“Legends on Blood” meeting

fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Meeting with Professor Joanna Tokarska-Bakir will offer a critical take on blood libels (i.e. supposed host desecration and Jews kidnapping Christian children) and consequences of such superstitions – both in the past and today. It will be an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the outcome of research on how legends on blood function in social consciousness.

During the meeting A Pole in the Wardrobe (Polak w szafie, 2007) will be screened. It is a film made by Artur Żmijewski after he had returned from fieldwork conducted in Sandomierz under Professor Tokarska-Bakir’s supervision. The film is an attempt on analyzing stories collected by the researchers. In the space created by Artur Żmijewski at the Centre for Contemporary Art students try to determine what should be done with Karol de Prevot’s painting from Sandomierz cathedral which portrays Jews performing the so-called ritual murder on Christian children.

We invite you to a post-screening discussion.

Professor Joanna Tokarska-Bakir – anthropologist of culture, literature scholar, researcher at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, author of (amongst others): Legendy o krwi. Antropologia przesądu (Legends on Blood. Anthropology of Prejudice) (2008) and Okrzyki pogromowe. Szkice z antropologii historycznej Polski 1939-1946 (Pogrom Screams. Outline of the Historical Anthropology of Poland 1939-46) (2012). Currently Professor Tokarska-Bakir, Maria Curie Scholarship holder (2013-15), is researching a project on postwar pogroms in Central and Eastern Europe at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Princeton University.

April 12, 2014, 5 pm, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, admission is free.


The “Own-Alien-Other” cycle is being realized as part of the “Jewish Cultural Heritage” project, “Faces of Diversity” component.

With the support of the Norwegian Grants and the EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.,

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