Visiting Scholar to Discuss New Directions in Recovering Women’s Voices in Jewish Antiquity
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
Location: Humanities and Social Studies Center, Room N3118
Alexander Marcus, a visiting scholar and lecturer in Jewish studies, will present “Recovering Women’s Voices in Jewish Antiquity: New Directions.”
Marcus says, “In recent decades, scholars of Jewish studies and adjacent fields have drawn greater attention to discourses of gender and sexuality in classical rabbinic literature and other ancient Jewish sources. This scholarly work has demonstrated the possibility — and importance — of recovering the voices of women and other marginalized groups. Yet, it has also highlighted the challenges such projects present. This talk will outline these recent scholarly trends while exploring some of the most promising new directions, including the potential of underutilized methodologies, and understudied texts and material culture, to shed more light on the experiences and perspectives of Jewish women.”
Marcus’ research focuses on the Babylonian Talmud and other literary and material legacies of Sasanian Mesopotamia (3rd-7th century CE), through which he explores hermeneutics, religious identity and boundary formation, gender and social hierarchies, medicine and ritual, and intersections of religion and power. He has also worked extensively in the realms of Jewish education, conflict transformation, and Muslim-Jewish and Christian-Jewish relations. In June he will begin a postdoctoral position at Yale University.