CFP Jewish Studies Workshop 2022-2023

Dear Colleagues,

The Jewish Studies Workshop is now accepting submissions for presentations during the upcoming academic year 2022-2023. 

Our workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum for open discourse and critical reflection on student and faculty work in progress. We welcome submissions from graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows 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, as are non-traditional academic projects such as translations. In the upcoming year, our workshop is planning to meet on Mondays, but we will meet at different times to accommodate virtual presenters from different time zones.

The deadline for proposals to present in the upcoming year is Thursday, September 1st. The proposals should include a title, abstract (max. 200 words), desired quarter or time of year to present, and an idea of who may serve as a respondent. This material can be sent via email to the workshop coordinators Stephanie Kraver (skraver@uchicago.edu) and Elena Hoffenberg (ehoffenberg@uchicago.edu).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding the workshop. 

Best regards,

Stephanie & Elena

MONDAY, 5/23/2022: Zavi Feldstein on Jewish Racial Diversity

Please Join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a presentation by:
Zavi Feldstein 
(MA Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago)
  The Holocaust, a Nation: Remaking American Jewish Identity from Ashkenazi Exemplariness to Jewish Racial Diversity
 
(Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images)
Monday May 23, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central (via Zoom)
 

To join the Zoom meeting, click here

(meeting id: 950 7175 2347/ password: diversity)

Zavi’s paper, to be read in advance of the session, is available for download below. The password to the document will be emailed to the Jewish Studies Workshop email listserv. If you would like to be added to this listserv, please click the “Subscribe” tab above.

Pre-circulated paper: JSW – Feldstein Paper

MONDAY, 5/16/2022: Stephanie Kraver on the Poetic Imaginary in Dahlia Ravikovitch and Mahmoud Darwish

Please Join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a presentation by:
Stephanie Kraver 
(PhD Candidate, NELC, University of Chicago)
A Meeting Among Writers in the Wake of the 1967 War:
 Uncovering the Political through the Poetic Imaginary in Dahlia Ravikovitch and Mahmoud Darwish
 
With a response by:
Benjamin Arenstein (PhD Student, NELC, University of Chicago)
 
Monday May 16, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central (via Zoom)
 
To join the Zoom meeting, click here
(meeting ID: 974 9081 2906 / password: writers )

Stephanie’s paper, to be read in advance of the session, is available for download below. The password to the document will be emailed to the Jewish Studies Workshop email listserv. If you would like to be added to this listserv, please click the “Subscribe” tab above.

Pre-circulated paper: StephanieKraver_JSW

Appendix of Poems in Hebrew and Arabic: Darwish&Ravikovitch_Poems

MONDAY, 4/18/2022: Dr. Bruce Rosenstock on Kinship, Slavery, and the Name YHWH from Genesis 2 to Exodus 5 (Zoom)

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a presentation by:
Dr. Bruce Rosenstock
(Professor, Department of Religion, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Kinship, Slavery, and the Name YHWH: A Reading of Genesis 2 to Exodus 5
Monday April 18, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central​
 
To join the Zoom meeting, click here
(meeting ID: 964 6380 7206 /password: kinship)

Dr. Rosenstock’s paper, to be read in advance of the session, is available for download below. The password to the document will be emailed to the Jewish Studies Workshop email listserv. If you would like to be added to this listserv, please click the “Subscribe” tab above.

Pre-circulated paper: Rosenstock_JSW Paper

MONDAY, 04/04/2022: Dr. Arkady Kovelman at the Jewish Studies Workshop (Zoom)

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop  for a presentation by:
Dr. Arkady Kovelman
(Professor, Head of the Department for Jewish Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Exstasis and Exodus in the Interpretation of Philo of Alexandria
 *Joint Session with the Ancient Societies Workshop*

Monday April 4, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central

To join the Zoom meeting, click here

 

Jewish Studies Workshop Schedule Spring 2022 

 

Monday, April 4

*Joint session with the Ancient Societies Workshop*

Exstasis and Exodus in the Interpretation of Philo of Alexandria

Dr. Arkady Kovelman (Professor, Head of the Department for Jewish Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University)

 

Monday, April 18

Kinship,  Anti-Kinship, and a Tale of two Names: A Thematic Nexus joining Garden and Tower

Dr. Bruce Rosenstock (Professor, Department of Religion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 

*Thursday*, April 28 (in-person)

Working Through Disbelief: The Vocal Communities of Kol Nidre

Dr. Ruth HaCohen (Artur Rubinstein Professor of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

**Please note that this session will be held in-person at 4:30 pm (location TBA)**

 

Monday, May 2

~Title TBA~

Matthew Johnson (PhD Candidate, Germanic Studies, University of Chicago)

**Please note that this session will be held at 2:00pm**

Monday, May 16

A Meeting Among Writers in the Wake of the 1967 War: Uncovering the Political through the Poetic Imaginary in Dahlia Ravikovitch and Mahmoud Darwish

Stephanie Kraver (PhD Candidate, NELC, University of Chicago)

 

Monday, May 23

~Title TBA~

Zavi Feldstein (MA Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago)

 

MONDAY, 3/7/2022: Elena Hoffenberg on Jewish Domestic Space, Economic Life, and Kinship Structures in Vilne

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a presentation by:
Elena Hoffenberg (PhD Student, History, University of Chicago)
At Home in Vilne: Jewish Domestic Space, Economic Life, and Kinship Structures in a Polish City
Monday March 7, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central
 
To join the Zoom meeting, click here
(meeting ID: 957 5921 2032/ password: polish)

Elena’s paper, to be read in advance of the session is available for download below. The password to the document will be emailed to the Jewish Studies Workshop email listserv. If you would like to be added to this listserv, please click the “Subscribe” tab above.

Pre-circulated paper: Hoffenberg-Jewish Studies Workshop

Monday, 02/21/22 – Allison Schachter at the Jewish Studies Workshop (Zoom)

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a virtual book talk by:

Allison Schachter (Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Vanderbilt University)

“Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919–1939” 

Allison Schachter, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Vanderbilt University, will discuss her new book, Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919–1939 (Northwestern UP, 2021) at the Jewish Studies Workshop. In conversation with Prof. Schachter will be Kenneth Moss, Harriet and Ulrich E. Meyer Professor of Jewish History, University of Chicago, and Na’ama Rokem, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature & Comparative Literature.

Monday February 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central, on Zoom

To join the Zoom meeting, click here

For any questions, please email Ido Telem, telem@uchicago.edu

MONDAY, 02/07/2022: Ranana Dine on Jewish Visual Ethics

​Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop for a presentation by:

Ranana Dine (PhD Student, Divinity School, The University of Chicago)

Hath not a Jew Eyes?:  Broadening Jewish Ethics to Include Visual Culture

With a response by:

Ido Ben Harush (PhD Candidate,  Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University)

Monday February 7, 2021 at 5:30 PM Central

To join the Zoom meeting, click here

Ranana’s paper, to be read in advance of the session is available for download below. The password to the document will be emailed to the Jewish Studies Workshop email listserv. If you would like to be added to this listserv, please click the “Subscribe” tab above.

Pre-circulated paper: RDineJewishStudiesWorkshopPaper

 

MONDAY, 1/24/2022: Dr. James Adam Redfield on Reading Strange Talmudic Stories from Medieval to Early Modern Ashkenaz

Please join the Jewish Studies Workshop together with the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Reception Workshop for a presentation by: 

Dr. James Adam Redfield (Assistant Professor of Biblical and Talmudic Literatures, Saint Louis University; Visiting Assistant Professor in the Divinity School, University of Chicago) 

“The Allegorical Prism: Reading Strange Talmudic Stories from Medieval to Early Modern Ashkenaz”

 Monday, January 24, 2022 at 5:30 PM Central (via Zoom)

To join the Zoom meeting, click here

(Meeting ID: 963 4410 7430  / Password: 374853 )