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GENESIS TO YESTERDAY: Memory, Representation, and Jewish Identity

2nd Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference

February 20-21, 2014
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

The second annual conference of the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at Indiana University Bloomington, “Genesis to Yesterday: Memory, Representation, and Jewish Identity,” will explore the dialectic relationship between Jews and memory, Jews and cultural productions of memory, and the representation of Jewishness through the lens of memory. How has memory functioned in Jewish identity throughout history and how does memory function today? Or, how have others represented Jews or “the Jew” in their past and memory? Papers and panels will explore such topics as the role of memory politics in America, Europe, and Israel; Jewish memoirs; memory represented in literature, theater, film, and music; the place of memory in rabbinics and Hebrew Bible; memory and the Jewish body; Holocaust memorialization by Jews and Gentiles; and testimony and memory.

This conference is free and open to the public. Questions can be directed to the conference organizers, Matthew Brittingham and Julia Riegel.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

PANEL ONE
10:30 am – 12 noon

MEMORY, TRANSFORMATION, AND RENEWAL

  • Matthew Brittingham (Indiana University) – “Meir Kahane, the JDL, and the Holocaust: Collective Memory, Tragedy, and Renewal”
  • Jeremy Zorn (Florida State University) – “Is Jewish Renewal Buberian? Reading Reb Zalman in Light of Martin Buber’s ‘Addresses on Judaism’”
  • Brett Krutzsch (Temple University) – “Jewish in Life, but not in Death: Martyrdom, Memory, and Harvey Milk”

PANEL II
3:15 - 4:45 pm

TRANSMITTING MEMORY FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

  • Joshua Logan Wall (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) – “Lessons from the Parents: Memory, Mourning, and the World-to-Come in the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg and Louis Zukofsky”
  • Andrew Tobolowsky (Brown University) – “The Construction of Israel in the Book of Chronicles: Abraham, Jacob, and Remembering Israel”
  • Shlomo Zuckier (Yale University) – “'Like a Bride in Her Father’s House': Rabbinic Self-Reflection on the State of Exile" 

Solokin Memorial Lecture and Keynote Address
7:30 pm
University Club, Faculty Rm
Indiana Memorial Union

 

Holding the Past: Jewish Memory and the Promise of Justice”

Laura Levitt, Professor Religion, Jewish Studies and Gender, Temple University

Friday, February 21

PANEL III
9:00-10:30 am

SURVIVOR IDENTITY IN TRANSITION

  • Julia Riegel (Indiana University) – “Collected Memory: Songbooks and the Preservation of Yiddish Culture after the Holocaust”
  • Roy Holler (Indiana University) – “Trains, Officers, and Showers: Europe Welcomes Holocaust Survivor Uri Lam with Open Arms”
  • Sara Halpern (Ohio State University) – “Roll Calls, Recitations, and Recess in Shanghai: The Maintenance of Jewish Refugees’ Childhoods and its Influence on Their Identity and Memories”

PANEL IV
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

MOMENTS AND PLACES OF MEMORY

  • Charles Bonds (Indiana University) – “Jewish Memory in Yiddish Letters, Jewish Themes in Russian Letters: S. An-sky’s ‘The Dybbuk’ and the Problem of Translating Cultural Context”
  • Noam Sienna (University of Toronto) – “Not a Single Memory Left: Jewish Henna and the Malleability of Memory”
  • Bailey Romano (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) – “Communal Amnesia: Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Heroes in American Jewish History”

 

 

 

 

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