Organized by Eugene Avrutin

October 13, 2014Strange New World group

8:30-9:00             Breakfast
9:30-9:45             Welcome 
9:45-11:00          Neighborly Feuds // 

Gennady Estraikh (NYU) “The Gindin Case in Moscow, April 1922.”

Michael Ostling (The University of Queensland) “Imagined Crimes, Real Communities: Witchcraft and Ritual Murder.”

Darius Staliūnas (Lithuanian Institute of History) “The Blood Libel in Nineteenth-Century Lithuania”

11:00-11:15       Coffee Break

11:15 – 1:00 – Narratives, Representation, Ritual // 

Haya Bar-Itzhak (University of Haifa) ”Blood Libel: A Folkloristic Perspective.”

Magda Teter (Wesleyan University) "Sandomierz and Its Paintings as Lieux de mémoire.

Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan) “Doctor’s Plot as Blood Libel.” 

1:00-3:00 – Lunch

3:00-4:45             Power, Politics, Belief // 

Ellisa Bemporad (CUNY) ”Jews, State and Citizenship: Confronting the Ritual Murder Accusation in Interwar Soviet Union and Poland.”

Marina Mogilner (University of Illinois, Chicago) ”From External ‘Blood Libel’ to Internal ‘Blood Racial Stigma’: Redefining Jewish Otherness in Modern Terms in the Russian Imperial Situation.”

Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (Polish Academy of Sciences) “Polish Research on the Blood Libel, 2005-2013.” 

5:00-6:00             Keynote Talk 

Hillel Kieval (Washington University) “Yahrzeits, Condolences, and other Close Encounters: Neighborly Relations and Ritual Murder Accusations in Germany and Austria-Hungary.”

October 14

8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast

Jonathan Dekel-Chen (Hebrew University) “A Half-Full Cup? Transnational Responses to the Beilis Affair.”

Robert Weinberg (Swarthmore College) "Connecting the Dots: Jewish Mysticism, Ritual Murder, and the Trial of Mendel Beilis."

Harriet Murav (University of Illinois) ”Ritual Murder in the Context of Fin-de-Siecle Culture.”

10:45-11:00 – Coffee

11:00 - 12:00 Concluding Remarks by Robert Weinberg (Swarthmore College) and Eugene M. Avrutin (University of Illinois)

12:00 Boxed Lunch