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2019–2020

The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In

This year, the Katz Center is devoted to the home, and seeks to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many. We are planning a year that will look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds and look back out from the home into the broader world. Relevant topics may include the history of domestic architecture and material culture, anthropological research into kinship, parenting, gender roles, and master-servant relationships; literary instantiations of the home as an object of memory and imagination; representations of Jewish domesticity in the visual arts, including theater, film, and television; the analysis of Jewish law as it relates to family life and sex; the economics of consumption and display; the ritual study of the life cycle as it plays out in domestic contexts; and urban studies that approach the home as part of neighborhoods or larger social contexts.