Past Conferences

See a list of past conferences sponsored by the Tauber Institute.


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The Tauber Institute, in conjunction with various departments at Brandeis University, other campus-based research centers and international institutions, organizes conferences to provide participants a forum in which to engage in meaningful scholarly discourse and to develop new areas of inquiry and research in all fields of Jewish studies. 

"Narratives of Violence"
A conference organized by the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism
Central European University, Budapest
June 16-18, 2014

“Goitein in Perspective”
International Symposium
March 31, 2014 – April 1, 2014
Brandeis University
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

GoiteinThis symposium seeks to understand the life and work of the towering figure S.D. Goitein—scholar of Islamic Studies, Jewish Social History, the Cairo Geniza, and the medieval Mediterranean—from intellectual and biographical perspectives.

Conveners: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University, and Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Monday, March 31, 2014
9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Introductory Remarks
Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University
“Toward a Scholarly Biography of S.D. Goitein”

 I. German Beginnings and the Study of Islam
Chair: Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University
Dirk Hartwig, Freie Universität Berlin  
“Goitein's First Love: Qur'anic Studies”

Yehoshua Frenkel, University of Haifa
“Goitein on the Life of Muhammad”

Sabine Schmidtke, Freie Universität Berlin  
"Intellectual History of the Islamicate World beyond Denominational Borders: Challenges and Perspectives for a Comprehensive Approach"
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
II:  Goitein in Palestine and Israel
Chair: ChaeRan Freeze, Brandeis University

Miriam Frenkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"The Magic Carpet: Goitein's Yemenite Mission"

Walid Saleh, University of Toronto
“Goitein on Jews and Arabs”

Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, Vanderbilt University
“Goitein as a Scholar of Jewish Studies”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

9:30 am - 12:00 noon
III: Goitein within the Academic Disciplines
Chair: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University

Marina Rustow, John Hopkins University
“Goitein as a Social Historian”

Aaron Hughes, University of Rochester
“Goitein as a Scholar of Religion”

Peter Miller, Bard Graduate Center
“Goitein as a Scholar of the Mediterranean”
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
IV:  Goitein in America
Chair: Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Jessica Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles
“Goitein in America”

Abraham Udovitch, Princeton University

Closing Remarks
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Sponsored in part by the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.