Maternal Sacrifice in Jewish Culture: Rethinking Sacrifice from a Maternal Perspective in Religion, Art, and Culture

Elisa Carandina's picture
November 19, 2019 to November 21, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Jewish History / Studies, Literature, Religious Studies and Theology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Maternal Sacrifice in Jewish Culture: 
Rethinking Sacrifice from a Maternal Perspective in Religion, Art, and Culture

CERMOM-INALCO - Ca’ Foscari University, Venice 
Paris, 19-21 November 2019


19 November

9-9,30 Registration, INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013, room 4.24

9,30-11 Chair: Piero Capelli, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia.

An Old Tale in New Times: The Martyrdom of the Woman and her Seven Sons in Italian Jewish Literature of the Nineteenth Century - Asher Salah, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem

An Extreme Sacrifice: A Cannibal Mother in the Siege of Jerusalem - Ilaria Briata, Universität Hamburg

Daughters of Truth and Mothers of the Community: Some Observations on the Elusive Women of Qumran - Corrado Martone, Università di Torino

11-11,30 coffee break

11,30-13 Chair: Elisa Carandina, INALCO, Paris

Where Have All the Mothers Gone? Maternal Sacrifice in Hebrew Literary History -
Hamutal Tsamir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva

Nationalized Maternal Bodies of Mothers (and their sons) in David Grossman’s To the End of the Land (Isha Borahat Mib’sorah) – Ranen Omer-Sherman, University of Louisville, Kentucky

Speaking Hebrew as Maternal Sacrifice: Rachel Katznelson and the Abandonment of the Mother Tongue - Roni Henig, New York University


13-15 Lunch

15-17 Auditorium

Keynote - The Sacrifice of the Mother and the Akedah, Yvonne Sherwood, University of Kent


20 November


9,30-11 Chair: Alessandro Guetta, INALCO, Paris

Circumcision or the maternal sacrifice of a child - Daniel Felipe Niño López, Universidad De La Salle, Bogota, Colombia

Le sacrifice des enfants par leurs mères sur l’autel du Dieu d’Israël : Une réaction féminine juive aux conversions forcées et la sanctification du Nom Divin (qiddush ha-Shem). Étude comparative de quelques chroniques médiévales - Liliane Vana, , IEJ, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Mothers in Heroic Birth Narratives in Sassanian Persia - Shana Schick, University of Haifa

11-11,30 coffee break

11,30-13 Chair: Corrado Martone, Università di Torino

Birth and Giving Birth as Reflected in the Classical Rabbinic Sources - Dalia Marx, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem

The Sacrifice of the Suspected Adulteress - Isabella Scortegagna, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia

Sacrificing Motherhood Itself: The Case of Dr. Gisella Perl as Inmate Doctor and Reproductive Specialist - Elena Hoffenberg, International School, University of Haifa


13-15 Lunch

15-17 Chair: Leili Anvar, INALCO, Paris

Breaching the Visual Contract of Sacrifice - Leni Dothan, Artist, Architect, Researcher 


The Multifaceted Image of the Victimized and Self-Sacrificing Maternal Figure in Post-Holocaust Feminist Art -Mor Presiado, Bar-Ilan University

Resurrecting Rachel as the Archetype of Mourning Motherhood - Marc Michael Epstein, Vassar College, New York

17-17,30 coffee break

17,30 -19 Screening of Ha-qir, by Moran Ifergan



21 November


9,30-11,30 Chair:  Marie-Christine Bornes Varol, INALCO, Paris

Killing the mame-loshn. The sacrifice of mother tongue at the altar of a new Hebrew identity Raffaele Esposito, Università L’Orientale, Napoli

 “My Dear Son”: Literary Posthumous Letters as a Mother’s Last Sacrifice - Nourit Melcer-PadonHadassah College Jerusalem

Testing the Tested:  The Sacrifice of the Mother in Modernist Fiction Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf and Sh. Y. Agnon - Anna Lissa, Université Paris 8

Did the “Yiddishe mame” exist? Mother figure in the east-European Jewish childhood narrative of the 19th century - Ekaterina Oleshkevich, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan

11,30-12 coffee break

12-13,30 Chair: Abraham Rubin, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Jewish Woman Immigrant Sacrifice of Jewish Womanhood upon Coming to America: Four Women and their Stories - Mara W. Cohen Ioannides, D.S., Missouri State University

Maternal Criticism: Reading Literature by Women as Nonviolent Resistance and Constructing Peaceful Communities through Mothers’ Activism - Charlyn Marie Ingwerson, Drury University

Sacrifice and Admiration: The Image of the Yemeni Jewish Mother - Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, The Open University of Israel


Organizers : 
Elisa Carandina, CERMOM, INALCO
Piero Capelli, Università Ca’ Foscari

Facebook page:

INALCO page:

Contact Info: 

Elisa Carandina

Co-directrice du département d’études hébraïques et juives
Maîtresse de conférences en littérature hébraïque moderne
65, rue des Grands Moulins
75013 Paris