Israeli Literature @ 70 Conference

  • Friday, April 13, 2018
April 12, 2018 – 3:00pm to April 13, 2018 – 5:00pm
Busch Hall – Room 18 & Duncker Hall – Hurst Lounge

Conference Participants:

Yael Dekel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Shai Ginsburg, Duke University

Eric Zakim, University of Maryland

Riki Traum, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Eran Tzelgov, Ben-Gurion University & Ra’av Press

Naomi B. Sokoloff, University of Washington

Wendy Zierler, Hebrew Union College

Michal Raizen, Ohio Wesleyan University

Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan

Melissa Weininger, Rice University

Nancy E. Berg, Washington University in St. Louis


*Conference Co-Directors: Nancy E. Berg and Naomi B. Sokoloff

Conference Schedule:

CONFERENCE DAY ONE: Thursday, April 12 – Busch 18, Washington University

3:00 – 4:30       SESSION ONE – Busch Hall, Room 18


Beginning with Alef: Canaanism and Zionism / Yael Dekel

Travels from Me and Tali in Llama Country to Yanetz Levi’s Uncle Arieh / Shai Ginsburg


4:30 – 4:45       COFFEE BREAK


4:45 – 6:00       SESSION TWO – Busch Hall, Room 18

Pulp Fiction: The Literariness of the Stalagim / Eric Zakim

Farewell to a Declining World: The (alternative) Revolution of the 1960s / Riki Traum-Avidan


CONFERENCE DAY TWO: Friday, April 13 – Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall, Washington University

9:00 – 10:15       SESSION THREE – Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge

Moments of Silence / Eran Tzelgov

                             ‘The pigs were my best friends’: Animals, Alona Frankel’s Memoirs, & the Holocaust / Naomi B. Sokoloff


10:15 – 10:30       COFFEE BREAK


10:30 – 12:15       SESSION FOUR – Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge

Anthological Poetics: Reading Amichai and Halfi in Liberal Siddurim / Wendy Zierler

The afla in Almog Behar’s Rachel and Ezekiel and Eli Amir’s Iraq Trilogy Mizrachi / Michal Raizen

The Encounter between Sea and Sky: Yiddish in Israel / Shachar Pinsker


1:30 – 3:30       SESSION FIVE – Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge

American Hebrew: The Transnational Israeli Novel in the Twenty-first Century / Melissa Weininger

And the Winner Is…: the Economy of Literary Awards / Nancy E. Berg

                              Round Table Discussion

Conference Sponsors:

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

The Center for Humanities

International and Area Studies

The Program in Religious Studies

The Department of History

Comparative Literature

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