Sunday, August 26, 2012

What's The Opposite of Zionism?

Well, the subjects of this conference present themselves as the alternative:-

Jewish Internationalism

Collective Politics in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Columbia University, September 9-10, 2012
To attend please RSVP at
View conference poster 

Day I8:45-9:15: Gathering and Breakfast
9:15-9:30: Opening Remarks
9:30-11:45: Session I: Theoretical Reflections 
Chair: Samuel Moyn, Columbia 
David N. Myers, UCLA
International Nationalism? Probing the Bounds of a Fleeting Mid-Century Tradition
Dan Diner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Leipzig University  
Point and Plain: On the Geometry of Jewish Political Experience
Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Hebrew University
Communities of (Re)Action: Jewish Internationalism, 1840-1989
Malachi Hacohen, Duke
Late Imperial Austria and Jewish European History
11:45-12:00: Coffee Break
12:00-13:30: Session II: Jewish Philanthropy and Transnational Networks
Chair: Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
Adam Teller, Brown University
Trans-Regional Philanthropic Networks in the Early Modern Jewish World: Towards an Economic Analysis
Lisa Leff, American University
The Origins of Jewish Internationalism in 19th Century France
Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State
Protecting Other Jews: Jewish Philanthropic Organizations and Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe, 1890–1950
Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
Empire of Charity: Jewish International Philanthropy and Interwar Poland
13:30-14:15: Lunch
14:15-16:15: Session III: Jews and International Law
Chair: Michael Stanislawski, Columbia University
James Loeffler, University of Virginia
International Lawyer, Closet Zionist? The Paradox of Hersch Lauterpacht
Natasha Wheatley, Columbia University
The National Internationalist: Nathan Feinberg between Geneva and Jerusalem
Jacques Picard, University of Basel
‘The Spirit of Geneva’ and Jewish Diplomacy
16:15-17:30: Coffee Break and Gathering
18:00: Dinner  
Day II
8:45-9:15: Gathering and Breakfast
9:15-11:30: Session IV: Jews and Minority Rights
Chair: David N. Myers, UCLA
Carole Fink, Ohio State University
Jewish Diplomacy at the Paris Peace Conference: 1919
Markus Kirchoff, Saxonian Academcy Leipzig
Between Weimar and Paris: German Jewry and the Minority Question, 1919
David Engel, NYU
The International Community and the Jewish Politics of Alliance
Gil Rubin, Columbia University
The End of Minority Rights: Jacob Robinson and the Minority Question in World War II
11:30-11:45: Coffee Break
11:45-13:15: Session V: The Postwar Jewish Agenda
Chair: Malachi Hacohen, Duke
Ron Zweig, NYU
Nehemiah Robinson, the Institute for Jewish Affairs and the Formulation of the Postwar Jewish Agenda
Nathan Kurz, Yale University
Human Rights and the Jewish Quest for a Supranational Authority
Zohar Segev, University of Haifa
Universalism, International Cooperation and Ethnic Identity: The Jewish Diaspora in the 1940s and 1950s from an American Jewish Perspective
13:15-14:00: Lunch
14:00-16:15: Session VI: Jewish Politics and the European Refugee Crisis    
Chair: TBD
Mira Siegelberg, Harvard University
Lucien Wolf’s “Notes on the ‘Staatenlose Question’: Beyond International Jewish Diplomacy? 1921-1931
Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
Internationalism, Nationalism, and the Rehabilitation of Jewish Children after World War II
Daniel Cohen, Rice University
‘The Eradication of Statelessness’: Jewish legal internationalism and the European refugee crisis, 1945-1950
16:15-16:45: Comments and Closing Remarks  
The conference is sponosred by the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, The Department of History, SIPA huamn [sic] rights program and Judaic Studies, Yale.

And, of course, without Zionism, all this Jewish internationalism would be worthless. ^

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