Boston University Jewish Studies Research Forum


The purpose of the Boston University Jewish Studies Research Forum (BUJS Forum) is to facilitate advanced research in the field of Jewish studies. Invited speakers include visiting and resident faculty, graduate students, and recent graduates from a wide range of disciplines. The Forum is multi-disciplinary and provides opportunities for resident faculty, graduate students, and post-graduates to present their work in progress, while simultaneously learning from visiting scholars.

Fall 2019 Forums

Flyer for Fall 2019 Research Forums featuring Thomas Meyer on October 3 and Sultan Doughan on November 14.

The Human Condition vs. Classical Political Philosophy
Hannah Arednt, Leo Strauss and the “War of Ideas”

Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:30pm

The first researcher to present is Dr. Thomas Meyer (Munich/Berlin), an intellectual historian of modern Jewish philosophy and biographer of Ernst Cassirer and Leo Strauss. His current project is a biography of Hannah Arendt. In his talk he will contrast the projects of Arendt and Strauss. This session is scheduled for Thursday October 3, at 12:30, as always at the EWCJS library, 147 Bay State Road, second floor. A light lunch will be provided. There will be time for a Q and A.

Holocaust Trouble: The Political Implications of Remembering Refuge

Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:30pm

Dr. Sultan Doughan received her PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and serves as post-doctoral fellow at the BU Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. In her presentation, she will probe the case of a German-Palestinian museum guide who lost her job over a controversy that was triggered by her comparing her own family’s traumatic past in the Nakba with Jewish experiences during the Holocaust. The presentation will consider, among others, the reflexive institutional violence exerted by the public policing of speech. Respondent: Omer Bartov (Brown University). Light lunch provided.

Past Forums

2018 – 2019 Forums

2017 – 2018 Forums

2016 – 2017 Forums

2015 – 2016 Forums

2014 – 2015 Forums