Laura Jockusch, Convener, Brandeis University
Elisabeth Gallas, Convener, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I. The Postwar Moment in Global Perspective: From War and Destruction to a New World Order?

Chair: Avinoam Patt, University of Hartford
G. Daniel Cohen, Rice University
       Between Pity and Solidarity: “Philosemitism” in Western
       Europe, 1945-1950
Gil Rubin, Harvard University
       The Jewish Postwar
Rephael Stern, Harvard University
       Looking to the East: Zionist and Israeli Links to India and
       Pakistan during Decolonization
Respondent: Derek Penslar, Harvard University

II. Thinking the Inconceivable: Conceptualizing the Intellectual and Moral Implications of Mass Violence and Genocide 

Chair: John Plotz, Brandeis University
Arie Dubnov, George Washington University
       The Jewish Postwar Moment Reframed, Or: Jewish
       Nationalism on the Road from New Delhi to Bandung
Na'ama Rokem, University of Chicago
       Hannah Arendt's Itineraries
Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University
        Political Theology Rediscovered in the Wake of
        "Your and Our Catastrophe": Revisiting the History
        of Jacob Taubes and Carl Schmitt
Respondent: Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College

III. Claiming National Rights: Displacement, Sovereignty, and the Diaspora

Chair: David Ellenson, Brandeis University
Omer Bartov, Brown University
       The Return of the Displaced: Ironies of the Jewish-
       Palestinian Nexus, 1939-1949
Alon Confino, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
       Paradise and Dreams in Palestine and the Land of Israel:
       Jews, Palestinians, and the Coming of the 1948 War
Moria Paz, Stanford University
       The Alliance Israélite Universelle and Models of Political 
Respondent: Peter Krause, Boston College
Thursday, April 19, 2018

IV. Protecting the Collective Rights of Minority Groups: Conceptualizing, Criminalizing, and Prosecuting Genocide

Chair: Leigh Swigart, Brandeis University
Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College
        Aggression, Atrocity and the Verbrecherstaat
Donna-Lee Frieze, Deakin University
       Will or Ought? Philosophical Reflections on Minorities and
       Groups from the League of Nations to the Adoption of the
       Genocide Convention
Devin Pendas, Boston College
       The Squaring of the Circle: Rethinking the Lauterpacht-
       Lemkin Debate
Respondent: Yehudah Mirsky, Brandeis University

V. Protecting the Rights of Individuals: From Minority Rights to a Universal Human Rights Regime

Chair: Lisa Fishbayn-Joffe, Brandeis University
Elizabeth Borgwardt, Washington University in St. Louis
       Tokyo vs Nuremberg: Transitional Justice and the
       Global 1948
Rotem Giladi, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow
       Lauterpacht in Jerusalem: Human Rights, the Right of
       Petition, and the Politics of Jewish Representation
James Loeffler, University of Virginia
       Three Days in December: How Human Rights, Genocide, and
       Zionism Came Together and Fell Apart
Respondent: Samuel Moyn, Yale University

Retrospect and Prospect

Leora Bilsky, Tel Aviv University
Atina Grossmann, Cooper Union

7:00 pm Hassenfeld Conference Center

Seeking Social Justice: American Jews and the Quest for Equality and Civil Rights – 70 Years of Brandeis University

A round-table discussion with
Ron Liebowitz
       President, Brandeis University
Stephen Whitfield PhD'72
       Max Richter Professor Emeritus of American Civilization, 
       Brandeis University
Jonathan Sarna '75 MA'75
       Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish 
       History, Brandeis University
Deborah Dash Moore '67
       Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History,
       University of Michigan