CFP: Yiddish / Jewish Cultures: Literature, History, Thought in Eastern European Diasporas (11/15/05; 2/26/06-2/27/06)

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Yiddish Conference


Yiddish / Jewish Cultures: Literature, History, Thought in Eastern European

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

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: .
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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