Canadian Society For Jewish Studies 

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Canadian Society for Jewish Studies Annual Conference - 2018

la société canadienne des études juives - 2018

Montreal, Quebec - Canada

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS) will be holding its 13th Annual Conference from May 14th through May 15th, 2018 (Monday and Tuesday) at Concordia University in association with the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies. The conference provides a platform for original scholarly research in Jewish Studies.

Individuals are invited to send proposals for paper presentations twenty minutes in length. Potential presenters are asked to submit their proposal (approximately 400 words) by Monday, January 8, 2018 - EXTENDED to FEBRUARY 1st, 2018.

The paper proposal should be formulated to clearly and concisely state the main argument of the presentation and indicate how it will contribute to existing scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. It should also include a bibliography of relevant sources. The abstract should be sent as a .doc or .rtf attachment, double-spaced in Times New Roman font, with the paper title clearly indicated at the top. The name, affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail of the potential presenter as well as the title of the proposed paper should be located in the body of the e-mail only (and not in the attached abstract). All proposals will be anonymously peer reviewed. Notification to presenters will occur by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

All presenters must be paid 2018 members of CSJS at the time that proposals are submitted. Proposals from individuals who are not current members of CSJS will not be reviewed. Membership information for CSJS can be found on our Web site [].

A limited number of partial travel grants may be available to enable presenters to participate at the conference. Please inform the Program Chair when you submit your proposal that you wish to be considered for such a grant. Presenters (including students) are expected to apply first to their host institutions for whatever funds may be available to them locally.

CSJS conference participants whose paper proposals have been accepted must register in advance for the conference by paying the required registration fees. Please note that presentations from individuals who have not pre-registered for the Conference will not be included in the Conference Program.

Please e-mail proposals to Dr. Daniel Maoz, Program Chair ( ).


Societé Canadienne des Études Juives Conférence 2018 Montréal, 14-15 Mai

Appel à communications

La Société canadienne des études juives (Scéj)) tiendra sa 13e réunion annuelle du 14 mai au 15 mai, 2018 (lundi-mardi) à l’Université Concordia en collaboration avec l’Association d’Études juives canadiennes. Le congrès sert à présenter les nouvelles recherches académiques relatives aux études juives.

Celles et ceux qui désirent faire une communication savante de 20 minutes touchant un aspect des études juives sont priés de soumettre une proposition de communication détaillée (400 mots) d’ici le lundi 8 janvier 2018 - Étendu au 1er février 2018

La proposition, qui sera évaluée dans l’anonymat, doit comprendre le thème principal de la communication ainsi que les références bibliographiques. Les membres du comité communiqueront avec les participants d’ici le mercredi 14 février 2018.

Tous les conférenciers doivent être membres de la Scéj en 2018 lorsque les propositions seront soumises. Les propositions provenant des personnes qui ne sont pas membres de la Scéj en 2018 ne seront pas considérées. Des informations sur l'adhésion à la Scéj sont disponibles sur notre site Web [].

Un nombre limité de bourses partiels de voyage seront disponibles pour permettre aux présentateurs de participer à la conférence. Signalez au coordinateur avec votre proposition que vous voudriez être considéré pour une telle bourse.

Tous les participants de la conférence de la Scéj doivent s’inscrire à l’avance à ce congrès. Ils doivent payer les frais de conférence. Les présentations des personnes qui ne se sont pas inscrites à la Conférence ne seront pas incluses dans le programme du conférence.

Veuillez faire parvenir vos projets de communication à Dr. Daniel Maoz, coordonnateur, par courriel (


                                                                                              2018 Conference Program

Canadian Society for Jewish Studies / Société canadienne des études juives

Université Concordia University

Concordia University, Room SB 407, 1590 Dr. Penfield (corner Cote des Neiges)

Montreal, Qc

May 14-15, 2018 | le 14-15 mai, 2018

Monday, May 14th



ACJS Board Meeting



Coffee Break



CSJS Session One: Rabbinics

     Chair: Laura Wiseman (York University, Toronto)

Steven Lapidus (Concordia University, Montreal) – From Vilna to Shanghai to Montreal:  How Twenty-Nine Rabbinical Students Were Saved during World War II

     Martin I. Lockshin (York University, Toronto) – “And there was evening, and there was morning”

Simcha Fishbane (Touro College, New York) – Profane and Holy in Mishnah’s Cosmos: The Case of the Diaspora


12:00-1:00 Lunch



Session Two: Holocaust Studies

          Chair: Ira Robinson (Concordia University, Montreal)

     Carrie Bettel (York University, Toronto) – Images of Beauty and Love in Holocaust Literature: Exploring the Limits of Language

     Peggy J. Kleinplatz (University of Ottawa) – Routine Medical Procedures at Auschwitz Causing Amenorrhea and Possible Infertility

Aviva Atlani (University of Western Ontario, London) – 13 - From Camp to Campy: Songs and Echoes of the Holocaust


2:30-3:00 Coffee Break


3:00-4:00 CSJS Session Three: Jewish Literature

        Chair: Simcha Fishbane (Touro College and University, New York)

   David C. Muller (University of Calgary) – Doomed from the Start: An Exploration of Uchronic Fiction and A Critical Study of  

   Australia’s Rejection of the Kimberley Plan

   Laura Wiseman (York University, Toronto) – A Poem of Love, Light and Darkness by Sivan Har-Shefi


4:00-5:00 CSJS Annual General Meeting (Ira Robinson, Presiding)


Tuesday May 15th


8:30-10:00 ACJS Open Board Meeting]



Coffee Break


10:15-12:15 CSJS Session Four: Racism and Jews

   Chair: Daniel Maoz (Concordia University, Montreal; Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University)

   David S. Koffman (York University, Toronto) – Nativism Twinned: Jews and Indians in America, 1924

   Lev Topor (Bar Ilan University, Israel) – Jeremy Corbyn – Anti-Semitic Liaisons: An OSINT report

   Daniel Rickenbacher (Department of History, University of Zurich) New and Old Images of the Jew: The Ideology and Language of 

   Anti-Imperialistic Anti-Zionism in Quebec in the 1970s


12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 CSJS Session Five: Jewish Alternatives

Chair: Steven Lapidus (Concordia University, Montreal)

Sivane Hirsch et Valérie Amiraux (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières) – L’alternative pédagogique d’une communauté ultra-orthodoxe

Heather Hermant (University of Toronto) – Esther Brandeau: Reading a “Multicrosser” in the Canadian Cultural Archive


2:00-3:00 CSJS Session Six: Jewish Mysticism

Chair: Aviva Atlani (University of Western Ontario, London)

Ira Robinson (Concordia University, Montreal) – A Kabbalist in the Twentieth Century and His Fate: Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg’s Translation of the Zohar

Daniel Maoz (Concordia University, Montreal; Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University) – Desert Shadows and Messianic Echoes: Isaiah 40 “in the desert”


3:00-4:00 CSJS Board Meeting (Ira Robinson, Presiding)







14th Annual CSJS Conference 2018

  May 13 & 14, 2018

Samuel Bronfman House Atrium / Concordia University, Montreal, Qc Canada