We seek to create a forum highlighting diverse approaches to the study of Jewish cultures and societies throughout the entire span of Jewish history, bringing together for discussion scholars and scholarship from a wide variety of disciplines and across intellectual boundaries.


Upcoming Events

David Biale, University of California, Davis
Redemption through Sin: The Biographical Background to Gershom Scholem's Most Famous Essay
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, and the Jews in Modern Europe Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Past Events 2017 - 18

Adam Afterman, Tel Aviv University
The Rise of the "Holy Spirit" in Thirteenth- to Sixteenth-Century Kabbalah
Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
Archive Envy: An Early Modern Jewish Community and Its Records
Jeremy Cohen, Tel Aviv University
Engaging the Past, Envisioning the Future: Reflections of/on a Spanish Jewish Exile
Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania
Yiddish Chinoiserie: China in Modernist Yiddish Translations
David Shyovitz, Northwestern University
Soul Food and Salvation: Eating Animals in Medieval Ashkenaz

Past Events 2016 - 17

Elliot Wolfson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Imagination, Theolatry, and the Compulsion to Worship the Invisible
Maurice Samuels, Yale University
The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews

Past Events 2015 - 16

Immanuel Etkes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The "GEDOILIM": A New Type of Haredi Spiritual Leadership
Assaf Gavron, San Diego State University
Translation Downtown is Not the Center of Town (or: ass or behind: thoughts and arguments)
Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Open University of Israel
Diaspora and Homeland – Israel and Africa in the Hebrew-Israeli literature of Beta Israel

Past Events 2014 - 15

Dara Horn, Harvard University
Literature and Belief: The Case of Yiddish Storytelling
Rachel Greenblatt, Harvard Divinity School
Between Medieval and Early Modern: Pigs and Processions in Jewish-Christian Relations in Central Europe
Lilach Lachman, Haifa University
Veiling and Unveiling: The Poetry of Yeshurun, Biton, and Pedaya
Xu Xin, Nanjing University
Jewish Studies in China: Past and New Developments

Past Events 2013 - 14

Marc Epstein, Vassar College
“Artist Anonymous, Patron Unknown: Iconography and Authorial Intention in the Medieval Haggadah”
Michael Fagenblat, Monash University
"The Passion of Israel at Auschwitz": Levinas' Conception of Jewish History
Michael Silber, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Yale University
Mobilizing the Past: Three 19th Century Hungarian Rabbis and the Jewish Historical Imagination
Rona Yona, Tel Aviv University
To the Land of Israel: Pioneer Popular Culture in Interwar Poland, Was Israeli Culture Created in Palestine or in the Diaspora?

Past Events 2012 - 13

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Talk title to be announced.
Leah Garrett, Monash University
"Jewish American War Novels of the 1940's"
Abraham Socher, Oberlin College
“Culture, Criticism and the Common Reader: A Case Study”
Benjamin Moser, writer, editor, ritic, and translator
“What’s Jewish About Clarice Linspector?”
Louise Hecht, Palacky University, Olomouc

“Transfer of Goods – Transfer of Knowledge: The Tobacco Monopoly and the Rise of the Modern Jewish Intellectual in the Hapsburg Monarchy”

Past Events 2011 - 12

Alana Newhouse, Tablet Magazine and Sara Ivry, Vox Tablet
Tablet and ‘Vox Tablet’: Chiseling a New Media Outlet for a New Jewish Era”
Gennady Estraikh, New York University and Itzik Gottesman, Yiddish Daily Forward
"The Yiddish Press in the Twenty-First Century"
Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
”The Appeal of ‘The Protocols of Zion’”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Na'ama Rokem, University of Chicago
"German-Hebrew Encounters in the Poetry and Correspondence of Yehuda Amichai and Paul Celan"