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Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse

An International Scholars' Conference

February 17-18, 2013
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Marking 100 years since S. An-sky's expedition, this conference brings together scholars and collectors of Jewish ethnography from the former Soviet Union, Israel, England, and North America to discuss their predecessors' endeavors and to share their work.

In conjuction with the conference, there will be a performance of "Traveling the Yiddishland," a multi-media musical dialogue with Belarusian Jews who have passed a treasure trove of rearely heard gems on to a new generation. See here for more information about the "Traveling the Yiddishland" show.

Conference Sessions and speakers:

  • Language and Locus -- Valery Dymshits, Dov-Ber Kerler, Alexandra Polijan

  • Transplated Communities -- Haya Bar-Itzhak, Larisa Fialkova & Maria Yelenevskaya

  • Classic Jewish Folklorists and Ethnographers -- Nathaniel Deutsch, Deborah Yalen, Sergei Kan

  • Music of the Jews -- Marija Krupoves, Dmitri Slepovitch

  • Literature and Folklore -- Itzik Gottesman, Mikhail Krutikov, Boris Sandler

  • Life of the Pious -- Sebastian Schulman, Yuri Vedenyapin, Jeffrey Veidlinger

  • Regional Identity -- Elissa Bemporad, Moisei Lemster, Anya Qulitizsch

  • Theory, Practice, and Public Presentation -- Simon Bronner, Ilana Rosen, David Fishman

All conference sessions are open to the public.