Yiddish Conference

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of California at Berkeley
with Support from the Departments of Comparative Literature, German, and History
Is Proud to Sponsor the

2nd Annual Berkeley Yiddish Conference
On the Borders of Yiddishland

24 – 25 May 2004
3335 Dwinelle Hall

May 24, 2004

  9:15 a.m.    

Welcome   ברוך-הבאָ 
Robert Adler Peckerar, UC Berkeley
Opening Remarks   אַ פּאָר ווערטער
Eli Katz, UC Berkeley

I.   9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Imagining Territories

Mapping Yiddishland: Speech, Space, and the Imaginary
Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Ingathering of the Proletarian Exiles: Soviet Jewish Nation-Building in the Crimea, Ukraine, and Birobidzhan
Gennady Estraikh, New York University
Blurred Boundaries in the Promised Land: The Desert Stories of Zalmen Brokhes
Yael Chaver, UC Berkeley

II.   11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Soviet Yiddishland

"Nayrusland": I. J. Singer's Travels Through Soviet Russia, 1926-1927
Deborah Yalen, UC Berkeley
Can Photographs Cross Linguistic Boundaries?: Evgenii Khaldei's Photography and the World War II Soviet Russian and Yiddish Press
David Shneer, University of Denver

III.  2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Safe Passage?

Who's the Fool? Gimpel in America
Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union
Think Yiddish, Write Hebrew: Joseph Perl's Hasidic Voices
Ken Frieden, Syracuse University
Descriptions of the Polak
Marion Aptroot, Heinrich-Heine-Universität-Düsseldorf

4:30 p.m.     Film:  Our Children [אונדזערע קינדער]

Poland 1948, (68 min.) Dir.: Gross and Goskind
Starring: Shimen Dzigan and Yisroel Schumacher

May 25, 2004

IV.   9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Canons on the Frontier

Metropolis and Shtetl: Gender and Genre Boundaries in Menakhem-Mendl
Bluma Goldstein, UC Berkeley
Convicting and Acquitting Shomer
Justin Cammy, Smith College
Sholem-Aleykhem on the Edges of the Literary Text
Naomi Brenner, UC Berkeley

V.   11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Crossing Over

Between the Borders of the Senses: Synaesthesia in Yiddish Poetry
Jordan Finkin, UC Berkeley
Notes From a Demon's Bedroom: Crossing Borders in Early Modern Yiddish Fiction
Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University
Remnants of Prewar East European Purim Plays in Living Memory
Dov-Ber Kerler, Indiana University

VI.   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     The Topography of Typography

Where Did It Happen? Yiddish Literary Space and the 1905 Revolution
Avraham Nowersztern, Hebrew University
Cities of Lost Pasts: How Urban Yiddish Writers Dreamed the Shtetl
Allison Schachter, UC Berkeley
A Bridge Across the Continents: Yiddish Book Dedications in the 20th Century
Mark Smith, UCLA

4:00 – Closing Remarks
John Efron, UC Berkeley

Free Admission
Open to the Public

To download a conference poster, click HERE [PDF format 1.5 mb].
For a copy of the 2003 schedule, click HERE.