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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Keith Weiser

Politics and Policy

University   York University
E-Mail Address   kweiser@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416)736-2100 ext. 20200
Office Location   242 Vanier College
Office Hours    


Education

PhD Columbia 2001, MA Columbia 1996, BA Yale 1994

Biography

I focus in the area of Modern Jewish History, esp. concerning issues of nationalism, language, and acculturation. My publications thus far treat aspects of Yiddish language and culture (esp. the interface of language and ideology) in addition to Jewish politics in Eastern Europe. I am also interested in the sociology of religion and in theories of education, esp. concerning the deaf.

Research Interests

Jews, Eastern Europe, Israel, history, sociolinguistics.

Selected Pulblications

Book Manuscript
“Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: remaking language and identity in twentieth century Poland," University of Toronto Press

Articles in Refereed Journals/

“A Deal with the Devil?: the Chair for Yiddish at Vilnius University,” Polin (forthcoming 2010), 30 pages, type manuscript

“The Yiddishist Ideology of Noah Prylucki,” in /Polin /21(forthcoming, 2009), 58 pages, type manuscript

”Language and Ideology: the Orthodox Orthography of Solomon Birnbaum” in /Studies in Contemporary Jewry/ XX (2004), 275-295

[The Debate Concerning Standard Pronunciation in Yiddish Secular Schools in Eastern Europe], /Yidishe shprakh /(forthcoming), 30 pages, type manuscript

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

“Autonomism” in /The Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in an Era of Modernization and Secularization/ (Keter Publishing House, 2007), 103-107 (Hebrew, also to appear in English)

“Folkists,” 520-521; “Samuel Hirshhorn,” 718-719; “Hirsh-Dovid Nomberg,” 1272-1273; “Zevi Prylucki,” 1480-1481; “Noah Prylucki,” 1480 in /The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe/ (Yale University Press, 2008)

“Yiddish Dictionaries” (150 words), “Yiddish Newspapers in eastern Europe” (1000 words) in /The //Cambridge// Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture/ (forthcoming)

Book Introduction

Tommy Dick. /Getting Out Alive: a Memoir/. Toronto: the Azrieli Foundation and the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, 2007, /i-viii/

Book Review

David E. Fishman. /The Emergence of Modern Yiddish Culture/. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005 (/AJS Review /31/2, November 2007, 401-403)

Non-refereed Articles

[Noah Prylucki and the Beginnings of the Yiddish Press in Warsaw], /Afn shvel/ 331/332 (summer/fall 2005), 29-41 and 333/334 (winter/spring 2006), 33-37

Work in Progress

Article

“Coming to Terms with America: Max Weinreich and ‘The Problems of Our Time’” in Lara Rabinovitch et al (eds.), /Choosing Yiddish: Studies on Yiddish Literature, Culture, and History/. Wayne State University Press, 25 pages, type manuscript

“A Tale of Two Pryluckis: On the Origins of the Yiddish Press in Warsaw,” /Gal-Ed/, 64 pages, type manuscript

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan