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Parkes Lecture 2016 Event

15 March 2016
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of the Parkes Institute seminar/events programme 2015/2016 Delivered by Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

'Curating Between Hope and Despair: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews'

Are Jewish museums in Europe today Holocaust museums by another name? Is it possible to recover a thousand-year history of Jewish life in the very places where millions of Jews perished? This is the challenge for Jewish museums in Europe today. This talk will explore these questions through the unique perspective of the newest of the, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which opened its multimedia narrative exhibition a journey of a thousand years, in October 2014.

Biography :

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is distinguished University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt), and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler).

She was honoured for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from the President of Poland. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Vienna Jewish Museum, Berlin Jewish Museum, and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.


This lecture will be chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden.

James Parkes
Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Speaker information

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett,New York University,Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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