Alterity and Its Alternatives: A Conference on Gender and Judaism

May 23, 2017
9:00 amto3:30 pm
May 24, 2017
9:00 amto3:30 pm
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Alterity and Its Alternatives: A Conference on Gender and Judaism
in honor of Judith Baskin

May 23, 9:00-3:30, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
May 24, 9:00-3:30, Knight Library Browsing Room

Plenary Talk and Dessert Reception
May 24
7:30pm
Ford Alumni Ballroom

“Distinguishing Egg White From Semen: Rabbinic Forensics and the Medieval Afterlives of a Talmudic Passage,” a plenary talk by Dr. Judith Baskin, Knight Professor for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences

Dessert reception to follow

Presented by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies

PROGRAM
Tuesday, May 23
 
9:00-10:30                  In Her Voice: Female Jewish Writers
                                    Moderator: Anne Kreps – University of Oregon
 
Gantt Gurley – University of Oregon
“The Other Goldschmidt: Ragnhild and Alleotheta”
 
Naomi Sokoloff – University of Washington
“Modern Women Poets and the Kaddish: Teaching Jewish Literature as World Literature”
 
Monique Balbuena – University of Oregon
“From tHEiR mouths: Contemporary Women Poets Write in Ladino”                               
 
 
11:00-12:30                Gender, Transition, and Sexual Ambiguity
                                    Moderator: Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho
 
Kevin Osterloh – Oregon State University
“The Diplomatic Discourse of Judean Masculinity: Intra-Jewish Relations in the Days of Hyrcanus I”
 
David Hollenberg – University of Oregon
“Gender Anxiety or Intellectual Virtuosity?  Discussions of the khunthā mushkil (sexually ambiguous adult) in classical Islamic jurisprudence.”
 
Howard Tzvi Adelman – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
“Concerning a Woman Who Became a Man and a Man who Became a Woman”
 
 
2:00-3:30                    Women and the Law
                                    Moderator: Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon
 
Tal Ilan – Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Judaistik
“A Feminist Commentary on Esther in Tractate Hullin”
 
Rena Lauer – Oregon State University
“Real and Imagined Jewish Women in Late Medieval Crete”
 
Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho
“Women’s Life, Rabbinical Attitudes and Gendered Spaces in Early Modern Italy”
 
 
Wednesday, May 24
 
9:00-10:30                  Re-Depicting the Bible: Gardens, Women, and Representation
                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon
 
Deborah Green – University of Oregon
“Stuck in the Middle: The Motif of the Vulnerable Female in the Garden”

Kenneth Helphand – University of Oregon
“My garden, my sister, my bride.”
 
Susan Niditch – Amherst College
“The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: Jael, Judith, and Beyond”
 
 
11:00-12:30                The Feminist Lens: Using the Methods of Judith Baskin
                                    Moderator: David Hollenberg – University of Oregon
 
Gail Labovitz – American Jewish University, Los Angeles
“Lest Someone Else Precede Him: Bavli Mo’ed Qatan 18b and Rabbinic Discourse on the Divine Role in Marital Matches”
 
Rebecca Winer – Villanova University
“Wet nurses, Gender, and Judaism in Medieval Spain and Southern France”
 
Anne Kreps – University of Oregon
“Midrashic Women, Gnostic Women: Some Biological Considerations”
 
 
2:00-3:30                    Witnessing the 20th Century
                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon
 
Mark Raider – University of Cincinnati
“The Political Theology of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise”
 
Gina Hermann – University of Oregon
“Jewish women at Ravensbruck through the eyes of political prisoners”
 
Sara Horowitz – York University, Toronto
“Midrash and Gender in Holocaust Testimony”
 
Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon
“Remarks on Freud’s ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’”   
 
 
7:30 p.m.        Judith Baskin – University of Oregon
 
“Distinguishing Egg White from Semen: Rabbinic Forensics and the Medieval Afterlives of a Talmudic Passage”
 
A passage in Babylonian Talmud Gittin 57a discusses a scientific test the Rabbis used to clear a woman falsely accused of adultery. This talk reveals the larger context of that accusation and explores references to this forensic technique in medieval Jewish and Muslim sources.