Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Religious Absolute

Also forwarded to me:
Gil Anidjar, Asst Prof, Middle East Languages,
"The Religious Absolute”
Respondent: Charlotte Fonrobert, Professor, Religious Studies, Stanford

Thursday, April 27 - 4:30-6:30pm – Oakes Mural Room

Gil Anidjar is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of “Our Place in Al-Andalus”: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (Stanford, 2002) and The Jew, the Arab: History of the Enemy (2004). He is currently completing a manuscript entitled: Blood: A Critique of Christianity.

Charlotte Fonrobert’s interests include talmudic literature and culture; gender in Jewish culture; the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity; the discourses of orthodoxy versus heresy; and rabbinic conceptions of Judaism with respect to Greco-Roman culture. She is the author of Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender (2000), which won the Salo Baron Prize for a best first book in Jewish Studies of that year and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Scholarship. Currently, she is working on a project about the relationship between religious identity and space, ranging from urban neighborhoods to the wilderness, in Jewish and Christian Late Antiquity. As part of this project, she edited and introduced a collection of articles on the subject of "Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space," together with Vered Shemtov (Stanford University). She is also coediting the Cambridge Companion to Rabbinic Literature, with Martin Jaffee (University of Washington).

Moderator: Bob Meister, Prof. Politics, UCSC
Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies and Literature Department
Sounds pretty interesting.


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