Prof. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe: "The State of Yiddish in Germany"

When Mar 04, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Bingham Humanities Bldg, Rm 300
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Contact Phone 502-852-8977
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Yiddish - the historical language of European Jews - has become one of the most popular subjects of study in contemporary Germany. This talk draws on sociolinguistics and cultural studies to examine this phenomenon, investigating both the popularity of Yiddish as a foreign language at universities and the language’s broader cultural presence and significance in the public sphere and popular culture. The enthusiasm for Yiddish in this historically charged context raises key questions about the discourse of life and death for endangered languages such as Yiddish. Soldat-Jaffe argues that this situation of hybridity, sociolinguistic contact, and cultural multilingualism - circumstances which are increasingly the case globally - belies the absolutism of a fatalist binary framework in which languages are absolutely alive or totally dead.

Dr. Soldat-Jaffe's talk is presented by the Division of the Humanities and  the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society.

  • Thursday, March 4, 2010
  • Noon – 1:30p.m.
  • Bingham Humanities, Room 300
  • This event is free and open to the public


Flyer: Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe presentation March 4 2010 (PDF)