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Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies


Purity & Impurity Across Anthropology, Psychology & Religious Studies: Contaminating Disciplines

The central approach of the conference is to promote cross-disciplinary scholarly exploration and conversation on purity, impurity, and disgust by bringing together scholars contributing to the fields of anthropology, psychology, and religious studies. Questions of purity have played a significant role in these disciplines in recent years, but each discipline, in accord with its dominant methodology, has taken a different view on such questions.  

The members of the Forum may be interested in the following talks:

20 May

Jonathan Klawans (Boston University): Was Kristeva Right... about Qumran? Methodological Implications of a Theoretical Coincidence


Holger Zellentin (University of Nottingham): Gentile Purity: From the Decree of Jesus' Apostles to the Qur'an

21 May

Mila Ginsburskaya (University of Roehampton): Between Freud and Mary Douglas: Sex and Death Drives in Biblical Purity Laws


Daniel Weiss (University of Cambridge): Possibilities for non-eliminationist approaches to impurity in biblical and early rabbinic literature

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 - 09:00 to Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 - 17:45
Event location: 
Upper Hall, Jesus College