Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies

2016 theme: “Conflict and Reconciliation”

At this year’s Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference, we explore the variety of ways in which Jewish communities experience, document, and come to terms with conflict. The conflict and reconciliation we examine is not limited to one time period or geographical location, but reaches across time and space. Scholars affiliated with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies address the subject of conflict as it pertains to Jewish history and culture in Europe and the Middle East, in ancient and contemporary times. In our keynote address, three panels, and our film roundtable, graduate students and faculty from twelve different fields invite you to examine histories of conflict and reconciliation within Jewish Studies.

Conference Schedule:

8:45am–9:15am Breakfast

9:15am–9:30am Welcoming Remarks

9:30am–11:00am Panel I: Microhistories and Grand Narratives: Jewish Life and European Nationalisms

  • Chair: Evan Dokos (History). Respondent: Prof. Diana Dumitru (World History, Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University in Moldova)
  • Adrian Mitter (History), “Jewish Encounters between East and West in the Free City of Danzig (1920–1933)”
  • Gavin Wiens (History), “‘Not Only Harmful, but Downright Ruinous’: Antisemitism and the Prussianization of the Bavarian Officer Corps before the First World War”
  • Tomasz Frydel (History), “The Dynamics of Local Violence during the Holocaust: Jews, Poles, and Germans in the General Government”

11:00am–11:15am Coffee Break

11:15am–12:15pm Panel II: Tracing the Jewish Diaspora in the Antique Mediterranean

  • Chair: Marinka Yossiffon-Halpern (Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations). Respondent: Prof. Sarianna Metso (Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)
  • Christopher J. Cornthwaite (Religion), “Dancing in the Shadow of Home: Creativity and Diaspora in Ptolemaic Egypt”
  • Brigidda Bell (Religion), “The Fortune Tellers of Corinth: A Mantic Context for Paul’s Corinthian Christ-group”

12:15pm–1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm–2:15pm Panel III: Documenting, Narrating, Analyzing: Approaches in Modern Scholarship

  • Chair: Olga Milkina (European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies). Respondent: Prof. Gerald Izenberg (History, Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Amir Lavie (Information), “Some Unique Elements of Jewish Efforts of Documentation, Collection, and Maintenance of Community Archives”
  • Sanja Ivanov (Comparative Literature), “‘I’m Russian, too!’ The Quest for a Russian-Jewish-American Self in Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure

2:15pm–2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm–3:45pm Roundtable and Discussion on the Film: One Day After Peace (2012)

Moderator: Abdullah Farooqi (History)

  • Dr. Lilia Topouzova (Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University)
  • Liza Futerman (Comparative Literature)
  • Joanna Krongold (English)

3:45pm–4:10pm Break

4:10pm–6:00pm Keynote Lecture

  • Prof. Jeffrey Kopstein (Political Science, University of California, Irvine), “The Common History of Violence: Pogroms in Alexandria 38CE, Valencia 1391, and Lvov 1941”

Presented by the Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Program at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Date & Time
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

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