Jewish Studies Workshop Schedule Spring 2023

Jewish Studies Workshop, Spring 2023

Meetings will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 pm CST on Mondays in Swift Hall 200, unless indicated otherwise

Advanced copies of papers (and Zoom links, where applicable) will be pre-circulated via the Jewish Studies Workshop listserv and made available on our website. If you would like to be added to our listserv, you can do so here, or email us at or

Please note that this schedule was last updated on March 8, 2023.

March 27, Swift 208

Torn between Two Worlds: Palestine Landscape between Hebrew and Arabic

Mostafa Hussein (Assistant Professor of Jewish-Muslim Relations, University of Michigan)

With a reception to follow in the Swift Hall Common Room

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 pm in the Social Sciences Tea Room

How should we write a history of prisoner society? Anna Hájková’s new history of Theresienstadt ghetto

Anna Hájková (Associate Professor of History, University of Warwick)

Held jointly with the Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

April 24

Jewish Anorexia and the Weight of the Holocaust

Alice Weinreb (Associate Professor of History, Loyola University, Chicago)

Respondent: Madeline Adams (PhD Candidate, History, University of Chicago)

Tuesday, May 2 in Swift 201

Hortulus 37, 1959: Translation and Self Translation in an Anthology of New Poetry from Israel 

Na’ama Rokem (Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature & Comparative Literature, University of Chicago)

Respondent: Rachel Galvin (Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago)

May 8

Conversation about Qohelet

James Robinson (Dean of the Divinity School, University of Chicago) and Simeon Chavel (Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Chicago)

Held jointly with the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Reception Workshop

May 15

Making a Living and Making a Life: Polish Jewry Confronts Economic Modernity

Elena Hoffenberg (PhD Student, History, University of Chicago)

May 22 via Zoom

Shema as memory palace? A medieval Hebrew ars memorativa 

Rachel Katz (PhD Candidate, Divinity School, University of Chicago)

Respondent: Aslan Cohen Mizrahi (PhD Candidate, Divinity School, University of Chicago)

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