The Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest
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Oren Kosansky Lecture for Portland Jewish Book Month
We are All Sons of Adam...and other Stories from Morocco
Wednesday, November 12, 7:00pm
at OJMCHE, 1953 NW Kearney St., Portland | Talk

Ticket Info: General Public: $5; OJMCHE and IJS Members: Free with RSVP

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pilgrimageBetween idealized portraits of Jewish-Muslim civility in Morocco and presumptions about primordial religious antagonisms which shape the sociopolitical scene in the Middle East there lies a much more nuanced reality. Rather than searching for an elusive master key in understanding interactions between Jews and Muslims, Dr. Kosansky will explore some of the diverse processes which continue to characterize religious co-existence in Morocco. A selective survey of political discourse, religious rituals, historical memory, and daily interactions in Morocco reveals that there are multiple frameworks that can be invoked by Muslims and Jews as they alternatively emphasize their differences or highlight their commonalties.

kosanskyOren Kosansky is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College, where he researches and teaches on topics related to Jewish culture and society in North Africa and the Middle East. Prior to arriving in Portland, Dr. Kosansky was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advance Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fulbright senior researcher in Morocco. Recent publications include the book Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History (co-editor) and the article The "Jewish Questions" in Postcolonial Moroccan Cinema, which appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Dr. Kosansky is also the director of The Rabat Genizah Project, which brings together an international team of community representatives, scholars, archivists, and information technologists to develop a digital archive of Moroccan Jewish documents.

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