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Program Schedule

Monday, May 7th


Opening remarks, Na’ama Rokem (Conference Organizer, University of Chicago)


Chair: Paul Mendes Flohr (University of Chicago)

Ruth Ginsburg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “German”? “Jewish”? – Freud in Hebrew

Mark Gelber (Ben Gurion University of the Negev): Kafka, Brod, and the Trial in Tel Aviv


Chair: Scott Spector (University of Michigan)

Gish Amit (Ben Gurion University of the Negev):  “The Largest Jewish Library in the World”: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and the Redistribution of Jewish Cultural Assets after World War II

Jens Hanssen (University of Toronto): Translating Revolution: Khayri Hammad Reads Hannah Arendt


Chair: Holly Shissler (University of Chicago)

Kader Konuk (University of Michigan): Reading Kafka in Turkey

Tuesday, May 8th


Chair: Franklin Lewis (University of Chicago)

Atef Botros (Marburg University): Kafka and the Arab Intellectuals

Nasrin Rahimieh (UC Irvine): Kafka’s First Persian Translator


Chair: Maya Barzilai (University of Michigan)

Omar Kamil (Dubnow Institute, Leipzig): Be a Jew at home and a man on the street: Arab approaches to Jewish History and Culture

Aamir Mufti (UCLA)  Leopold Weiss and the Global Conversion of Islam.


Concluding discussion

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