‘Jews and Strangers’
Leo Baeck College, London
3 July, 2018
Since the Diaspora, Jews have been forced to adopt the role of the stranger. Edmond Jabès even writes that when one says ‘stranger’ one thinks ‘Jew’. While this concept is deeply embedded in the Jewish psyche the goal of this international conference is to explore how Jews engage with strangers, Jews and non-Jews. This is a topical subject in the 21st century because increasing migration creates a tension between globalisation and identity. This theme will be approached from many angles and applied to many disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature and sociology, with a keynote lecture by Prof Maurice Samuels from Yale.
8.45 – 9.15: Registration
First Panel: Imagining the Stranger
9.15-10.35: Prof Efraim Sicher (Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel) ‘The Daughter of Germany: The Stranger Within the Jewish Imaginary’.
9.35-9.55: Dr Maxime Decout (Lille University, France) ‘Jews as Strangers, Strangers as Jews in the Post-War French Novel’.
9.55-10.15: Prof Jonathan Gill (Amsterdam University College, the Netherlands) ‘Show Yourself to Me: Diane Arbus’s Radical Otherings’.
10.15- 10.35: Dr Søren Blak Hjortshøj (Roskilde University, Denmark) ‘Boundaries of the Stranger: the Contributing Stranger, Cosmopolitanism and the Jewish Question’.
10.45-11.05: tea/coffee break
Second Panel: Jewish Stranger among Jews
11.05-11.25: Prof Chad Alan Goldberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) ‘The Stranger in Germany and America’.
11.25-11.45: Dr Eyal Davidson ( Orot Israel College and Herzog College, Israel) ‘The Attitude of the Jews in the Land of Israel toward the Marranos in the Sixteenth Century’.
11.45-12.05: Dr Federico Dal Bo (University of Barcelona, Spain) ‘“They Are Not My People” Mysticism and Political Extremism in Henry Bean’s Script The Believer (2001)’.
12.05-12.25: Dr Dani Kranz (Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany) ‘(Friendly Strangers in their Own Land? Third Generation Jews and Socio-Political Activism in the Present in Germany’.
12.35-13.35: Lunch at the Strudel Café
13.35-14.35: Keynote lecture, followed by 10 minutes questions: Prof Maurice Samuels (Yale University, USA) ‘Friendship and Betrayal: The Duchess de Berry, Simon Deutz, and Modern France’s First Anti-Semitic Affair’
Third Panel: Jews, Strangers and Colonialism
14.35-14.55: Prof Shirli Gilbert (University of Southampton, UK) ‘Jewish Identity and Racism in South Africa’.
14.55-15.15: Dr Shira Klein (Chapman University, USA) ‘Strange Brothers: Italian Jews, African Jews, and the Colonization of Africa’.
15.15-15.35: Dr Claire Le Foll (University of Southampton, UK) ‘Jews and Poles in the Belorussian Provinces of the Russian Empire: The Confrontation of Two “Alien” Groups at the End of the Nineteenth Century’.
15.45-16.05: Tea/coffee break
Fourth Panel: Hosting the Stranger
16.05-16.25: Dr Mathias Berek (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany) ‘Rights of the Stranger in Jewish Moral: Reactions to M. Lazarus’ Ethics of Judaism in Imperial Germany’.
16.25-16.45: Prof. David Malkiel (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) ‘The Jew as Stranger in Renaissance Italy’.
16.45- 17.05: Dr Natan M. Meir (Portland State University, USA) ‘Strangers among us: The Outcasts of Jewish Society in Eastern Europe’.
17.05- 17.25: Dr Catherine Bartlett (University of Surrey, UK) ‘The Christian Orphan as the Stranger in Nineteenth-Century European Jewish Fiction’.
17.35-19.00: Afternoon tea
As places are limited, early registration is advisable at:
The conference fees (£60) include tea/coffee breaks, Kosher lunch and Kosher afternoon tea.
For further information contact Dr Catherine Bartlett at: firstname.lastname@example.org