Workshop: Yiddish Culture in Past and Present Scholarship, 27-28.5

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Yiddish Culture in Past and Present Scholarship

Histories, Ideologies, Methodologies

An international workshop, 27-28 May 2015

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem


Mt. Scopus Campus, Beit Maiersdorf, Room 405 / 502


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

09:45-10:15 Coffee and Registration

10:15-10:45 Greetings and Opening Remarks


Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky, Head of the History Department, Hebrew University

Prof. Avraham Novershtern, Head of the Yiddish Studies Program, Hebrew University

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Aya Elyada, History Department, Hebrew University


10:45-12:00 Keynote Lecture

Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher

Director, Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture

Tel Aviv University

Tradition, the Individual Talent, and Yiddish: Taking Stock


Prof. Mikhail Krutikov

University of Michigan

Chair: Aya Elyada, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


12:00-13:15 Reception


13:15-14:45 Scholarly Work in/on Yiddish: Eastern Europe Before and After the War

Chair: Gali Drucker Bar-Am, Tel Aviv University

Yiddish Scholarship Amidst the Ruins: The Scholarly Work of the Vilna Jewish Museum, 1944-1949

David Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Hersh Remenik's Retrospect of Soviet Yiddish Literature

Gennady Estraikh, New York University

Respondent: Prof. Israel Bartal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


14:45-15:30 Coffee Break


15:30-17:00 Reflections on the Study of Yiddish Theatre

Chair: Diego Rotman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Father, the Orphan, and the Bastard: Yiddish Theatre Historiography and the Quest for a Jewish Art Heritage

Zehavit Stern, University of Oxford

The Old, the New, and the Missing: Reflecting on the State of Yiddish Theatre Scholarship, ca. 2015

Joel Berkowitz, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Respondent: Dr. Shelly Zer-Zion, Tel Aviv University


17:00-17:30 coffee break


17:30-18:30 Book Discussion

Chair: Eli Lederhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Avraham Novershtern, Here Dwells the Jewish People: A Century of American Yiddish LiteratureJerusalem: The Magnes Press, 2015 (in Hebrew)

David G. Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Avraham Novershtern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


19:00 Dinner for Participants




Thursday, 28 May 2015

08:45-09:15 Coffee

09:15-11:15 Discussing Yiddish in German: the 19th and Early 20th Century

Chair: Cecile E. Kuznitz, Bard College

Yiddish for Spies, Lemberg 1814

Ofer Dynes, Harvard University

Yiddish as Kulturträger: Binjamin Wolf Segel and Yiddish Studies

Ruth von Bernuth, UNC Chapel Hill

Soma Morgenstern’s Yiddish Kafka

Kata Gellen, Duke University

Respondent: Prof. Guy Miron, Open University of Israel


11:15-12:00 Coffee Break


12:00-13:30 Trends and Developments in Yiddish Literary Scholarship

Chair: Sonia Gollance, University of Pennsylvania

"A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down": Dan Miron's A Traveler Disguised and the Location of Yiddish in Contemporary Theory

Marc Caplan, Center for Jewish History, New York

Yiddish Scholarship and the Neo-Conservative Revolution

Adi Mahalel, University of Maryland, College Park

Respondent: Prof. Avraham Novershtern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


13:30-14:45 Lunch for Participants


14:45-16:15 Revisiting the Place of Philology in the Study of Old Yiddish Texts

Chair: Marion Aptroot, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf

Yiddish Scholarship Between Philology and Anthropology

Shlomo Berger, University of Amsterdam

Far from Where: Why Yiddish Philology Still Matters

Claudia Rosenzweig, Bar Ilan University

Respondent: Prof. Chava Turniansky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


16:15-17:00 Coffee Break


17:00-18:30 Yiddish and Jewish Folkloristics

Chair: Oren Roman, University of Haifa

Yiddish Language and Culture Through the Lens of Jewish Scholarship in Hungary

Szonja Ráhel KomoróczyHungarian Academy of Sciences

Yiddish Culture and the Jewish Volkskunde at the Turn of the Century

Aya Elyada, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Respondent: Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


18:45-19:15 Concluding Discussion


The workshop is organized by the History Department and the Yiddish Studies Program, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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