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On 19-22 November 2011, the Jewish Museum London was proud to host the annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM).
We were honoured to have Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett as keynote speaker on the opening day of the AEJM conference. This is an audio recording of the lecture that she delivered, entitled ‘Why do Jewish Museums Matter? An International Perspective’.
Barbara is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. She is currently Program Director for the Core Exhibition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is located on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. Her books include Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki), They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, which she coauthored with her father Mayer Kirshenblatt, and Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage.