Joëlle Bahloul, University of Indiana
Rue des Rosiers is a street in the center of Paris that has been historically and culturally associated with the longstanding Jewish presence in the capital of France. At the beginning of the 21st century, it has been identified as the Parisian “old Jewish quarter.” It is displayed in most touristic guides as “Pletzl” (Yiddish for “little square”) and has now become a major tourist site for visitors in search of Jewish culture in France. Dr. Bahloul has conducted ethnographic research in this urban area for over two decades, and she will attempt to respond to the following questions: What makes a Jewish quarter in urban Europe? Is the Pletzl (as it is called by city Jews) mainly a touristic site or a “community” of Jewish residents and visitors? How is it a “global” Jewish place and not only a French or European one?
Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, French, and Interdisciplinary Studies.