Institute of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University
Contact detailsul. Józefa 19
Tel: +48 12 427 59 18
Tel: +48 12 4275918
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Head of Department/Director
Prof. Dr. hab. Edward Dąbrowa
+48 12 4275918
Awards degrees in Jewish Studies as a sole or major component
Offers courses in Jewish Studies
Provides supervision in Jewish studies for students working towards a research degree
There is a Jewish Studies library
Main research activities
The goals of the Institute of Jewish Studies (likewise in the past the Research Center for Jewish History and Culture in Poland and the Department of Jewish Studies) are: cataloguing and publishing the sources of the Jewish history and culture in Poland, organizing and leading the interdisciplinary research on various aspects of Jewish culture (religion, Jewish languages, literature, art and architecture, sociology and ethnology), publication of retrospective and contemporary bibliography of Polish publications in the field of Jewish studies. Holocaust and post-Holocaust studies as well as research on anti-Semitism have become important part of the Institute’s work. The significant role of the faculty is to educate new researchers and teachers to develop Jewish studies, but also to support the initiatives, which promote Polish-Jewish and Christian-Jewish dialogue.
The Institute of Jewish Studies is the only such institute in Poland pioneering new academic discipline named in Polish ‘judaistyka’ (Jewish Studies, Judaic Studies) and offering the whole range of programs for local and foreign students. Starting already during the academic year 2000/2001 the Institute offered regular five years MA program, that was later changed to BA (3 years) and MA (2 years) curriculum in Jewish studies.
The program of Jewish studies at the Jagiellonian University covers the history of Jews from the biblical time till today with a special interest in the history of the Jews in the Diaspora; the history of Judaism, Jewish thought, Jewish culture and literature and obligatory courses in Yiddish and modern Hebrew. Currently there are over 150 undergraduate and graduate students at the Institute of Jewish Studies. The faculties at the Institute of Jewish Studies supervise also almost twenty PhD students.
The Institute offers courses in Polish and English, it also accepts students from abroad as part of various international cooperation programs and scholarships. Beside BA and MA majors in Jewish studies, the Institute offers professional training for local teachers, museum curators, tourist guides and all the BA and MA graduates who want to extend their knowledge in the field of Jewish history, cultural heritage and literature. The Institute’s scholars also offer the variety of individual lectures and presentation series for international programs – both during the academic year and as part of the summer schools and projects.
The Institute of Jewish Studies cooperates with many universities and institutions in Poland and abroad. Among the local institutions the Institute has special arrangements of educational and research cooperation with the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Galicia Jewish Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Jewish Community in Krakow and Jewish Community Center (JCC Krakow).
As international cooperation is concerned the Institute of Jewish Studies is proud of academic relations with Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, University College London and European Association of Jewish Studies as well as Israeli Embassy in Warsaw, US Consulate General in Krakow and the Association of Krakovians in Israel. The Institute has also several bilateral cooperation agreements with European universities within the frame of Erasmus Program.
Owing to the Polish and international scholarships the faculties and students of the Institute of Jewish Studies could study and do their research at various European, Israeli and American universities – both following academic cooperation agreements and programs such as Fulbright or Erasmus.