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The University of Southampton
The Parkes Institute

Conference: Zangwill and his Legacies Event

(C)Leicester Jewish Heritage Centre
11:00 - 17:15
14 September 2022
Online via Zoom

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Event details

This conference is organised in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of England and the ‘Making and Remaking the Jewish East End’ project at QMUL funded by the AHRC.

The Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton along with Professor Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading) and Professor Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London) are delighted to be organising an online conference to mark the 130th anniversary of Israel Zangwill’s 'Children of the Ghetto'. We will explore his literary, cultural and political legacy in a broad range of new research.


Please note this is a free event but please register by clicking on the link above.


Welcome and Introduction (11.00 - 11.15)

Panel 1: Fiction (11.15 – 12.45)
Chair: Claire Le Foll (Director of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton)

Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Matso Balls in Petticoat Lane’

Mélisande Labrande (Aix-Marseille Université), ‘The schnorrer in Israel Zangwill’s work’

Alice Crossley (University of Lincoln), ‘Aged Infancy: Ageing in Israel Zangwill’s ‘An Odd Life’ and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Break (12.45 – 13.00)

Panel 2: Jews (13:00 - 14:00)
Chair: Tony Kushner (University of Southampton)

Maja Gildin Zuckerman (Copenhagen Business School), ‘Zangwill’s Pilgrimage to Palestine: Accentuating Jewish Differences through Experiences’

Jakob Egholm Feldt (Roskilde University), ‘Amalgamation and Improvised Regeneration: Futures Past of Jewish Civil Inclusion’

Break (14:00 – 14:30)

Panel 3: Legacy (14:30-16:00)
Chair: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)

Arie M. Dubnov (George Washington University), ‘Degeneration Anxieties: On the little-known connection between Israel Zangwill, Max Nordau, and Ben-Zion Netanyahu’

Laura Almagor (Sheffied University) ‘A Temple of Peace: Israel Zangwill’s anticolonialism’

Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), The Ghetto as Palimpsest: From Zangwill to Elias Khoury

Concluding Roundtable (16:00-16:45)
Chair: Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London)

Meri-Jane Rochelson (Florida International University)

Eitan Bar-Yosef (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Online Book Launch for Beyond Zion by Laura Almagor (16.45 – 17.15)
Chair: Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading)

Abstracts and Participant Biographies

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