Past Colloquia

Hold the Dates for the 2015-16 Colloquia
Meetings are on Tuesdays,
Lown, room 315
12:20 – 2:00 pm
  • October 13, 2015
  • November 10, 2015
  • December 1, 2015
  • January 26, 2016
  • February 23, 2016
  • March 15, 2016
  • April 12, 2016

Jewish Studies Colloquia

The Jewish Studies Colloquium, which has been meeting since 2001, provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and other academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The colloquium engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity. 

MA and PH.D candidates, college and university faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.


The Tauber Institute
Jewish Studies Colloquium

2014-2015 Schedule:

Meetings are on Tuesdays, Lown, room 315
12:20 – 2:00 pm

Fall 2014:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sunny Yudkoff, University of Chicago
“A Sick Room of Her Own: Tuberculosis and the Literary Case of Rahel”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Zev Eleff, Brandeis University
"The American Civil War and Rabbinic Authority"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University
"German and German Jewish Understandings of Persecution, Providence, and Messianic Vengeance: 1933-1938"

Spring 2015:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Noah Gerber, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Janina M. Safran, The Pennsylvania State University
"'Ibn Zarb Was Asked About a Jewish Boy...': The Religion of Children in al-Andalus in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Mirjam Zadoff, Indiana University Bloomington
"Jews on the Move, Jews in Love: Cultural Practices of ‘Courtship’ and ‘Dating’ in Modern Jewish Societies"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sarah Hammerschlag, University of Chicago
"Modern French Jewish Thought: Considering Its History and Evaluating Its Contributions"

Participating in the Colloquium: Presenters discuss a work-in-progress made available in advance.  Following a brief overview (5-10 minutes), the presenter opens the floor to questions, critiques, suggestions, and general discussion. 

Papers, which are not to exceed 30 pages, will be made available online two weeks before each colloquium session.

Presenting at the Colloquium: To submit your works-in-progress for presentation at the Jewish Studies Colloquium, please contact Sylvia Fuks Fried at or Eugene Sheppard at