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TIJS To Honor Oded Borowski with Spring 2014 Symposium

Oded Borowski
Oded Borowski

Through an academic career spanning more than 40 years, including 36 years at Emory, Oded Borowski has earned the respect and admiration of many students and colleagues. Widely recognized as one of the world's experts in eighth-century Judah, his depth of knowledge and experience as a researcher, teacher, and administrator, his many publications, honors, and awards, his service to the profession, and his leadership of archaeological digs, particularly at Tell Halif in Israel, all speak to a highly productive scholarly career.

To honor Borowski and his many contributions to the field, TIJS, with support from the Judith London Evans Fund in Jewish Studies, will convene a scholarly gathering entitled "8th Century Judah and its Neighbors: A Symposium in Honor of Oded Borowski" on February 4, 2014, at Emory. The goal of the symposium will be to explore the material culture of eighth-century Judah, one of the main focuses of Borowski's scholarship, as reflected in his archaeological digs and in his writings, looking at the relationships and influences that may be detected between the various groups occupying the region at the time. The papers presented at the symposium will eventually form the core of a planned festschrift honoring Borowski.

This symposium will take place in conjunction with the annual Tenenbaum Lecture on Monday, February 3, 2014. William Dever, Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, will give the evening lecture and will participate in the symposium the following day. Watch the TIJS website for more information.

TIJS Welcomes Nicholas Block

Oded Borowski
Nicholas Block

TIJS welcomes Nicholas Block to a three-year visiting assistant professorship in the Department of German Studies. He recently completed a PhD in Germanic languages and literatures and a certificate in Judaic studies from the University of Michigan with a dissertation entitled "In the Eyes of Others: The Dialectics of German-Jewish and Yiddish Modernisms." He is currently writing a manuscript on the transnational influences on early 20th-century German modernism, focusing on the cultural exchange between German-Jewish and East European Jewish artists and authors. In his research, he brings modernist authors like Alfred Döblin and Franz Kafka into conversation with Sholem Aleichem and Y. L. Peretz.

This fall he will be teaching German 470, a German-language course entitled Race, Religion, and Citizenship in Germany. Students will compare the minority experiences of German Jews and Turkish Germans, from periods before and after the Holocaust. Students will also explore the interactions between Muslim and Jewish communities in present-day Germany.

TIJS is pleased to welcome Block to Emory and looks forward to exploring the many intersections of his scholarship with that of other TIJS faculty.

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