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A Celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa

Abstracts of each paper can be found on the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies website at Carleton University.

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A Celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University and the Jacob M. Lowy Collection of Library and Archives Canada are proud to present an interdisciplinary academic conference in Jewish Studies. This event celebrates the recent establishment of two new Jewish Studies programs in Ottawa at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for twenty nine scholars of Jewish Studies in Ottawa and elsewhere to convene and share their original research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It covers the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present in different geographic settings and social contexts. Presenters will discuss Jewish society, culture and politics, classic and modern Jewish thought, Jewish literature, art and popular culture, gender, antisemitism, as well as Jewish journalism, education, and community building.

Both in number of speakers and breadth of scope, A Celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa is a significant milestone in the history of Jewish Studies in Canada and, we hope, the first of many such conferences in Canada's cities.

DAY 1:  Wednesday, October 24th
Time Event Sessions A : Room 156 Sessions B : Room 154
8:30-9:15 Registration and Coffee Auditorium Foyer
9:15-9:30 Welcoming Remarks Room 156

Robert McIntosh (Library and Archives Canada)
Ira Robinson (Canadian Society for Jewish Studies)
9:30-11:30 Session 1A 1A. Nation and Jew: A Political Life
Chair: Pierre Anctil
1. Richard Menkis. Recent Growth in Canadian Jewish Historiography: an Analysis of Gerald Tulchinsky's Taking Root and Branching Out
2. Geneviève Richer. Defending His Fellow Jews at the Legislative Assembly of Québec: the Interventions of Peter Bercovitch in Favour of the Rights of the Jewish Minority, 1924-1935 (in French)
3. Hugues Théorêt. Adrien Arcand's Antisemitic Campaign in the Interwar Period: 1929-1939 (In French)
4. Claire Stern. Lea Roback: Social Activist and Feminist in the Twentieth Century
11:30-12:30 Lunch Auditorium Foyer
12:30-2:30 Sessions 2A and 2B 2A. The Ties That Bind: Gender, Memory and Community
Chair: Rebecca Margolis

1. Susan Landau-Chark. Identity, Community and Religious Leadership as Expressed through the Role of the Rabbi's Wife
2. Barbara Weiser. Threads of Identity: The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles
3. Chantal Ringuet. The Literary and Community Involvement of Ida Maze, the "Mother of Yiddish Writers in Montreal" (In French)
4. Deidre Butler. Duties of the Heart: Jewish Feminist Ethics, Feminist Historiography and the Shoah
2B. Issues of Antisemitism and the Holocaust in Cultural Representation
Chair: James Casteel

1. Sarah Gelbard. Wandering Dwellings: the Diasporic Home
2. Jeremy Maron. My Father's Gift to Me: the Reality of the Fable in
Life is Beautiful
3. Barbara Gabriel. Purity and Danger in History: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Garbage, the City and Death
4. Chris Faulkner. French Cinema of the 1930s and the Language of Antisemitism
2:30-2:45 Break Auditorium Foyer
2:45-4:15 Sessions 3A and 3B 3A. New Arts and War
Chair: Aviva Freedman

1. Reesa Greenberg. Mobile Monuments: War Imagery in the Art of Vera Frenkel, Susan Hiller, and Melissa Shiff
2. Carol Zemel. Conflict and Ambivalence in Video Art by Yael Bartana
3B. Ancient and Medieval Judaism
Chair: Barry Walfish

1. Naftali Cohn. Constructing the Temple in a Rabbinic Image: a Literary-Anthropological Reading of the Mishnah's Ritual Narratives
2. Jason Kalman. Did Maimonides See Job's Reflection When He Looked in the Mirror?
3. Ginger Hegedus. Where is Paradise? The Notion of the Afterlife and the Understanding of Time in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought
7:30-10:00 Lecture and Reception


Keynote Speaker and Lowy Anniversary Lecturer
Emile Schrijver
Uncovering the Lowy Haggadah Manuscript

Day 2:  Thursday, Oct 25th
Time Event Sessions A : Room 156 Sessions B : Room 154
9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee Auditorium Foyer
9:30-11:30 Sessions 4A and 4B 4A. Portrayals/Constructions of Jews and Judaism
Chair: Deidre Butler

1. Michele Byers and Rosalin Krieger. The Invisibles: Jewish Canada and Television Culture
2. Benjamin Wright. The Passion of Larry David: Jewish Identity and Humour in Curb Your Enthusiasm
3. Sarah Casteel, Arctic Narrative in Mordecai Richler and Michael Chabon
4B. Negotiating New Realities
Chair: Alti Rodal
1. Goldie Morgentaler. Chava Rosenfarb and The Tree of Life
2. Faydra Shapiro. Jews without Judaism: Christian Zionist Travel to Israel
11:30-12:30 Lunch Auditorium Foyer | Foyer de l'auditorium
12:30-2:00 Session 5A 5A. Montreal: Shifting Cityscapes
Chair: Ira Robinson

1. Lillooet Nordlinger McDonnell. The Franco-Sephardim of Montréal: a Francophone Minority in Québec
2. William Shaffir. Hassidim Confronting Modernity
3. Pierre Anctil. Hershl Novak and the Founding of the First Yiddish School in Montréal (in French)
2:00-2:15 Break Auditorium Foyer
2:15-3:45 Session 6A 6A. To Write, To Remember, To Build: The Journalist and Community
Chair: Cheryl Jaffee
1. Ira Robinson. Chaim Kruger and Jewish Studies in Montreal in the Interwar Period
2. Rebecca Margolis. The Keneder Adler and the khurbn: Responses to the Holocaust in the Canadian Yiddish Press
3. Steven Lapidus. Canadian Highlights: a Hasidic Magazine Made In Canada
3:45-4:30 Closing Remarks Room 156
Pierre Anctil and Aviva Freedman

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