Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Call for Papers: SBL Session on Reception History

From: Leonard Greenspoon [mailto:ljgrn@creighton.edu]=20
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:42 PM
Subject: SBL Session on Jewish Reception History

Call For Papers: The SBL Forum invites proposals for a special session =
on Jewish Reception History. Reception History is generally understood =
as an investigation of the way(s) in which biblical literature has been =
received, engaged, exegeted, rendered, and utilized by flesh-and-blood =
interpreters, sometimes within but often outside of faith communities. =
Papers are welcome on all aspects of Jewish biblical interpretation in =
art, literature (especially comics and graphic novels), music =
(especially modern), dance, material culture (such as tchotchkes, board =
games, dolls, etc.), ritual practice, television, and/or film. Papers =
that employ multimedia components are especially welcome, as are =
proposals by first-time presenters.

Program Unit Chair=20
Dan W. Clanton Jr.=A0=A0(dan.clanton@doane.edu)

(reposted from H-Judaic)

New Website: Teaching á la Modiya

> From: "Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett"
> To:
> Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 5:09 PM
> Subject: [jfe] Teaching á la Modiya: Jews, Media, Religion | New online
> resource | Please post
> We are pleased to announce:
> Teaching á la Modiya: Jews, Media, Religion
> http://modiya.nyu.edu/handle/1964/917
> “Teaching à la Modiya” offers strategies and multi-media primary sources for
> teaching selected readings related to cultural practices at the intersection
> of Jews, media, and religion. Each installment brings students into direct
> contact with the primary sources upon which a given reading is based.
> Inspired by Teaching the Journal of American History, each installment
> includes a reading, commentary by the author, and exercises using primary
> sources (artifacts, photographs, film clips, audio, excerpts from a variety
> of texts), as well as recommended readings and links to relevant materials
> accessible online.
> The first installment is dedicated to "Absolut Tchotchke," Chapter 5 of
> Jeffrey Shandler's, Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and
> Culture (University of California Press, 2005).
> http://modiya.nyu.edu/handle/1964/918
> This chapter explores how American Jews express their postvernacular
> relationship to Yiddish through objects.
> The Absolut Tchotchke installment includes the complete chapter, discussion
> questions, recommended readings, and four exercises, together with primary
> source materials, on the following topics:
> • Analyzing Objects of Postvernacular Yiddish
> • Mock Yiddish-English Dictionaries
> • Postvernacular Yiddish on eBay
> • Material Culture of Other Postvernacular Languages (Irish, Occitan)
> “Teaching à la Modiya” is a project of the Working Group on Jews Media and
> Religion, which is convened by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey
> Shandler at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media. New York
> University’s Humanities Council and Center for Religion and Media provided
> the initial funding for developing “Teaching à la Modiya.”
> http://crm.as.nyu.edu/page/home

February 23: JTS Library Open House

Please join JTS Library staff on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-6:00pm
on the 5th floor of the Library, for our Library Open House. You will
have an opportunity to view a broad selection of rare and unique
materials from the Library's magnificent Special Collections relating to
the holiday of Purim.

Curators will present items spanning the 10th-21st centuries --
manuscripts, rare books, broadsides and archival material, as well as
our digital collections. The Open House will showcase our extensive
collection of megillot (scrolls), many of them elaborately decorated.
David Wander. a well-known Judaica artist, will be on hand to discuss
the megillah he created, influenced by his engagement with traditional
Jewish texts and commentaries.

For educators, there will be a panel discussion and question and answer
session from 6:00-7:00pm, led by a Shira Epstein, a prominent educator
from the Davidson School of Education, a practicing artist and Dr. David
Kraemer, Seminary Librarian, on how the primary materials of Jewish
study can transform both the teaching and the learning experiences of

We look forward to seeing you on February 23rd. If you would like to
attend this event, please RSVP to Hector Guzman at heguzman@jtsa.edu.
We are located at 3080 Broadway, at the corner of 122nd Street,
accessible by the 1 train and the M4 and M104 buses.

(from H-Judaic, posted there by David Wachtel)

Call for Papers: Reception

Call for Papers: Reception:
Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, vol. II

editors of Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, the journal
of the Reception Study Society, invite submissions for its second
issue, which will appear in the spring of 2010.

The journal
seeks to promote dialog and discussion among scholars in several
related fields: reader- response criticism and pedagogy, reception
study, history of reading and the book, audience, media/textual, and
communication studies, institutional studies and
histories, as
well as interpretive strategies related to feminism, race, ethnicity,
gender, sexuality, and postcolonial studies. The journal publishes
theoretical and practical analyses in these fields, focusing mainly but
not exclusively on the literature, culture, and media of England and
the United States. Vol. I is available on-line at the RSS website:

The journal is refereed and appears once each year on line. At least two
members of the editorial board will provide independent reports on each
essay submitted for publication. Contributors will receive these
reports in a timely fashion. Papers should follow MLA guidelines and
should not exceed 6,000 words. Panelists from the RSS conferences are
especially encouraged to submit proposals. Please limit the proposals
to 500 words and send them to Philip Goldstein. His addresses are
pgold@udel.edu and the University of Delaware, 333 Shipley St., #309,
Wilmington, DE 19801.

(from SHARP-L, posted there by Barbara Hochman)