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Maternal Sacrifice in Jewish Culture

Rethinking Sacrifice from a Maternal Perspective in Religion, Art, and Culture

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Published on Monday, November 04, 2019


Rethinking Nancy Jay’s opposition between sacrifice and childbirth in what she defines a “remedy for having been born of woman”, the conference aims to explore new approaches to the maternal sacrifice as a ritual, as a narrative, and as a metaphor in the context of Jewish culture.


Paris, 19-21 November 2019

CERMOM-INALCO - Ca’ Foscari University, Venice


19 November

9-9,30 Registration, INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013, room 4.24


Chair: Piero Capelli, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia.

  • An Old Tale in New Times: The Martyrdom of the Woman and her Seven Sons in Italian Jewish Literature of the Nineteenth Century - Asher Salah, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem
  • An Extreme Sacrifice: A Cannibal Mother in the Siege of Jerusalem - Ilaria Briata, Universität Hamburg
  • Daughters of Truth and Mothers of the Community: Some Observations on the Elusive Women of Qumran - Corrado Martone, Università di Torino

11-11,30 coffee break

11,30-13 Chair: Elisa Carandina, INALCO, Paris

  • Where Have All the Mothers Gone? Maternal Sacrifice in Hebrew Literary History -Hamutal Tsamir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva
  • Nationalized Maternal Bodies of Mothers (and their sons) in David Grossman’s To the End of the Land (Isha Borahat Mib’sorah) – Ranen Omer-Sherman, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Speaking Hebrew as Maternal Sacrifice: Rachel Katznelson and the Abandonment of the Mother Tongue - Roni Henig, New York University

13-15 Lunch

15-17 Auditorium

  • Keynote - The Sacrifice of the Mother and the Akedah, Yvonne Sherwood, University of Kent

20 Dinner

20 November


9,30-11 Chair: Alessandro Guetta, INALCO, Paris

  • Circumcision or the maternal sacrifice of a child - Daniel Felipe Niño López, Universidad De La Salle, Bogota, Colombia
  • Le sacrifice des enfants par leurs mères sur l’autel du Dieu d’Israël : Une réaction féminine juive aux conversions forcées et la sanctification du Nom Divin (qiddush ha-Shem). Étude comparative de quelques chroniques médiévales - Liliane Vana, , IEJ, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Mothers in Heroic Birth Narratives in Sassanian Persia - Shana Schick, University of Haifa

11-11,30 coffee break

11,30-13 Chair: Corrado Martone, Università di Torino

  • Birth and Giving Birth as Reflected in the Classical Rabbinic Sources - Dalia Marx, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
  • The Sacrifice of the Suspected Adulteress - Isabella Scortegagna, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia
  • Sacrificing Motherhood Itself: The Case of Dr. Gisella Perl as Inmate Doctor and Reproductive Specialist - Elena Hoffenberg, International School, University of Haifa

13-15 Lunch

15-16,30 Chair: Leili Anvar, INALCO, Paris

  • Breaching the Visual Contract of Sacrifice - Leni Dothan, Artist, Architect, Researcher 
  • The Multifaceted Image of the Victimized and Self-Sacrificing Maternal Figure in Post-Holocaust Feminist Art - Mor Presiado, Bar-Ilan University
  • Resurrecting Rachel as the Archetype of Mourning Motherhood - Marc Michael Epstein, Vassar College, New York

16,30-17 coffee break

17 -18,30 Screening of Ha-qir, by Moran Ifergan

20,30 Dinner

21 November


9,30-11,30 Chair:  Marie-Christine Bornes Varol, INALCO, Paris

  • Killing the mame-loshn. The sacrifice of mother tongue at the altar of a new Hebrew identity - Raffaele Esposito, Università L’Orientale, Napoli
  •  “My Dear Son”: Literary Posthumous Letters as a Mother’s Last Sacrifice - Nourit Melcer-Padon, Hadassah College Jerusalem
  • Testing the Tested:  The Sacrifice of the Mother in Modernist Fiction Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf and Sh. Y. Agnon - Anna Lissa, Université Paris 8
  • Did the “Yiddishe mame” exist? Mother figure in the east-European Jewish childhood narrative of the 19th century - Ekaterina Oleshkevich, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan

11,30-12 coffee break

12-13,30 Chair: Avraham Rubin, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • The Jewish Woman Immigrant Sacrifice of Jewish Womanhood upon Coming to America: Four Women and their Stories - Mara W. Cohen Ioannides, D.S., Missouri State University
  • Maternal Criticism: Reading Literature by Women as Nonviolent Resistance and Constructing Peaceful Communities through Mothers’ Activism - Charlyn Marie Ingwerson, Drury University
  • Sacrifice and Admiration: The Image of the Yemeni Jewish Mother - Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, The Open University of Israel


  • INALCO - 65, rue des Grands Moulins
    Paris, France (75013)


  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019

Attached files


  • jewish studies, maternal sacrifice


  • Carandina Elisa
    courriel : elisa [dot] carandina [at] inalco [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Carandina Elisa
    courriel : elisa [dot] carandina [at] inalco [dot] fr


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