Jewish History Colloquium

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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.

Past Colloquia


Fall 2021:

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

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

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

Spring 2021:

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

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."

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 Empire.