Rooms with a View: Exploring the Jewish Home

Exploring the Jewish Home

For Current Fellows
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Katz Center
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Carrie Love

As a way to inaugurate its new fellowship year devoted to the theme of The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In, this opening panel explores Jewish experience from the perspective of different rooms in the house. The program will feature:

  • Leora Auslander on the dining room in Jewish history
  • Joshua Teplitsky on the library/study
  • Jenna Weissman Joselit on the children’s room
  • Ilana Pardes on the bedroom

The program will be followed by a reception jointly sponsored by the Katz Center and Penn’s Jewish Studies Program to welcome the 2019–2020 cohort of Katz Center Fellows.

Both the program and the reception are open to scholars and graduate students from Penn and beyond. RSVP required; please email by September 12 to reserve a spot.


Leora Auslander

University of Chicago

Leora Auslander is the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization and Professor of Modern European Social History at the University of Chicago where she was the founding director of the Center for Gender Studies and is a member of the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. Her research lies at the intersection of the micro and the macro: citizenship law and domestic interiors; clothing and colonialism; European regulation and everyday religious practice. At the Katz Center, Auslander will work on metaphorical eruvs in Germany and France between the years 1880 and 1970.

Auslander received her PhD from Brown University and has taught at the University of Paris, Postdam University, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, among others.

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Ilana Pardes

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ilana Pardes is the Katharine Cornell Professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Center for Literary Studies, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She researches the nexus of Bible, literature, and culture as well as aesthetics and hermeneutics.

Pardes received her PhD from the University of California. She has previously held fellowships at the Katz Center and the Mandel Scholion Research Center, and she has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley.

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Joshua Teplitsky

University of Pennsylvania

Joshua Teplitsky is the Joseph Meyerhoff Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Ruth Meltzer Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Penn. His research focuses on the history of Jewish life in early modern Central Europe within the wider context of Jewish/Christian interaction and minority experience. He is also a codirector of the digital humanities project, “Footprints: Jewish Books through Time and Place.” This ongoing collaborative project traces the movement of Jewish books between 1450 and 1800.

Teplitsky received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic studies from NYU in 2012.

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Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit, a historian of everyday life, specializes in the history and culture of America's Jews and in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century on through the 1950s. Her work, both within and without the classroom, pays especially close attention to the relationship between material culture and identity.