Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and the Jews of East Central Europe

Location: 1051 Budapest (V.), Nádor utca 9.


Sunday, May 27

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Michael Stanislawski, Columbia University
Jewish Cosmopolitanism and Universalism in East Central Europe: Is There a Difference?


Monday, May 28

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cosmopolitanism before Modernity?

François Guesnet, University of Potsdam


Magda Teter, Wesleyan University
Transnationalism and Jewish History: Premodern Cosmopolitans from Below

Pawel Maciejko, Hebrew University
The Adventurers and the Cosmopolitans: Wolf Eibeschütz, Jacob Frank and Giacomo Casanova

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Cosmopolitans and Patriots in the Age of Empires

Chair: David Assaf, Tel Aviv University


Michael Miller, Central European University
Revolutionaries in Exile: Jewish 1848ers and their International Networks

Michael Silber, Hebrew University
Ignatz Einhorn-Ede Horn: Skeptical Nationalist and Rooted Cosmopolitan

Alexei Miller, Central European University & Russian Academy of Sciences
Beyond Nationalism? The Jews of the Romanov Empire and Their Strategies for Incorporation into Gentile Society


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cosmopolitanism and Capitalism

Chair: Marcin Wodziñski, Wroclaw University


Ela Bauer, Haifa University
Jan Gottlieb Bloch: Polish Citizen, Russian Statesman, European Scholar and Jewish Cosmopolitan

Paul Lerner, University of Southern California
Circulation and Representation: The ‘Jewish Department Store’ and Cosmopolitan Consumption in Germany, 1890s-1930s

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Coffee break


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
National Languages and Transnational Ideologies

Chair: Daniel Monterescu, Central European University


Louise Hecht, University of Klagenfurt
Hebrew Poetry Transcending National Ideologies: The Rezeptionsgeschichte of Rachel Mopurgo, 1790-1871

Shai Ginsburg, Duke University
‘In a Heavily Screeching Cart I Travel to a Foreign Land’: The Poetics of David Vogel

Irene Silverblatt, Duke University
Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger and the Lure of Czernowitzer Cosmopolitanism


Tuesday, May 29


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Beyond Elites? Transnationalism and Popular Culture

Chair: Frank Stern, University of Vienna

Nils Roemer, University of Texas at Dallas
Longing and Belonging in Modern Jewish Traveling Cultures

Sarah Wobick, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Praying to Goethe, and Other Misadventures of Three Jewish Childhoods in Breslau

Mary Gluck, Brown University
The Jewish Joke and Popular Urban Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Budapest

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coffee break


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Fateful Triangle: Revolution, Cosmopolitanism, Antisemitism

Chair: Attila Pok, Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Scott Ury, Tel Aviv University
A Bundist Thermidor? Reconfiguring Time and Community in Early Twentieth Century East Central Europe

Semion Goldin, Hebrew University
The Image of 'Jewish Cosmopolitanism' in Late Nineteenth Century Nationalist Thought in Eastern Europe

Eliza Ablovatski, Kenyon College
The 1919 Revolutions in Central Europe and the ‘Judeo-Bolshevik’ Conspiracy Theory



3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Imagining “the Jews” in Post-War Europe

Chair: Mária Kovács, Central European University


Raphael Vago, Tel Aviv University
The Unexpected Cosmopolitans: Romania’s Jewry facing the Communist System

Audrey Kichelewski, Paris I University, Sorbonne
Imagining “the Jews” in Communist Poland: Traditional and New Prejudices, 1945-1968

Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
From Ethnicity to Internationalism to Cosmopolitanism – and Back

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Coffee break


5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Cosmopolitanism and/in the Jewish State

Chair: Derek Penslar, University of Toronto


Israel Bartal, Hebrew University
Jewish Historians Imagine their Nation

Malachi Hacohen, Duke University
'The Strange Fact that the State of Israel Exists': Cold War Liberals between Cosmopolitanism and Jewish Nationalism