The Eighth Early Modern Workshop in Jewish History will be held on August 21-23, 2011, at the University of Texas at Austin. The topic this year is “Egodocuments: Revelation of the Self in Early Modern Europe.” We invite applications for graduate student support to attend the workshop.
The aim of the workshop will be to examine Jewish “egodocuments” – documents in which the personal life and views of the author play a central role - in order to better understand what they tell us about modes of self-representation among early modern Jews. The workshop will also explore the factors that brought about the creation of a relatively rich body of such documents, in contrast to the medieval period. This year’s presenters have been encouraged to examine not just the important autobiographical texts (such as Leon de Modena’s Chayye Yehudah and Glikl’s memoirs), but other sources as well: ethical wills, Inquisition-prompted accounts of self, family diaries of births and deaths, travel accounts, kabbalistic works, and so on.
Our keynote speaker will be Natalie Zemon Davis. Gershon Hundert will present a special long session (“Mining an Unusual Ego Text [or two]”). The program will include presentations by (in alphabetical order):
Avriel Bar-Levav, “Personal Life in the Context of Personal Death”
Francesca Bregoli, “Autobiographical Accounts for a Non-Jewish Friend”
Yaacob Dweck, “The Travel Diaries of Hayim Joseph David Azulai”
Rachel Greenblatt, “’My Happiness Overturned’: Mourning, Memory, and a Woman’s Writing”
Pawel Maciejko, “Descend to the Abyss: Jacob Frank’s Going to Poland”
Marcus Moseley, TBA
Sara Nalle, “Generational Conflict in Converso Families, 1492-1550”
Jacob J. Schacter, “Rabbi Jacob Emden’s Megillat Sefer”
We would like to invite qualified graduate students of the early modern period to apply to attend the workshop. Students who are accepted will receive a stipend covering travel, accommodation, and (kosher) meals. Candidates should send an abstract (not longer than two pages) of their dissertation projects, a short statement explaining how their work bears on issues relevant to the workshop, and a C.V. to Miriam Bodian at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, 2011. The decision will be made by June 5th.
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