Black Lives in a Jewish Context: Nathan Devir
This lecture will offer a series of impressions, gathered from fieldwork among a number of different African Jewish communities over the past decade, regarding perceptions of racial and religious discrimination. Combining anecdotal accounts with references to historical and discursive sources, the lecture will highlight specific individual and community notions of discrimination on the part of neighbors, state establishments, global Jewry, and Israel.
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Nathan P. Devir is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Utah, and formerly the director of that institution’s Middle East Center and Religious Studies Program. His research focuses on Jewish-related movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is author of New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (University of Utah Press, 2017).
His publications include the following: a monograph, New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (University of Utah Press, 2017); chapters in The Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora (eds. Daniel Lis, William F. S. Miles, and Tudor Parfitt, African Academic Press/Marymount Institute Press/Tsehai Publishers, 2016); Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World (eds. Netanel Fisher and Tudor Parfitt, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016); and Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity through the Lens of Tradition (ed. Daniel Walden, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013); and essays in the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Biblical Reception, Jewish Culture and History, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Nashim, Religion and the Arts, Studies in American Jewish Literature, among other scholarly venues. His research on worldwide Judaizing movements has garnered many honors, including awards from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Earhart Foundation, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Posen Foundation, the Reed Foundation, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.