Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies

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

8:30am—9:00am        Breakfast

9:00am—10:10am      Intellectual Sources, Resources, and Influences

Chair: Hadas Binyamini (Centre for Jewish Studies)

Respondent: Ori Yehudai (Dept. of History)

Michael Millerman (Dept. of Political Science), “An Experiment in Jewish Heideggerianism: Zionism and the Fourth Political Theory”

Netanel Silverman (Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations), “El Ha-Tzipor (To the Bird) and Risālah Min al-Manfaá (A Letter From Exile): Appropriating Bialik’s Bird: Subversion and Parody in Mahmoud Darwish’s Early Romantic Poetry

10:10am—10:30am    Break


10:30am—12:15pm    Spaces of Violence, Exception, and Interaction

Chair: Jon Neufeld (Dept. of History)

Respondent: Ann Komaromi (Centre for Comparative Literature)

Christina Matzen (Dept. of History), “The Oppenheimer Family: Jewish Life, Criminality, and Incarceration in Nazi Germany”

Laurie Drake (Dept. of History), “Creative Kosher: Food Relief in Vichy’s Internment Camps”

Hannah Mayne (Dept. of Anthropology), “International Debate Regarding Women of the Wall: A reasoned, religious, and transnational public sphere” 

12:15pm—1:15pm      Lunch

1:15pm—3:00pm        Reflections on War, Justice, and Genocide

Chair: Bogdan Smarandache (Centre for Medieval Studies)

Respondent: Alexandra Hoffman (Dept. of Germanic Languages & Literatures)

Nattapol Ruangsri (Dept. of Italian Studies), “The Myth of the ‘Good Italian’ and Italian Jews: Historiographical Contradiction from the Postwar to the Contemporary Period”

Connor Sebestyen (Dept. of History), “Nazi Excuses: Argumentation and Tactics employed by German Perpetrators in their Encounter with American Military Justice, 1945-58”

Lesley Simpson (Dept. of Humanities, York University), “A Paradigm of Conversation: The Trajectory of Transmission and Reception" 

3:00pm—3:15pm        Concluding Remarks


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

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

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