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2011 Call for Proposals

The Mosse/Weinstein Center For Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the 2011 Conney Conference on Jewish Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Jewish Identity and the Arts April 6-8, 2011 Call For Proposals Deadline: February 1, 2011 2011 Conney Conference Keynote Speaker: We are very pleased to announce that Connie Wolf, Director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, will be our keynote speaker. Jewish Identity and the Arts, our third bi-annual conference, will focus on the contribution of Jewish artists and theorists to world culture through the spectrum of arts practice. The conference is intended to raise questions about both the nature of Jewish Art and Jewish identity in the 21st century. Honoring George Mosse and Laurence Weinstein This year’s conference honors the contributions of two of the founders of the Center for Jewish Studies: George Mosse and Laurence Weinstein. Laurence Weinstein’s invaluable work in establishing the center helped to create a home for an exploration of Jewish identity in the arts and in all areas of culture and scholarship. George Mosse was a lover and leading scholar of the arts in modern society. He wrote with eloquence and great insight about how artistic movements in the 19th and 20th centuries influenced new political movements, new cultural identities, and re-definitions of justice and belonging. Mosse’s work inspires many contemporary studies of identity in the arts.

2009 Conney Conference

Performing Histories, Inscribing Jewishness April 22-24, 2009 This year’s conference is now over. Thanks very much to all the speakers and attendees! Videos of the presentations are available here. 2009 Conference Proceedings can be found here. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the schedule for this year’s Conney Conference on Jewish Arts. We will be welcoming a broad range of presentations that address the arts from multiple perspectives and include papers on the visual arts, dance, Yiddish cultural practice, Klezmer and more. The conference will look at numerous aspects of Jewish identity across disciplines in the broadest sense and will include a number of workshops and performances as well. We hope to see you as we investigate the question of Jewish Identity in the arts. Learn More about the Conference Schedule of Events Hotels / Lodging Map of Area

2009 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Henry Sapoznik and the KlezKamp Road Show

This year’s KlezKamp Roadshow is now over. Thanks very much to all the speaker, performers and attendees! Videos of the presentations are available here. Visit the Official Website Map of Area Henry Sapoznik is an award winning author, record and radio producer and performer of traditional Yiddish and American music. A pioneering scholar and performer of klezmer music, Sapoznik is credited with the late 20th century revival of klezmer. He founded both the Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (1982) and KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program (1985). He is the recipient of the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (2002) for the 10 part series “The Yiddish Radio project” and the 2000 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Scholarship for his book “Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World”. His CD anthologies “You Ain’t Talkin’ To Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music” (2005) and “People Take Warning! Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs 1913-1938” (2008) were nominated for multiple Grammy awards.