Diana Sacilowski

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The title of Diana's research project is: Strategies of Silence: Representations of Jewish Poles in Polish Literature since the 1980s

Diana writes: 

In this project, I examine instances of silence in Polish cultural texts since the eighties that deal with Poland’s Jewish history. Specifically, I analyze how they are used to depict Jewish characters, whether they complicate stereotypes regarding Jewish Poles, and how, and if, they re-signify the conception of Jews in Polish culture. I demonstrate that these silences function as an ethico-political strategy that, while not unproblematic, frames the abstract concept of “the Jew” as a personal subject and expands notions of community and identity in affective ways.