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

2018-2019 Schedule

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

Fall 2018:

Tuesday, October 9

"Wittgenstein's Moses: Reference, Identity and an Embarrassing Confession" - Abraham Socher, Jewish Review of Books

Tuesday, November 6

"The Outsider: Benzion Netanyahu and the Politics of Resentment" - Adi Armon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, December 4

"Rabbinic Narratives and the Problem of Non-Compliance in the Babylonian Talmud" - Lynn Kaye, Brandeis University

Spring 2019:

Tuesday, January 29

"A Crip Zionism? Jessie Sampter, Disability, and Gender in the Yishuv" - Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University-Bloomington

Tuesday, February 12


Tuesday, March 12

"Embodying the Database: Race, Gender, and Social Justice" - Dorothy Kim, Brandeis University 

Tuesday, April 9

"The Crisis of the American Jewish Intellectual:  Marxism, God, and Jewish Identity in the 1940s" - Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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