ITS Workshop: “Bottom-Up Mobilization of Educational Rights in Haredi Schools: Insights from Israel and New York”
Bottom-Up Mobilization of Educational Rights in Haredi Schools: Insights from Israel and New York
Tuesday, April 12, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Presenter: Professor Lotem Perry, University of Haifa
279 Grace Dodge Hall
Registration link: https://bit.ly/35tnYzu
The right to education is often the focal point of conflicts between liberal states and religious enclave communities, whose unique ideology and lifestyle differ substantially from modern hegemonic groups. Many scholars have suggested theoretical frameworks grounded in law, political theory, or philosophy to address conflicting rights and social interests in the context of religious enclave schools’ curricula. However, few studies have empirically examined how educational change unfolds within religious enclave education systems. My presentation will focus on the emerging Haredi (Jewish ultra-Orthodox) activism seeking to promote secular education in Haredi boys’ schools, which typically teach almost exclusively religious studies. It will draw on qualitative studies conducted in Israel and New York. Understanding the dynamics of Haredi activism may assist in mobilizing educational rights in enclave religious communities in light of these communities’ complex relationships with the state and the inherent challenges in enforcing top-down reforms in enclave religious schools.
This event is part of the International & Transcultural Studies Workshop series, and is co-Sponsored by the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia.
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