Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies: Resilience, Humour and Hope

When and Where

Monday, April 26, 2021 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
via Zoom




Featuring presentations from advanced PhD students in the Granovsky-Gluskin Collaborative Graduate Program in Jewish Studies.

Event Programme:

10am—12pm, Keynote Panel: “Working at the Intersections of Jewish Studies and Africana Studies”

Moderator: Doris Bergen (University of Toronto) and Yu Wang (University of Toronto)

Panelists: Roni Mikel Arieli (Yad Vashem), Danielle Christmas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Bryan Roby (University of Michigan) and Kira Thurman (University of Michigan)

12:00—12:30pm, Lunch: Comedy Performance: YidLife Crisis

12:45—2:00pm, Panel: Jewish Communities in Central Europe: of Genocides and Destruction in the 1900’s

  • Jon Neufeld: The Impact of the Austrian Vision of Mitteleuropa on Jewish Communities in Southeastern Europe 1938-45
  • Danjiel Matijevic: ‘As Catholics, You Will Be Able to Stay in Your Homes’: Religious Conversion, Genocide against the Serbs, and the Destruction of the Jews of Vukovar, 1941—42
  • Michal Mlyrnaz: The Dynamics of Genocide in Industrial Towns: The Shoah in Drohobych

Commentator: Tatjana Lichtenstein (University of Texas at Austin)
Moderator: Sophie Edelhart (Germanic Languages and Literatures, UofT)

2:00—3:00pm, Panel: Jews and Germans—of Authenticity, Friendship and Belonging

  • Eriks Bredovskis (History, UofT): Franz Boas and German Anthropology: The Pursuit of “originality” and “authenticity,” 1880—1890
  • Michael Weaver (History, UofT): Power, Politics, and Jewish-Christian Friendship in Germany, 1840—1870

Commentator: Nisrine Rahal (History, UofT)
Moderator:  Mordechay Benzaquen (Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UofT)

2:45—3:10pm: Break

3:10—3:55pm: Panel, Kantian Morality and Judaism

  • Allison Murphy: Kant’s Definition of Morality and its Implications for Judaism

Commentator: Kwesi Thomas
Moderator: Caitlin Hamblin-Yule

3:55—4:05: Break

4:05—4:20pm: Film ScreeningWho is a Jew? (dir. Sara Yacobi-Harris)

4:20—4:45pm: Panel: Yissishkeit and Questions of Identity

  • Sara Yacobi-Harris

Moderator: Katrin Zavgorodny-Freedman

Programme format:

  • Presentations: 15 minutes each 
  • Comments: 5 minutes
  • Short break: 5 minutes
  • Q&A: 20 minutes

** This is a free event, no registration is required. Click here at 10am to attend the conference.*




Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies