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Dreams of Home: Home and Homeland in the Jewish Imagination

5th Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference

February 9-10, 2017
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

From Israel to the Goldene Medina, “home” has meant many different things to the Jewish people throughout history and across the globe. This conference will explore the various iterations, past and present, of the idea of a Jewish home and homeland. What does it mean for a place to be home? How has the idea of a Jewish home or homeland been imagined or conceived? How have scholarly understandings of these ideas changed over time? This conference is designed to encompass a range of perspectives in order to produce a focused, congenial, and lively debate on conceptions and constructions of Jewish home and homeland.

Professor Leora Auslander, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization, University of Chicago, will present the keynote address on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. This lecture is under the auspices of the Samual & Lillian Solotkin Memorial Lecture Series.

This conference is free and open to the public. Questions can be directed to the conference organizers, Sean Sidky and Lindsey Pullum.

Conference Poster

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All conference sessions will take place in the Dogwood Room, IMU Mezzanine Level

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

8:30-9:20 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:20 – 9:30 am

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

PANEL I
9:30-11:00 am

ZIONISM AND ITS CRITICS
Respondent: Professor Shaul Magid, Jewish Studies & Religious Studies, IU

  • Bar Guzi (Brandeis University) – “A Greater Zionism: What Can Contemporary Zionism Learn from Mordecai M. Kaplan?”
  • Brian Hillman (Indiana University) – “American Exceptionalism and Jewish Exceptionalism for Kaufmann Kohler and Solomon Schechter”
  • Eva Gurevich (Brandeis University) – “The Land of Israel Movement and its Equivocations, 1967-1973”

11:00-11:30 am

Coffee Break

PANEL II
11:30 am -12:20 pm

REFUGEE AND RECEPTION
Respondent: Professor Leora Auslander, History, University of Chicago

  • Nichole McCrory (Bowling Green State University) – “Haven or Hell? The Journey to America of Nine Hundred and Eighty-two European Refugees”
  • Anastasiia Strakhova (Emory University) – “In Search of the Alternative Homeland: The Am Olam Society’s Program for Relocation from the Russia Empire and Occupational Restructuring in America, 1881-1891”

PANEL III
2:30-4:00 pm

TEXTUAL HOMES
Respondent: Professor Mark Roseman, Jewish Studies & History, IU

  • Dana Lloyd (Syracuse University) – “At Home in the Law: On Moses and Jewish Homelessness”
  • Mendel Kranz (University of Chicago) – “The Literary Diaspora of Edmond Jabès”
  • Steve Kaplin (Indiana University) – “The Loss of the Princess: Home in Nahman of Bratslav’s First Tale”

Solokin Memorial Lecture and Keynote Address
7:30 pm, Dogwood Room, IMU

THE ERUV AS A METAPHOR FOR JEWISH DIASPORIC HOME-MAKING"

Professor Leora Auslander, Department of History, University of Chicago

Friday, February 10

9:00-9:30 am

Breakfast

PANEL IV
9:30-10:25 am

NEGOTIATING AMERICA
Respondent: Professor Sarah Imhoff, Jewish Studies & Religious Studies, IU

  • Adah Hetko (Indiana University) – “Place and Belonging in “Mayn Shtetele Belz””
  • Sean Sidky (Indiana University) – “Translation; or Yiddish in America: Ozick, Singer, on the Future of Yiddish”

10:25-10:40 am

Coffee Break

PANEL V
10:45 am- 12:15 pm

MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND THE NATION STATE
Respondent: Professor Aziza Khazzoom, Jewish Studies &Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, IU

  • Charles Bonds (Indiana University) – “No Soviet Zion: Ukraine’s Jewish Intelligentsia and the Postwar Effort to Build a Culture of Soviet-Jewish Memory”
  • Max Daniel (University of California, LA) – ““Agora estamos en America” – “Now we are in America”: The identities, communities, and networks of Sephardic Los Angeles.”
  • Lindsey Pullum (Indiana University) – “Emotionally (Un)Stable: Druze ideas about home in Israel”

12:15-12:25 pm

CONCLUDING REMARKS, Professor Noam Zadoff, Jewish Studies & History, IU


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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