This online seminar series is devoted to all aspects of Hasidic Yiddish language and linguistics, both historical and contemporary. Seminars and roundtable discussions will be held on Zoom one evening a month from August 2020 to July 2021. The series will include participants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds including linguistics, Yiddish studies, and Yiddish pedagogy, with speakers from within and outside Hasidic Yiddish-speaking communities. Talks are free and open to the public. The series comprises an element of our ongoing AHRC-funded research project on contemporary Hasidic Yiddish based in the UCL Departments of Linguistics and Hebrew & Jewish Studies. It is dedicated to the memory of Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert (1945-2020) and her scholarly work on the history of Hasidism.
All seminars will take place on Zoom on a Tuesday at 6pm UK time.
4 August, 2020 Inaugural round table: 'Perspectives on Hasidic Yiddish language' with Khayele Beer, Meyer Labin, Tali Loewenthal, Heather Munro, Naomi Seidman
13 October 2020 Heritage Hasidic Yiddish in Israel Dalit Assouline, University of Haifa
1 December 2020 Yiddish in London Habad schools (talk in Yiddish, with English subtitles) Tali Loewenthal, UCL
12 January 2021 Attitudes toward change in a maintained language: Yiddish in New York (talk in Yiddish, with live English translation) Isaac L. Bleaman, UC Berkeley
2 February 2021 The Rise of Hasidic Yiddish theatre Wojciech Tworek, University of Wrocław
2 March 2021 Gefilte fish and sushi: Hasidic orientation and vowel change in New York Hasidic Yiddish Chaya Nove, CUNY
6 April 2021 TBC
4 May 2021 Title TBC Ayala Fader, Fordham University
1 June 2021 Yiddish among ex-Hasidim Eli Benedict, UCL and Yung Yidish
6 July 2021 Is Haredi Satmar Yiddish a Creole? Steffen Krogh, Aarhus University
3 August 2021 The Politics of Language: Haredi Language Choice and Political Identity in Israel Heather Munro, University of Durham
31 August 2021 The Tsene-rene: Hasidic Versions Avi Blitz, Indiana University
3 October 2021 Title TBC Asya Vaisman Schulman, National Yiddish Book Center
TBC Title TBC Shmuel Hiley, Yiddish author and scholar
Call for Papers
The call for papers is a Word document that can be downloaded here.