Gender in Israeli Society and Culture - Wieseneck Family Israel Symposium


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  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 09/30/2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 05:30 PM

  • Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room, 911 North University, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Gender has emerged as a key point of contention in Israeli society and culture, creating new divisions within Israel and accentuating old ones. Among the issues that have risen to consciousness are those of space, religion, politics and ethnicity.

    Arguments over access to public space has stimulated awareness of gendered power relations, whether this occurs over the Kotel, or segregated seating in buses, or concepts of modesty for women on the streets. Religious activists have pursued a political agenda to extend Jewish religious norms into the public sphere. Meanwhile, Israel becomes increasingly diverse society along ethnic and national lines, with minorities and foreign workers seeking resources and recognition. 

    This symposium explores analysis of these issues as expressed in works of art, literature and film as well as within the political realm. It pays attention to the politicization of culture in Israeli society and some of the key fault lines around gender.

    Symposium Particpants:

    Rivka Bliboim, Frankel Fellow, University of Michigan
    Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Orit Kamir, Hebrew Union College
    Aziza Khazzoom, Indiana University
    Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Architecture and Town Planning Technion
    Shachar Pinsker, Frankel Fellow, University of Michigan
    Orna Sasson-Levy, Bar Ilan University
    Ilana Szobel, Brandeis University
    Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut
    Raz Yosef, The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University