Conference News: Book Launch Announcement

We are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Rutgers University Press, we will be hosting a book launch reception for our Keynote Speaker, Professor Daniel J. Walkowitz, on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th September. Professor Walkowitz is Emeritus Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Professor of History at New York University who, in nearly a dozen books, many articles and four films for public television, has worked to bring America’s past to both academic and broad public audiences.

Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States will be released by Rutgers University Press in September 2018. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear the stories that inspired the book at the launch reception on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th September, after the final sessions of the day.


Heritage tourism is booming, and Jewish heritage tourism is a major part of it. If you are preparing such a trip or fascinated with the politics of development tourism  — what gets memorialized and what does not — Jewish Heritage as Remembered and Forgotten may confirm, surprise or even anger you – but it will always fascinate.  Who is a Jew?  Whose stories get told? And who decides?  Raising these perennial questions of Jewish identity, the author combines his professional and personal backgrounds as a social historian and child of Jewish radicals, in a search for the history of Jewish socialism in heritage tourism, a history that Jewish scholars have lamented as lost to abiding foci on the Holocaust.

Jewish Heritage, draws on the author’s personal history to interweave in a compelling narrative the stories and expectations visitors bring on their heritage travels.  It takes readers on a tour of major sites of Jewish heritage across nine major cities and two villages in Central and Eastern Europe with long histories of Jewish settlement.  Jewish heritage cities with robust tourist programs, such as Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Lviv and Budapest, as well as cities of Kiev, Belgrade, Lodz and Bucharest with less developed heritage programs.  Additional chapters bring readers to London and New York, too, both cities with vital histories of the Jewish diaspora and advanced programs in public history of that past.  Comprehensive summaries of Jewish history in each city are juxtaposed against the history one hears and sees at the often new, major Jewish museums, on commercial walking tours and at memorial sites. What are the engines that fuel the dominant narrative of Holocaust tourism, what has been the impact of post-1989 development tourism in post-communist Eastern Europe, and finally, to what extent has the recent emergence of a New Jewish History changed the story?

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