Conference | First Annual Symposium of the Leiden Jewish Studies Association
Jews at Home. From Creation to Corona
- Wednesday 6 December 2023 - Thursday 7 December 2023
- Academy building Faculty Club and Johan Huizinga building
Scholars and students with a broad and diverse expertise in the histories, languages, literatures and material cultures relevant to the study of Jews and Judaism from antiquity to modern times are welcome to join.
Programme day 1 - Wednesday 6 December
16.00-18.00 Opening (Academy building, Faculty Club, Rapenburg 70)
Reception and Keynote Panel:
'Home as Haven? Narratives of Crises and the Jewish Past'
The panel will feature Professor Elisheva Baumgarten, Department of Jewish History and Contemporaneous Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof. Jurgen Zangenberg (Leiden University), Dr. Lital Abazon (Leiden University) and Dr. Rebekka Grossmann (Leiden University).
Presentation of the LJSA “Best Thesis in Jewish Studies” Award
For the first time, the Leiden Jewish Studies Association “Best Thesis in Jewish Studies” Award will be presented to authors of recent Leiden BA and (Res)MA theses dealing with Jewish Studies topics. Sarah Cramsey and Jurgen Zangenberg will award the prizes.
Reception with Food and Drinks
Programme day 2 - Thursday 7 December
9.00-10.15 Session I (Johan Huizinga Building, Conference Room #2.60)
Session Chair: Dr. Naomi Truan, Assistant Professor of German Sociolinguistics (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)
‘"I will Live in the House of the Lord Forever" (Ps 23:6)’
Dr. Jonathan Stökl, University Lecturer of Hebrew and Aramaic, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
'At Home during the Babylonian Exile'
Prof. dr. Caroline Waerzeggers, Professor of Assyriology, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
'What about Hebrew?: Elephantine Judeans and their connection with the ancestral homeland'
Dr. Margaretha Folmer, University Lecturer of Hebrew and Aramaic, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
10:30-11:45 Session II (Johan Huizinga Building, Conference Room #2.60)
Session Chair: Prof. dr. Sarah Cramsey
'Between Hellenism and Judaism: The Stately Homes of Upper Jerusalem as Signifiers of Elite Identity'
Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg, Professor of the History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, Leiden University Institute for the Arts in Society and Leiden University Institute for History.
'Jews, but not at home: noble fosterage and the Jewish kings of Adiabene'
Prof. dr. Albert de Jong, Professor of Comparative Religion and Religions of Antiquity, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
'Sharing Space: Servants, Slaves, and Shabbat'
Prof. dr. Jessica V. Roitman, Professor of Jewish Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
13:00-13:45 Session III (Johan Huizinga Building, Conference Room #2.60)
Session Chair: Prof. dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg
'Digging up 8th c. BCE Houses on Tel Kinrot, Galilee'
Report on recent Field Work by Florence Cobben, Mark Eertink, Joëlle Kraaijeveld and Lianne Kalkman-Mahdi, MA- and ResMA-students Classics and Ancient Civilizations and Ancient History, Leiden University.
'In Search of Kafka’s Home: The Kafkaesque world of Jewish cultural heritage in the 21st Century'
Anneke Romijnders, BA Religious Studies, Leiden University Center for the Study of Religion.
14:00-15:15 Session IV (Johan Huizinga Building, Conference Room #2.60)
Session Chair: Dr. Rebekka Grossmann, University Lecturer, Leiden University Institute for History.
'A Split Home: Itamar Yaoz-Kest’s ‘Bi-Root''
Dr. Lital Abazon, University Lecturer of Comparative Literature of the Middle East, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
'Home as Metaphor: The State of Israel in/outside of the broader Middle East'
Dr. Noa Schonmann, University Lecturer of International Relations of the Middle East, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
'Engaged Dwelling: Rereading the Notion of ‘Home’ in Buber and Heidegger'
Thomas Froy MA, Institute of Jewish Studies, Universiteit Antwerpen.
15:30-17:30 Session V (Johan Huizinga Building, Conference Room #2.60)
Session Chair: Prof. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Professor of Modern Japan Studies (Leiden Institute for Area Studies)
'Childhood Homes away from Home: Caring for the Children of the Polish Jewish Diaspora in the wartime Soviet Union, 1939-1946'
Prof. dr. Sarah Cramsey, Professor for Central European Studies and Assistant Professor of Judaism & Diaspora Studies, Leiden University.
'Photography as Shelter: Art and Jewish Belonging in Transit'
Dr. Rebekka Grossmann, University Lecturer, Leiden University Institute for History.
'Video Testimony in the Intimacy of Home: A New Era of Holocaust Representation'
Dr. Kate Brackney, University Lecturer, Leiden University Institute for History.
'Wie is de baas in huis? Joodse families in laatantieke parabels'
Dr. Albertina Oegema, Research Associate New Testament, University of Mainz.
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