Keith I Weiser

Department of History
Department of Humanities

Associate Professor
Silber Family Chair in East European Jewry and Holocaust Studies

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

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

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Professor Keith (Kalman) 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 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 Eastern European Jewish scholars in creating the field of Yiddish Studies and Jewish academia in general in North America.

Degrees

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


Research Interests

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

All Publications

Monographs

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

Book Chapters

.“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

Journal Articles

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Proceedings

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

Book Reviews

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

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)

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

Forthcoming

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)

“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

“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

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

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

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1880 6.0  The Jewish Experience, Civilization and Culture LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/HIST3381 3.0  Eastern Europe, Since 1918 LECT  


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


Professor Keith (Kalman) 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 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 Eastern European Jewish scholars in creating the field of Yiddish Studies and Jewish academia in general in North America.

Degrees

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

Research Interests:

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

All Publications

Monographs

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

Book Chapters

.“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

Journal Articles

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Proceedings

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

Book Reviews

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

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)

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

Forthcoming

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)

“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

“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

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

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


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1880 6.0  The Jewish Experience, Civilization and Culture LECT  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/HIST3381 3.0  Eastern Europe, Since 1918 LECT