Attneave at Noon - Yeshiva Quirls: Explorations in Hormonal Ethnography with Shira Schwartz
In this series, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research welcomes gender scholars who are currently visiting campus to present their recent work and works-in-progress. Representing a range of disciplines and career stages, these informal lunches create a space for intellectual conversation about gender research and strengthen our feminist community.
This session will feature Professor Shira Schwartz to discuss "Yeshiva Quirls: Explorations in Hormonal Ethnography."
All Stanford students and community members are welcome, with RSVP.
About the Speaker:
Shira Schwartz is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies at Syracuse University. They are a scholar of late antique and contemporary Judaism, queer and transgender studies in religion and feminist science studies. Schwartz is currently a visiting scholar in the Concentration for Education and Jewish Studies in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford, where they are working on their first book project, Yeshiva Quirls: A Textual Ethnography of Jewish Reproduction. Yeshiva Quirls combines textual and ethnographic methods to trace the queering and transing of Jewish bodies across late antique rabbinic and contemporary Orthodox women's iterations of yeshiva, the traditional institution for Jewish text study. Their second project, Hormonal Bodies: Religion as Drug, combines bio-ethnography and phenomenology to explore the hormonal impact of religion alongside other pharmacological practices that shape gender/sexed and sexual bodies.