University of Central Oklahoma
The Central Dissent: a Journal of Gender and Sexuality
Call for Papers
Re readings on Judaism and sexuality, the following article should also be of interest:
Hillel Gray, "The Transitioning of Jewish Biomedical Law: Rhetorical and Practical Shifts in Halakhic Discourse on Sex-Change Surgery," Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues, 29 (Spring 2015), pp. 81-107.
Managing Editor, NASHIM
Fellowships are available for the 2018 CrossCurrents Research Colloquium. We seek applicants who can address our topic from a Jewish perspective. Spend the month of July in New York working on a research or writing project of your own design and collaborate with others engaged in this issue from Christian, Buddhist, secular and other perspectives with access to Union, Auburn, Columibia University and Jewish Theological Seminary Libraries.
Application Deadline: February 15
Readings on sexuality and Judaism, especially queer and trans(gender) identity and Judaism, that may be of interest:
Alpert, Rebecca T. Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
Alpert, Rebecca T., Sue Levi Elwell, and Shirley Idelson. Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
For the request of Justin Jaron Lewis who is looking for articles or book chapters on Judaism and sexuality - for certain specific topics:
A. In general, many basic questions (not the new ones of course) in this field can be answered in taking a close look in this old good book: Louis M. Epstein, Sex Laws and Customs in Judaism, New York 1948.
B. For: Gender fluidity / gender diversity / the "pronouns" issue - see:
You might want to check out my book The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture which deals with some of these topics albeit in an earlier time frame. Also, I think there's an article in the book Queer Jews and a short story in Kosher Meat (yes, the title is horrible) that talks about BDSM as spiritual practice.
For an undergraduate course with a focus on Judaism and sexuality (broadly defined), I am looking for articles (preferably from peer-reviewed journals), or book chapters, on the following current issues, from Jewish perspectives or with a Jewish focus:
- gender fluidity / gender diversity / the "pronouns" issue
- sexual harassment
- online sex e.g. sexting, catfishing
- pornography (I do have Jonathan Crane's 2010 article "Judaic Perspectives on Pornography")
- robot sex
- BDSM as spiritual practice
Thank you for any suggestions.