2021 Warsaw 08th to 10th October

1st International Interdisciplinary Seminar

Our first seminar with the topic “Memory Dialogues on Antisemitism and Racism” was held in October 2021 at the Polin Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

The cooperation about interdisciplinary and international seminars has been established between the Polin Museum, Falstad Centre, Volda University College, Freie Universität Berlin, SWPS Wroclaw, University of Warsaw and Hamburg Media School in 2019, when we just finished a students workshop in Riga and Sztutowo. Due to the worldwide Corona restrictions in the years 2019-2021, the plans for our cooperation were both postponed and adjusted. The decision to finally start this project in 2021 was made with the Corona regulations still around, therefore, our first official seminar took place in Warsaw with all the involved experts, but without students. We decided to use this seminar for planning the students activities in 2022 and 2023 carefully. We invited guest speakers, visited exhibitions and had many relevant discussions around the seminar topic “Memory Dialogues on Antisemitism and Racism”.

The main goals were to get to know each other, to familiarize participants with the methods and resources of the POLIN Museum related to antisemitism, prejudice and discrimination, to create a space to discuss the seminar for students in 2022 and 2023 and to learn about current research and projects on antisemitism from Germany, Norway and Poland.

DAY 1 [Friday] We started with short presentations of all participants, before guides and teachers from the POLIN Museum presented their activities and experiences in their programs on antisemitism, prejudice and anti-discrimination (K. Dąbrowska, M. Jastrząb, M. Koszyńska). In the afternoon, we visited the temporary exhibition “Wilhelm Sasnal: such a landscape” (guided tour by K.Jankowska), before a discussion on a publication from the seminar lead by the Falstad Center rounded up the official part of day 1.

DAY 2 [Saturday] Visiting the main exhibition along the anti-Judaist / anti-Semitic theme (guided tour by D. Mańka-Wizor), followed by a meeting with a curator of a gallery from the postwar period. After a lunch break, Professor M. Bilewicz presented the Center for Research on Prejudice (CBnU) and gave us an update on the research on antisemitism in European context. Thereafter, we were presented Hejtstop’s activities in Poland and Europe, followed by a discussion with all participants.

DAY 3 [Sunday] We summarized this seminar, and for the rest of the day before everybody´s departure, we discussed and planned the student´s seminars in 2022 and 2023.