About the Authors

Erica Lehrer is a cultural anthropologist and ethnographer interested in Polish-Jewish memory; post-Holocaust Jewish culture; heritage, museums, and tourism; and intercultural dialogue. Her forthcoming book, Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press, March 2013) explores the intersection of Polish and Jewish “memory projects” and the personal quests and encounters that inform them as they meet in the historical Jewish neighborhood of Krakow, Poland. Lehrer is an associate professor in the departments of History and Sociology/Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, where she also holds the Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Memory, Ethnography and Museology and directs the CEREV center. She is engaged in a variety of experiments exploring the use of alternative media and venues for disseminating the fruits of academic research.

Magdalena Waligórska
is a cultural historian dealing with the questions of Jewish heritage revival in Poland and Germany and the ways Jewish culture provides a space of encounter for Jews and non-Jews. She has published on the klezmer revival and representations of Jews in Polish and German popular culture, among other topics. She co-edited Cultural Representations of Jewishness at the Turn of the 21st Century (European University Press, 2010) and her book on the klezmer revival in Kraków and Berlin will be published in 2013. She is currently a Humboldt Fellow at the Free University in Berlin, where she is pursuing a project on the limits of translatability among different patterns of remembering Jews, with a particular focus on Jewish motifs in mutual translations of contemporary Polish and German literature.