Research Groups:Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital from the Late Middle Ages Through the Early Twentieth Century


[RG # 158]  Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital from the Late Middle Ages Through the Early Twentieth Century

September 1, 2016- July 1, 2017

Moshe Rosman (Bar Ilan University)

Throughout Western history women have been assigned a status as cultural observers and social facilitators to men's roles as cultural performers and social actors. This status however, was not fixed, and cultural-social gender barriers could be crossed. Authority in the family, responsibilities in the public sphere, communal activism, economic productivity, education, ritual religious roles, literary and artistic creativity were all forms of cultural capital which could position women at intersections of power and privilege and challenge gender hierarchies. Recent decades have witnessed a revolution in the scholarship of women's history, uncovering trends that complicate accounts of the possibilities for women. However, these investigations into women’s social and cultural roles have been based predominantly on the lives of Christian women, in Europe west of the Oder, and in North America. A primary research objective of our group is to turn to communities that, both geographically and culturally, have not been properly attended to by the existing scholarship. By bringing together a group of scholars who specialize in a range of periods and locations, our research will create a framework for exploring these issues in Jewish history and their implications for other histories of women.


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Dvar Nashim

Dvar Nashim (Closed):

September 22, 2016, 13:30-15:30- Moshe Rosman

November 03, 2016, 13:30-14:00- Claudia Rosenzweig

December 1, 2016, 13:30-14:00- TBA

December 15, 2016, 13:30-14:00- TBA

December 29, 2016, 13:30-14:00- TBA

Group Seminars

TitleState of the Field

Date: 15/09/216 13:30 -15:30

Time And Speaker :Elisheva Baumgarten

TYPEOpen with previous reservation


Organizational Meeting

Organizational Meeting (Closed):

July 20, 2016, 10:00-11:00

September 8, 2016, 11:30-12:30

September 18, 2016, 11:30-12:30

December 1, 2016, 14:00-15:00

Long-Term Visiting Scholars

Long-Term Visiting Scholars:

Efrat E. Aviv, Bar-Ilan University

Eve Krakowski, Princeton University

Frances Malino, Wellesley College

Renee Levine Melammed, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Method/Theory Reading Group

Method/Theory Reading Group (Closed):

September 19, 2016, 13:30-15:30- Shira Wolosky

November 03, 2016, 14:00-15:30- Ruth Karras 

December 15, 2016, 14:00-15:30- Oded Zinger

Participating Scholars

Participating Scholars:

Moshe Rosman (Organizer), Bar-Ilan University

Elisheva Baumgarten, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ruth M. Karras, University of Minnesota

Claudia Rosenzweig, Bar-Ilan University

Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

Paola Tartakoff, Rutgers University

Shira Wolosky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oded Zinger, Duke University