March 23, 2021, 1:30PM-3:30PM EDT
IGSF Seminar Series
Dr. Jessica Roda
Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Visiting Professor, IGSF, McGill University
The Orthodox Jewish Feminine Divide. Performance, Technology, and the Artist in North America
This talk explores the trajectory of the musical feminine divide in Hasidic and Yeshivish/Litivish circles from its development to its current transformation. Informed by the norms of modesty (tziniut), women and girls act, sing, and dance in an exclusive feminine private space, creating a division with the masculine performative spaces. Whereas performance is not new for Orthodox Jewish women, their newfound access to music production thanks to the “digital turn” has transformed how women and girls create and disseminate their music.