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The representation of Jewess have received limited critical attention, especially in comparison to the masculine counterparts. This major conference seeks to subject the Jewess' -- her historical precedents and modern incarnations -- to new critical examination. Bringing together scholars, artists, and public figures, we will endeavor to re-examine, reimagine, and even reinvent the contested category of the Jewess in art, literature, and film.

*Schedule of events:

9 – 9:15 Keren Hammerschlag (Georgetown), “Your favorite Jewish girl, apart from your mum”: Introducing the Modern Jewess


9:15 – 9:45 Cassie Herbert (Georgetown), “Jewess”: What's in a Name?


9:45 – 10:45 Susan Sidlauskas (Rutgers), “A ‘highly strung temperament, features of exceptional distinction and refinement—and instinct with pride of race.’ John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Lady Sassoon, 1907.” Respondent Juliet Bellow (American University)


10:45 – 11:00 Tea Break


11:00 – 12:00 “The Many Modern Lives of Lilith”: Poet Lynn Levin in Conversation with David Ebenbach


12:00 – 1:00 “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin”: Artist Siona Benjamin in Conversation with Ori Z. Soltes


1:00 – 2:00 Lunch


2:00 – 3:00 Lori Harrison-Kahan (Boston College), “‘Her religion had always lain lightly upon her’: Emma Wolf, Miriam Michelson, and the California Jewess.” Respondent Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown)


3:00 – 4:00 Tahneer Oksman (Marymount), “Drawing on Grief in Jewish Women's Visual Memoirs.” Respondent Lindsay Kaplan (Georgetown)


4:00 – 4:30 Coffee Break


4:30 – 5:30 Chantal Ringuet (Brandeis University and Institut Européen Emmanuel Lévinas), “The Modern Jewish Poetess Across Continents.” Respondent Eli Rosenblatt (Georgetown)


5:30 – 5:35 Closing remarks (Keren Hammerschlag)


5:35-6:30 Closing Reception

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 1 - 1:00 pm
    to
    Friday, Feb. 2 12:00 am

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