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CMENAS Colloquium Series. Coffee and Literature

Shachar Pinsker, Associate Professor, U-M Department of Middle East Studies

The 2018 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme, “The Process of Discovery: How Scholars Write Books Today” will discuss how in popular media, writing is fantastically presented as a process whereby inspiration—a muse— comes to the writer (or fails to). In this fantasy, writers type fiendishly or crumple up one sheet after another. The reality is at once more complicated and humble than this. Come discover how scholars discover. The colloquium series will feature presentations from CMENAS faculty on their recent book projects and will explore the research process from start to finish.

Lecture Abstract:
How did a literary scholar come to write a book, "A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture," about coffeehouses and their role in multilingual modern Jewish literature and culture? Professor Pinsker will explain how the project grew out of the research he did for his previous book. The discussion will focus on how issues of audience, mode (and language) of publication, access to archives and materials influence how we think of projects and books, and how they develop organically. Professor Pinsker will also explain the collaborative nature of the work on the book, and how a Digital Humanities project complements the book, combining mapping with images, texts, networks analysis, and storytelling.

Speaker Bio:
As a specialist in modern Hebrew and Jewish literature and culture, Professor Pinsker is interested in Hebrew literature written in Palestine/Israel, Europe and America, as well as Jewish literature in Yiddish, English, German and other languages. He has a joint appointment at the Department of Middle East Studies and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. He is the author and editor of five books, and currently writing a new book on Yiddish in Israeli LIterature.

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When and Where

Map Weiser Hall - Room 555

September 2018

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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