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Workshop: Jewish Borderlands – Language, Literature and Culture, 1900 to the Present

This workshop took place on may 22 and 23, 2014, and was organized by Kata Gellen (Fellow of the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation) in cooperation with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University.


Thursday, May 22, 2014
9:30-10:00 Welcome & Introduction

Doreen Densky (Tufts University)
Between Involvement and Detachment: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Art of Negotiation in Modern German-Jewish Writings

Sylvia Jaworski (ETH Zürich)
Writing Along the Edge. Assimilation, Liminality, and Authenticity in the Writing of Artur Sandauer (1913-1989)

Susanne Zepp (Freie Universität Berlin/Simon-Dubnow-Institute, Leipzig)
Límites y fronteras. Max Aub’s Poems on Borders


Marc Caplan (Johns Hopkins University)
A Disenchanted Elijah: Language, Voice, and the Dissimulation of Self in S. Ansky’s Destruction of Galicia

Arnd Wedemeyer (ICI Berlin)
Max Brod’s War Games, 1918/1948


Reading by Barbara Honigmann

© Peter-Andreas Hassiepen

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rachel Seelig (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Gertrud Kolmar’s Orientalist Expedition

Kata Gellen (Duke University)
Narration Against Tone: The Violent Harmony of Soma Morgenstern’s Sparks in the Abyss


William C. Donahue (Duke University)
“Das überirdische Licht”: Barbara Honigmann and the Transcendence of the Religious-Secular Divide

Malte Kleinwort (FernUniversität Hagen)
Jewish Non-Identity in Imre Kertész’ Fatelessness


Elke Dubbels (Universität Bonn)
Holy, but Living: Franz Rosenzweig on the Hebrew Language

Ann-Kathrin Pollmann (Simon-Dubnow-Institute, Leipzig)
Conservation Room of History. Günther Anders in American Exile


Natasha Gordinsky (University of Haifa)
Writing in a Jewish (post-)Soviet Language: Anya Ulinich’s Petropolis

Jan Schwarz (Lund University)
Performing Yiddish Culture in Poland in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

18:30-19:00 Concluding Discussion

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