Spiritual Homelands/Wahlheimat/Elective Exiles

An interdisciplinary international workshop organized by Da’at Hamakom: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Modern Jewish Society and the University of Virginia

January 1-2, 2017,  Yad Hashmona

January 1

9:30am-10am Welcoming remarks

10am-12:30pm Exile and Erasures: Home and Unhousing

Chair: Professor Jeffrey Grossman

Dr. Nina Fischer (University of Edinburgh), “Remembering/Imagining Palestine from Afar: The Homeland in Contemporary Palestinian Diaspora Literature”

Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhom (Kibbutzim College and Emunah College), “My Homeland is a Suitcase: The Suitcase in the Israeli Theatre as a Neurotic Container”

Professor Richard Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) presenting Professor Pierre Birnbaum’s (Université Paris I) paper, “The End of Exile? The Metz Contest of 1787 Revisited”

12:30pm-2pm Lunch

2pm-3:40pm Writing the Homeland

Chair: Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhom

Professor Regina C. Range (University of Alabama), “Realms of Exile: Gina Kaus’ Migration of Worlds, Words and Womanhood”

Dr. Diego Rotman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Performing Homeland in Post-Vernacular Times: Dzigan and Shumacher’s Yiddish Theater After the Holocaust”

3:40-4:20pm Coffee break

4:20-6:00pm Language in Exile

Chair: Dr. Nina Fischer

Dr. Stefani Hoffman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ret.), “The World as Exile and the Word as Homeland in the Writing of Boris Khazanov”

Judith K. Lang Hilgartner (University of Virginia/Elon College), “The Poetic ‘Word’ as home during Exile: The Ladino Poetry of Juan Gelman”

7:00pm Dinner

January 2

7:00am-9:00am Breakfast and check-out

9am-10:40am Multiple Exiles, Contingent Homelands

Chair: Professor Asher Biemann

Dr. Steven Schouten (German Historical Institute in Warsaw/European University Institute, Florence), “Exile and Utopia: Ernst Toller’s Road to Revolution”

Professor Anna M. Parkinson (Northwestern University), “’In der Fremde zuhause’: Trauma, Contingent Cosmopolitanism, and Elective Exile in the Writing of Hans Keilson”

10:40am-11am Coffee break

11:00-1:00pm Of Other Spaces

Chair: Dr. Sarah Wobick-Segev

Judith Müller (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), “Neither Heimat nor Exile: The Perception of Paris as a Historical Blind Spot in Israeli Literature”

Professor Agnes C. Mueller (University of South Carolina), “Israel as a Place of Trauma and Longing in Contemporary German Jewish Literature”

1:00-2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm-4:10pm Longing, Attachment and Wahlheimat

Chair: Professor Anna M. Parkinson

Dr. Esra Almas (Halic University), “The Multiple Affinities of The Girl from the Golden Horn: the Ottoman Fantasy of a Jewish/Muslim Writer in Interbellum Germany”

Professor Jeffrey Grossman (University of Virginia), “France as Wahlheimat for two German Jews: Heinrich Heine and Walter Benjamin“

4:10-4:40pm Coffee break

4:40-5:30pm Concluding Discussion

Professor Asher Biemann, Professor Richard Cohen, and Dr. Sarah Wobick-Segev