May 9th to May 11. Symposium on History, Memory, and Jewish Identity at Concordia University.
“The publication some twenty-five years ago of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi’s seminal monograph, Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory, made scholars of Judaism aware of the shifting nature of historical consciousness throughout the course of Jewish history – between what he termed “memory” and “history.” In the time since the concept of memory became important in the study of Jewish history, there have been developments in scholarship on memory, including, in particular, the recognition that the ways in which groups represent the past are fundamentally bound up with the construction of their identities.”
James Diamond (University of Waterloo): “Cursing God and the Struggle for Jewish Identity in Medieval Jewish Thought”
Ira Robinson (Concordia University): “Who Is a Marrano?: Reflections on Modern Jewish Identity”