May 2

Please join us for a 2-day conference on May 1-2, 2022 titled "Jewish Literatures and their Neighbors" in UC Irvine's School of Humanities, HG 1010 & HG 1002.


Sunday, May 1, 2022

  Panel I: Mediations 1:30-3:30 pm, HG 1010

Chair: Nasrin Rahimieh

Shir Alon, University of Minnesota: “Neighborhood Watch: Hebrew Literature in the Middle East after the Abraham Accords”

  Yuval Evri, Brandeis University: “Between Bordering to Neighboring: Tracing the Invention of Arab-Jews as Mediators”

  Liron Mor, UC Irvine: “Zionism as Extractive Translation and the Role of Mizrahim”

  Coffee break: 3:30-4 pm

  Keynote I 4-6 pm, HG 1010

  Lital Levy (Princeton University) “Global Haskalah: Translation and the Making of Modern Jewish Literatures."

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022


  Panel II: Limitations and Externalities - 10 am-12:30 pm, HG 1002

Chair: Matthias Lehmann

Almog Behar, Tel Aviv University (on Zoom): “A Jewish Quran: Islamic sources in Modern Jewish Literature in Hebrew and Arabic”

  Ella Elbaz-Nir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Routes of Unlikely Returns: Can Golah be a Motherland?"

  Roni Masel, Ben-Gurion University: “Love Thy Neighbor: South African Yiddishists’ Romance with Afrikaans and the Limits of    Universalism”

  Lunch Break: 12:30-1:30

  Panel III: Translations - 1:30-3:30 pm, HG 1002

Chair: Jane O. Newman

Elik Elhanan, CUNY: “Bringing our Neighbors to Mourn: Intertextuality and Work of Mourning in the Commemorations of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory”

Maya Barzilay, University of Michigan: “Love Thy Translation: Emotion and Empathy in Hebrew-German Literary Exchanges”

Danielle Drori, Universität Hamburg: “British Explorers and Other Neighbors: The First Hebrew Translations of Victorian Literature.”

  Coffee break: 3:30-4 pm

  Keynote II: 4-6 pm, HG 1010

  Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley) “Beyond Untranslatability and the Monolingual Nation-State Model: The View from Jewish Literatures”

This event is presented by UCI Center for Jewish Studies with the support of UCI Humanities Center and UCI Department of Comparative Literature.

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Jewish Literatures Conference program