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ECEC: Eastern European Towns in the Context of Networking Memory Research: A Comparative Analysis of Sniatyn and Opatow

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Room (1219)

Please join the Polish and Ukrainian Studies Programs in welcoming Dr. Olga Linkiewicz of the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Dr. Linkiewicz's research deals with contemporary socio-cultural changes, referred to in the literature as a "time of transition," which have transformed the notion of ethnographic fieldwork. The new virtual, dematerialized, and digitized environment has created a situation in which visual and verbal memory representations are available on a massive, unprecedented scale. Both individual and collective memory practices are currently flourishing areas of social production, offering researchers almost unlimited access to private collections and new opportunities for more detailed and insightful examination of traditional areas of study.  Dr. Linkiewicz's research addresses these and other issues through a comparative analysis of two Eastern European towns, Sniatyn and Opatow, which before the Second World War were home to multicultural communities. The first is now situated in western Ukraine; the community concerned was Ukrainian-Jewish-Polish. The second is in southern Poland; the community was predominantly Jewish and Polish.