Objects and People: Symposium on life & death among things

Date / Time

May 3, 2019 - May 3, 2019

All Day


Please join us for this one-day symposium organized by the faculty and graduate students in Polish studies, including Fulbright Visiting Professor Katarzyna Bojarska.

Panel 1 – the world in an object 10.00-12.00
Krzysztof Pijarski – Perpetual Inventory. Zofia Rydet Archiving the World
Agata Zborowska – Between Hostility and Hospitality: The Life of Things in Post-War Poland
Katarzyna Bojarska – An Object that Wasn’t There: the Unthinkable History of a Monument to Female Victims of Majdanek

Lunch break 12.00-13.00

Panel 2 – words and objects 1.00-3.00
Michał Paweł Markowski – “The Most Beautiful Object Is the One Which Doesn’t Exist”: Herbert and Miłosz On Things, Modern Art and Nothingness.
Karen Underhill – Renegade Objects: On Sholem Aleichem’s 1905 Stempenyu as lieu de mémoire
Andrzej Brylak – Leo Lipski’s Theory of Subjectivity: The Abyss of the Sea – Where People are Dying…or Not

Coffee & snack break 3.00-3.30

Keynote Lecture 3.45-5.45
Erica Lehrer – Awkward Objects of Genocide: Vernacular arts, ethnographic museums, and Holocaust bystander memory in Poland

View the full program including presenter bios.

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