Jewish History and Culture of East Central Europe in the 19th-20th Centuries
Location: Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine
Date: July 2-27, 2012
The summer school strived to encourage interest in Ukraine's multi-cultural past, research in Jewish studies, and the formation of a group of young Ukrainian scholars united by common research interests. The school offered an excellent opportunity for deepening knowledge about Jewish history and culture of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, learning about the latest research, meeting and consulting with specialists from the leading circles of Jewish studies in Ukraine, Israel, and Poland.
Twenty applicants were accepted to the summer school (advanced students, graduate students, young researchers and teachers, museum curators, guides, and also journalists) from various cities throughout Ukraine.
Over four weeks the participants took three courses in the history of East Central European Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries, courses in traditional and modern Jewish culture, and a separate course on the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine. A 40-hour introductory language course in Yiddish gave participants a solid basis on which they can continue study of the language (in Yiddish programs offered throughout the world), as well as begin their own research in Jewish studies, which requires working with Yiddish-language archival sources.
Participants visited places connected with the history of the Jewish community and its heritage in Lviv, Brody, Zhovkva and other towns of western Ukraine. Also they visited Judaica collection at the Lviv Museum of the History of Religion, existing synagogues in Lviv, and film presentations.
- Dr. Vladimir Levin (Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). From Tradition to Modernity: The Jews of the Russian Empire in the 'Long' 19th Century (ukrainian version).
- Dr. Vasyl Rasevych (Senior Research Fellow, Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). Legal Emancipation of the Jews in the Habsburg Empire (1772-1914) (ukrainian version).
- Dr. Semion Goldin (Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The Jews of East Central Europe: Modernization and Nationalism in the 19th and 20th Centuries (ukrainian version).
- Dr. Joanna Lisek (Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw). Traditional Jewish Culture: People, Customs, Practises (ukrainian version).
- Dr. Joanna Lisek (Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw). Modern Yiddish Culture (ukrainian version)
- Dr. Joanna Lisek (Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw): Yiddish course
- Prof. Maksym Gon (Rivne State Humanitarian University). Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Galicia and Volhynia between World Wars I and II (ukrainian version).
- Mykhailo Tyaglyy (Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies). The Holocaust in Ukraine (ukrainian version).
For the summer school program see here.
Video of classes during the summer school
- Dr. Vladimir Levin. The Jewish Сommunity as an Integral part of a European City? Architectural Dialogue in the Capital of the Russian Empire (in Russian)
- Dr. Semyon Goldin. National Movements in East Central Europe in the 19th-early 20th Century and the "Jewish Question" (in Russian)
- Dr. Joanna Lisek. The role of Male in Jewish Traditional Culture: Childhood and Adolescence (in Polish)
- Dr. Joanna Lisek. The Significance of Kyiv in the Development of Modern Yiddish Culture, The Kultur-Lige and Kijew-Grupe. Kharkiv: Khana Levin as a Case of Women's Creativity in Yiddish (in Polish)
Upon successful completion of the summer school participants received certificates of the courses in Jewish History and Culture; upon passing an examination, certificates of successful completion of the 40-hour Yiddish language course (basic level).
For further information please contact the academic coordinator of Center Dr. Iryna Matsevko, tel. +38 032 275 17 34 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org