Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Shepherd Room Weisman Art Museum
The goal of this symposium is to reflect on the question of Jew as metaphor in theology, philosophy, history, literature, literary theory and film. “Troping” the Jew has a long history that can be traced back to Paul and the overcoming of the letter/law. The Jew “in the spirit,” the Jew “in the heart,” arguably designates the first avatar of the “figural Jew.”
Pauline dialectic (the replacement of law with faith, of flesh with spirit) had a considerable influence on Christian Europe and shaped European anti-Judaism. It has been argued that in secular Europe, the Pauline paradigm persists to inform ways of engaging with Jews in the contemporary era (e.g., in thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben or Alain Badiou). The symposium will probe the historical, literary and philosophical limits of the figural use of Jews.
The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. Please visit z.umn.edu/figuraljews to register.
Friday, April 18, 2014
9:00 AM: Welcome: Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor of American Studies, and Director, Center for Jewish Studies
9:15 AM: SESSION THREE
Chair: Leslie Morris, Professor of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Maurice Samuels, Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, Yale: “Philosemitism and the Paradoxes of Universalism”
Ranen Omer-Sherman, Professor of English and Jewish Studies, University of Miami: “‘The desert wrote the Jew, and the Jew reads himself in the desert’: Wanderers and Textuality in Hareven, Jabès, Zelitch”
Comment: Amy Kaminsky, Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota
11:15 AM: SESSION FOUR
Reflections: Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, Rhodes College
Parking is available in the Weisman Art Museum garage.
This event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. To reserve your ticket, please visit z.umn.edu/figuraljews.
More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu
To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 612-624-4914.