Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies

Featuring presentations by advanced PhD students in the Granovsky-Gluskin Collaborative Graduate Program in Jewish Studies 


8:45am—9:15am        Breakfast

9:15am—9:30am        Welcoming Remarks

                                           Anna Shternshis, Director, Anne Tanenbaum Centre of Jewish Studies

9:30am—10:40am      Ancient Sources, Representations, and Insights

                                    Chair: Miriam Borden (Dept. of Germanic Languages & Literatures)

                                    Respondent: Judith Newman (Dept. of Religion)

Laura Hare (Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations), “The Woman Who Speaks Like a Man: A Phoenician Princess in Israel”

Jean-Philippe Delorme (Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations), “The Prism of Assyrian Imperialism: Imperial Encounter and Political Identity in Ancient Israel" 

10:40am—11:00am    Break

11:00am—12:45am    Religious and Philosophical Thought

Chair: Elena Vasileva (Dept. of Slavic Languages & Literatures)

Respondent: Wojciech Tworek (Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow)                        

Rony Kozman (Dept. of Religion), “Contrasting Moral Epistemologies in Ancient Judaism: adam’s Wisdom in Ben Sira and the Hodayot”

Cole Sadler (Dept. of Religion), "The Aesthetic Versus Aesthetics: Emmanuel Levinas’ and the Critique of Mediation”

Ido Govrin (Western University, Dept. of Visual Arts), “Paradisiacal Knowledge (or falling from the epistemological constellation)”

12:45pm—2:00pm      Lunch

2:00pm—3:45pm        Appropriations and Religious Texts

                                    Chair: Nisrine Rahal (Dept. of History)

Respondent: Adam Cohen (Dept. of History of Art)

Martin Arno (Dept. of Religion), “Robbing Paul to Pay Peter? Appropriating Acts 20:17-38 in the Clementine Homilies”

Tzemah Yoreh (Dept. of Religion), “Wellhausen and Nöldeke: Two Orientalist Scholars and Their Encounters with Canonical Texts”

Mitchell Gould (Queen’s University, Dept. of History), “Jew as Source and Hebrew as a Resource: The Use of Jewish Authors and Texts in Early Modern England”

3:45pm—4:00pm        Break

4:00pm—6:00pm        Keynote Lecture       

Marina Rustow (Princeton University, Dept. of History, Jewish Civilizations in the Near East)

“The Past on its own Terms or Ours? On Immanence and Transcendence in Jewish History”


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

Date & Time
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

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