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.
Until further notice, colloquia will not take place in person, but will stream live on Zoom.
Tuesday, September 22 – "From the Left and the Right: Campus Antisemitism and American Jewish Life," Marc Dollinger, San Francisco State University
- Tuesday, October 27 – "God's Disability: Confronting the 'Euthanasia' Murders," Dagmar Herzog, the Graduate Center at CUNY
- Tuesday, November 17 – "Riddling Materiality: The Queen of Sheba, Solomon, and Riddles in Ninth-Century Tradition," Jillian Stinchcomb, Brandeis University
- Tuesday, February 23 - "Jerusalem's Ancient Queens: Gender, Power, and Erasure," Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University
Tuesday, March 23 - "The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons," Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University
Tuesday, April 20 - "'Sit and Study This Book with Your Family': Print Culture in 19th-Century North Africa", Noam Sienna, University of Minnesota
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
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 (Canceled) – "'A mouth as round as a signet- ring'; A Gendered Reading of Jewelry in the Medieval Islamicate Society and Culture" - Miriam Frenkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tuesday, April 21 (Canceled) – "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.