Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

22-01 New Approaches to Jewish Folklore and Ethnology

Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section


Chair: Amy Milligan (Old Dominion University)

11:15 am
Embodying Herself: Folklore of the Feminist Body in the Jewish Renewal Movement
Amy Milligan (Old Dominion University)

11:30 am
Observing Passover: Loss and Continuity
Jillian  Gould (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

11:45 am
Nonverbal and Visual Contributions to the Analysis of Jewish Folklore and Ethnography: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations
Dana M. Ernst (Columbia University)

12:00 pm
discussant
Dan Ben-Amos (University of Pennsylvania)

This panel showcases recent work in Jewish folklore and ethnology with a keen eye to new developments and approaches in the field. It includes perspectives from feminist, symbolist, narratological, memory, and rhetorical theories. Panelists address both the nonverbal and visual transmission of Jewish culture, as well as linguistic and socialized Jewish practice, considering folktales, holidays, cultural transmission, and bodylore. In the end, these papers offer a space for discussion of new approaches to Jewish folkloristics, demonstrating the continued evolution of both Jewish folk practices and the field.