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Monday, May 12, 2014
1:00 pm Registration and Lunch
2:00 pm Welcome and Greetings
Yael Zerubavel
, Director, Bildner Center
James Masschaele
, Acting Executive Vice Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers
2:15 pm Keynote Lecture
Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia, Sociology
Systems of Memory: Beyond the Matryoshka Doll
3:30 pm Break
3:45-5:30 pm

Contested Narratives and Nation-Building
Chair: Rudolph M. Bell, Rutgers, History

Matt Matsuda, Rutgers, History
Genealogies, Genetics, and recovered Pasts in the Pacific Context

Jonathan Gribetz, Rutgers, Jewish Studies and History
The Palestinian memory of Jewish Religious Reform

Jan Kubik, Rutgers, Political Science
Contested Memories of the Fall of Communism and Post-Communist Nation-Building

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm
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Evening Program

Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, Sociology
Jewish Revival in Contemporary Poland

Since the fall of Communism, Poland’s small Jewish communities have undergone a significant revival, a process occurring in tandem with non-Jewish Poles’ soul searching about their role in the Holocaust and Poland’s Jewish past. This interest is visible in the mushrooming of Festivals of Jewish culture throughout Poland, the renewed popularity of klezmer music, the dramatic proliferation of Judaica bookstores and Jewish restaurants, the governmental sponsorship of new museums and memorials, the emergence of Jewish studies programs, and the public centrality of artists’ and intellectuals’ engagements with Poland’s Jewish past and Polish-Jewish relations more broadly. What does Poland’s Jewish renaissance teach us about the politics of memory and identity formation, and the relationship between national identity and religion more broadly? Zubrzycki shows how the revival of Jewish culture in Poland is part of broader process of redefinition of Polish national identity and the building of pluralism in contemporary Poland.

The Raoul Wallenberg Annual Program
Supported by the Leon and Toby Cooperman Fund

This lecture is open to the public.
Location: Douglass Campus Center
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
8:15 am Breakfast
9:00-10:45 am

Mnemonic Battles: Trauma and After
Chair: Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, Rutgers, Anthropology

Thomas DeGloma, CUNY, Hunter College, Sociology
The Strategies and Tactics of Mnemonic Battle: Patterns in the Dynamics of Conflict Over the Past

Paul Schalow, Rutgers, Asian Languages and Cultures
Victimhood's Meaning and Materiality: Ruins as Memorial Sites in East Asia

Laura Cohen, Rutgers, Global Affairs
Memorial Sites as Centers for Public Memory, Space, and Healing: The Case for the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center and Cemetery to the Victims of the 1995 Genocide

10:45 am Break
11:00 am-12:45

Mapping Memory in Contested Sites
Chair: Michael Curry, UCLA, Geography

Natasha Zaretsky, Rutgers, Bildner Center, Aresty Visiting Scholar
Sites, Spaces, and Borders: The Politics of Body and Time in Democratic Argentina

Anita Bakshi, Rutgers, Center for Cultural Analysis
The Politics of Heritage: Cityscape and Nationalism

Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers, Jewish Studies and History
History and Space Metaphors: Contested Memories in Israeli Popular Culture
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:45 pm

The Predicament of Intimate Memories
Chair: Alisse Waterston, CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Anthropology

Ziva Galili, Rutgers, History
Inter-generational Reflections on Subject, Collective and Memory

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University, Folklore; Rutgers, Bildner Visiting Scholar
A Contestable Auto-ethnography of a Childhood on the Coast of the Baltic: Between the Litvaks and the Pollacks

Ethel Brooks, Rutgers, Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology
Fraught Intimacies: Entwined Histories of the (post) Holocaust
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Visual Memories
Chair: Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, Theatre Arts

Carol Zemel, York University, Art History; Rutgers, Bildner Visiting Scholar
Time Between Time: Early Visual Accounts/Narratives of the Shoah

Ken Aptekar, Independent Artist
“Jesus Christ is next door!” Progress Report on NACHBARN: an Exhibition by Ken Aptekar in Lubeck, Germany

Shelley Salamensky, UCLA/University of Louisville, Performance Studies/Humanities
“Jewface” and “Jewfaçade”: Cultural Re-enactment and Contested Memory in Poland, Spain, and Asian Russia
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm

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Evening Program

Mapping Ararat: Remembering an Imaginary Jewish Homeland
Melissa Shiff, University of Toronto, Art, and Louis Kaplan, University of Toronto, Art History

What if an autonomous Jewish homeland had been founded in 1825 on the Canadian-U.S. border?  Mapping Ararat stages an historical fiction using digital multimedia and geo-locational software including augmented reality in order to image and imagine Mordecai Noah's unrealized dream to transform Grand Island, New York in Ararat, a city of refuge for the Jews.  Through the creation of vernacular cultural artifacts and the staging of an on-site augmented reality walking tour, the project playfully summons the cultural memory of an imaginary Jewish homeland.   

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

8:15 am Breakfast
9:00-10:45 am Witnessing and Silences
Chair: Judith Gerson, Rutgers, Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies

Belinda Davis, Rutgers, History
Speaking Out, Holding Back:  Memory and the Mouth among West German Activists

Edna Lomsky-Feder, Hebrew University, Sociology & Anthropology, and Education
Orna Sasson-Levy, Bar Ilan University, Sociology & Anthropology
Testimony from a Gendered Perspective: Women Breaking the Silence as a Case Study

Hillel Cohen, Hebrew University, Middle Eastern Studies; New York University, Israel Studies
Massacres and Lynchings in 1929 Palestine: Who Remembers What and Why
10:45 am Break
11:00 am-12:45 pm Constructing Narratives of History and Memory
Chair: Alex Hinton, Rutgers Newark, Anthropology

Paul Hanebrink, Rutgers, History and Jewish Studies
The Problem of Jewish “Visibility” in the Central European Revolutions of 1919

Seth Anziska, Columbia University, History
Revisiting the 1982 Lebanon War: History, Memory and the Making of Akram Zaatari’s Letter to a Refusing Pilot

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, The New School, Sociology
Reconfiguring Memory Studies as Event Studies

1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:15 pm Roundtable: Memories and the Contours of the Past
Michael Levine, Rutgers, German and Comparative Literature
Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia, Sociology
Robin Wagner-Pacifici, The New School, Sociology
Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers, Sociology


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