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2015-05-29

Virtual Shtetl at the Jagiellonian University

Yesterday, about 50 people, scholars from the leading Polish universities, listened to Krzysztof Bielawski’s presentation on the Virtual Shtetl project.

The presentation took place during the international academic conference “Inconvenient Cultural Heritage? The cultural heritage of the national, ethnic and religious minorities in the public space – myths, ideologies, de(re)constructions.”

The conference was organized in Krakow by the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture of the Jagiellonian University (UJ) and the Institute of Culture of the UJ in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy of the UJ, the Institute of the European Studies of the UJ and Facultatea de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine of the University of Bucharest.

It was a three-day conference. Quite a lot of place was devoted to the Jewish topics: the material heritage of Polish Jews and commemorating cemeteries and places connected with the Holocaust. There were several references to POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The POLIN Museum was represented by Krzysztof Bielawski. In his dissertation, he presented the idea of the Virtual Shtetl website and elaborated on the specific way of documenting the history of Jewish communities and the educational impact of the website in the context of combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Author: M. Służewski
Source: own information

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