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Jews in Image & the Imagination: Jewish Body, Gender, & Sexuality in Representation

Inaugural Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference

February 7-8, 2013
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

The inaugural conference of the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at Indiana University Bloomington, “Jews in Image and Imagination: Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Representation,” will explore the representational relationship between Jews and sexuality, Jews and gender, Jews and physicality, and Jews and the body. How have Jews imagined themselves throughout history and how do they imagine themselves today? Or, how do others imagine Jews or even “the Jew”? The conference is designed to encompass a range of academic subjects, while producing a sustained and focused debate about how Jews have appeared in literary and artistic works.

Dr. Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Professor of Religion at Stanford University, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 7th . Her research on sexuality in Talmudic literature will serve at the centerpiece of graduate panel discussions.

Please see below for the conference schedule. All sessions and they keynote are free and open to the public. For more information contact Joseph Hayden.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All conference sessions will take place in State Room East, IMU

Thursday, February 7

10:00 am
Introductory Comments with Bagels and Coffee

10:15 am - 12:00 noon
Panel 1: INTEGRATION INTO NEW CONTEXTS

  • Devi Mays (Indiana University) -- “May Justice Not Be Evaded”: Divergent Definitions of Honor in the Murder Trial of David Montekio Menache
  • Jessica Car (Indiana University) – “Re-Orienting America: Images of the East in early 20th-century Jewish-American visual culture”
  • Ilana Miller (Indiana University) – “Jewish Freedom Fighters and Tevye the Protestor: Reinterpreting the Jewish Figure in 1960’s Czechoslovakia”
  • Meredith Aska McBride (University of Chicago) – “Shund afn range: yiddishe cowboys, racialized masculinity, and the trash aesthetic in American Jewish popular culture”

1:45 -3:30 pm
Panel 2: CHALLENGING THE NORMATIVE JEWISH BODY

  • Yaniv Ron-El (University of Chicago) -- Dragging Race in the Middle-East: The Oriental Body and Ethnic Performativity in Contemporary Israel”
  • Hillel Athias-Robles (Columbia University) – “Black Jews and the Politics of the Jewish Body”
  • Leah Cover (Indiana University) – “Surviving Numbers: Body as Witness, Memorial, and Perpetuation of Narrative”
  • Matthew Brittingham (Indiana University) – “One Boxing Baer: Sports History, National Narratives, and the Body as a Spectacle”

3:45 - 5:00 pm
Tour of the Kinsey Institute Library and Art Gallery
Morrison Hall

7:30 pm
Keynote Lecture by Professor Charlotte Fonrobert
Time Embodied: On Gender and Temporality in Rabbinic Culture
Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall

Friday, February 8

9:00 - 10:30 am
Panel 3: CHANGING THE IMAGE OF MEN AND WOMEN

  • David Meola (University of British Columbia) – “The Early Nineteenth Century Local Newspaper: A Secure Location for (Jewish) Men’s Interests”
  • Anika Reichwald (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) –Between Desire and Danger – the Image of the ›assimilated Jewess‹ in the 19th Century”
  • Rachel Adelstein (University of Chicago) – “From Kol Isha to Hazzanit: Re-imagining The Sacred Voice”

10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 4: AESTHETICS OF SUBVERSION

  • Julia Riegel (Indiana University) – “Paper Title: “Brothers, Remember My Words:” The Gender of Armed Resistance in Holocaust Music
  • Isaac Finkelstein (Indiana University)-- “A Whole New Megillah:Jerome Rothenberg’s ‘Esther K.’ as a Secular Shekhinah”
  • Jessica Kirzane (Columbia University) – “’To Make Myself for a Person’: Self-Actualization in 1920s Jewish Women’s Narratives of Intermarriage”
  • Nicholas Schaser (Vanderbilt University) – “Before Your Body Runs to the Grave: Torah and Embodiment in Targum Qohelet”