Concordia University

Erica Lehrer, PhD

Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Canada Research Chair in Museum & Heritage Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Office: S-LB 1029-03 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5463
Website(s): CEREV - Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence

Dr. Lehrer holds the Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies, and is Director of CaPSL (the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab). Her ethnographic monograph "Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places" (Indiana 2013) was a finalist for both the American Jewish Book Awards and the Association for Jewish Studies Jordan Schnitzer Book Award.


B.A. Grinnell College (1992); M.A., Ph.D. (socio-cultural anthropology), and certificate in Museum Studies, University of Michigan (2005).

Selected Publications

Monographs & edited volumes

Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places, an ethnographic monograph that explores the cultural, social, and political stakes and stakeholders in Poland’s post-Communist Jewish heritage tourist industry. (University of Indiana Press, 2013).

Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions, an edited volume with Shelley Ruth Butler that considers the theoretical and methodological potential of having critics of museology propose exhibitions that respond to their own critiques. (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016).

Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland, an edited volume with Michael Meng that examines the issues of nostalgia, space, and pluralism in post-Communist Poland. (Indiana University Press, 2014).

Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places, an edited volume with Cynthia Milton and Monica Patterson that investigates organized, aesthetic interventions into difficult public memory in the form of exhibitions, monuments, and heritage preservation. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Recent academic articles & chapters

Public pedagogy and transnational, transcultural museums.” Poland and PolinNew Interpretations in Polish-Jewish Studies. (Eds.) Irena Grudzinska-Gross and Iwa Nawrocki. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016: 197-218.

“Cur(at)ing History: New Genre Art Interventions and the Polish-Jewish Past” (with Magdalena Waligórska). East European Politics, Societies, and Cultures vol. 27 no. 3, August 2013: 510-544.

“Relocating Auschwitz: Affective Relations in the Jewish-German-Polish Troika.” In: Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past. (Eds.) Kristin Kopp and Joanna Nizynska, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 213-238.

“Can there be a Conciliatory Heritage?” In: International Journal of Heritage Studies Vol. 16 (4-5), July-September, 2010: 269-288.

Exhibition catalogs

Lucky Jews / Na szczęście to Żyd. (249 pgs). Ha!art Press, Krakow, 2014.


“Thinking Through the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” American Quarterly. Volume 67, Number 4. December 2015. Pages 1195-1216.


“Czarno-Bialy Sprawiedliwy.” (“Black and White Righteous.”) Exhibition review: “The Righteous honoured in Krakow. Motives, attitudes, message.” Krytyka Polityczna. February 11, 2014.

Exhibitions & Installations (recent)

A Single Point Perspective / Punkt Zbieżny. Photographs by Soliman Lawrence, interviews by Stephanie Rowden. Galicia Museum, Kraków, Poland. June 26th –November 15, 2016

Souvenir, Talisman, Toy (Zabawka, Pamiątka, Talizman)
. Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, Poland. June-July, 2013.

odpowiedz…please respond. With graphic designer Hannah Smotrich & sound artist Stephanie Rowden. 18th annual Festival of Jewish Culture. Krakow, Poland. July 1-6, 2008.


Difficult Questions in Polish-Jewish Dialogue (Translated from Polish to English). (Eds) Kozlowski, Maciej, Andrzej Folwarczny, and Michal Bilewicz,  Warsaw, Poland, 2006: Jacek Santorski & Co.


Exhibitions & Installations (recent)

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