Ages of Diaspora - International Workshop

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May 29, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, World History / Studies

Ages of Diaspora                                                                                                                                                           International Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                         Goethe University Frankfurt May 29-30, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                            Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Info:

This workshop seeks to propose a historical exposé of the notion of diaspora based on liturgical, literary, and philosophical texts by Jewish authors. The event will feature lectures on antiquity; the Middle Ages; the Early Modern; and modernity; as well as an overarching commentary. This historical analysis will discern the differences between diaspora and exile in Jewish thought and the (re)appearances of theological images of diaspora and return in diverging political contexts. The participants will not only discuss the transformation of the notion of diaspora in Jewish communities throughout the period of their expertise but will also reflect on the echoes of this change in other epochs.

The workshop will opt to challenge common notions of Jewish diaspora. Complicating the binary opposition of diaspora to a homeland, we will discuss sources that constitute the attachment to multiple homelands; non-territorial national identities; and competing diasporist ideologies that adhere to diverging political visions and depictions of the world.  


Wednesday 29.05.2019 Campus Westend Seminarpavilion 2.03

15.30 Welcoming/Coffee

16.00 Introduction, Yael Almog, Goethe University Frankfurt      

16.15 Christian Wiese, Goethe University Frankfurt                                                                                         

17.00 Hindy Najman, Oxford University  

18.00-18.30 Coffee break                                                                       

18.30 Keynote address by Daniel Boyarin, The University of California, Berkeley

“Diasporic Nationalism: An Old Solution to a New Problem”            


Thursday 30.05.2019 Campus Westend NG 1.701

10.00 Andrea Schatz, University College London

11.00 Yael Almog, Goethe University Frankfurt

12.00 Adam Stern, Yale University

 “Ages of Diaspora: A Response”

Free and open to the public

Contact Info: 

Yael Almog

Goethe University Frankfurt                                                                                      

Campus Westend Raum IG 6.555, IG-Hauptgebäude

Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1

60323 Frankfurt am Main                                                                                          



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