The Zelikovitz Centre is pleased to organize and sponsor an annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference called the “Student Colloquium”. Each year, a theme is chosen to bring students working in the area of Jewish Studies into conversation with students working in a wide range of disciplines across the university.

2022 Annual Student Colloquium

The Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and the Religion Department, College of the Humanities at Carleton University invited students across disciplines and institutions at the BA Honours, MA, and doctoral levels to share their research with peers in a scholarly setting.

The colloquium took place virtually over ZOOM April 20, 2022.

Co-chairs and Religion and Public Life MA students Noë Bourdeau and Erin Wilkins organized the colloquium with papers from a variety of disciplines and institutions. The colloquium presented student research centred around the theme of The Religious Imagination: Constructions of Traditions, Narratives, Power, and Practice in Religion. The colloquium was well attended by faculty and students, who engaged in thoughtful and collegial discussion in response to the impressive research presented.

Sean Remz (Concordia University) presented a paper titled Christian denomination as a variable regarding interethnic relations, antisemitic agitations, and bystanders to the Holocaust in the former borderlands of Hungary. Erin Wilkins (Carleton University) presented research on the topic of Religion, Migration, and the Politics of Humanitarian Responses: The Case of Soviet Jewish Emigration to the United States and the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. Megan Hollinger’s (University of Ottawa) paper discussed Jewish Identity, Law, and Lived Religion: Understanding the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2004 Amselem Decision. Alena Wilson (Carleton University) presented a paper titled Deconstructing & De-Centering: The Evolution of Religious Studies. Erin Wai (Carleton University) presented research on Greek influence on the story of David and Goliath through a lens of cultural memory. Darlene McLeod presented research on Western women’s syncretism and the desire for personal agency: an examination of trends in women’s ritual innovation. Finally, Jesse Toufexis (University of Ottawa) presented research on the subject of Strangers in a Strange Land: A Possible Worlds Approach to North American Jewish Stories.

Previous Colloquia:

April 20, 2022 – The Religious Imagination: Construction of Traditions, Narratives, Power and Practice in Religion
April 12, 2019 – Religion Out Of Bounds
April 13, 2018 – Bridging Gaps: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Religion
May 1, 2017 – Itinerant Identities: The Intersections of Religion, Gender, and Diaspora
April 27, 2016 – Religion, Politics, and Culture