Sun, 06. Jul 2014, 20:00-21:30 Jewish Families: Some Pasts, Some Possible Futures Public Lecture by Dr. Jonathan A. Boyarin (Ithaca), in English Language

From stories of biblical patriarchs and matriarchs and their children, through the Gospel’s Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and to modern Jewish families in fiction, film, and everyday life, the family has been considered key to transmitting Jewish identity. Current discussions about the Jewish family’s supposed traditional character and its alleged contemporary crisis tend to assume that the dynamics of Jewish family life have remained constant from the days of Abraham and Sarah to those of Tevye and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and on to Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. In this talk, Jonathan Boyarin will draw on a wide range of recent scholarship in Jewish studies to argue instead that Jewish family forms and ideologies have varied greatly throughout the times and places where Jewish families have found themselves. He will consider a range of family configurations from biblical times to the twenty-first century, including strictly Orthodox communities and new forms of family, including same-sex parents. His talk will suggest that Jewish families are ultimately remarkable not because of any secret or unique qualities they possess, but rather because of the vast canvas of history and culture, and the numerous social pressures and strategies, against which their careers have been played out. Finally, he will suggest productive ways to think about possible futures for Jewish family forms. More Information: Sommeruniversität für jüdische Studien, Hohenems 2014 

Salomon Sulzer Saal
Schweizer Str. 21, 6845 Hohenems
Phone: +43 (0)5576 73989 

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