Past Conferences

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Thu, 11/01/2018 to Fri, 11/02/2018

The Kenan Institute and the Duke Library will hold a two-day symposium on 1-2 November 2018 entitled "Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-... read more »

Growing Old: Post Utopian Personhood in Israeli Cultural Production
Sat, 09/24/2016 to Mon, 09/26/2016

One of the main tropes of modern Hebrew literature—in contradistinction to ancient and medieval literatures—is “youth.” It seems almost natural that... read more »

On Heschel's Legacy
Mon, 04/18/2016

Upon the opening of the Heschel Archives here at Duke, it is important that we take a moment to consider the legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,... read more »

Individuals and Legal Institutions Around the Medieval Mediterranean
Mon, 03/07/2016 to Tue, 03/08/2016

While there is a vast literature on medieval Jewish and Islamic law, the histories of medieval Jewish and Muslim legal institutions received... read more »

Hebrew Cultures and Theory: Culture and Myth
Sat, 02/15/2014 to Mon, 02/17/2014

The question of myth is one of the most loaded one in Jewish studies. The founding fathers of Jewish studies, such as Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom... read more »

Jews and the Ends of Theory
Tue, 04/30/2013 to Wed, 05/01/2013

Jews and Marxism; Jews and the avant-garde; Jews and modernism; Jews and the nation; Jews and “abstraction”: the linkage between Jews and critical... read more »

The Bible in the Public Square
Sun, 09/09/2012 to Mon, 09/10/2012

The Bible in the Public Square will be a unique 2-day conference with experts speaking to the role of the Bible in everything from Public Schools and... read more »

Secularization and Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Hebrew Culture
Sun, 04/15/2012 to Tue, 04/17/2012

For years, modern Hebrew culture was conceived as a secular arena, that is, as one that does not merely reflect a secular Zionist ethos, but also... read more »