[EDLING:1020] CFP: Yiddish / Jewish Cultures: Literature, History, Thought in Eastern European Diasporas

Francis M Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri Sep 30 21:22:58 UTC 2005

> Yiddish / Jewish Cultures: Literature, History, Thought in Eastern European 
> Diasporas
> Date: Sunday, February 26th to Monday, February 27th, 2006
> Location: Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York 
> University, New York City
> What does the field of "Yiddish Studies" mean in the 21st century?
> Announcing a graduate student conference on the varieties of Yiddish 
> cultural, historical, and linguistic expression either located within 
> Eastern Europe, or emanating to diasporas such as the Americas, Israel, and 
> other parts of the world.
> We seek papers engaging with the Yiddish language, its diverse literatures, 
> Yiddishist ideologies, or historical projects which make use of Yiddish 
> sources and/or what we may tentatively call, "Yiddish culture."  Indeed, our 
> aim is also to deconstruct these very categories and question what it means 
> to study Yiddish.
> Our goal is to create a multi-disciplinary conversation among emerging 
> scholars.  We encourage diverse submissions.  Potential topics may include 
> but are not limited to: Yiddish cookbooks, the status of Yiddish as a 
> minority language, nationalist movements, Yiddish theatre, gender and 
> Yiddish literature, Jewish presses between the World Wars, the presence (or 
> absence) of Yiddish in Israel, Holocaust memoirs, and Jewish political 
> organizations.
> This conference will offer a unique opportunity to present works in progress 
> and receive critical feedback from your colleagues, as well as faculty 
> members, who will serve as chairs of the panels.
> In addition, presenters will have the opportunity to submit their papers for 
> publication in a volume of conference proceedings.
> We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Professor Barbara 
> Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (Performance Studies, New York University).
> Travel funds may be available to a limited number of students.
> Please send a 300-400 word abstract, along with your contact information, by 
> November 15th to: yiddishconference at gmail.com .
> Please send any inquiries to the same email address, or call: 212.998.8980
> Organizing Committee
> Shiri Goren, Hannah Pressman, Lara Rabinovitch
> PhD Candidates
> Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
> New York University 

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