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Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Conference in Jewish Studies

Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Conference in Jewish Studies
170 St. George St., Room 100
Time: Apr 30th, 9:00 am End: May 1st, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), German (FAS), Food Studies
Featuring keynote speaker, Susannah Heschell, Dartmouth College

The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Program in Jewish Studies present the

Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Conference in Jewish Studies

Featuring keynote address by Susannah Heschell, Dartmouth College and presentations by presentations by Ph.D. candidates in the Jewish Studies Collaborative Program

The writing of history is an activity we all engage with in our research. While we span different disciplines, and may consider ourselves anthropologists, political scientists, or classicists, with our particular disciplinary approaches, we are all documenting the worlds we see and writing both ourselves and our subjects into histories. This year’s Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies invites you to think about Jewish history and historiography, and to join us on a journey roughly backwards through time, from “eating Jewishly” with our neighbours, to “bathing Jewishly” in ancient Egyptian Miqva’ot. The presentations by our graduate students explore the richness and diversity of Jewish practices, ethics, politics, conflict, and hermeneutics, and invite us to reevaluate how we conceive of our own practices of writing our histories and those of our subjects.

Wednesday, April 30

4:00pm–6:00pm: Keynote Lecture
Prof Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)
"Abraham Joshua Heschel: Hasidism, Prophecy, and Political Activism"

Thursday, May 1

8:30am–9:00am: Breakfast

9:00am–9:15am: Welcoming Remarks by Prof Jeffrey Kopstein (Director, CJS) and Prof Doris Bergen (History)

9:15am–10:15am: Panel I: Contemporary Histories
Chair: Dan Deutsch (Music Theory). Respondent: Prof Judith Taylor (Sociology, Women & Gender Studies)
Aldea Mulhern (Religion), "There's Kashrut, and then There's 'Eating Jewishly'"
Omri Grinberg (Anthropology), "The Ethics of Immediacy and the Writing of History in Human Rights Encounters in Palestine/Israel"

10:15am–10:30am: Break

10:30am–11:30am: Panel II: Histories of Conflict
Chair: Jon Neufeld (European, Russian & Eurasian Studies). Respondent: Dr Isaac Hollander (History)
Craig Smith (Political Science), “Understanding Irregular Migration Systems: Israel’s Reaction to its Unexceptional Infiltrators”
Jamie Levin (Political Science), “The Oslo Accords and Palestinian Guns: Spoilers or Cautious Peacemakers”

11:30am–11:35am: Break

11:35am–12:35pm: Panel III: Histories of a War-Torn Europe
Chair: Chrissy Matzen (History). Respondent: Prof Jeffrey Kopstein (Political Science)
Vojin Majstorović (History), “Interpreting Genocide: Soviet Officers’ Analysis of the Holocaust in Transnistria, Moldavia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Hungary”
Susan Papp (History), “Antisemitism and the Politics of Exclusion: The Hungarian Film Arts Chamber, 1938–1939”

12:35pm–1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm–2:15pm: Panel IV: The Law in History
Chair: Natalie Mathieson (Drama). Respondent: Prof Clifford Orwin (Political Science)
Jessica Radin (Religion), “Two Lessons of Eden: Maimonides on the Law and Psychology of the Fall”
Jonathan Vroom (Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations), “A New Approach to an Old Problem: What Does Legal Theory Have to Say about Ezra’s Use of the Torah?”

2:15pm–2:30pm: Break

2:30pm–4:00pm: Panel V: Ancient Histories
Chair: Christine Rooks (Philosophy). Respondent: Dr Yosefa Raz (Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations)
Amy Fisher (Religion), “Heaven Beneath You: Reading the Other Worldly Realms of Late Antique Synagogue Floor Mosaics”
Nathalie LaCoste (Religion), “More than the Miqveh: Jewish Experiences with Water in Ptolemaic Egypt”
John Screnock (Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations), “On the Overlap of Translation and Transmission: Intralingual Translation in the Transmission of Hebrew Bible Manuscripts”

4:00pm–4:05pm: Break

4:05pm–4:30pm: Closing Remarks by Prof Natalie Zemon Davis (History). Chair: Brigidda Bell (Religion).

4:30pm–5:30pm: Reception

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please see the conference website or contact the Centre for Jewish Studies at (416) 978-1624.

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This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Jewish Studies at (416) 978-1624.

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