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Syllabus Folk Culture in Changing Israel - 12851

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Last update 19-07-2018
HU Credits: 4

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: Jewish & Comp. Folklore Prog.

Semester: Yearly

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof. Hagar Salamon

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Tuesday, 15:00-16:00

Teaching Staff:
Prof Hagar Salamon

Course/Module description:
This seminar focuses on folk culture and folklore in present-day Israel, and the ethnographic research related to it. The powerful encounter between various ethnic groups, complex histories and multi-faceted inter-group relations all contribute to the unique creativity of Israeli folklore and folk expressions, which in turn affect the situations and the perception of the situations that they address. While reading related theoretical approaches and research papers, the students will take on their own research project and discuss their findings and analysis in class.

Course/Module aims:
To provide and elaborate ethnographic and analytic tools for studying folk culture in Israel.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To conduct research, present one's findings in class and write an independent paper dealing with folk culture in present day Israel.

Attendance requirements(%):
20% of the final grade is based on attendance and class participation.

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: The seminar will be held once a week throughout the academic year. The course is based on discussions between the instructor and the students, during which the students will formulate and discuss their own research projects.

Course/Module Content:
The first semester is devoted to various perspectives in the study of Israeli folk culture, with a special look on public and private spheres; folk culture and religious culture in Israel; folk culture and inter-group expressions; folklore, politics and nationalism; poetics and politics of folk expressions. The second semester is devoted to the discussion of students' individual research projects in class which result from the ethnographic and theoretical discussions that arise in the first semester.

Required Reading:
Briggs, Charles. and Shuman, Amy. 1993 Theorizing Folklore: Toward New Perspectives on the Politics of Culture, Western Folklore, 52 (2-4), pp: 109-134.
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Kapchan, Deborah A. and Turner Strong, Pauline. 1999 Theorizing the Hybrid, Journal of American Folklore, 112 (445), pp: 239-253.
Abu-Lughod, Lila, and Lutz, Catherine, A. 1990 Introduction: emotion, discourse, and the politics of everyday life, in Catherine, A. Lutz and Lila Abu-Lughod (eds.), Language and the Politics of Emotions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp: 1-23.
Dena Freeman, 2002. Introduction: Theorising change, Initiating Change in Highland Ethiopia: Causes and Consequences of Cultural Transformation. Cambridge University Press.

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Noy, Chaim, 2011. "The Semiotics of (Im)mobilities: Two Discursive Case Studies of the System of Automobility" in: Giuseppina Pellegrino (ed.), The Politics of Proximity: Mobility and Immobility in Practice. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp.: 61-81.
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Kravel M., and Y. Bilu. 2008 - The Work of the Present: Constructing Messianic Temporality in the Wake of Failed Prophecy among Chabad Hasidim. American Ethnologist, 35 (1), pp. 1-17.
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Morgan, David. (ed). 2010. - Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief. London: Routledge.
Salamon, H., 2002. - Between Conscious and Subconscious: Depth-to-Depth Communication in the Ethnographic Space, Ethos, 30 (3), 249-272.
Salamon, H., 2003. - Blackness in Transition: Decoding Racial Construct Through Stories of Ethiopian Jews, Journal of Folklore Research, 40 (1), pp: 3-32.
Salamon, H., 2007. - "The Ambivalence over the Levantinization of Israel: David Levi Jokes", Humor: International Journal for Humor Research, 20 (4), pp: 415-442.
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Dow, James R. (ed.). 1991 Folklore, Politics and Nationalism. Special Issue. Asian Folklore Studies 50.
Dow, James R. and Lixfeld, Hannjost (eds.), 1994 - The Nazification of an Academic Discipline Folklore in the Third Reich. Bloomington, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
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Karp, Ivan. 1991 Culture and Representation in S. D.Lavine, and I. Karp (eds.), Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp: 11-24.
Lavine, Steven D. and Karp, Ivan. 1991 Introduction: Museums and Multiculturalism in their (eds.), Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp: 1-9.
Stein Rebecca L., and Ted Swedenburg (eds.), 2005 - Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press.
Stein. Rebecca L. 2008 - "Souvenirs of Conquest: Israeli Occupations as Tourist Events." International Journal of Middle East Studies, 40, pp: 647-669.
Stein. Rebecca L. 2010 - "Israeli Routes Through Nakba Landscapes: An Ethnographic Meditation." Jerusalem Quarterly, 43.
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Additional Reading Material:
Additional reading is related to the individual research projects

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 20 %
Project work 80 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
The seminar in open to outstanding BA students
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.