Space and Place in Jewish Studies—Conference on March 10 at JTS

"The Spatial Turn in Jewish Studies"

March 10, 2013
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Mendelson Convocation Center
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street)
New York City

Space and place have become increasingly important terms for understanding Jewish cultures. Join us for an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, who will discuss their work in relation to recent intellectual and scholarly trends. Topics will include a range of areas, including architecture in the Talmud, the Bible in Israeli cultural memory, Agnon's Buczacz, language wars in the Yishuv, and post-Holocaust Jewish architecture. A reception will follow the day's panel discussions.

No RSVP is necessary. Contact Dr. Barbara Mann, associate professor of Jewish Literature and Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature at JTS, at bamann@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8816 for more information.

The program is cosponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary, the Zvia Ginor Fund, the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, and Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

Full Conference Program

9:30 a.m.

Coffee

10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

 

Welcome
Alan Cooper, provost, The Jewish Theological Seminary

 

"Space Matters"
Barbara Mann, The Jewish Theological Seminary

10:30 a.m.

Text/Culture/Memory

 

Chair: Stefanie Siegmund, The Jewish Theological Seminary

 

"Torah and Topography: Late Antique Rabbinic Culture Between Real and Symbolic Space"
Gil Klein, Loyola Marymount University

 

"Space, Memory, and the 'Return to the Bible' in Israeli Culture"
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University

 

"A Baedeker to Buczacz: Agnon as Tour Guide"
Alan Mintz, The Jewish Theological Seminary

12:30 p.m.

Break

2:00 p.m.

Geography/Landscape/Architecture

 

Chair: TBA

 

"Mapping Language Diversity in a Hebrew Society: A Spatial Approach to the Cultural History of the Yishuv"
Liora Halperin, Princeton University

"Space and Place in Diaspora Tourism"
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University

 

"Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust"
Gavriel Rosenfeld, Fairfield University

4:30 p.m.

Closing Reception