Jewish History Colloquium

 

The Greater Washington Jewish History Colloquium (JHC), hosted by GW’s Judaic Studies Program, is a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of modern Jewish history (broadly defined) in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Discussions during the colloquium focus on pre-circulated papers. The format includes a 15–25-minute presentation by the author(s) of the papers, followed by a Q&A session. The colloquium is open to the public, but audience members are kindly requested to RSVP.

When campus is open, the colloquium is held at GW's Gelman Library

The colloquium meets three times each semester. During the 2021-22 academic year, all JHC meetings will be held online on Zoom. 

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Upcoming Colloquia

Fall: 
1) Thursday, September 9, Amir Engel (Hebrew University), Ernst Müller’s Esotericism: Toward a German-Jewish-Christian Theology. RSVP Here

2) Thursday, October 7, Maayan Hilel, (Northwestern University), Breaking barriers: intercultural encounters in British Mandate PalestineRSVP Here

3) Tuesday, November 30, Jessica Marglin (University of Southern California), Jews and Law and the Modern State: Legal Nationalization in Colonial North AfricaRSVP Here

 

Spring:

1) Thursday, January 27, Jason Lustig (The University of Texas at Austin),  “Fake Jews: Contested Epistemologies of Jewishness.” RSVP Here

2) Thursday, February 10, Mirjam Zadoff (The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism) & Noam Zadoff (University of Innsbruck), "On the Construction of Jewishness and the Inescapable Jewish Fate: The Cases of Werner and Gershom Scholem." RSVP Here

3) Thursday, March 24, Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (Leiden/Ben-Gurion), Rothschilds of the East? The making of a Global Jewish Elite in the Age of EmpireRSVP Here

 


Past Colloquia



Colloquium Series: Rebekka Grossmann, "Clichés for Rent: Hans Kohn and the Question of Authenticity in Zionist Photography"

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Colloquium Series: Cedric Cohen Skalli, "Between Yitzhak Baer and Leo Strauss: The Rediscovery of Isaac Abravanel's Political Thought in the late 1930s"

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Hosted by GW’s Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish History Colloquium (JHC) is a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of m

Colloquium Series: Dina Berdichevsky, "The Long Endless Railroads, the Blowing Winds, and the Invention of Hebrew Mood"

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Hosted by GW’s Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish History Colloquium (JHC) is a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of m

Colloquium Series: Gil Rubin, "The Holocaust and the Geopolitics of Jewish Death"

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Gil Rubin (Yale University) will present his research in a presentation titled, "The Holocaust and the Geopolitics of Jewish Death."

Colloquium Series: Lauren B. Strauss, "Painting the Town Red: Jewish Visual Artists, Radical Politics, and Yiddish Culture in Interwar New York"

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Hosted by GW’s Judaic Studies Program, the Jewish History Colloquium (JHC) is a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of m

Colloquium Series: Benjamin Nathans, "Refuseniks and Rights-Defenders: Jews, Rights, and the Soviet Dissident Movement"

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
In this meeting, Professor Benjamin Nathans (University of Pennsylvania) will present his research in a presentation titled, "Refuseniks and Rights-Defenders: Jews, Rights, and the Soviet Dissident Movement.”

CANCELED: Colloquium Series: Kenneth Moss, "Jewish Vulnerability and the Politics of Emergency in Poland 1928-1935"

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, canceled due to COVID-19, Kenneth Moss was to present his research in a presentation titled, "Jewish Vulnerability and the Politics of Emergency in Poland 1928-1935"

Colloquium Series: Elizabeth Anthony, "Seegasse 9: A Jewish Nursing Home in Post Holocaust Vienna"

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Elizabeth Anthony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presented her research in a presentation titled "Seegasse 9: A Jewish Nursing Home in Post Holocaust Vienna."

Colloquium Series: Shari Rabin, "American Jewish History and the B'nai B'rith Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews (1882-1957)"

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Shari Rabin presented his research in a presentation titled, "American Jewish History and the B'nai B'rith Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews (1882-1957)"

Colloquium Series: Roman Vater, "Post-Zionism: First Generation"

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Roman Vater presented his paper "Post-Zionism: First Generation."

Colloquium Series: Geraldine Gudefin, "Between Two Worlds: Navigating Jewish and American Divorce in the Period of Mass Migration"

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Geraldine Gudefin presented her paper "Between Two Worlds: Navigating Jewish and American Divorce in the Period of Mass Migration."

Colloquium Series: Leon Fink, "Friends without Borders: American Liberals and the Embrace of Israel from Labor Zionism to the Two-State Solution"

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Leon Fink presented his paper "Friends without Borders: American Liberals and the Embrace of Israel from Labor Zionism to the Two-State Solution."

Colloquium Series: Amos Goldberg, "The Grey Zone of the Mind: A Question of History and Psychology"

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Amos Goldberg presented his research in a presentation titled, "The Grey Zone of the Mind: A Question of History and Psychology"

Colloquium Series: Na’ama Rokem, "Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Philology and the Colonial Powers at the Hebrew University"

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Na’ama Rokem presented her research in a presentation titled, "Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Philology and the Colonial Powers at the Hebrew University"

Colloquium Series: Orian Zakai, "A Tale of Two Sisters: Dvora and Hemda Ben-Yehuda and the Emergence of the New Hebrew Woman"

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
In this meeting, Professor Orian Zakai presented her paper "A Tale of Two Sisters: Dvora and Hemda Ben-Yehuda and the Emergence of the New Hebrew Woman."

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