Jewish Political Thought “Beyond Borders” Workshop (Katz Center)


Jewish Political Thought beyond Borders

Discussions of Jewish politics today all too often become discussions of borders. This day-long workshop will resist this temptation, finding, interrogating, and fostering Jewish political thought where it crosses boundaries—whether spatial, temporal, or disciplinary. It seeks to highlight new resources and modes in political thought that escape, erode, and challenge established confines and impasses.

December 14, 2016, 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

9:30–10:00      Coffee

10:00–10:30     Introduction
Welcome: Steve Weitzman
Opening remarks: Nitzan Lebovic

10:30–12:00   Spatial Boundaries
Chair: Elliot Ratzman, Swarthmore College/Katz Center

Jews and Separation Walls
Meirav Jones, Katz Center

Beyond Borders: Debates over the Status of
Jewish Refugees in post-1918 Europe
Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University

Exile, Diaspora, Fugitivity
Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University/Katz Center

Respondent: Julie Cooper, Tel Aviv University/Katz Center

12:00–1:00      Lunch

1:00–2:30       Temporal Boundaries
Chair: Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania

Two Paradigms of Jewish Politics
John Ackerman, University of Kent/Katz Center

Neo-Pragmatism and Prophetic Time
Samuel Brody, University of Kansas/Katz Center

Arendt Going Augustinian
Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University/Katz Center

Respondent: Menachem Lorberbaum, Tel Aviv University/Katz Center

2:30–3:00      Break/Coffee

3:00–4:30      Disciplinary Boundaries
Chair: Giddon Ticotsky, Stanford University/Katz Center

Political Thought and Identity in East German Music Aesthetics and Historiography
Golan Gur, University of Cambridge/Katz Center

German-Jewish Philosophy and the Quest for “Theory”
Philipp von Wussow, Goethe University/Katz Center

Messianic Texts in Jewish Critical Theory: Discipline and Method
Zachary Braiterman, Syracuse University

Respondent: Marina Rustow, Princeton University

4:30–5:30          Roundtable
Moderator: Philipp von Wussow
Irene Tucker, UC Irvine/Katz Center
Sarah Hammerschlag, University of Chicago
David Myers, UCLA/Katz Center

5:30-8:00      Dinner

Event Location: 

Katz Center, 420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106

Event Date and Time: 

December 14, 2016 (All day)

For fellows, Penn faculty, and invited guests only



Event Contact: 

Elizabeth Martin

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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