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Exile and Interpretation

An Interdisciplinary Conference at Wake Forest University

Conference Schedule

Friday Night

6:00 Conference Opening Remarks
6:15 Keynote Address: “About the Term Exile”
Paul Mendes-Flohr
7:30 Dinner


8:30 – 10:15 Destination and Discourse
Chair: Michael Hughes
“Passing Through: Internal and External Exiles in 1930s Oxford,” James Connelly
It’s Uncanny How He Lives Here as an Emigrant’: On Arnold Zweig’s Exile in Zion,” Adi Gordon
“Entering a New ‘Universe of Discourse’: Kurt Riezler at the New School of Social Research,” Sonja Asal
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 Karl Löwith
Chair: Julian Young
“Around the World in 18 Years: Karl Löwith’s Exile,” Ulrich von Bülow
“Exile’s Hindsight: Karl Löwith’s Multi-layered Nietzsche and the Transformation of Philosophy,” Stephan Steiner
“Nietzsche’s Image of the Mask or Two Ways to Understand History: A Comparison Between Erich Auerbach and Karl Löwith,” Matthias Bormuth
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
2:00 – 3:45 Adorno, Auerbach and Benjamin
Chair: Noah Strote
“The Awful English Language: Emigration, Translation and the Fate of German Ideas in Post-War America,” Emily Levine
“Erich Auerbach and Walter Benjamin in Flight: Figura and Allegory,” Martin Elsky
“Specters of Benjamin II: Benjamin’s Bed,” Herman Rapaport
3:45 – 4:15 Coffee Break
7:00 – 7:20 Overview of the Marbach Archives by Ulrich von Bülow
7:30 Dinner


8:30 – 10:15 Exile and Historiography
Chair: Dean Franco
“‘Fear Not My Servant Jacob:’ Rabbi’s, Jewish Emancipation and European Intellectual History,” Malachi Hacohen
“Looking Back to Read the Writing on the Wall: Reflections of the Spanish Expulsion in the Third Reich,” Eugene Sheppard
“Exile’s Territories of Experience: Hans Baron and Paul O. Kristeller in America,” Anthony Molho
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 Leo Strauss
Chair: Steven Vincent
“Leo Strauss on ‘Galut’ and ‘Exile,’” Thomas Meyer
“Three Modifications of the Galut: Leo Strauss on Germany, Israel and America,” Samuel Goldman
“Talmud in the Wrong Place,” David Weinstein and Avihu Zakai
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Conference Ends