The Other Within

The Other Within is a Boston University interdisciplinary faculty initiative administered by the CAS Department of Religion that developed new courses and  programs in modern Jewish identity and contemporary culture.

The program was initially supported by a three-year grant from the Posen Foundation and overseen by a steering committee that included Kimberly Arkin (Anthropology), John Bernstein (Communication), Alicia Borinsky (Romance Studies), Abigail Gillman (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature), Deeana Klepper (Religion/History), Simon Rabinovitch (History), Michael Zank, (PI, Religion), and Jonathan Zatlin (History).

The most recent events and classes were offered in spring 2013.

“Arab/Jew/Arab Jew: Jewish Identity Dilemmas in Paris,”  A Colloquium with Kimberly Arkin
Thursday, May 2, at 11am, at the Elie Wiesel Center, JSC 201
Kimberly Arkin Invitation

BU Anthropology Assistant Professor Kimberly Arkin discussed her current book project. Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France examines post-Second Intifada transformations in the relationship between national and ethno-religious identities among Parisian Jews.

Most recent course, spring 2013:
CASRN339 The Modern Jew, Instructor: Michael Zank.

About this course (from the current syllabus):

“The Modern Jew” ventures into the rich and complex historical and sociological fields of religion, secularization, and identity formation by way of jewish self-fashioning within multiple modernities and post-modernities. draws on theoretical readings in nationalism and queer theory to explore the ways in which jewishness has been performed in various cultural and political contexts, including enlightenment and emancipation, assimilation and nationalism, migration and americanization.

the course is part of a faculty initiative called “the other within” that also includes courses on Judaism as a political tradition (“foundations of jewish politics”) and “the heretical jew,” which looks at constructions of normativity and deviance in jewish religious, political, and cultural history.

students of sociology, history, religion, politics, and various area studies (amnesp, wgs, drts, jewish studies) are particularly encouraged to take one or more of these courses.