In the Mirror's Reflection: The Encounter between Jewish and Slavic Cultures in Modernity
A two-day conference organized by the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. May 10-11.
Tuesday, May 10, 20119:00 AM - 5:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
This two-day conference will focus on the literary and political activities of Jews of the Slavic worlds in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular attention will be given to the dynamic role of Yiddish—both as a sociolinguistic and political tool—before the 1905 revolution, during the Second World War, and in the post-Soviet world.
In the Mirror’s Reflection:
The Encounter between Jewish and Slavic Cultures in Modernity
May 10, 2011
9:30 Opening Remarks
10-11:45 a.m. - Panel I: Reconsidering Empire: Jews as Imperial Subjects
Jarrod Tanny, Assistant Professor and Block Distinguished Fellow in Jewish History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington: Within the Fires of Gehenna: Old Odessa, The Jewish City of Sin
Amelia Glaser, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego: The Russian Canon as Yiddish Prooftext: Sholem Aleichem as Russian Literary Critic
Peter Kenez, Professor of History at the University of California, at Santa Cruz: The Peculiarities of the Acculturation of the 19th Century Hungarian Jewry
Lunch: 12-1:30 p.m.
1:30-3:20 p.m. - Panel II: Jews as Translators
Brian Horowitz, Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at Tulane University: Vladimir Jabotinsky as a Translator into Russian
Marat Grinberg, Assistant Professor of Russian and Humanities at Reed College, Boris Slutsky, the Translator: Slutsky's Publication of the Volume of Hebrew Poetry in the 60's
Eli Rosenblatt, Graduate student at the University of California, at Berkeley: Considering an Ashkenazi Atlantic: Ayzik Meyer Dik’s 1868 Rewriting of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Maggie Levantovskaya, Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, San Diego: Translation as a Metaphor for Conversion: Lyudmila Ulitskaya's Daniel Stein
Break: 3:20-3:40 p.m.
3:40-5:30 p.m. - Panel III: ‘Yiddishland’ in the Soviet Union
Anna Shternshis, The Al and Malka Green Associate Professor in Yiddish Studies and the Associate Director at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto: Nostalgia in Post-Soviet Mainstream Yiddish Performances
Harriet Murav, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: David Bergelson, Bodies, and Things
Gennady Estraikh, Rauch Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies and Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University: Sholem Aleichem in the Soviet Literary Canon
Sasha Senderovich, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Tufts University: The Vanishing Courtyard: Moshe Kulbak's The Zelmenyaners and Mock Ethnography
May 11, 2011
10-11:45 a.m. - Panel IV: Recent Historical Findings on Soviet Jews in the Second World War
Mark L. Smith, Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles: Soviet-Yiddish Scholars and the Fascist Accusation
Vladimir Melamed, Director of Archive, Library, and Historical Curatorship at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: Organized and Unsolicited Collaboration in the Holocaust: the Multifaceted Ukrainian Context in the Light of Jewish Recollections
Anika Walke, Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz: Jewish Youth Surviving the Holocaust in Belorussia.
Lunch: 12-1:30 p.m.
1:30-2:45 p.m. - Panel V: Through Jewish Eyes: Jewish Writers Reacting to the Shoah
Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of English, Russian, and Jewish Studies at Boston College: ‘I saw it!’: Ilya Selvisnky, Poet-Soldier Bearing Witness to the Shoah
Naya Lekht, Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles: Before Yevtushenko: Perets Markish’s ‘Atsamoys hayaveshoys’
Miri Koral, Lecturer in Yiddish at the University of California, Los Angeles: Avrom Sutzkever: Witness and Memory-Keeper
Closing Remarks: 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for World Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Jewish Studies, California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, UCLA 1939 Club Holocaust Memorial Fund