New Israeli Literature in the 21st Century March 4-6, 2012

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign presents:

New Israeli Literature in the 21st Century March 4-6, 2012Organized by Rachel Harris

Conference Program

Sunday 4th March, 2012

5.00pm Introductory Remarks Abbas Benmamoun (Director of SLCL, Illinois), Matti Bunzl (Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, Illinois), Rachel S. Harris (Conference Chair)

5:30 pm 21st Century Israeli Literature Readings

6.00pm Reception, Open to the Public

7.30pm Keynote: Dan Laor (Tel Aviv U) “Writing the Holocaust: Is it Still Relevant?”

Monday 5th March, 2012

9.00-10.30am Writing from the Margins, Chair: Tamar Merin, (Northwestern)

Philip Hollander (UW-Madison) “From Periphery to Center: the Development Town in Shimon Adaf’s fiction”

Yehezkel Rahamim (Tel Aviv U) “Black Diamonds: The Arrival of the Margins”

Ranen Omer-Sherman (U of Miami) “Paradoxes of Identity:  Jewish/Muslim Interpenetration in Almog Behar and Sayed Kashua”

11.00-11.30am Break

11.30-1:00pm Poetry: Writing, Translating, Journals – the New Landscape, Chair: Elizabeth Lowe, (Illinois)

Adriana X. Jacobs (Yale) “Contemporary Israeli Poetry and the Art of Translation”

Eran Tzelgov (NYU) “Taking Back the Streets: Israeli Poetry in the 2000s”

1.00-2.00pm Lunch

2.00-3.30pm New Boundaries and Contemporary Prose, Chair: Na’ama Rokem (U of Chicago)

 Yaron Peleg (Cambridge and George Washington U) “Hebrew Literature in a Neo-National Age”

Todd Hasak-Lowy (UIC) “Here, There, or Nowhere: Mapping the Contemporary Hebrew Novel, Asaf Schurr  and Dror Burstein"

Joshua Cohen (Writer) “A Year of Clear Head: Israeli Soldiers Abroad”

3.30-4.00pm Break

4.00-5.30pm Zionism Past and Present, Chair: Harriet Murav (Illinois)

Rachel S. Harris (Illinois) “Home and Homecoming: The Novels of Eshkol Nevo”

Shai Ginsburg (Duke) “Now and Then: History Re-Imagined: Alon Hilu’s Historical Novels”

Shiri Lev-Ari (Ma’ariv) “The Israeli Kibbutz, a New Perspective”

6pm Dinner: Timpone’s (710 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801)

Tuesday 6th March, 2012

9.00-10.30am Publishing, Editing and Disseminating–the Path of New Writing Chair: Dara Goldman (Illinois)

Adam Rovner (U of Denver) “Writers Writing and Publishing”

Jeremy M. Davies (Dalkey Archive Press) “Editing Hebrew Literature for an American Audience”

11.00am Closing Remarks

11.45pm Lunch