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"Catholicism, Secularism and the Jewish Revival in Contemporary Poland: A Sociological Analysis"

Abstract

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 the development of their interest in Jewishculture and in Poland’s Jewish past. This interest is visible in the mushrooming of festivals of Jewish culture, the renewed popularity of klezmer music, the dramatic proliferation of Judaica bookstores and Jewish restaurants, new museums and memorials, the emergence of Jewish studies programs, and artists’ and intellectuals’ engagements with Poland’s Jewish past and Polish-Jewish relations.  Professor Zubrzycki shows how this multi-pronged phenomena is related to a broader process of secularization Polish national identity and the building of pluralism in contemporary Poland.

Bio

Geneviève Zubrzycki is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, where she is Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and the Director of the Copernicus Program Polish Studies. She served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s section on the Sociology of Culture and is currently co-editor of the journal Comparative Studies in History and Society, published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Zubrzycki studies national identity and religion; collective memory and mythology; and the debated place of religious symbols in the public sphere. Most of her scholarship is on the Polish and Québécois cases. Her award-winning book, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press, 2006), was translated into Polish (Nomos, 2014) and she has recently published Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Her edited a volume entitled National Matters: Nationalism, Materiality, and Culture, which will appear in May 2017 with Stanford University Press.  She is now pursuing her work on religion and symbolic boundary-making in Poland in a third monograph on theon-going Jewish revival in Poland and non-Jewish Poles’ interest in all things Jewish.

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