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 2019:

Tuesday, September 17

"The ‘Question of the Pogroms’ in a Paris Courtroom in the 1920s: the Trial of Sholem Schwartzbard" - Alexandra Garbarini, Williams College

Tuesday, November 19

"Advocates, Migrants and Mobility Entrepreneurs: The Jewish Migration from Lithuania 1860–1880" - Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University

Tuesday, December 10

"Sons of Light: Zalman Schachter, Thomas Merton, and Modern Monasticism" - Or Rose, Hebrew College

Spring 2020:

Tuesday, January 21

"The Trouble with Medieval Conversion: Petrus Alfonsi’s Dialogi contra ludaeos and Christian Anxiety about Jewish Conversion" - Nina Caputo, University of Florida

Tuesday, February 25

"A Shared Aversion to Conversion: Comparing Legal Controversies over Conversion in Israel and India" - Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University

Tuesday, March 17

"'A mouth as round as a signet- ring'; A Gendered Reading of Jewelry in the Geniza Society and Culture" - Miriam Frenkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Tuesday, April 21

"God's Disability: Confronting the 'Euthanasia' Murders" - Dagmar Herzog, the Graduate Center - CUNY

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