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Revival of Jewish Studies in Eastern Europe

a symposium at Arizona State University
November 8-9, 2012

This symposium will inaugurate the formal relationship between the Center for Jewish Studies, The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies and the Department of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian Univeristy in Cracow, Poland.


Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies; The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, research and academic units of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Fifth Annual Meeting of the Judaism, Science & Medicine Group

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featured Project Humanities event
September 9-10, 2012

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: EVOLUTION AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY EXAMINATION

Reimagining Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann & the German-Jewish-Czech World

March 4-5, 2012

This conference seeks to reevaluate the musical legacy of Ullmann and Schulhoff and their contemporaries, connecting it with other strands, themes and contexts in European culture. This will be a two-day event featuring both scholarly presentations and performances.


Memory & Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future

a research symposium at Arizona State University
November 6-8, 2011

The symposium gathers distinguished scholars from the United States and Europe who, together with scholars from ASU, will discuss the relationship between trauma, memory, representation, memorialization and education. Contributing perspectives from a variety of geographical locales and transdisciplinary approaches, leading scholars of Holocaust studies will reflect on conflicted sites of memory with specialists in genocide studies, postcolonial studies, East European Studies, Native American studies and trauma studies.


LAJSA XV International Research Conference

June 12-14, 2011

Latin American Jewish Studies Association

Conference Program (PDF) | Registration Form (PDF)


JSMG Annual Conference

October 10-11, 2010

Judaism, Science & Medicine Group
University Club, ASU Tempe campus | 425 East University Drive, Tempe

Conference Program (PDF)


The Refugee in the Postwar World

April 8-9, 2010

The University Club, Heritage Room
Arizona State University Tempe campus | 425 East university Drive Tempe, Arizona

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the causes, consequences and contemporary interpretations of the refugee crises that followed the end of World War II. The key objective is to gain a better understanding of a pivotal period of global population upheavals, which was also a critical moment in the formation of the international refugee regime. The conference examines the relationship between the construction of nation-states and the formation of refugee populations, the uneven development of the international refugee regime, the practices of refugee relief, and refugees' efforts to make sense of their dislocation. Taking a global perspective, it focuses on the geographical regions in which displacement was most extensive after the war: Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia.

Organized by Anna Holian (ASU, History), Daniel Cohen (Rice University) and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (ASU, Jewish Studies).


Revival and New Directions?: Jewish Arts in German-Speaking Countries

October 5-6, 2009

The University Club and Memorial Union
Arizona State University | Tempe, Arizona

Research conference organized by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Daniel Gilfillan and Naomi Jackson (Jewish Studies affiliated faculty) with Volker Benkert (History) and Claudia Mesch (Art History). Featuring leading art historians, cultural historians, writers and thoerists from the U.S., Germany and Austria.


Judaism, Science & Medicine Group - Annual Meeting

August 16-18, 2009

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort | Tempe, Arizona

(by invitation)


Viewing Mendelssohn, Viewing Elijah: assimilation, interpretation & culture

April 29-May 1, 2009

An interdisciplinary, international research conference in honor of composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's 200th birthday. Sponsored by Jewish Studies, Herberger College of the Arts School of Music and Faculty of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, featuring leading scholars on Felix Mendelssohn from the U.S., Canada, and England, culminating with a public performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah.


Stars of David: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema

November 16-17, 2008

A research conference organized by Film and Media Studies and Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. Free and open to the public.
Special thanks to Ken Smith for his support of this conference.


Holy Sites and Holy Wars in the Middle East

March 2-3, 2009

A research symposium organized by Arieh Saposnik and Yoav Gortzak at Arizona State University.

Sponsored by:
Jess Schwartz Memorial Professorship of Jewish Studies;
Institute for Humanities Research

With support from:
Irivng and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism;
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict;
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies