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Yiddish Symposium, 2016

YIDDISH IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: A Symposium on New Yiddish Language and Culture

Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

November 5-6, 2016



Symposium Theme

Yiddish is far from “dead” or “dying,” with many exciting new developments in the language and culture since the beginning of the new millennium. This symposium seeks to bring together scholarship in areas of innovation in Yiddish in the last fifteen years. The symposium is multidisciplinary, spanning literary and cultural studies, linguistics, translation studies, sociology, theatre and film studies, pedagogy, history, anthropology and ethnography.

The symposium will include studies in the following areas:

New Yiddish writing and translation

Yiddish video and film

Yiddish theatre and music

Yiddish language and teaching

Yiddish community life

Symposium participants will be invited to submit a longer version of their papers for inclusion in an edited book titled Yiddish in the New Millennium.



The symposium will take place at the University of Ottawa on the evening of Saturday, November 5 through the afternoon of Sunday, November 6.

The organizers will cover hotel accommodation on Saturday and Sunday as well as refreshments and meals during the event. Participants are expected to cover their own travel, with limited subsidies available.

The University of Ottawa is located in the heart of Canada’s beautiful capital city, within walking distance of the national library, museums and other attractions.

Submission Guidelines

Interested presenters are invited to submit a 300-word abstract in Word format (Times New Roman, 12 pt, single spaced). Please include the following: the title of your proposed presentation, your name, affiliation, e-mail address, abstract including methodology and theoretical framework, selected bibliography, 6 key-words, and short biography.

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a period of questions/discussion. The working languages of the conference are English and Yiddish.

Please submit your proposals to the organizer, Prof. Rebecca Margolis (Dept. Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa), at the following e-mail address: rmargoli@uOttawa.ca by May 1, 2016. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1.