11/18-11/19: Conference: “Jewish Difference Under Empire: Identity and Alterity Across France, the Maghreb, and Israel/Palestine”

Please mark your calendars for this upcoming conference on Monday, November, 18 and Tuesday, November 19 in the Swift Lecture Hall, co-organized by one of the Jewish Studies Workshop coordinators, Mendel Kranz and featuring presentations by visiting faculty as well as Chicago faculty and graduate students. The conference features a keynote address by Aamir Mufti (Professor of Comparative Literature, UCLA): Natives of the Republic: A Genealogy from Drumont to Zemmour.

Tuesday, 11/12: Joel Swanson on the psychopathologization of the Wandering Jew in fin-de-siècle France

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop on Tuesday, November 12 for a presentation by

Joel Swanson (PhD student, History of Judaism, University of Chicago Divinity School)

“A Prototype of the Psychopathic Israelite”: The Psychopathologization of the Wandering Jew in the Fin de Siècle

with a response by Mendel Kranz (PhD student, Philosophy of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 PM in Swift 200

The paper should be read in advance of the workshop. It will be posted on this blog shortly, and the password will be emailed to the workshop’s listserv.

Image: The cover of an undated edition of Eugène Sue’s 1844-1845 novel Le Juif errant. Courtesy of abebooks.com.

 

TODAY, 11/4: Enzo Traverso on the history of “the Jewish Question” in Marxism

TODAY, November 4, please join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a lecture by

Enzo Traverso (Winokur Professor of the Humanities, History, Romance Studies, and Jewish Studies, Cornell University)

The “Jewish Question”: History of a Marxist Debate

5:00 PM, Swift 208. Please note the unusual day and location of the event.

Enzo Traverso is an historian of modern and contemporary Europe. His research focuses on the intellectual history and the political ideas of the twentieth century. His publications, all translated in several languages, include more than a dozen books, including The Jews and Germany: From the “Judeo-German Symbiosis” to the Memory of Auschwitz (Nebraska, 1995); Understanding the Nazi Genocide: Marxism After Auschwitz (Pluto, 1999); The Origins of Nazi Violence (New Press, 2003); Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914-1945 (Verso, 2016); The End of Jewish Modernity (Pluto, 2016); Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (Columbia, 2017); The Jewish Question: History of a Marxist Debate (Brill, 2018); and most recently The New Faces of Fascism: Populism and the Far Right (Verso, 2019).

Monday 10/14: Thomas Meyer on Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss

On Monday, October 14th, the Jewish Studies Workshop is cosponsoring this event hosted by the Philosophy of Religions Workshop.

Thomas Meyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München)

The Human Condition vs. Classical Political Philosophy: Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and the “War of Ideas”

Monday, October 14, 4:00 PM, Social Sciences 122 (please note the unusual day, time, and location of this event)

Monday 10/14: Abigail Akavia on Hanoch Levin

On Monday, October 14th, please join the Jewish Studies Workshop and the Theater & Performance Studies Workshop for a presentation by

Abigail Akavia (PhD Classics ’18; Minerva Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theater Studies, Leipzig University)

Cassandra, Hecuba, and Anti-Tragedy: Hanoch Levin’s Theater of Suffering

with a response by Michal Peles-Almagor (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature)

Monday, October 14, 4:30 PM, Classics 113 (please note the unusual day, time, and location)

The paper should be read in advance of the workshop, at a link to be posted on this blog shortly.

Autumn 2019 Workshops

Dear colleagues,

Below, please find the Jewish Studies Workshop’s calendar for the Autumn 2019 quarter. The Jewish Studies Workshop usually meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 PM in Swift 200, but please note a few deviations due to scheduling conflicts with holidays and conferences.
Additionally, we are already fielding submissions for the Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 quarters. There are still several slots available in those quarters, so if you’d like to present, please email a paper title and an abstract of max. 200 words to the co-coordinators, Sam Catlin (scatlin@uchicago.edu) and Mendel Kranz (mkranz@uchicago.edu). A formal CFP and deadline to submit for the winter will be circulated in November.
Finally, the Jewish Studies Workshop is committed to full accessibility for its participants. If you require any special accommodations in order to engage fully in the workshop, please let us know at the email addresses given above.
We look forward to seeing you at the Jewish Studies Workshop, and at the many other Jewish Studies-related events happening on campus in the coming months!
Best,
Sam Catlin + Mendel Kranz, workshop coordinators

 

Jewish Studies Workshop – Autumn 2019 Calendar

Monday, October 7, 6:00 PM: Welcome gathering at the home of Professor Na’ama Rokem (Associate Professor, NELC & Comparative Literature), faculty co-advisor to the Jewish Studies Workshop.

Monday, October 14, 4:00 PM, Social Sciences 122 (Please note the unusual day, time, and location): Thomas Meyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München): “The Human Condition vs. Classical Political Philosophy: Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and the ‘War of Ideas.'” The Jewish Studies Workshop is co-sponsoring this event hosted by the Philosophy of Religions Workshop.

Monday, October 14, 4:30 PM, Classics 113 (Please note the unusual day, time, and location): Abigail Akavia (PhD ’18, Classics; Postdoctoral Fellow, Leipzig): “Cassandra, Hecuba, and Anti-Tragedy: Hanoch Levin’s Theater of Suffering.”  With a response from Michal Peles-Almagor (Comparative Literature). Co-sponsored with the Theater & Performance Studies Workshop.

Monday, November 4, 5:00 PM, Swift 208 (Please note the unusual day and location): Enzo Traverso (Winokur Professor in the Humanities, History, Romance Studies, and Jewish Studies, Cornell University): “The Jewish Question: History of a Marxist Debate.”

Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 PM, Swift 200: Joel Swanson (PhD student, Divinity): “‘A Prototype of the Psychopathic Israelite’: The Psycho-pathologization of the Wandering Jew in the Fin de Siècle.” With a response from Mendel Kranz (PhD student, Divinity).

Tuesday, December 3, 5:00 PM, Swift 200: Marsha Morman (MA student, Divinity): “Hillel and Shammai’s Views on Marriage.” With a response from Kirsten Collins (PhD student, Divinity).

For other events related to Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago this quarter, please consult the calendar of Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. There’s a lot going on, including two conferences, a Primo Levi study day, and many visiting speakers!

Call for Papers, 2019-20

Dear Colleagues,

The Jewish Studies Workshop invites UC graduate students and faculty to present papers during the upcoming academic year of 2019-20. Our workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum for vibrant discourse and critical reflection on student and faculty work in progress. We welcome submissions from graduate students and faculty at all stages of their studies, in all departments, fields, periods, and disciplines that pertain to Jews, Jewishness, and Judaism. Drafts of dissertation proposals, chapters, seminar papers, journal articles, and conference papers are all welcome. Our workshop meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 PM in Swift 200.

The deadline for proposals for the Autumn 2019 quarter is September 15th. Please email a title and abstract of max. 200 words to workshop coordinators Sam Catlin (scatlin@uchicago.edu) and Mendel Kranz (mkranz@uchicago.edu). We have one opening slot in the Autumn, and we are also now accepting submissions to present in the Winter 2020 quarter, so please don’t hesitate to submit! Our schedule for the Autumn 2019 quarter is already quite full of exciting conferences, papers, and talks, and we’ll post our calendar soon.

Looking forward, Sam + Mendel