Conferences, Workshops, Seminars

May 5: 2016 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide from a Global Perspective Workshop

2016 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide from a Global Perspective Workshop

Thursday, May 5, 2016
8:30AM – 5:00PM

Genocide Workshop presentation Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Registration is now open for the 2016 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide from a Global Perspective workshop presented by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.  Visit their website for more information and to register.

Guided by international experts, this workshop will provide participants the opportunity to explore new theories, resources, and approaches for teaching the Holocaust and genocide from a global perspective.  Featuring engaging presentations, two hands-on, break-out workshops, and a public keynote lecture, the day will be an inspirational, informative, and practical experience for educators. Outcomes for participants will include new capacity for curriculum design appropriate for a variety of grades and content areas, access to resources and materials for use in the classroom, and ongoing support for professional development in human rights education through the Dodd Center.


Workshop is free of charge and open to enrollment by pre-service and in-service teachers of all grades and content areas.

Workshop examples and tools will be most appropriate toLanguage Arts and Social Studies teachers at the middle and high school level.

Presenters Include:

Dr. Shalmi Barmore

Founding Director of Education Programs, Yad Vashem, Israel

Professor Zehavit Gross

UNESCO Chair-holder, Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Ms. Nela Navarro

Director of Education & Lecturer, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention, Rutgers University, USA

Professor Sebastian Wogenstein

Associate Professor of German, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut, USA


Call for Papers – Brown Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference

This conference seeks to explore and bridge the surprising gap between “genealogy” and “family” in the study of
religion. Developments in contemporary scholarship include elaborations and critiques of genealogy, new approaches to the identification and mapping of known genealogies (including digital and graphic representations), and a growing interest in the ritual and narrative construction of lineages.

Simultaneously, increased attention has been given to the materiality of religion practiced in the home and the role
of the family as a locus for individual and communal formation. Conversations about genealogy and family often
appear disengaged from one another and can become embedded in problematic dichotomies. Genealogy implies patrilineal descent, while “domestic religion” is often used synonymously with “women’s religion.” Similarly, genealogy is associated with science, history, and rationality; family with emotion, daily life, and nature. Why have “family” and “genealogy” been bifurcated in religious studies? What can we learn from bringing them back together?

By approaching these topics in tandem, we hope to engender critical reflection about the subtle relationships between “families” and “genealogies,” and to interrogate the prevailing split that seems to separate the two. We welcome papers on the topics listed below, as well as contributions on related issues. Papers might approach these topics through a variety of theoretical lenses: affect theory, feminist and queer theory, spatial theory, materialist approaches, political theory,  theology, critical race theory, ethics, etc.


36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies announces an invitation to submit lecture, workshop, and panel proposals for the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, locally hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington, from August 7 to 12, 2016.

We seek proposals relevant to the interests of all genealogists researching Jewish ancestors. In addition to proposals for lectures, proposals for workshops or panel discussions are also welcome. New presentations are encouraged, as are presentations and workshops that provide practical research methodologies that will help conference participants in their research. Highly original topics that will attract participants will also be given special consideration.

The major focus of the Conference will be on Jewish migration, with a general theme of “Westward Ho.” General topics for presentations will include European Jewry, migrations to the United States, migration of American Jewry across America, and Jews in the Western United States. A special geographic focus will be programming based on our branches in Australia, South America, and South Africa.

Other focus areas are technology in support of genealogical research and ethical considerations in genealogy. A special focus at this Conference will be the Sephardic experience in America, in all of its varied aspects.

Deadline: December 15, 2015

For more information, click here.

FROM BABEL TO BROOKLYN: Jewish Languages, Culture, and Identity

3nd Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference

February 12-13, 2015
Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union


We invite graduate students to submit proposals for their papers, which should include the following information attached:

  1. A paper title
    2. An abstract of a minimum of 300, and no more than 500, words
    3. Contact information, including name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and graduate institution.
    Please send proposals as an e-mail attachment to Emma Cudahy at with “Jewish Studies Graduate Student Conference Proposal” as its subject. Proposals are due by November 17, 2014. Final decision will be made no later than mid-December.

Scholars will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. Meals will be provided. For more details click here.

The First Genizot Workshop – Transfer of Knowledge – at University of Haifa 5/13/15

The First Genizot Workshop: Transfer of Knowledge
The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Broader Application of Genizah Research is pleased to announce the first Genizot Workshop to take place on May 13 2015 at the University of Haifa.

In recent years, the transfer of knowledge has emerged as an exciting field of study. The myriad documents and fragments of varied literary works preserved in the Cairo Genizah provide fertile ground on which to study the transfer of knowledge throughout the medieval Mediterranean basin, from India in the East to North-Western Europe. A wealth of information and knowledge traveled between the different communities, ethnic groups, cities, countries and continents, between the dispersed Jewish communities themselves as well as between Jews, Moslems and Christians. This knowledge was varied and extensive. Law, religion, commerce, medicine are just a few examples of the knowledge that traversed the geographical and cultural expanses. This many-faceted transfer of knowledge preserved and recorded in the Genizah will be the focus of our first Genizah Seminar to take place on Wednesday May 13 2015.

Scholars who wish to contribute to the conference are requested to send an abstract (up to 200 words) by 5.1.2015 to:

Contacts: Dr Moshe Lavee and Prof Ephraim Lev, Head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Broader Application of Genizah Research – The University of Haifa

Deeana Klepper to present “Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest” Research Seminar on 3/10/14 12:15pm


Please join us for a  Research Seminar on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:15pm in Class of ’47 Room, Library Building.

 Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest: Jews and Christian Society in Medieval Pastoral Manuals.

 By: Dr. Deeana Klepper, Associate Professor of Religion, Boston University

Professor Klepper teaches Christianity and medieval and early modern European religious history, with special interests in the place of Bible in medieval culture, the social contexts of mysticism, Christian-Jewish relations and other cross-cultural religious encounters, and the history of science.  Her research focuses on approaches to biblical interpretation in the Middle Ages and medieval Christian responses to Jews and Jewish tradition.

The seminar is open to graduate students and faculty and there will be pre-circulated readings.  Please contact to  RSVP and to receive these materials.

This seminar is part of a series sponsored by UConn Vice President for Research, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Departments of English, History, Philosophy, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, the Programs in Medieval Studies and Middle East Studies, and the Konover Chair of Judaic Studies

Paola Tartakoff to present a Research Seminar – “Testing Boundaries: Jewish Conversion and Iberian Exceptionalism, 1200-1391” on 2/7/14 12:15pm


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Friday, February 7, 12:15pm in Room 162, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

  Testing Boundaries: Jewish Conversion and Iberian Exceptionalism, 1200-1391


Dr. Paola Tartakoff

Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies
Rutgers University 

Paola Tartakoff is a social and cultural historian whose work primarily explores Jewish-Christian relations in Iberia, with a focus on religious conversion and the inquisitorial prosecution of Jews and converts. She is the author of Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (U Penn Press).

This seminar is part of a series sponsored by UConn Vice President for Research, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Departments of English, History, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and Philosophy, the Programs in Medieval Studies and Middle East Studies, and the Konover Chair of Judaic Studies

Open to graduate students and faculty and there will be pre-circulated readings.

Please contact to  RSVP and to receive these materials.