Jewish Studies Colloquia

People gather around a conference tableThe 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.

2020-2021 Schedule

Fall 2020

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 
Spring 2021
  • 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 

2019-2020 Schedule

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 (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

Past Colloquia

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 or Eugene Sheppard.