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Graduate JS Fall 2014 Courses

JS 561
Approaches to Jewish Studies
The (Evolving) Practice of Jewish Studies: Ideas and Methods
A. Z. Newton
Candler Library 212

This course uses the intellectual and institutional history of academic Jewish Studies as its point of departure, with particular attention to the enactment of Jewish Studies, i.e., a data field that is also an evolving practice. We will examine the expansion of the field over the last quarter-century with an eye towards its methodological foundations, originally historicist, now historicist plus. In prior decades, the marginalization of Jewish Studies within the academy meant that its research results were not always incorporated immediately into larger conceptual frameworks of study; reciprocally, (inter)disciplinary innovations were not always familiar to scholars of Jewish Studies The landscape has shifted considerably since then.

Thus, in addition to the obviously critical questions—what is Jewish Studies, genealogically understood, and what are its disciplinary presumptions? What constitutes the Jewish Studies data field now?—we will seek, in the second half of the course, to explore the “neighbor” status of Jewish Studies relative to the rest of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Likewise, essential questions about both institutional ecology and disciplinary boundaries (how universities and departments taxonomize themselves and frame the transmission of knowledge) will follow from the now-multidisciplinary and dialectical status of the field. A theoretically sophisticated purchase on Jewish Studies itself permits its most prominent contemporary scholars to traverse disciplinary boundaries, sometimes against the grain, while refracting a variety of intellectual conclusions through its distinctive lens.

Course objectives:
• To understand the development of Jewish Studies as an academic data field.
• To study the historical conversation surrounding the institutionalization of Jewish Studies, and extend it.
• To evaluate Jewish Studies specifically within the American academy.
• To develop a systematic approach to methodologies that constitute the academic practice of Jewish Studies.

Hughes, Aaron. The Study of Judaism: Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship. SUNY Press, 2013;
Bush, Andrew. Jewish Studies: A Theoretical Introduction. Rutgers University Press, 2011;
Cohen, Shaye and Edward L. Greenstein, eds., The State of Jewish Studies. JTS Press, 1990;
and several on-line readings that will be provided on Reserves Direct

JS 597-R 00P
Directed Study

JS 598-R 00P
Thesis/Exam Preparation

JS 730 000
Topics in Jewish Studies: Midrash

D. Blumenthal
Tuesday, Thursday
Candler Library 212

JS 730 001 [also RLR 700-R]
Topics in Jewish Studies: Ethnography of Religious Experience
D. Seeman
Callaway S-221

Other Courses That May Be Relevant for JS Certificate Students

Comparative Literature

CPLT 751 003
Mapping Memory: History, Culture, and the Brain

A. Bammer & H. Gold
[Also ILA 790, MBC 700]

Graduate Division of Religion

RLAR 738
Religion & Media

J. Hoesterey

RLPC 790
Religion and Human Rights: Restorative Justice as a Postmodern Sacred

T. Smith

RLR 700-R
The Book of Numbers
J. Wright

RLR 700-R
Method in the Study of Religion(s)

J. Dunne

RLR 700R
Resurrection and Afterlife

S. Kraftchick

Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts

ILA 790 005
Themes and Approaches in Latin American History: Old Paradigms, New Trends
J. Lesser& T. Rogers
[Also HIST 562R, ANT 585]


PHIL 789 001 Platonic Tradition
K. Corrigan
[Also ILA 790-001]

Political Science
POLS 585 02P
Variable Topics Seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights
D. Davis, E. Queen, D. Evans
[Also Global Health 526]

SOC 720
Morality & Society

S. Tipton

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