Institute Fellows: Justin Cammy, Eve Jochnowitz, Mikhail Krutikov, Saul Zaritt
Despite rumors of its demise, Yiddish continues to exert a powerful influence on Jewish culture and consciousness. Yiddish today performs a variety of new functions as a post- and trans-vernacular language in addition to its role as a language for daily communication. It is evoked, cited, and nostalgically remembered; it is used in art, music, theater, and literature; it is studied, theorized, spoken by enthusiasts, and admired by new generations who never spoke the language at home. In this symposium we explore Yiddish in both its traditional contexts and in these surprising new contexts. By considering Yiddish in and out context we hope to reach new understandings of how the role of Yiddish has changed and what these changes tell us about contemporary culture.