Graduate Theological Union
Norms and Heterodoxies in Jewish Culture
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?
Deena Aranoff, Faculty Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
Erich Gruen (UCB):
"Was Hellenism a Jewish Heterodoxy?"
Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford):
“Heterodox Spatialities of Diaspora”
10:45am Coffee Break
Eva Mroczek (UC Davis):
"The Hidden and Manifest Books: Hezekiah, Heterodoxy, and Canon in Jewish and Christian Lore"
Daniel Boyarin (UCB):
“Yahadut" as Heresy: The Nineteeth-Century Invention of Judaism
12:30pm Lunch Break
Deena Aranoff (GTU):
"Mothers Milk: Childrearing and the Production of Jewish Culture"
Coffee Break: 2:45pm
Naomi Seidman (GTU):
"A New Normal: How a Woman Negotiated Jewish Law and Founded a School System for Girls"
Rachel Manekin (U Maryland):
"We are Guilty on Account of our Daughters": The Dangers of the Uncharted Territory of Female Education
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm GTU Dinner Board Room 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709