Conceiving Authority: Pregnancy and Agency among Haredi Women in Jerusalem

Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Free and open to the public
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The Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI)

Michal Raucher is an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. Her research lies at the intersection of Israel studies, religious ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Raucher conducted ethnographic research on reproductive ethics of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish women in Israel. She has been awarded grants from the Wenner Gren Foundation for anthropological research, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Crown Family Foundation. Drawing on this research, Michal will publish her first book, Conceiving Authority: Reproductive Agency among Haredi Women with Indiana University Press in 2020. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. Michal has degrees from Columbia University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate from Northwestern University. She is currently researching the ordination of Orthodox Jewish women in Israel and America with the support of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the American Academy of Religion, the University of Cincinnati, and the Israel Institute.

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