Friday, February 01, 2008

Conference on "Discourses of 'Jewishness'" at Pitt

The Jewish Studies Program
at the
University of Pittsburgh


"Discourses of 'Jewishness'"
Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31, 2008

Novelist DARA HORN
7:30 PM
W. W. Posvar Hall
Room 1501

“Do You Consider Yourself a Jewish Writer?”

Dara Horn is the Author of The World to Come. (W. W. Norton, 2006) and In the Image. (W. W. Norton, 2002).

This presentation is co-sponsored by the office of the Dean of the School of Arts and at the University of Pittsburgh in association with the
Giant Eagle Foundation

Monday,March 31, 2008
2500 Posvar Hall

Session A: 8:30AM--10:00AM
“Fashioning Jewish Ethnicities”
Chair: DENNIS LOONEY, University of Pittsburgh

“Engaging America in Hebrew: Fashioning Jewish Immigrant Identities in American Hebrew Literature”
JILL AIZENSTEIN, New York University

“Marranos, Conversos, and Crypto-Latinos: Jewish and Hispanic Crossings in the American Southwest and the and the Boundaries of Ethnic Identity”
JONATHAN FREEDMAN, University of Michigan

“How the Jews Became Japanese in Brazil”
JEFFREY LESSER, Emory University

Session B: 10:30 AM--Noon
“Jewishness in the Cultural Imaginary”
Chair: GIUSEPPINA MECCHIA, University of Pittsburgh

“Convertible Subjects: Inquisition, Interrogation and Jewish Conversion in the Modern Luso-Brazilian Imaginary”
ERIN GRAFF ZIVIN, University of Pittsburgh

“The Mirror in the Window: Ferzan Ozpetek’s Jewish Rome”
LINA INSANA, University of Pittsburgh

“Italian Independence on the ‘Golden Wings’ of Jewish Emancipation”
SCOTT LERNER, Franklin and Marshall College

Session C: 1:30 PM--3:00 PM
“Reconstructing Jewish Presence”
Chair: ADAM SHEAR, University of Pittsburgh

“Sephardism and the ‘Regeneration’ of Spain: Ernesto Giménez Caballero’s Philo-Sephardic Crusade”
MICHAL FRIEDMAN, Columbia University

“Mahia: The Distillation of Moroccan/Jewish Identity”
OREN KOSANSKY, Lewis and Clark College

“’Shabbos Goyim’” and the Re-creation of ‘Jewish Space’ in present-day Poland”
ERICA LEHRER, Concordia University

Session D: 3:30 PM--4:30 PM
“Expressions: Conversations with Contemporary Jewish Artists”
Chair: KATHRYN SPITZ COHAN, Director, Pittsburgh Jewish-Israeli Film Festival

JANE BERNSTEIN, Author, Carnegie Mellon University

LESLIE GOLOMB HARTMAN, Artist; Director, American Jewish Museum

DAVID STOCK, Composer, Duquesne University

The symposium has been supported with grants from the Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence, European Studies Center, the Department of French and Italian, and the Department of Religious Studies.

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