Your Guide to Yiddish and In geveb at the 2022 AJS Conference

The Editors


It’s that time of year again: the annu­al con­fer­ence of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Jew­ish Stud­ies is quick­ly approach­ing! Although In geveb is an online jour­nal that prides itself in con­ven­ing vir­tu­al con­ver­sa­tions in and around our pub­lished pieces through­out the year, we look for­ward to hav­ing an occa­sion to gath­er in per­son and share space with one anoth­er. This year, the con­fer­ence will take place in Boston from Decem­ber 18 to 20

While we are very much look­ing for­ward to this oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss shared projects and new ideas with those who will be in Boston, we are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to main­tain lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the many friends and col­leagues who are unable to attend the con­fer­ence due to COVID con­cerns and oth­er trav­el chal­lenges. Our inten­tion is that this guide to Yid­dish at AJS will make it eas­i­er to forge con­nec­tions among schol­ars whose work con­tributes to Yid­dish stud­ies, whether that con­nect­ing takes place at the con­fer­ence this year or in oth­er forms at oth­er times.

Where to find In geveb at the AJS Conference

This year, In geveb will be sponsoring a roundtable discussion on Yiddish pedagogy. On Sunday, December 18, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, the roundtable “Vos iz? Yiddish Pedagogy in the 21st-century Academia” will take place in the Exeter Room (Third Floor, Sheraton Boston). This conversation will present an opportunity to reflect on the changes in Yiddish pedagogy over the last hundred years, to discuss current practices, and to lay out expectations and hopes for the future. Our very own editor-in-chief Jessica Kirzane will serve as moderator; Ellen Kellman, Beatrice Lang, Agi Legutko, Elena Luchina, and Sara Feldman will participate as discussants.

We’d love to meet you! Look for the In geveb editors on Sunday, December 18, from 8:30 to 10 am at Blue Bottle Coffee. This is an opportunity to gather and to chat informally about all things Yiddish studies. Feel free to bring ideas about what you might want to contribute to In geveb, tell us about your favorite pieces from the site, suggest what you would want to see more of from the journal, or just say hi! We are looking forward to getting to know more of our readers and, of course, having more of our readers get to know one another. If you can’t make it to have coffee with us on Sunday morning, we hope that you will find In geveb editorial staff and board members during the conference and introduce yourselves to us.

If you will not be at the AJS Conference but would like to connect with our editors, please write to [email protected] to schedule virtual office hours with us.

Where to find Yiddish at the AJS Conference

This is the In geveb guide to Yiddish at the conference. All the following panels, roundtables, seminars, and lightning sessions plan to have at least one speaker whose presentation engages with Yiddish in a substantive way. We include the names of these presenters and their papers, and in the case of sessions fully devoted to Yiddish topics we include the chairs and respondents. For roundtables and seminars, we have included the names of all participants. Please follow the links to the conference schedule for more details. Since plans may change as the conference draws near, please note that this is current as of the publication date of the blog post. If you notice that something is missing or incorrect, please write to us.

Saturday, December 17

7:30 pm

Although it’s not officially part of the AJS conference, if you are in town early you can catch a presentation by Vivi Lachs on her book London Yiddishtown, which will be hosted by the Boston Workers Circle. The event will be held at the Boston Workers Circle building, 6 Webster St. Brookline, MA.

Sunday, December 18

10:00 - 11:30 am

Centering Yiddish Sources in Historicizing Anti-Fascist Internationalism in the Long 1930s: New Perspectives on the Interwar European (Jewish) Left

Chair: Anna Elena Torres

David Kurkovskiy, “Provincializing Berlin from Soviet Belarus: Kulbak’s Childe Harold of Dzisna, World Literature, and Socialist Jewish Modernity”

Annabel Cohen, “‘The First Defenders of the Spanish Republic’: Jewish German and Polish Communists in Barcelona at the Outbreak of the Spanish Civil War”

Anne-Christin Klotz, “More than Class War: Yiddish Travelogues from Nazi Germany and Their Influence on the Bundist Understanding of National Socialism and Antisemitism (1933-1938)”

    Zakhor at 40: Jewish Memory, History, Literature

    Moderator: David N. Myers

    Ofer Dynes
    Yael Halevi-Wise
    Anna Shternshis
    Shachar M. Pinsker
    Shai Zamir

    Modern Literary Encounter

    Omer Waldman, “The Hidden Road to On Wise Roads: Avot Yeshurun’s Translations of Yiddish Poetry”

    Hasidism in Light of Postcolonial Diaspora Theory

    Glenn Davis Dynner, “Polish Hasidism as a ‘Culture of Resistance’”

      Word, Body, and Imagination in the Warsaw Ghetto: New Approaches to the Ringelblum Archive

      Chair: Samuel Kassow

      Katarzyna Person, “Women’s Experience of the Holocaust in the Contents of the Ringelblum Archive”

      Hannah Pollin-Galay, “The Sensation of Words in the Warsaw Ghetto”

      Sven-Erik Rose, “Zelman Skalov’s Attempt to Novelize Jewish Warsaw, September 1939-June 1941 in Real Time: Catastrophic Contingency and Novelistic Discourse”

      Respondent: David G. Roskies

      Early Modern Women Writers and Yiddish Literary History

      Moderator: Jordan R. Katz

      Rachel Greenblatt
      Sonia Gollance
      Matthew Johnson

      12:30 - 2:00 pm

      Jewish Responses to Pogroms in Early 20th Century Eastern Europe

      Chair: Zelijka Oparnica

      Artur Markowski, “Three Strategies for Jewish Self-Defense in Russia at the Turn of the Century”

      Harriet Murav, “Hefker: The Literature of Abandonment and the Russian Civil War”

      Jan Rybak, “Protecting Communities, Envisioning Autonomy: Responses to the 1918 Pogroms in Galicia”

      Respondent: Elissa Bemporad

      Poetry, Music, and Emotions in the Holocaust

      Julia Ellen Moineau Riegel, “‘All of These People Want to Live’: Inequality, Protest, and Beggars’ Songs in the Warsaw Ghetto”

      Anna Rozenfeld, “‘A Yidish Kind’: Holocaust Poetry and Yiddish Songs by Khane Kheytin-Weinstein”

      Amy Simon, “The Deepening Darkness: Emotions in Yiddish Holocaust Diaries”

      Maria Ferenc, “Messengers from Hell: Escapees from Treblinka in the Warsaw Ghetto”

      Popular Literature and Modern Jewish Cultures

      Moderator: David Mazower

      Saul N. Zaritt
      Yahel Matalon
      Naomi Brenner
      Devin Naar
      Marina Mayorski

      Works-in-Progress Group in Jewish Studies

      Sam Shuman, “The Spectrality of Antwerp’s ‘Diamond Jews’ in Everyday Hasidic Life”

      Jewish Corpus Linguistics and Language Documentation

      Isaac L. Bleaman and Chaya R. Nove, “The Corpus of Spoken Yiddish in Europe: A New Resource for Language Research and Pedagogy”

      Non-Jews in Yiddish Literature

      Chair: maeera shreiber

      Vivi Lachs, “The Fictional ‘Goy’ in the Anglo-Yiddish Press”

      Miriam Schwartz, “When Hitler Spoke Yiddish: Translation and Identity in Di yidishe melukhe, oder, Vaytsman der Tsveyter by Aaron Zeitlin”

      Julian A. Levinson, “Who is the Righteous Gentile in Yiddish Holocaust Narrative?: Isaiah Spiegel’s Flamen fun der erd and the Ambivalent Representation of Polish Catholicism”

      2:30 - 4:00 pm

      Vos iz? Yiddish Pedagogy in the 21st-century Academia

      Moderator: Jessica Anne Kirzane

      Ellen Kellman
      Beatrice Lang
      Agi Legutko
      Elena Lucina
      Sara Feldman

      Cultures on the Road

      Israel Bartal, “Kasrilevke in Petach Tikva: Was the Yishuv an Extension of the Pale of Settlement?”

      Kenneth B. Moss, “‘To bring the Jewish child out of his narrow world?’: Globality, the Post-Traditional Child, and the New Jewish Children’s Literature”

      Yiddish Transmissions: Electricity, Sound, Translation

      Alona Bach, “Current Events: Electric Light in Transnational Yiddish Print Culture, 1880-1939”

      Miriam Borden, “Kinder yorn: Ruth Rubin’s Yiddish Children’s Songs”

      Yaakov Herskovitz, “‘No One Will Read my Mother’s Letters’: Reverse Engineering the Poetry of Avot Yeshurun”

      German and Yiddish Literary Voices

      Evan Goldstein, “‘Fun keynem nit gehert’: Nothing in and after Anna Margolin”

      Jacqueline Krass, “An Uncivilized Tongue: Yiddish and Asian American Ethnopoetics”

      Viral Judaisms: Reenvisioning Jewish Identity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

      Heather L. Munro, “Hallucinations of Hasidic Jews in London COVID-19 ICUs”

      Zackary Berger, “What Is Required for a Defense of Traditional Haredi Activity in the Context of COVID-19”

      Celebrations and Commemorations through Music: Dancing and Crying in Uganda, New York, and Terezin

      Uri Schreter, “Real Jewish Music”: Weddings, Klezmer, and Israeli Folk Song in Postwar New York City”

      Activism, Allyship, Appropriation, Erasure: Representing Others in North American Jewish Literature

      Vardit Lightstone, “ ‘Somewhere near [Inuit] Country’: Representations of Indigenous North American Peoples in Yiddish Migrant Writings from the Early Twentieth Century”

      4:15 - 5:45 pm

      The Yiddish Archive: Migrations and Transformations

      Chair: Marc Caplan

      Deborah Yalen, “The Global Migration of a Manuscript: ‘Jewish Proverbs and Sayings about Food’”

      Philip Schwartz, “Soviet Yiddish Philology at Ufa/Kyiv, 1942-1948: A Yiddish Institution in a Time of Crisis”

      Christina Crowder, “Using Digital Humanities to Connect the Yiddish Archive to Contemporary Community: The Klezmer Archive Project”

      Respondent: Cecile E. Kuznitz

      Gender, Age, and Spaces of (Jewish) Alterity in Twentieth-Century Germany

      Julie Sharff, “Demons in Berlin: Ritual Transformation and Kosher Hotels in Ester Singer Kreitman’s Der sheydim tants

        Theater Responds to the Holocaust, in Yiddish and in Hebrew

        Jonah Greene, “‘The Power of This Acting Business’: Post-World War II Amateur Theatre and Performance at Yiddish Summer Camps”

        Monday, December 19

        8:30 - 10:00 am

        Yiddish Print Culture Beyond Words

        Chair: Naomi E. Lindstrom

        Sarah Ellen Zarrow, “The Visual Idiom of Youthful Engagement”

        Magdalena Kozłowska, “Universal Language of Food? On Contacts between Polish and North African Jews in Interwar Period”

        Rachelle Grossman, “Dirty Slugs and Flimsy Paper: What Can a Page Teach US about Yiddish Printing in Postwar Poland?”

        Respondent: Jodi Eichler-Levine

        Global Yiddish Networks

        Moderator: Jeffrey Veidlinger

        Eli Rosenblatt
        Amy Kerner
        Harriet Murav
        Nick Underwood
        Rachel Rubinstein

        New Jewish Neighborhoods in the Early Twentieth Century: Class, Gender and Community

        Cecile E. Kuznitz, “Building Home and Community in Warsaw: The Apartment Complexes of the Wawelberg Foundation for Affordable Housing”

        Ruthie Kaplan, “Unraveling the Fringes: Jewish Middle-Class Urban Space in Interwar Łódź”

        10:30 am - 12:00 pm

        Into the Woods: Ecocriticism in Life and Literature

        Betzalel Strauss, “The Ecology of Immigration: Rikuda Potash’s Nature Writing”

        “Mayn yidisher pronom iz…” Reflections on Queer Yiddish Language Pedagogy

        Moderator: Carolyn Elizabeth Beard

        Rebecca Araten
        Alona Bach
        Sonia Bloom
        Chloe Li Piazza
        Sophia Shoulson
        Samantha “Shuli” Zerin

        remarks: Sasha Berenstein

        1:15 - 2:45 pm

        Postwar Yiddish Paris: Politics and Culture

        Chair: Joel Berkowitz

        Respondent: David Mazower

        Nick Underwood, “The Yiddish Zionism of Post-Holocaust France”

        Sonia Gollance, “Tea Arciszewska’s Miryeml (1958/59) and Her Life in Paris

        Opera, Cantors, and Yiddish Language Culture

        Chair: Judah M. Cohen

        Daniela Smolov Levy, “Opera Everywhere: Joseph Winogradoff and Overlapping Cultural Spheres in Early Twentieth-Century America”

        Danielle Roman, “Defining the Nation(s): Jewish Musical Life, Operatic Engagement, and Self-Fashioning in Ireland, 1900-1940”

        Samantha Madison Cooper, “Madame Opera Meets Miss East Side: Caricaturing American Jewish Opera Encounters in New York’s Early Twentieth-Century Yiddish Press”

        3:00 - 4:30 pm

        The Postwar Yiddish Bookshelf

        Moderator: Rachel Rubinstein

        Sunny S. Yudkoff
        Samuel Spinner
        Barry Trachtenberg
        Rachelle Grossman

        At the Intersections: Respectability, Race, and Gender

        Gil Ribak, “Who is More Respectable? Ayzik Meir Dik’s Conceptions of Civility and Race in Di vistenay Zahara (The Desolate Sahara)”

        Beyond Measure: Jewish Women’s Biography and the Appraisal of Worth

        Jessica Anne Kirzane, “Miriam Karpilove and the Yiddish Middlebrow”

        5:00 - 6:30 pm

        The Yiddish Press Beyond Its Pages: Encounters and Confrontations between Readers and Writers

        Chair: Zackary Berger

        Ayelet Brinn, “‘The Spoken Bintel’: Readers in the Offices of American Newspapers”

        Samuel Glauber-Zimra, “A Supernatural Bintel brief: B. Rivkin, Interpreter of Dreams”

        William Marshall Pimlott, “Violence at the Doors of the Newspaper Office: Confrontations and Labour Struggle in and outside of the Global Yiddish Press”

        Respondent: Kenneth B. Moss

        Jewish Women on International Screens: Soviet Film, Bollywood, and American Sitcom

        Shirelle Maya Doughty, “Yiddish Cinema and the Marketplace of Desire”

        The Radical, the Revolutionary, and the Russian

        Daniel B. Schwartz, “The ‘Red Rabbi’: Abraham Bick and the Rise of Yiddish Religious Revolutionary Socialism in the 1930s and 1940s”

        Women, Revolution, and European Jewish Modernity

        Chair and Respondent: Nancy Sinkoff

        Elissa Bemporad, “The Making of a Political Persona: The Words and Deeds of Ester Frumkin in the Wake of the First Russian Revolution”

        Samuel Spinner, “Malke Ovshyani and the Beginnings of the Holocaust Memoir”

        Allison Hope Schachter, “The Revolutionary Politics of Yiddish Modernism: The Case of Debora Vogel”

        Tuesday, December 20

        8:30 - 10:00 am

        Jews Fighting Europe’s Wars, 1914-1939

        Lauren B. Strauss, “How Do You Say ‘¡No Pasarán!’ in Yiddish? American Jews and the Spanish Civil War”

        Creating Modern Jewish Culture(s) through Translations and Anthologies

        Moderator: Kathryn A. Hellerstein

        Maya Barzilai
        Judith Müller
        Anita Norich
        Jan Schwartz
        Markus Krah

        Chivalric Literature in Yiddish - in the Early Modern Era and Beyond

        Chair and Respondent: Marion Aptroot

        Claudia Rosenzweig, “When Tannhäuser Spoke Yiddish: On a German Legend and a Story on Blood Libels in the Mayse-bukh

        Oren Cohen Roman, “Reading Shmuel-bukh in the 21st Century”

        Aya Elyada, “From German to Yiddish and Back: Old Yiddish Chivalric Texts in 19th Century German-Jewish Scholarship”

        10:15 - 11:45 am

        Place and Space in Holocaust Testimony

        Chair: Monika Rice

        Miriam Schulz, “Testimony and Place in the Wartime Soviet Union: Migrating Knowledge in Soviet Yiddish Antifascism”

        Natalia Aleksiun, “Pages of Jewish History as a Testimony: The Making of Bleter far geszichte

        Eliyana Adler, “Aftermapping: Memory Maps as Holocaust Testimony”

        Respondent: Yechiel Weizman

        The Changing Role of Archives in the Digital World: New Directions in Public History

        Karolina Ziulkoski, “Engaging Young Audiences Online with Archival Artifacts: The Experience of the Beba Epstein Exhibition”

        Grief at the Borderlands: Life and Literature

        Moderator: Agi Legutko

        Debra Caplan
        Irena Klepfisz
        Tahneer Oksman

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        The Editors