May 17, 2012
Associate Professor Genevieve Zubrzycki has been named the Steelcase Research Professor faculty fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of Michigan Institute for Humanities.
During her fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities, she will be working on her project "Stretching the Symbolic Boundaries of the Nation: Jewish Renaissance and 'Philo-Semitism' in Contemporary Poland." This project investigates various forms of Jewish-centered enterprises and practices, and analyzes the different meanings they hold for the Jewish and non-Jewish actors and institutions engaged in them. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, archival research and interviews, she shows how the revival of Jewish culture in Poland is part of broader process of redefinition of national identity and the building of pluralism in that society.