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Kalman (Keith) Weiser

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Department of History
Department of Humanities

Associate Professor
Silber Family Chair of Modern Jewish Studies

Office: Kaneff Tower, 754
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33561
Email: kweiser@yorku.ca


Professor Kalman (Keith) Weiser is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Humanities and History. His research focuses in the area of modern Jewish history and culture, specifically about language issues in Jewish life.

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Professor Kalman (Keith) Weiser graduate training focused in two areas: Yiddish language, linguistics, and culture and Jewish history. Since then, he has expanded his field of knowledge to include antisemitism, Holocaust and Israel Studies. His research focuses in the area of modern Jewish history and culture, specifically about language issues in Jewish life. His first book explores the rise and fall of the nationalist movement on behalf of Yiddish in Russia and Poland until WW II. His current research examines the role of refugee scholars from Nazi-controlled Europe in creating the fields of Yiddish Studies and Jewish Studies more broadly in England and North America.

Degrees

PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Yale University

Research Interests

, Modern Jewish History, Central and Eastern European History, Antisemitism, Israel Studies, Yiddish and Hebrew Language and Culture, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy
Books

Publication
Year

S. Goldberg, S. Ury, and K. Weiser, eds. Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism (Palgrave, 2021)

2021

K. Weiser, J. Baumgarten, E. Birnbaum and D. Birnbaum, eds. Second, revised edition of Solomon Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016) with new essays by editors and updated, expanded bibliography

2015

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Vilna on the Saint Lawrence: Montreal as the Would-be Haven for Yiddish Culture,” in David Koffman, ed. No Better Home?: Canada, Its Jews, and the Question of Home (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021), 56-69.

2021

.“Coming to America, Choosing Yiddish: Max Weinreich and the emergence of YIVO’s American center,” in Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren, and Hannah Pressman, ed. Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Wayne State University Press, 2012, 233-252

2012

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Marc Volovici, German as a Jewish Problem. The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. (The Journal of Jewish Languages 9 (2021): 1-6).

2021

Jess Olson, Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. (The Marginalia Review, 17 July 2013, http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/3147)

2013

Simeon D. Baumer, Sacred Speakers. Language and Culture among the Haredim in Israel. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006. (Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIV (2010) : 228-230)

2010

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

2007

Monographs

Publication
Year

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists In Poland. University of Toronto Press, 2011

2011

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Debate Concerning Standard Pronunciation in Yiddish Secular Schools in Eastern Europe” (in Yiddish), Yidishe shprakh XXXIX (2013): 17-43

2013

“The Jewel in the Yiddish Crown: Who Will Occupy the Chair in Yiddish at the University of Vilnius?” Polin 24 (2012): 223-255

2012

'A Tale of Two Pryluckis: On the Origins of the Yiddish Press in Warsaw.' Gal-Ed 22 (2009/10).

2010

'The Yiddishist Ideology of Noah Prylucki.' Polin 21 (2009): 361-400.

2009

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

2004

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Czernowitz at 100: the First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective. Ed. K. Weiser and J. Fogel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

2010

“Mother-tongue, Mame-loshn, and Kulturshprakh: The Tension between Populism and Elitism in the Language Ideology of Noah Prylucki,” in Joshua Fogel and Kalman Weiser, ed. Czernowitz at 100: the First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), 55-74

2010

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

With Eleazar and David Birnbaum and Jean Baumgarten. New edition with introductory essays and an expanded bibliography of Solomon A. Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)

2014

“Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar in its historical and cultural context,” in K. Weiser, J. Baumgarten, E. Birnbaum and D. Birnbaum, ed. Second, revised edition of Solomon Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 44 pages, manuscript

2014

“Saving Yiddish, Saving America Jewry: Max Weinreich in 1940s New York City,” Anita Norich and Joshua Miller, ed. The Languages of Jewish Cultures, 21 pages, manuscript, 2014

2014

“The Capital of Yiddishland,” in Glenn Dynner and Francois Guesnet, ed. Warsaw. The History of a Jewish Metropolis, 31 pages, manuscript, 2014

2014

'Coming to America?: the relations between YIVO-Vilna and the Amopteyl, 1939-1940.' Choosing Yiddish: Studies on Yiddish Literature, Culture, and History. Ed. Lara Rabinovitch et al. Wayne State University Press, 2011. Forthcoming.

2011

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists In Poland. University of Toronto Press, 2010. Forthcoming.

2010


Professor Kalman (Keith) Weiser is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Humanities and History. His research focuses in the area of modern Jewish history and culture, specifically about language issues in Jewish life.

Professor Kalman (Keith) Weiser graduate training focused in two areas: Yiddish language, linguistics, and culture and Jewish history. Since then, he has expanded his field of knowledge to include antisemitism, Holocaust and Israel Studies. His research focuses in the area of modern Jewish history and culture, specifically about language issues in Jewish life. His first book explores the rise and fall of the nationalist movement on behalf of Yiddish in Russia and Poland until WW II. His current research examines the role of refugee scholars from Nazi-controlled Europe in creating the fields of Yiddish Studies and Jewish Studies more broadly in England and North America.

Degrees

PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Yale University

Research Interests

, Modern Jewish History, Central and Eastern European History, Antisemitism, Israel Studies, Yiddish and Hebrew Language and Culture, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Vilna on the Saint Lawrence: Montreal as the Would-be Haven for Yiddish Culture,” in David Koffman, ed. No Better Home?: Canada, Its Jews, and the Question of Home (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021), 56-69.

2021

.“Coming to America, Choosing Yiddish: Max Weinreich and the emergence of YIVO’s American center,” in Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren, and Hannah Pressman, ed. Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Wayne State University Press, 2012, 233-252

2012

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Marc Volovici, German as a Jewish Problem. The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. (The Journal of Jewish Languages 9 (2021): 1-6).

2021

Jess Olson, Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. (The Marginalia Review, 17 July 2013, http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/3147)

2013

Simeon D. Baumer, Sacred Speakers. Language and Culture among the Haredim in Israel. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006. (Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIV (2010) : 228-230)

2010

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

2007

Books

Publication
Year

S. Goldberg, S. Ury, and K. Weiser, eds. Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism (Palgrave, 2021)

2021

K. Weiser, J. Baumgarten, E. Birnbaum and D. Birnbaum, eds. Second, revised edition of Solomon Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016) with new essays by editors and updated, expanded bibliography

2015

Monographs

Publication
Year

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists In Poland. University of Toronto Press, 2011

2011

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Debate Concerning Standard Pronunciation in Yiddish Secular Schools in Eastern Europe” (in Yiddish), Yidishe shprakh XXXIX (2013): 17-43

2013

“The Jewel in the Yiddish Crown: Who Will Occupy the Chair in Yiddish at the University of Vilnius?” Polin 24 (2012): 223-255

2012

'A Tale of Two Pryluckis: On the Origins of the Yiddish Press in Warsaw.' Gal-Ed 22 (2009/10).

2010

'The Yiddishist Ideology of Noah Prylucki.' Polin 21 (2009): 361-400.

2009

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

2004

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Czernowitz at 100: the First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective. Ed. K. Weiser and J. Fogel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

2010

“Mother-tongue, Mame-loshn, and Kulturshprakh: The Tension between Populism and Elitism in the Language Ideology of Noah Prylucki,” in Joshua Fogel and Kalman Weiser, ed. Czernowitz at 100: the First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), 55-74

2010

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

With Eleazar and David Birnbaum and Jean Baumgarten. New edition with introductory essays and an expanded bibliography of Solomon A. Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)

2014

“Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar in its historical and cultural context,” in K. Weiser, J. Baumgarten, E. Birnbaum and D. Birnbaum, ed. Second, revised edition of Solomon Birnbaum. Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 44 pages, manuscript

2014

“Saving Yiddish, Saving America Jewry: Max Weinreich in 1940s New York City,” Anita Norich and Joshua Miller, ed. The Languages of Jewish Cultures, 21 pages, manuscript, 2014

2014

“The Capital of Yiddishland,” in Glenn Dynner and Francois Guesnet, ed. Warsaw. The History of a Jewish Metropolis, 31 pages, manuscript, 2014

2014

'Coming to America?: the relations between YIVO-Vilna and the Amopteyl, 1939-1940.' Choosing Yiddish: Studies on Yiddish Literature, Culture, and History. Ed. Lara Rabinovitch et al. Wayne State University Press, 2011. Forthcoming.

2011

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists In Poland. University of Toronto Press, 2010. Forthcoming.

2010