Lost Texts: A Graduate Student Conference

Lost Texts: A Graduate Student Conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Student Organization and Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway New York, NY 10027 Much of Jewish history can be viewed as a struggle between competing textual traditions, often motivated by the reintroduction and reappropriation of lost texts. The redacted texts of the biblical and rabbinic canons; the revelations of the Genizah and the Dead Sea Scrolls; the invention and revision of Jewish literary traditions by the scholars, writers, artists and thinkers of Jewish modernity – each of these discoveries of lost texts has served to complicate and expand the borders of Jewish life in the past and in the present. Lost Texts: A Graduate Student Conference at The Jewish Theological Seminary will explore lost texts as central objects of inquiry that reflect on how Jewish Studies itself is a site where forgotten or marginalized traditions become present through the mediation of academic discourse. Dr. Beth Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will present a keynote address entitled “Lost in Interpretation: Multiple Meanings, Midrash, and Making Jewish Identities.” Check-in will begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, April 29, 2012.
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