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Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination Conference

February 18, 2015 - February 19, 2015  |  Stevenson Fireside Lounge


The Venice Ghetto serves as the starting point from which we address questions of modern Jewish spaces –a site that has played a central role in Jewish and European culture since the Jews were sequestered in the Ghetto at its founding in 1516. Contemporary globalization brings into focus the relationship between identity and spatial location, and highlights new and cross-cutting transnational allegiances.



WEDNESDAY, February 18th (5:00-7:00PM):5:00-5:30PM: Opening Remarks, “The Importance of the Venice Ghetto for Modern Jewish Studies” by Professor Murray Baumgarten

5:30-7:00PM: Panel #1: Sculptural and Literary Israeli Space

Amanda Sharick, University of California, Riverside: “Envisioning “Friends” (2011) and “Brotherhood” (2013) in Haifa: Yosl Bergner and Contested Histories of Cooperation/Coercion in ‘Mixed’ City Spaces.”

Chen Bar-Itzhak, Ben-Gurion University: “The Dissolution of Utopia: Literary Representations of Haifa, from Herzl’s Altneuland to Later Israeli Writing” (VIDEO TALK)

Respondent: Professor Bruce Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz


THURSDAY, February 19th (9:30-4:30PM, Reception To Follow):

9:30-11:00AM: Panel #2: European Jewish Spaces

Erica Smeltzer, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Metamorphosis and Other Stories: Narrating Life on the Borders of a Divided City.”

Professor Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Jewish Budapest.”

Professor Emily Finer, University of St. Andrews: “Lev Lunts’ ‘Across the Border.’”

Respondent: Professor Vilashini Cooppan, University of California Santa Cruz

11:00-11:30AM – Coffee Break

11:30-1:00PM: Panel #3: American Jewish Spaces

Joanna Meadvin, University of California, Santa Cruz: “An Other Jewish America: Henry Roth discovers Sepharad.”

Katie Trostel, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Ceques: Networked Jewish Memory in the works of Tununa Mercado (Argentina) and Karina Pacheco Medrano (Peru).”

Respondent: Professor Dorian Bell

1:00-2:15PM: Lunch

2:30-4:00PM: Panel #4: Virtual Jewish Spaces

Lee Jaffe, University of California, Santa Cruz: “The Jewish Anthology: A Space For Negotiating Jewish Identity.”

Caroline Luce, University of California, Los Angeles: “Reconstructing the Landscape of Yiddish Culture in “Dos Durem-Land Baym Yam (The Southland by the Sea).”

Respondent: Rachel Deblinger, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz.

4:00-4:30PM: Concluding Remarks with Professor Nathaniel Deutsch

Performance by Michael Alpert, klezmer musician.

Reception with light food and refreshments held in Humanities 1, Room 202


Center for Jewish Studies, Helen Diller Endowment for Jewish Studies, and Institute for Humanities ResearchDIRECTIONS & PARKING:



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February 18, 2015
February 19, 2015
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