Collaborative Digital Open Access Publishing and Community Building: In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies
March 12 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Presented by Jessica Kirzane, Editor-in-Chief of In geveb, and Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish at the University of Chicago.
In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies was founded six years ago by a group of then-graduate students to be a central location for the field of Yiddish Studies. It is a free, open-access digital platform without academic affiliation, with a mission to extend the boundaries of the field while fostering community within the field. The journal publishes not only peer reviewed articles but also literary translations, pedagogical resources, and a culture-oriented blog.
In geveb’s Editor-in-chief Jessica Kirzane will discuss how the flexibility of the journal’s born-digital platform and its independent funding model open up new arenas for scholarly publishing and collaboration. Her talk will focus especially on the pedagogy section of the journal, which reorients the field of Yiddish studies toward the kind of work many of its practitioners perform day in and day out.
ALSO ON March 12, at 7:00 p.m. Book launch: Diary of a Lonely Girl: or The Battle against Free Love, by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane. This evening event is at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.
First published serially in the Yiddish press in 1916–18, Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle against Free Love is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, shot through with dark humor. From the perch of a diarist, Miriam Karpilove’s novel offers a snarky, melodramatic criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth-century New York City. Squeezed between men who use their freethinking ideals to pressure her to be sexually available and nosy landladies who require her to maintain her respectability, the narrator expresses frustration at her vulnerable circumstances with wry irreverence. The novel boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, and women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics.