The recipient of YIVO’s Dina Abramowicz Emerging Scholar Fellowship for 2013-2014, Karolina Szymaniak, is an Assistant Professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, where she also heads the Yiddish Culture Lab. Having earned her Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from the Jagiellonian University in Kazimierz, Poland, she also works as a researcher and translator in the field of Yiddish. Her research interests include modern Jewish literatures and cultures, the politics of memory, modernism and avant garde, and women’s and translation studies.
She is the editor-in-chief of Cwiszn (Tsvishn), a Polish language quarterly devoted to Yiddish arts and literature. Her book on the Polish-Yiddish modernist writer, Dvoyre Vogel, Przemiany poglądów estetycznych Debory Vogel (Agent of the Eternal Idea: The Changing Aesthetics of Debora Vogel) was published in 2006 in Poland, and she is editor and translator of Warszawska awangrarda jidysz (The Warsaw Yiddish Avant-Garde), a bilingual anthology of avant-garde Yiddish literature and Dialog poetów (Dialogue of Poets), a trilingual volume on Czesław Miłosz’s contacts with Avrom Sutzkever and other Jewish writers.
Entitled “Colonies of Yiddishland? (Ex)territorial Discourses in Yiddish Literary Criticism and the Politics of Modern Yiddish Culture,” Dr. Szymaniak’s project for the Dina Abramowicz Emerging Scholar Fellowship considers the complex relationships between language and geopolitical status within the context of Yiddish literary criticism and how Yiddish literature functioned as a diasporic, “exterritorial” cultural discourse.
She was interviewed by Eddy Portnoy.