Migration and the Bible

Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series
University Center for Human Values
Center for the Study of Religion
Department of Religion

"Migration and the Bible" Conference

Conference led by Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Princeton University.

This conference is affiliated with the year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, "Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue."

Event Schedule

SUNDAY, March 3

12:00 Welcome

1:00-2:00 Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University, and Ilana Pardes, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, opening remarks and “The Bible and Migration”

2:00-2:40 Edward Greenstein, Bar Ilan University, “Exile as the Staging Ground for a Comeback: The Fugitive Hero in the Hebrew Bible.”

3:00-3:40 Galit-Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Restless Ancestors and an Abode at the Center of the Universe”

3:40-4:20 Naphtali Meshel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Strange Migrations: Discoveries from the Archive of Rabbi Judah the Hindu”

4:40-5:20 Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto, “”Translation, Migration, and the Wanderings of Biblical Meaning”

5:20-6:00 Ofer Dynes, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “The Rabbi who Thought He was Queen Esther: Political Survival Between States during Poland’s Partitions”

6:20-7:00 Vivian Liska, University Antwerp/The Hebrew University, “The Jew, The Migrant: Experience—Metaphor—Poetry”

MONDAY, March 4

9:00-9:40 Seth Perry, Princeton University, “A Speckled Bird among the Birds of the Forest: Itineracy, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bible in Early America”

9:40-10:20 Amir Eshel, Stanford University, “Beyond Departure and Return: On S. Y. Agnon’s A Guest for the Night

11:00-11:40 Chana Kronfeld, University of California Berkeley, “Gendering Migration: The Bible as (Negative) Blueprint in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Women’s Poetry of Dislocation.”

11:40-12:20 Eric Gregory, Princeton University, “The Bible and the Ethics of Immigration”

12:30-1:30 Concluding Thoughts

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