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Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold

May 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold

A Columbia-UCLA Virtual Symposium

Graduate Student Organized Webinar

To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/Sephardic2022


Monday, May 9, 2022

Relational Approaches to History in Ottoman Studies

9:00 AM PST // 12:00 PM EST

Panel Description: This panel examines new methodological approaches within Ottoman Studies that seek to expand how historians conceptualize social and economic processes of difference-making both within and across religious groups.


  • Canan Bollel, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington
  • Kaleb Herman Adney, Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA
  • Oya Aktaş, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
  • Nancy Ko, Ph.D. Student, Columbia University


  • Andreas Guidi, Fellow at the German Historical Institute
  • Devin Naar, Associate Professor in History and Sephardic Studies Program Chair, University of Washington

Ethnic Studies, Jewish Studies, and Palestine

12:00 PM PST // 3:00 PM EST

Panel Description: This panel examines how the concept and histories of Jews of Color have been politicized across varying contexts, including within historic activist networks like the Black Panthers in Israel-Palestine and recent debates around Ethnic Studies at the university and beyond.


  • Vincent Calvetti, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
  • Ryan Zohar, Librarian, Middle East Institute and MA/MLS Student, New York University
  • Jessie Stoolman, Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA and Maxwell Greenberg, Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies and Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

UCLA Graduate Student Conveners: Rachel Smith (History) & Jessie Stoolman (Anthropology)
Columbia Graduate Student Conveners: Nancy Ko (History)


May 9, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
(310) 825-5387
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