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Sixth Regional Research Conference – University of California, Los Angeles – June 3-4, 2019

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The Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA)

announces its

 Sixth Regional Research Conference

The Jewish Americas: Beyond Borders

Hosted and Co-sponsored by the UCLA
Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

University of California, Los Angeles
JUNE 3-4, 2019

*All sessions take place in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus (10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095) Rooms 306 and 314 (3rd floor)

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Conference check-in with coffee and continental breakfast: 9:00-9:30 (Royce Hall, 314)

Opening Remarks 9:30-9:50 (Royce Hall, 314)


Session 1A: 10:00-11:30 (Royce Hall, 314)

Memory and Music in Jewish Latin American Films

Chair: Misha Klein (University of Oklahoma)

  • The Impure: Peripheral Memories of Forced Prostitution, Daniela Goldfine (University of Wisconsin, River Falls)
  • Argentine Jews: A History with Tango, Patricia Nuriel (Wofford College)
  • Jewish Lyrics: Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino in Latin American Cinema, Nora Glickman (Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center)


Session 1B: 10:00-11:30 (Royce Hall, 306)

“Lo judío” in Twentieth-Century Argentine Literature and Thought

Chair and Respondent: Stephanie Malak (Los Angeles Review of Books)

  • Zohar Translation and Antisemitism in Argentina, Jeremy Brown (McGill University)
  • The Cult of Local Color: Jorge Luis Borges between “argentinidad” and “lo judío,” Yitzhak Lewis (Columbia University)
  • Borges’s Cansinos: A Symbol of All Culture, Daniel Nahson (SUNY Oneonta)


Session 2A: 11:30-1:00 (Royce Hall, 314)

Jewish-Argentine History and Identity

Chair: David N. Myers (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Salvation Through Youth: Young People and Jewish Regeneration, 1940s Argentina, Adriana M. Brodsky (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)
  • Ezras Noshim and Unruly Bodies: Disciplining Sexual Behavior of Jewish Immigrant Women in Argentina in 1936, Joanna Spyra (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • National Influences on Jewish Identity: Construction of Jewish Culture in Buenos Aires and New York, Laura Limonic (SUNY-College at Old Westbury)


Session 2B: 11:30-1:00 (Royce Hall, 306)

Literary Representations of Transnationality and Difference

Chair: Ariana Huberman (Haverford College)

  • Israel Aszendorf: A Yiddish Writer in Poland, the USSR, France, and Argentina, Alan Astro (Trinity University)
  • On Monsters and Outcasts: Deformity and Disfiguration of Jewish Signifiers in Eduardo Lázaro Covadlo’s Novels, Amalia Ran (Tel Aviv University/MOFET Institute)
  • On Hoaxes and Heteronyms: The Strange Literary Life of Alcina Lubitch Domecq, Darrell B. Lockhart (University of Nevada, Reno)

Lunch: 1:00-2:15 (Light lunch provided; Royce Hall, 314)


Session 3: 2:30-4:00 (Royce Hall, 314)

Jewish Latin American Visual and Performing Arts

Chair: Adriana M. Brodsky (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

  • Mirar con ternura: la cámara íntima de Alfredo Srur, David William Foster (Arizona State University)
  • Modern Jewish Art in Twentieth-Century Brazil, Sarah R. Valente (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • “And So the Book”: Crossing Boundaries, Genres and Audiences in Alex Appella’s Visual Literature, Jessica Carr (Lafayette College)


Session 4: 4:00-5:30 (Royce Hall, 306)

Literature and Influence

Chair: Darrell B. Lockhart (University of Nevada, Reno)

  • Identity Cancelled Out: Being Cuban-Jewish in the Poetry of José Kozer, Paul B. Miller (Vanderbilt University)
  • Formulaciones del árbol de la vida en la literatura y el arte latinoamericano, Ariana Huberman (Haverford College)
  • Intertwining Personal Trauma and Jewish History in Michel Laub’s Diário da Queda, Isadora Sinay (Universidade de São Paulo)

Break 5:30-6:00

Keynote Address 6:00-7:00 (Royce Hall, 314)

“Moroccan Jews in the Americas: A Diasporic Community in the Making,”

Dr. Aomar Boum, University of California, Los Angeles

LAJSA Dinner in Westwood (Optional): Shamshiri Grill

(1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024)


Tuesday, June 4

Coffee and continental breakfast: 8:30-9:00 (Royce Hall, 314)


Session 5: 9:00-10:30 (Royce Hall, 314)

Transculturation: Jewish, Latin American, and Black American Musical Ties

Chair: Amalia Ran (Tel Aviv University/MOFET Institute)

  • The Orquesta Kef Beyond American Borders, Lillian M. Wohl (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Yiddishkeit as a Listening Key: Resettings of Yiddishland in the Music of Osvaldo Golijov, Lila Fabro (Universidad de Buenos Aires / Núcleo de Estudios Judíos-IDES)
  • Black Music in Israel and the Poetics of Diasporic Consciousness, Uri Dorchin (University of California, Los Angeles)


Session 6: 10:30-12:30 (Royce Hall, 314)

Jewish Latin American Communities and Social Practices

Chair: Maxwell E. Greenberg (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Judeu Sionista Não Apoia Fascista!”: Protest and the End of Community Consensus, Misha Klein (University of Oklahoma)
  • Early Twentieth-Century Orthodoxy in Argentina, Marc Shapiro (University of Scranton)
  • Translating Mexican-Jewish Identity: Anita Brenner’s Vision, Gina Malagold (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
  • Imperialist Colonizers or Revolutionaries?: The Paradox of Jewish-Caribbean Identity in the 19th Century, Kim Giles (City College of New York)

Closing remarks: 12:30-1:00 (Royce Hall, 314)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]