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Jewish Secular Utopias and Dystopias in Israel, America, and Eastern Europe

An International Conference, February 17-18 2013

featuring Brian Horowitz and Andrew Sloin, co-organizers

Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Building: Rogers Memorial Chapel, Seminar Room
Location: uptown campus

Although Jewish Secularism is usually considered as a bulwark against messianism and dreamy idealism, in fact secular movements often have idealistic premises and reflect utopian programs.  This conference will deal with utopianisms among Jews in terms of social movements, ideology, and intellectuals.  

Co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Judaism, the Jewish Studies Department at Tulane University, the Judeo-Christian Studies Chair at Tulane University, and the Department of Political Science at Tulane University.  

10-11:15: Russian Utopias?: Vladimir Jabotinsky
Dmitry Shumsky (Hebrew University) “Neither Pragmatism Nor Utopia: Vladimir Jabotinsky's Nationalitaetenstaat Political Zionism, and Its Eastern European Roots”
Brian Horowitz (Tulane) “Jabotinsky and ‘the Arabs’”

11:30-1pm: Utopia and Dystopia in Literature/Art


William Brumfield (Tulane) “Moisei Ginzburg’s Utopian Fantasy: the Strange Fate of Dom Narkomfin”
Maya Barzilai (U. of Michigan) “Banished from the Socialist Garden: H. Leivick's Dystopic Yiddish Drama”
Andrew Sloin (Earlham) "Messianism in the Age of Utopias: Moshe Kulbak's ‘Yakov Frank’"
2:30-4:00: Religion, Philosophy, and Utopia  
Michael Schlie (Indiana University) “Strauss and Jewish Utopia”
Nancy Sinkoff (University of New Jersey, Rutgers), "Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Fear of Utopianism"
Jason Dawsey (U. of Chicago) "Critical Theory and the Defense of Utopia: Herbert Marcuse and the 1970s.”



Sponsored by: Jewish Studies ProgramJudeo-Christian Studies, Political Science Department as well as Center for Cultural Judaism

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

Tickets: Not required

For more information contact Jewish Studies Department via email to jewishstudies@tulane.edu






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