Organized by Eugene Avrutin and Yvonne Kleinmann

March 5-6, 2013 - Levis Faculty Center

March 5 10:00-10:30 - Breakfast

10:30-11:00 - Welcome by Eugene M. Avrutin (University of Illinois) and Yvonne Kleinmann (University of Leipzig)

11:00-12:30 - Entangled Lives // Mark D. Steinberg (University of Illinois)
David Frick (University of California, Berkeley) “Conflict and Peace in Seventeenth-Century Wilno: Sources of Dispute and Modes of Resolution in a Diverse Early Modern Town”
Ellie Schainker (Emory University) “The Dangers of Confessional Intimacy: Conversion and Religious Violence in the Shtetls of Imperial Russia”

12:30-1:30 - Lunch 1:30-3:00 - Narratives and Representations // Dana Rabin (University of Illinois)
Lee Shai Weissbach (University of Louisville) “First-Hand Testimony: Menachem Mendel Frieden in Small-Town Eastern Europe” George Gasyna (University of Illinois) “Drochobycz, Drochobycz, and the Discontents of Palimpsest / Borderland Literature”

3:00-3:30 - Coffee

3:30-5:00 - Mobility and Innovation // Diane Koenker (University of Illinois)
Robert Nemes
(Colgate University) “The Swamp and the Small Town: Politics, Progress, and Power in Prewar Hungary”
Ilya Vinkovetsky (Simon Fraser University) “From Window on the East to a Provincial Backwater: Railroad Politics and the Demodernization of Kazan, 1850s-1890s”

5:30-7:00 - Reception at Levis Faculty Center

7:30 - CAS MillerCom Lecture at Spurlock Museum Introduction by Maria Todorova (University of Illinois)
Timothy Snyder (Yale University) “Brotherlands: A Family History of the European Nations” 

March 6

8:30-9:30 - Breakfast

9:30-11:30 - Politics and Power // Emanuel Rota (University of Illinois)
Curtis Murphy (University of Alaska) “Cooperation, Conflict, and Competition: Small Town Politics and Estate Interaction in the Eighteenth-Century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth”
Stefan Rohdewald (Passau University) “Relations between Communal Government and Civic Associations in Multi-Religious Towns: Polock in a European Context”
Dan Heller (University of Washington) “Taming of the Shtetl? Conflicting Visions of Jewish Political Mobilization in Small Town Interwar Poland / Zionism in the Shtetl”

11:30-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-2:30 - Networks // David Cooper (University of Illinois)
Joshua Teplitsky (Oxford University) “Commerce and Conflict in the Trade of Citrons in Eighteenth-Century Bohemia”
Eric Goldstein (Emory University) “Beyond the ‘Shtetl’: Networks of Kinship Among Small-Town Jews in Lithuania and their Diaspora”
Olga Linkiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences) “Multicultural Towns in Interwar Poland from the Perspective of Networking Memory Research”

2:30-2:45 - Coffee

2:45-3:15 - Final Thoughts

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Research Group Pathways of Law in Ethno-Religiously Mixed Societies (funded by the German Research Foundation at Leipzig University)

Department of Anthropology • Department of History • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures • Department of Sociology • European Union Center • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities • Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies • Department of Geography • Spurlock Museum • INTERSECT Initiative Cultures of Law in Global Contexts

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