Fixing the World: Feminist Art and Jewish Identity (Mooc)

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Course description

Term:  First semester (October 10, 2022 – January 14, 2023)

Lecturer: Dr. Mor Presiado

Type:  Mooc

Language of instruction: English

Time: The course will be open through the entire semester (registered students will receive detailed instructions prior to the beginning of the course).


From the early 1970s to the present, Jewish women have been at the center of the field of feminist art. The course deals with the intersecting issues of feminist art, women's art and Jewish art, and illuminates the contribution of Jewish artists to the feminist art world, and to the various Jewish societies over the past fifty years.
Students will learn about Women’s Art and Feminist Jewish Art, recognizing basic theories and concepts in the following areas: feminism, gender studies, art and Judaism. Among the topics covered will be the centrality of American feminist Jewish artists in the Feminist art scene of the 1970s and 80s and the Jewish context of their works; issues of feminism and gender in Holocaust-related art; women's art that deals with the intersection between the Jewish-ethnic body and gender; social activism and institutional criticism in the world of feminist Jewish art; the importance and contribution of art to religious feminism and a discussion of religious issues that arise in the works of feminist artists: ritual immersion, religious laws governing menstruation, and family purity. As well as the gender contexts of immigration and nation-state issues in Israel.

Requirements: Participation on the course website portal—10%   of grade;  Five-page final paper in which you will be asked to answer two essay questions based on the material and bibliography studied in the course—90%  of grade

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