-21, 2015*

*Call for Papers*

In 1926 Yiddish writer Dovid Bergelson suggested that Yiddish culture had
three centers: Poland, 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 seized to exist.  By 1943,
Uzbekistan, Kirgistan, Tadjikistan, 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
each other and in close contact with their counterparts in United States.
By 1943, when the majority of world’s Yiddish speakers were murdered,
Yiddish civilization went through the radical transformation and became the
culture of guilt-driven resisters, fighters and survivors.

The interdisciplinary symposium *“Global Yiddish Culture in 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 both in
discussing works by individual authors or institutions (Yiddish theaters,
concert groups, newspapers and more) as well as issues of public Yiddish
culture, relationship between war-torn governments and Yiddish activists,
challenges and achievement of the Yiddish press in the Soviet Union and in
United States, state of Yiddish culture in Palestine and South America. Of
special interests are papers on transnational nature of Yiddish
civilization of the period, as well as submissions that deal with the
questions of relationship between wartime Yiddish and Russian, English,
Spanish, Polish-language Jewish cultures.

Papers presented at the symposium will be considered for a publication in a
special issue of *East European Jewish Affairs *(subject to additional

The symposium will take place on April 20-21, 2015 at the University of
Toronto. It is The 8th Annual Symposium of the Department of Germanic
Languages and Literatures, generously co-sponsored by the Centre for Jewish
Studies and Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies.

To participate in the symposium please send a title, 200-250 words paper
proposal and one-page CV by September 16, 2014 to
anna.shternshis at utoronto.ca

You will be notified about the status of your proposal by October 1, 2014.

The organizers hope to be able to cover travel expenses for participants.

*The organizing committee:*

Professor Doris Bergen (History, University of Toronto)

Professor Jeffrey Kopstein (Political Science, University of Toronto)

Professor Anna Shternshis (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
and Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Toronto)


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