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Zohar Weiman-Kelman's Oral History
Zohar Weiman-Kelman, a rising scholar, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 14, 2014 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
This interview was conducted in English.
Zohar Weiman-Kelman was born in 1982 in Jerusalem, Israel.
Video highlights from this oral history
Inside or Outside: Closed Circles in the Yiddish World2 minutes 30 seconds
Yiddish Rebelliousness, Pleasure, Corporeality of the Past2 minutes 22 seconds
Who is Irena Klepfisz?: Mentor, Lesbian Yiddish Poetess2 minutes 19 seconds
"Look Through Yiddish at the World": Advice for Those Interested in Yiddish1 minute 13 seconds
Speaking Directly to the Bubbes: Transmission Between Jewish Lesbian Writers and Yiddish Poetesses2 minutes 32 seconds
"Making Babies in Other Ways": Beyond Heteronormativity, Essentialism, Survival in Transmission3 minutes
Finding Yiddish through Women Writers3 minutes 48 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Irena Klepfisz, 1990s, 2000s, queer, doikayt, political lesbianism, scholarship, academia
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Other languages
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Politics and political movements
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