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Jewish Studies

Topoi of Time: Jewish Interpretations of Human and Other Temporalities



UNC-King's International Workshop

23–25 May 2011

Jonathan Boyarin (UNC Chapel Hill) & Andrea Schatz (King’s College London)



Abstracts (pdf).
For pre-circulated handouts, papers and chapters, please follow the "pdf" link after individual titles.



Monday, 23 May 2011

Council Room

17.30 Keynote address

Sylvie-Anne Goldberg (EHESS, Paris)
Timing: How Jews Made Time Jewish

Chair: Jonathan Boyarin (UNC Chapel Hill)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Council Room

09.00 Coffee


Sacha Stern (UCL)
Time and Process in Ancient Judaism (pdf)

Lynn Kaye (NYU)
Beyond Retroactivity (pdf)

Laliv Clenman (Leo Baeck College)
Ta‘ita Halakhah
: Jewish Identity and Time in Tannaitic and Talmudic Aggadah

Chair: Diana Lipton (King’s College London)

12.30 Lunch break


Diana Lipton (King’s College London)
Rain Men: Time and Trauma and Noah and Honi (pdf)

Tamra Wright (London School of Jewish Studies)
Election Time: Temporality and Subjectivity in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Sergey Dolgopolskii (SUNY Buffalo)
In No Time: Subjectless Thought and Objectless Memory in the Babylonian Talmud

Chair: Laliv Clenman (Leo Baeck College)

16.30 Coffee


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

River Room

09.00 Coffee


Henri Atlan (EHESS, Paris)
Time and Eternity or Free Will and Absolute Determinism (pdf)

Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University)
Hannah Arendt: Temporality and Exception (pdf)

Jonathan Boyarin (UNC Chapel Hill)
& Martin Land (Hadassah College, Jerusalem)
Jewish Rhetorics  and the Contemplation of a Diminished Future (pdf)

Chair: Andrea Schatz (King’s College London)

12.30 Lunch break


Andrea Schatz (King’s College London)
Diasporic Time: Jewish and Secular Temporalities in the Transition to Modernity

Oren Kosansky (Lewis & Clark College)
Saints in Time: Hagiographic and Colonial Temporalities in Jewish Morocco

Chair: Marc Saperstein (Leo Baeck College)

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Concluding Roundtable


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