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ESLS: Dr C. Tova Markenson
Emerging Scholars Lecture Series
CJHS, Youngstown State University
Jewish Studies Program, Kent State University

Dr. C. Tova Markenson
Assistant Professor
Academy for Jewish Religion

Dr. Markenson asks, "How can we be present to the past when that history is filled with shame?" This project is the first full-length study of a locus of shame for diasporic Jews, the Yiddish theatres in Buenos Aires, which many believed maintained business ties with Jewish pimps. Amidst antisemitic stereotypes that Jews were sexually deviant—and the historical reality that some Jews were sex workers—many have dismissed the Argentinean Yiddish theatres as a “low brow” cultural arena. Arguing that the Yiddish theatres in Buenos Aires were a flash point for conflict about acceptable performances of Jewishness, I build on methods from theatre studies and affect studies to support interdisciplinary scholars of Jewish Studies in “making sense” of shame.

Mar 15, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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