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Contested Jewish Futures: Recovering an Era of Ferment and Possibility in Jewish Life
February 2, 2016 - February 3, 2016Free
This symposium, organized by Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of Yiddish and Jewish Studies, and Nick Block, Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies, will focus on the decades from 1880-1950, a time of cultural, political, and economic ferment in Euro-American Jewish communities, when thinkers, writers, and artists generated a host of platforms and ideas about what shape the Jewish future would take in the twentieth century. Leading scholars from Emory and elsewhere will gather to present papers and discuss the wide array of possibilities for Jewish life—many now forgotten—that this vibrant, often stormy period generated. Examining phenomena such as language politics, utopian movements, and developments in popular and youth culture, the participants will consider how these trends both emerged from and further shaped the era’s views of what the future would hold.
For more information, please see the TIJS website at www.js.emory.edu.