March 15, 2006 – Ann Pellegrini: “Getting Serious”

Respondent: Daniel Boyarin Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Catherine Soussloff HAVC, UC Santa Cruz

Wednesday, March 15 / 5 PM / Cowell Conference Room

Ann Pellegrini is Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997) and co-author, with Janet R. Jakobsen, of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (NYU, 2003). She is the co-editor of Queer Theory and the Jewish Question (Columbia, 2003) and is currently completing a new book, Against Childhood. With José Esteban Muñoz she co-edits the book series “Sexual Cultures,” published by New York University Press. Her work explores the intersections of gender and sexuality, religion, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, performance, autobiography and confessional culture, childhood studies, and Jewish cultural studies.

Daniel Boyarin is Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley, an affiliated member of the Department of Women’s Studies, and a member of the core faculty in the minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies. He is the author of many books including Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture (California, 1993), Jews and Other Differences: The New Jewish Cultural Studies (Minnesota, 1997), Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism (Stanford, 1999), and, with Jonathan Boyarin, Powers of Diaspora: Two Essays on the Relevance of Jewish Culture (Minnesota, 2002).

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