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Understanding, Communicating and Negotiating Jewish Culture in 21st Century Europe:The Case of the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Polish city of Kraków is known for its culture and a wide range of festivals. One of these festivals is the Jewish Culture Festival. The festival was established in 1988 and by now is one of the biggest Jewish culture festivals worldwide. The festival lasts for about 10 days and consists of several kinds of events such as workshops, lectures, guided tours, concerts and parties.The thesis aimed to investigate the role of Jewish culture within the festival. The conducted research was led by the research question: How is the concept of Jewish culture understood, communicated and negotiated within the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków? This question was elaborated in relation to five focus points: the self-understanding of the festival, the festival’s relation to Israel, the subject(ivity) of the festival program, the relationship to Polish culture and the Holocaust. The thesis presents a case study with a two-sided methodological approach: a content analysis of the festival program brochures as well as semi-structured interviews with former and current organizers of the festival were conducted. The analysis centers on the organizers’ understanding and how it influences the format, visual language and message of the festival to its audience and other stakeholders. The thesis mainly pays attention to the last five editions of the festival, meaning from the 24th until the 28th festival edition.In all three parts of the research, understanding, communicating and negotiating Jewish culture, the personal sphere of the festival organizers was apparent and leading decisions. Further, the research showed that an open and inclusive understanding fostered an inclusive and participative event that to a certain extend can be seen as a strong actor in the Polish-Jewish relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Culture Festival, Jewish Culture, Polish-Jewish Relations, Jewish Spaces, Memory Activism, Identity
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392801DiVA, id: diva2:1349802
Subject / course
Euroculture
Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
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Available from: 2019-09-18 Created: 2019-09-10 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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