Gender and Religious Identity: A Workshop with Daniel Boyarin (May 27, 2019 at HCAS)

Organizers: Ilkka Lindstedt, Elisa Uusimäki

Monday, 27 May 2019

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Common Room (Fabianinkatu 24A, 3rd floor)


Welcome 8.45-9.00

9.00-12.00: Gender session


9.00: Martti Nissinen, HY: The Agency of the Female Prophets of the Hebrew Bible: Independent or Instrumental? Prophetic or Political?

9.30: Saana Svärd, HY: Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East

10.00: Outi Lehtipuu, HY: “No Male and Female”: Gender and the Rhetoric of Recognition in Early Christianity


10.30-11.00 Coffee break


11.00: Susanna Asikainen, HY: Investigating Emphasized Femininities in the Rewritten Biblical Narratives

11.30: Katharina Keim, Lund: Women and Gender in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer


12.00-13.00: Lunch break


13.00-15.30: Religious identity session


13.00: Antti Vanhoja & Nina Nikki, HY: Paulinism and Anti-Paulinism: Cultural Evolutionary Perspectives

13.30: Pekka Lindqvist, ÅA: Confrontations and Exegesis in Early Judaism


14.00-14.30: Coffee break


14.30: Maijastina Kahlos, HY: Pagans, Heretics, or Sorcerers? Labels and Identities in Local Religion in the Fifth Century CE

15.00: Riikka Tuori, HY: Karaite Identity in Early Modern Europe


17.00-19.00 Daniel Boyarin’s keynote lecture “What is the Jews?”

(Venue: Small Hall, University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor), with reception


Abstract: In this lecture, I will contend that the binary opposition: The Jews is a religion/The Jews is a nation is based on a false dichotomy. It is further flawed by the assumption that nation is tantamount to nation-state such that only the option "religion" constitutes an oppositional position vis-a-vis a Jewish nation state. I will discuss scholarship that proves definitively that many--if not most--early Zionist political thought did not involve the building of a state. The bulk of the lecture will outline the idea of a Diaspora Nation as the once and (possible) future for the continued existence of the Jews.