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Exploring the Meanings of Jewish Sovereignty

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Conference Program, May 6-7, 2012

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Sunday, May 6

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Arieh Saposnik, Director, UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies

9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Session I: Sovereignty and the Diaspora

  • Gideon Shimoni, The Impact of Sovereignty: The Case of South Africa
  • Shaul Kelner, Israel, America, and the Soviet Jewry campaign
  • David Myers, Autonomy or Sovereignty? Competing Regimes of Jewish Nationalism

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m


12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Session II: Jewish Sovereignty and the Liberal-Democratic Vision

  • Hagit Lavsky, Jewish Sovereignty in the Zionist Cultural Approach
  • Liav Orgad, The Ethnic Minority and the Laws of a Sovereign State

1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session III: Jewish Power, Jewish Morality, and Jewish Sovereignty

  • Asa Kasher, Israel and National Sovereignty in a Democratic Nation-State
  • Bernard Avishai, Global Israel: The Jewish State and the Jewish Problem Reconsidered
  • Chaim Gans, The Proprietary, the Hierarchical, and the Egalitarian Meanings of Jewish Sovereignty

Monday, May 7

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Session IV: Religion, Nationalism, and the Sovereign State

  • Naftali Rothenberg, Jewish Perspectives on Sovereignty and Force
  • Gershon Greenberg, The Sovereign State and the Holocaust: Ultra-Orthodox Theological Tensions

10.30 a.m. -10:40 a.m.


10:40-12:40 p.m.

Session V: Social and Economic Aspects of Sovereignty

  • Orit Rozin, Citizenship, Individual Rights and the Transition to Sovereignty
  • Daniel Gutwein, Neoliberalism and the Privatization of Israeli Sovereignty
  • Jacob Metzer, Political Economy Perspectives on Sovereignty: The Case of Israel

12:40 p.m. -1:40 p.m.


1:40 p.m.-3:40 p.m.

Sesssion VI: Culture, Language, and Sovereignty

  • Arnold Band, Spatial Coherence as Cultural Sovereignty
  • Sidra Dekoven Ezrahi, Jerusalem and the Poetics of Return—The Hebrew Imagination Comes Home
  • Ari Elon, Rabbanut and Ribbonut—Hebrew Culture and its Jewish Sources

3:40 p.m.-3:50 p.m.


3:50 p.m.-5:50 p.m.

Session VII: Israeli Sovereignty and the Jewish World – Looking Forward

  • Discussants: Ruth Gavison, David Biale, Allan Arkush

5:50 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks