Oral History Workshop: Covid-19 and its Effects on Jewish Ritual Practice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Oral History Workshop

Spring 2022

Taught By: Hanna Griff-Sleven

Section: A

CRN: 7425

Credits: 4

The global outbreak of Covid-19, and its impact on health, economies, social, cultural, and religious lives have prompted many different kinds of studies in social sciences and humanities. In this changing landscape we recognize new and inventive ways of coping, creative ways of connecting with friends and family, as well as adaptations to everyday life and culture. This class will address how Jews are adapting and maintaining customs and connections to Jewish life and culture while sheltering in place during Covid-19. This is a crucial moment, as individuals and groups are adapting to a life in flux: ordinary activities are met with uncertainty each day (working, shopping, education); religious holiday practices and life cycle events are being observed in unanticipated ways. Since the earliest days of lockdown, the pandemic has challenged Jewish traditional life and have forced people to create different ways of observing Jewish practice. With restrictions on gatherings, Jewish traditions were and are being transformed. Thousands of Jews worldwide observed Passover, 2020 by video-sharing their seder tables and festive meals with family members and loved ones – some just around the block, others, towns, cities and countries away. People zoomed in for High Holiday Services. There have been zoom weddings and funerals. This class will explore what oral history can offer to researchers and scholars by looking at and asking how Jewish expressive culture is being transformed in the pandemic era. In addition to learning about Jewish culture and religious practice, students will be trained in oral history research, interviewing techniques, transcription, and the evaluation of oral evidence. Each student will conduct an interview (most likely through zoom), transcribe and edit the material. Students will create a final presentation integrating the history, aesthetics and stories co-created during the semester. This course counts toward the Jewish Culture Minor. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:44pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022