Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tel Aviv Talmud (Amos Oz)

(Gustavo Bar Valenzuela, Street Allenby Tel Aviv 2011) Nothing less than the Zionist project, the material life of a modern people, seems to be hanging in the balance in the run up to the 2015 Israeli elections. Comparing Tel Aviv … Continue reading

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Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies The AJS Women’s Caucus announces a grant of $1000 to support scholarly publication in the area of Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Book proposals to be considered for the … Continue reading

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Mural On the Wall (Harlem)

The other day at W.116th St and Manhattan Avenue in Harlem.

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Christian Communism Icon

For my Christian Marxist friends. I walked by this image in Harlem a couple of months back. You know who you are. I thought you’d like it. But I’m now convinced by FB friends that I’m misreading the image. It’s … Continue reading

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Our Aesthetic Categories Are Zany, Cute, & Interesting (Sianne Ngai)

Last semester for Theory Reading Group with Gail Hamner in the Department of Religion we read Sianne Ngai’s Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting. I don’t think I’ve read anything of late that has so shifted my perception regarding the … Continue reading

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Mecca (Leaves Fall in All Seasons) (Ahmed Mater)

Holy City construction site –I saw this little clip posted by a friend on FB. You can see it here. The shots were put together by Ahmed Mater from cell phone videos shot by construction workers in Mecca.  While I’m … Continue reading

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Approaching Religious Belief and Practice in Modern Intellectual History

“Taking religion seriously on its own terms doesn’t mean ignoring the Realpolitik ways in which the powerful maneuvered around it in order to stake their claims to governance. But it does mean, perhaps, moving away from a way of understanding … Continue reading

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Balázs and Eisenstein, an exchange on the future of cinema (1926)

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Sergei Eisenstein, Béla Balázs, & Soviet Avant-Garde Film Theory

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Iconoclasm (Reading The Forbidden Image by Alain Besançon)

Alain Besançon’s Forbidden Image is subtitled, An Intellectual History of Iconoclasm. If you read it backwards, it’s quite splendid until it bogs down with the Hebrew Bible, the second commandment, and the so-called ban on images (the Bilderverbot). Especially good is the … Continue reading

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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (New Israeli Cinema)

I was expecting something different before going last week to see the movie Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.  Mostly likely I wasn’t paying attention. Given that the movie is about the shoals of traditional Jewish divorce law, I was … Continue reading

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