Jews and the Natural World: Bodies, Animals, Evolution // Day-Long Symposium



Jews and the Natural World: Bodies, Animals, Evolution 

This day-long symposium will explore the interconnected discourses with which Judaism both invents and interacts with nature, from the conceptual and categorical challenges posed by eating animals in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to the chains of logic that derive from evolutionary theory in the nineteenth century, to the epistemologies that underlie Jewish medicine from the Talmud through modern genetics research.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to Carrie Love at by December 6, 2017. 

9:3010:00 am | COFFEE

10:0010:30 am | INTRODUCTION
Welcome: Steven Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania/Katz Center
Opening Remarks: Daniel Langton, University of Manchester/Katz Center

10:30 am12:00 pm | BODIES
Lennart Lehmhaus, CRC 980 "Episteme in Motion," Free University of Berlin/Katz Center

History, Memory and Genetic Jewish Selfhood
Yulia Egorova, Durham University/Katz Center
Respondent: Sacha Stern, University College London/Katz Center

12:001:00 pm | LUNCH

1:002:30 pm  | ANIMALS
Chair: Marcy Norton, University of Pennsylvania

Soul Food and Salvation in Medieval Ashkenaz
David Shyovitz, Northwestern University/Katz Center

Respondent: Beth Berkowitz, Barnard College

2:303:00 pm | COFFEE BREAK

3:004:30 pm | EVOLUTION
Blavatsky, Evolution, and the "Great Chain of Being"
Julie Chajes, Tel Aviv University/Katz Center

Darwin's Jews and Man's Place in Creation
Daniel Langton, University of Manchester/Katz Center
Respondent: Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Julia Watts Belser, Georgetown University/Katz Center 
Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania/Katz Center
Gwynn Kessler, Swarthmore College

5:307:30 pm | DINNER

Event Location: 
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Event Date and Time: 
December 13, 2017 9:30am
For fellows, Penn faculty, and invited guests only
Event Contact: 
Carrie Love
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