UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Perspectives on Hasidic Yiddish language

04 August 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

The Ada Rapoport-Albert Seminar Series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish

This event is free.

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Zoe Belk – Linguistics


This event will be held online on Zoom
This event will be held online on Zoom
This event will be held online on Zoom

The Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish research group at University College London and the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies are delighted to announce the launch of an online seminar series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish language. The seminar series is dedicated to the memory of UCL Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert, a world-leading scholar of the history of the Hasidic movement. The series is devoted to the exploration of all facets of contemporary and historical Hasidic Yiddish worldwide.
The inaugural event in the series is a round table entitled Perspectives on Hasidic Yiddish. The event will feature discussion of a wide variety of topics related to Hasidic Yiddish, including linguistics, Yiddish studies, Yiddish pedagogy and Hasidic Yiddish-speaking communities by the following speakers:

  • Khayele (Helen) Beer, UCL
  • Meyer Labin, Yiddish writer and journalist
  • Tali Loewenthal, UCL
  • Heather Munro, Durham University
  • Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

If you would like to attend, please register by email to hasidic.yiddish@ucl.ac.uk. The Zoom link and password will be sent to participants shortly before the event.

Subsequent events in the seminar series will include public lectures and further round tables, providing an ongoing forum for fruitful discussion on all aspects of Hasidic Yiddish. Full details of dates and speakers will be announced shortly. 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.

Keynote speakers:
Dalit Assouline, University of Haifa
Shmuel Hiley, Yiddish author and scholar (TBC)
Steffen Krogh, Aarhus University - Is Haredi Satmar Yiddish a Creole?
Chaya Nove, Graduate Center, CUNY - Language Variation and Hasidic Orientation in New York