Graduate Theological Union

Norms and Hetrodoxies in Jewish Culture

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:00am


Religion functions as a source of both normativity and radical transformation in human life. This is true in the history of Judaism, a religious civilization characterized both by the persistence of religious norms, as well as striking intellectual and cultural shifts over time. While some of these shifts are deemed heretical, others - perhaps no less radical - are incorporated into normative practice. How should we understand the process of Jewish cultural production and the roles of normativity and heterodoxy within it?  Are these opposing currents, or might they work together? Has Jewish Studies scholarship gravitated toward one of these impulses more than the other?

Speakers include Deena Aranoff (Graduate Theological Union), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford University), Erich Gruen (UC Berkeley), Rachel Manekin (University of Maryland), Eva Mroczek (UC Davis), and Naomi Seidman (Graduate Theological Union). 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm GTU Dinner Board Room 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709