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Conference: Jews and the Ends of Theory

The "Jews and the Ends of Theory" conference will take place on April 30-May 1 at both Duke University and UNC. This conference will broadly explore a series of questions about the relationship between Jews, Jewishness and theory now. The IAH is a co-sponsor of this conference, and all events on May 1 will take place in Hyde Hall.

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When Apr 30, 2013 09:30 AM to
May 01, 2013 05:30 PM
Where Hyde Hall
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Contact Phone (919) 660-3504
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Jews and the Ends of Theory

at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
April 30 - May 1, 2013

Jews and Marxism; Jews and the avant-garde; Jews and modernism; Jews and the nation; Jews and “abstraction”: the linkage between Jews and critical theory lurks, under various rubrics, in the history of Europe’s world, in the collapse of that world in the near-century following World War I, and in the fleeting transfer of world dominance to the United States. But what are the relationships between Jews and theory now? What role has Jewishness played in our conception of theory? How has the figure of the Jew (in his Jewishness) shaped Euro- or Americentric theory’s discourses on colonialism? And how do we think (implicitly or explicitly) or, more prescriptively, how should we think and talk about Jews, Jewishness and theory when the promises of European modernity lie in wreckage around us as around its former colonies, when US cultural dominance appears on the wane, still what will replace these is not yet clearly on the horizon?

This conference will broadly explore a series of questions about the relationship between Jews, Jewishness and theory now. 

More information and a full conference schedule is available here: http://jewishstudies.duke.edu/jews-and-the-ends-of-theory

Sponsors
Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, The UNC Kaplan Chair, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Dean of Humanities, The Institute for Arts and the Humanities at UNC, Department of Religious Studies at UNC, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke 

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