Publicatiedatum: 18 september 2017

Lezing: Tourism in the Holy Land: Inter-Religious Encounters

Lezing door gastspreker Jackie Feldman, antropoloog en hoogleraar aan de Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba (Israël). De lezing wordt georganiseerd door het Meertens Instituut en is Engels gesproken.

Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land are often guided by Jewish-Israeli tour guides, many of them immigrants. For many Christian pilgrims, the sites of their tours recall the birth of Christianity and the past (or future!) intervention of God in history, whereas for many Jewish-Israelis guides, they are loci of belonging and identity. These encounters offers unique insights into religious experiences, orientations and conflicts.
Based on his own experience as a tour guide and interviews with guides, pilgrims and pastoral leaders, anthropologist Jackie Feldman will explore in this presentation how Jewish-Israeli guides work and live under the Christian pilgrim gaze. How do tour guides experience and negotiate anti-Semitism or Islamophobia? How does their contact with Christianity shape or reflect their sense of belonging and their religious or political commitments? Through comparison with other tourism venues, Feldman explores how identity work is performed under differing conditions of power, exoticization, and inter-religious contact.

Datum: 12 oktober 2017
Tijd: 17:00 – 18:30 uur
Plaats: Academisch-cultureel podium Spui 25, Amsterdam
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