Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester Coordinator: dr Barbara Krawcowicz
The course is devoted to an exploration of concepts, ideas, and practices related to gender in Jewish religious thought and practice in historical perspective. Using gender as an analytical category, we will begin from analyzing classical Jewish texts to see what they say about men and women, about differences and relations between them. After learning about gender and its understanding(s) in Judaism’s foundational texts we will move on to consider how Jews throughout history understood and lived out sexual difference. Then we will have a closer look at how various Jewish communities today approach questions related to gender and delve into often very heated contemporary Jewish debates about gender identity and equality. In other words, this class will discuss how Jewish texts and traditions present men, women, gender, and sexuality and the contemporary legacy of these representations. The course does not require any prior knowledge of Judaism.