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 PhD candidates, college and university faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.


The Tauber Institute
Jewish Studies Colloquium

2019-2020 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

"Mobility: Jewish Migration from Lithuania Before 1880" - Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University

Tuesday, December 10

"Envisioning a Jewish Monastic Community: Zalman Schachter, Catholicism, and the B'nai Or Fellowship" - Or Rose, Hebrew College

Spring 2020:

Tuesday, January 21

"The Trouble with Medieval Conversion: Christendom and Christian Anxiety about Jewish Conversion" - Nina Caputo, University of Florida

Tuesday, February 25

"The Return of the Corporation: Recent Israeli Conversion Cases and American Debates about Religious Freedom" - Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University

Tuesday, March 17

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

Tuesday, April 21

"God's Disability: Confronting the 'Euthanasia' Murders" 
CANCELLED - 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