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

2013-2014 Schedule:

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

Fall 2013:

September 24, 2013
Rachel Greenblatt, Harvard University
"'A Beautiful and Costly Procession':   A Printed Path to Jewish Modernity in Early Eighteenth-Century Prague and Frankfurt"

October 22, 2013
Eve Krakowski, Yale University
“Jewish Families in Medieval Egypt: Reexamining the Geniza Evidence”

November 19, 2013
Daniel Schwartz, George Washington University
"What's in a Name? The Word 'Ghetto' Comes to America"

Spring 2014

January 21, 2014
Adam Mendelsohn, College of Charleston
"From Rags to Riches? Accounting for Jewish Prosperity in the United States"

February 25, 2014
Galit Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Bodies Performing in Ruins: The Lamenting Mother in Ancient Hebrew Texts”

March 25, 2014
Richard Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Imagining the Fighting Jew in Modern Culture and History"
(read paper) (Richard Cohen, Accompanying Images)

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