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"Cosmic Ecologies: Animalities in Premodern Jewish Culture" a conference

When: Monday, May 13, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Nancy Gelman   (847) 491-2612

Group: The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


"Cosmic Ecologies: Animalities in Premodern Jewish Culture" a conference

This program will take place at Northwestern University (May 13) and the Newberry Library (May 14)

Held in conjunction with the Medieval Academy of America’s Centennial, this symposium addresses a plethora of topics: cosmic ecologies and their continuities across the animal-human-divine-demonic spectrum; visual and textual collisions between humanities and animalities; bestialization as a heuristic; animalization of Jews in Jewish and Christian discourses; zoocephaly in material and literary sources; and monstrosities and hybridities as sites of wonder and liminality. Speakers come from a variety of fields, and the program includes established scholars as well as the new voices in art history and religious studies.

Organizers: Elina Gertsman (Case Western Reserve University), Julie Harris (Independent scholar), and David Shyovitz (Northwestern University)

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