Davi Strauss Bernstein — “The Bitburg Crisis”

 Davi Strauss Bernstein (PhD student in History) will present his paper “The Bitburg Crisis.” Please download the paper here, and read it in advance.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. 

Tuesday, May 7th at 4:30 in Swift 208 (note change of location!)

If you are in need of special assitance, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu.

 

4/23 Shaul Magid—Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism and the ‘Christianization’ of Modern Judaism

Shaul Magid (Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University) will present a chapter from his manuscript-in-progress, Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism and the ‘Christianization’ of Modern JudaismThe chapter itself is entitled “Divinization and ‘Incarnational Thinking’ in Hasidism: An Overview.” Please download the chapter here and read it in advance. Also, in order to get a better sense of the project as a whole, see the table of contents here. Dr. Magid is the author of Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism (Wisconsin University Press, 2004), From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbalah (Indiana University Press, 2008) and American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013).

Rachel Elior, Visiting Professor at the U of C this quarter, will offer a brief response, and then we will open it up for general discussion and questions.

Coffee, tea, and whiskey will be served.

See you there!

If you are in need of special assistance, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu. 

David Nirenberg on Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Thursday, March 7th at 12 noon in Classics 110 — Professor David Nirenberg (Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought) will facilitate a discussion with us about what it means and entails to write as an academic scholar for non-academic audiences. As we plunge deeper and deeper into scholarly specializations and focused projects, many of us undoubtedly wrestle with how to meaningfully “translate” our academic concerns for broader audiences. As Prof. Nirenberg wrote last year in The Nation“What is my work? How can I make that work visible, its interest tangible? Since the early nineteenth century the artist’s studio has been a space of excited visitation…But the solitary sitter in the historian’s study attracts no voyeurs. What thrill is to be found in hours of stillness, the occasional rustle of paper, the all too intermittent clicking of computer keys?” In this joint meeting of the Jewish Studies and Medieval Studies workshops, Prof. Nirenberg will share reflections on these crucial questions, and converse with us about the joys, challenges, and importance of scholarly communication with the public. Prior to the meeting, please read Prof. Nirenberg’s review of Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole’s Sacred Trash in The Nation, and his review of Ruth HaCohen’s The Music Libel against the Jews in the New Republic
This program is co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop.
 
If you have any questions or need special assistance, please email shonkoff@uchicago.edu. 

John Tolan–“Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306”

The Medieval Studies and Jewish Studies Workshops are pleased to invite you to a joint session, to be held on Friday, February 22, from 12-1:30 PM in Wieboldt 207.

John Tolan, Professor of History (Université de Nantes), will discuss his paper, “Western European Jewry in the first age of expulsion: 1182-1306.” David Frankel, PhD Student in History of Judaism, will offer a prepared response.
Coffee and tea will be served. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch and to read the pre-circulated paper: click here for the paper.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu

2/12 Michael Fishbane– “Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology: A Jewish Model”

Please join us as Professor Michael Fishbane will present his paper “Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology: A Jewish Model.” The paper can be downloaded here. The program will include prepared responses from Professor Richard Rosengarten and Bevin Blaber (PhD student in Philosophy of Religions).

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 12th at 4:30pm in Swift 106. 

A reception will follow in the Swift Hall Common Room. The event is co-sponsored by the Hebrew Bible Workshop and the Center for Jewish Studies.

If you have any questions, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu.

See you there!

 

Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology

10/22 David Gottlieb — “Rupture, Reflection and Renewal: Mimesis and the Transformation of Meaning in Leviticus Rabbah”

In this session of the Jewish Studies Workshop, David Gottlieb (PhD student in History of Judaism) will present his paper “Rupture, Reflection and Renewal: Mimesis and the Transformation of Meaning in Leviticus Rabbah.” The paper can be downloaded here.

The event will take place on Monday, October 22nd at 1:30pm in Social Science Research building room 224 (John Hope Franklin room), at 1126 E. 59th Street. Feel free to bring your lunch to the table, along with questions, reflections and a listening ear.

If you have any questions, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu or mbilsker@uchicago.edu

See you there!

10/15 Erik Dreff — Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption as a System of Philosophy

In this joint session of the Jewish Studies Workshop and the Philosophy of Religions Club, Erik Dreff (PhD student in History of Judaism) will present his paper entitled “Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption as a System of Philosophy.” Erik’s paper can be downloaded here.

The event will take place on Monday, October 15th at 1:30pm in the John Hope Franklin room, located in Social Science Research Building room 224, at 1126 E. 59th Street (***NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION FROM LAST YEAR’S JST_HB MEETINGS!).

If you have any questions, please contact shonkoff@uchicago.edu or mbilsker@uchicago.edu

See you there!

Paper: 10/4 Prof. Holger Zellentin — Rabbinic Historiography as a Response to Christian Triumphalism

The Jewish Studies and Medieval Studies Workshops present:
Holger Zellentin
“Rabbinic Historiography as a Response to Christian Triumphalism: The Destruction of the Temple in Aramaic, Syriac and Greek Discourse”
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 12:00pm
(feel free to bring lunch to the workshop!)
John Hope Franklin Room
Social Science Research Building (1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637)

Prof. Zellentin teaches Judaism at the University of Nottingham. His recent publications include Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature and “The End of Jewish Egypt: Artapanus’ Second Exodus.” He is currently at work on a study of rabbinic adaptations of Christian narrative as well as on a study of the legal hermeneutics of the Qu’ran in its Late Antique context for which he has received and Early Career Fellowship of the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Prof. Zellentin’s paper can be downloaded here.

Fall ’11 Schedule

JST_HB Workshoppers,

Welcome back to a new and exciting year!  Below, please find the schedule for the Fall quarter ’11.  This year we’ll be meeting on Mondays, bi-monthly, at, our new time, noon, unless otherwise stated, in room 200 of Swift Hall.

Oct. 3rd: Dr. Michael Brenner, Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich, also the International Vice-President of the Leo Baeck Institute and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, will be speaking on Estranged Home: The Return of Jewish Emigrants to Postwar Germany.  This event will take place in the Classics building, rm 110, @4:30-6:30.

Oct. 10th: Dr. Allan Nadler, Professor and Director of Jewish Studies at Drew University, will be speaking on Heresy in Classical Judaism.  This event will take place at noon in Swift Hall, rm 200.

Oct. 24: Sara Hirschhorn, PhD Candidate in the department of History at the University of Chicago, will be presenting a chapter of her dissertation, titled Raishit Geula: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Jewish American Garin and the Making of Efrat, 1973-1987.  This event will take place at noon in Swift Hall, rm 200.

Oct. 31: Dr. Mira Balberg, Assistant Professor of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, will be presenting on Pricing Persons: Consecration, Compensation and Individuality in the Mishnah.  This event will take place at noon in Swift Hall, rm 200.

Nov. 14: Rick Moreno, PhD Student in the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will be presenting on TBD.  This event will take place in Swift Hall, rm 200.

Nov. 28: Sam Brody, PhD Candidate in the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will be presenting a chapter of his dissertation entitled From Political Theology to Theo-Politics: Martin Buber’s Anarchistic Inversion of Carl Schmitt.  This event will take place in Swift Hall, rm 200.

Interested in presenting?  We still have slots open for the Winter and Spring Quarters.

See you all there!