Seminar 04 - Narratives of Jewish Migration
This seminar explores aspects of the evolution of narratives of Jewish migration, from the founding narrative of exodus in Biblical and rabbinic literature to narratives of migration in literary-historical texts from the 18th to the 20th century and beyond. Thus “narrative” (along with related concepts of tradition and cultural transmission) and “migration” become basic keywords and concepts to be viewed analytically, historicized, and periodized. We consider how “narrative,” “migration,” and Jewish identity are interrelated and figure in contemporary debates about Jewish peoplehood. Our texts address the dynamic between religious and secular narratives of migration, on one hand, and the precarious stability and security of Jewish identities. The seminar’s readings, both sacred (Exodus, the Passover Haggadah), literary (Brockden Brown, Anya Yezierska, Joseph Roth, Philip Roth, etc.) and critical (Amery, Boyarin, Brinkmann, etc.) enable us to examine the construction and transformation(s) of Jewish narratives of migration and Jewish identity and trace out the vicissitudes of stability, security, and happiness in sacred and secular literature.
- Seminar 01 - Unhappy Nations: Histories and Politics
- Seminar 02 - Media and Populism: Digitalization of Politics
- Seminar 03 - Economics and Inequalities: GDP and Happiness
- Seminar 04 - Narratives of Jewish Migration
- Seminar 05 - Aging and Masculinities: In Pursuit of Happiness
- Seminar 06 - Philosophy of (Un)Happiness: Passion and Nostalgia