Social Anthropology Seminar - Monday, 20th April 2015 - Dr Jan Lorenz – University of Manchester
|Dates:||20 April 2015|
|Times:||15:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Jan Lorenz|
Social Anthropology Seminar
Monday, 20TH April 2015
Dr Jan Lorenz – University of Manchester
“Oneself as the other. First thoughts on affinity and becoming in Polish giyur - conversion to Judaism"
What does it mean to join, body and soul, a mostly vanished collectivity, whose imaginative and affective presence is exacerbated by its ominous physical absence and the cultural traumas of its demise? What drives those transforming themselves into members of a minority that has long been subject to consistent othering and shrouded in exoticism? Where lies the boundary between the self and the other and the limits of our self-formation?
This seminar will discuss giyur, conversion to Judaism, in contemporary Poland. Such a form of becoming Jewish was enabled by the transformation of Polish-Jewish institutions, sociality and religiosity known as the Jewish renewal. Conversion has since become one of the defining features of this emergent reality. Jan Lorenz will discuss his most recent fieldwork among proselytes and conversion candidates in Warsaw in the light of anthropological theory and his long term research on Polish Jewish contemporaneity.
Second Floor Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building
3.15pm – 5pm
(Tea and coffee available outside the room from 3pm)
Dr Jan Lorenz
Organisation: University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Boardroom 2nd floor - 2.016 - 2.017
Arthur Lewis Building