Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies

2015 Theme: Reading

All disciplines involve some manner of reading, whether the texts that we read are historical events, people, data, or documents. In the various approaches used by graduate students in Jewish Studies, how do we read, and for what purposes? At this year's Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference, ten PhD students from our collaborative program in Jewish Studies will present their research, as we explore a variety of Jewish texts—specifically, identities, culture, the Jewish nation, and textbooks—and consider the ways in which we read them.

Sunday, April 26

4:00pm—6:00pm Keynote Lecture

Prof. Hindy Najman (Yale University), "Philology, Philosophy, and Ancient Jewish Wisdom"

Monday, April 27

8:30am—9:00am Breakfast

9:00am—9:15am Welcoming Remarks

9:15am—10:45am Panel I: Reading Identities

Chair: Amy Marie Fisher (Department for the Study of Religion)

Michael Newmark (Department of History), "A Successful Liberal Experiment: The Republic of Krakow and Jewish Civil Rights"

Burin Yildiztekin (Department of Sociology), "Reading New Distinctions, Hybrid Identities, and Emerging Practices in Judaism and Islam"

David Belfon (Department for the Study of Religion), "Living Texts: Narratively Constituted Identities of Formerly Hasidic Jews"

Respondent: Prof. Ato Quayson (Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Department of English)

10:45am—11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am—12:30pm Panel II: Reading Culture

Chair: Laura Hare (Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)

Yaniv Feller (Department for the Study of Religion), "A Different Dialogue: Leo Baeck and Martin Buber"

Dan Deutsch (Music Theory, Faculty of Music), "The Non-Symphonic Symphony as Critique: Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde"

Jackie Rothstein (Department of English), "Vital Living: Theatricality, Women, and Work in Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman's Stage Door"

Respondent: Prof. Angelica Fenner (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures)

12:30pm—1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm—2:30pm Panel III: Reading the Jewish Nation

Chair: Noam Lemish (Jazz Performance, Faculty of Music)

David Polansky (Department of Political Science), "To Make a Great Nation: The Jews and the Transformation of Political Community in Early Modern Political Thought”

Nimrod Lin (Department of History), "Zionist Attitudes towards the Legislative Council, 1922–1936"

Respondent: Dr. Asaf Angermann (Department of Philosophy)

2:30pm—2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm—3:45pm Panel IV: Reading Textbooks

Chair: Jon Neufeld (Department of History)

Liza Futerman (Centre for Comparative Literature), "Looking Back in Fear: Reasoning the Absence of Maus from the Israeli Literary Canon"

Evan Dokos (Department of History), "A Nation without a State: Jewish Representation in German Textbooks (1871–1918)"

Respondent: Prof. Piotr Wróbel (Department of History)

3:45pm—4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm—5:00pm Roundtable and Discussion: Reading Together

Chair: Dr. John Screnock (Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)

Brigidda Bell (Department for the Study of Religion)

Joanna Krongold (Department of English)

Amir Lavie (Faculty of Information)

Hannah Mayne (Department of Anthropology)

Josh Tapper (Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies)


This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street