Mar. 15
- Mar. 16

Kafka after Kafka
An International Conference at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva
March 15-16, 2015
Ayrton University Center / Senate Building, Room -136

Co-sponsored by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Abrahams-Curiel Department of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics, the Hekhsherim Center for Jewish and Israeli Literature, the Center for Austrian and German Studies, the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, and the Czech Center in Tel Aviv.
No conference registration required; no fees.
Registration required for pre-conference writing workshop and for the cultural event on March 15th, Ruth Kanner Theater Group performance: Kafka’s Hebrew Notebook (in Hebrew). In order to register  for the pre-conference writing workshop or to reserve a seat for the theater performance please contact Ms. Anna Osprian of the Center for Austrian and German Studies, BGU: 
Lectures and discussions in English.
Sunday, March 15, Ayrton University Center/Senate Building, Room -136
Pre-conference Writing Workshop (Registration required. Number of participants limited. In order to to register please contact Ms. Anna Osprian of the Center for Austrian and German Studies, BGU: 
10:00 – 12:30 June Leavitt (Beer Sheva), Kafka and the Search for Higher Meaning: Writing Workshop
Opening Session
14:00 Opening remarks: Mark H. Gelber (Beer Sheva) and Iris Bruce (Hamilton, Canada)
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  Mark H. Gelber (Beer Sheva)
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  Iris Bruce (Hamilton, Canada)

Session I
Chair: Catherine Rottenberg (Beer Sheva)
14:15 – 15:15 Stanley Corngold (Princeton, USA), Kafka after the Onset, and the Alleged Demise, of Deconstruction
15:15 – 16:00 Ido Lewit (Tel Aviv), Heteroglossia and the Cinematic Adaptation of Kafka
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
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  Stanley Corngold (Princeton, USA)

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  Ido Lewit (Tel Aviv)

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  Session I


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  Session I


Session II
Helen Diller Family Center (Building 74), Room 301
Chair: Anja Siegemund (Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem)
16:30 – 17:15 Amir Engel (Frankfurt a. Main / Beer Sheva), Kafka Reconsidered: Hannah Arendt and Post-War Politics
17:15 – 18:00 Caroline Jessen (Marbach / Jerusalem), Conjunction and Loss: Werner Kraft on Franz Kafka
18:00 – 18:45 Alana Sobelman (Beer Sheva), Binding Words: Sarah Kofman, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka, and the Holocaust
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  Amir Engel (Frankfurt a. Main / Beer Sheva)

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  Caroline Jessen (Marbach / Jerusalem)
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  Alana Sobelman (Beer Sheva)

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  Session II
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  Session II
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  Session II

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  Session II

Ayrton University Center / Senate Building, Visitors’ Center
19:30 Cultural Event
Ruth Kanner Theater (Tel Aviv), Kafka's Hebrew Notebook (in Hebrew and German), followed by a discussion with Ruth Kanner and performers (in English). Number of spectators limited. In order to reserve a seat for the performance please contact Ms. Anna Osprian of the Center for Austrian and German Studies, BGU:
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  Discussion with Ruth Kanner (left) and performers

Monday, March 16, Ayrton University Center/Senate Building, Room -136
Session III
Chair: Aaron Landau (Beer Sheva)
9:30 – 10:15 Omri Ben-Yehuda (Jerusalem), The Personal Pronoun. Dialogue in Kafka and Agnon
10:15 – 11:00 Iris Bruce (Hamilton, Canada), Kafka and Sayed Kashua: Exiles in their own Lands
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
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  Omri Ben-Yehuda (Jerusalem)
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  Iris Bruce (Hamilton, Canada)
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  Session III

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 Session III
Session IV
Chair: Iris Bruce (Hamilton, Canada)
11:30 – 12:30 Shimon Sandbank (Jerusalem), Reading Kafka: A Personal Story
12:30 - 13:30 Vivian Liska (Antwerp), The Beetle and the Butterfly: Nabokov's Reading of Kafka
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
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  Shimon Sandbank (Jerusalem)

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  Vivian Liska (Antwerp)
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  Session IV

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  Session IV
Session V
Chair: Mark H. Gelber (Beer Sheva)
15:15 – 16:00 Jiri Sliva (Prague), My Kafka: The Humorous and Absurd in Kafka Illustrations and Drawings
16:00 – 17:00 Sander L. Gilman (Atlanta, USA), Kafka after Kafka
17:00 – 17:15 Concluding Remarks: Iris Bruce, Stanley Corngold, Sander L. Gilman, Vivian Liska, Mark H. Gelber
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  Jiri Sliva (Prague)

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  Sander L. Gilman (Atlanta, USA)
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  Concluding Remarks
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  Concluding Remarks


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  Concluding Remarks


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  Concluding Remarks

17:30 After the conference, transportation to the festive event on the occasion of 60 years Leo Baeck Institute at Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem. (Gathering at 19:00; event begins at 19:30).


We would like to thank all the participants and guests for all their effort to help create such an interesting and thought-provoking conference.