New Directions in Jewish Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Marvin C. and Sharon A. Gerstein Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fund

Featuring: Mara Benjamin (Associate Professor, Religion Department, St. Olaf College), Doris Bergen (Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, Department of History, University of Toronto), ChaeRan Freeze (Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University), Sara Horowitz (Professor, Department of Humanities, York University), Andrea Most (Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto), Naomi Seidman (Koret Professor of Jewish Culture, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union), Anna Shternshis (Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto), Judith Taylor (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto), Zohar Weiman-Kelman (Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellow, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto), Carol Zemel (Professor Emerita, Department of Visual Arts, York University).

Description: “New Directions in Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies” is a day-long symposium featuring leading scholars in the field in conversation with each other about their work, their evolving methodologies, and their thoughts on the current and future state of the field of Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies. Each participant will briefly discuss a primary source central to her work. Prof. Doris Bergen will then draw connections among the presentations and the moderators will conduct a wide-ranging discussion incorporating the primary texts, the presentations, and larger questions about the ways in which scholarly approaches to gender have changed and developed in recent years.

Symposium Schedule:

9:00am–9:30am, Welcome and Introductions (Location: JHB318)

9:30am–12:00pm, Session 1: Conversation moderated by Judith Taylor. Participants include: Andrea Most (University of Toronto), Naomi Seidman (Graduate Theological Union), Zohar Weiman-Kelman (University of Toronto), Carol Zemel (York University); responses by Doris Bergen (University of Toronto).

12:00pm–1:30pm, Lunch

1:30pm–3:30pm, Session 2: Conversation moderated by Sara Horowitz (York University). Participants include: Mara Benjamin (St. Olaf College), ChaeRan Freeze (Brandeis University), Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto); responses by Doris Bergen (University of Toronto).

3:30pm–4:00pm, Break

4:00pm–6:00pm, Keynote Lecture (Location: JHB100): Naomi Seidman (Graduate Theological Union), “Tevye’s Dream: The Making and Unmaking of Modern Jewish Marriage”

Primary texts will be available in advance to all registered attendees. To register, please email Ms. Daniela Lev-Aviv at


Date & Time
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Rooms 318, 170 St. George Street