Jewish Studies

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Dustin Atlas

Director of Jewish Studies Program/Associate Professor 
School of Religion
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext 77766
Email: dustin.atlas@queensu.ca
Office:
Theological Hall, Rm 403
Bio: Dr. Dustin Atlas is the Director of Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University. He specializes in contemporary Jewish thought, identity and aesthetics, especially works that concern fragility, imperfection, and non-human creatures. His work attempts to build bridges between Jewish Studies and the broader field of Religious Studies, using Jewish thinkers to understand contemporary Judaism in light of recent political, intellectual and ethical trends (especially post-colonialism, new materialism, animal studies, and affect theory). His scholarship seeks to show how Judaism, Jewish thought, and Jewish politics have begun to shift from an exclusive concern with nations (humanism, cosmopolitanism, ethnicity, and Zionism) to adapt to a globalized world view (post-human, trans-national, and post-Zionist). His current book project work (Buber Talks: Jewish Dialogue and the Nonhuman World) uses the work of Martin Buber to interrogate contemporary post-human concerns in Jewish thought, politics, and life, exploring the ways in which Jewish thought allows us to engage the non-human. In addition to this, he is working on the teaching of religion in Palestine.
Research Interests: Judaism; Critical Theory; Mysticism and Philosophy; Religion and Identity; Religion and Ecology; Religion and Enlightenment; Aesthetics; Anxiety; Animals.

Courses Taught: RELS 234: Judaism, RELS 334: Jewish Views of the Other.


Howard Adelman

Associate Professor
Department of History
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 79139
Email: adelman@queensu.ca
Office:
Watson Hall, Room 236
Bio: Professor Adelman received his PhD from Brandeis University in 1985. In his time at Queen's he has taught and co-taught many Jewish Studies courses as well as published a breadth of work. To see his current publishings click here.
Research Interests: Jewish History: social, cultural, early modern, Italian, women’s, Palestine/Israel,
Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations, historiography.

Courses Taught: HIST 221: Jewish and World History, until 1492, HIST 222: Jewish and World History, since 1492, HIST 244: Topics in History: Antisemitism in Historical Context. 


Jacqueline Davies

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Phone:
613-533-6000, ext. 77033
Email: jd9@queensu.ca
Office:
Watson Hall room 327
Bio: In addition to her continuing adjunct appointment in the Department of Philosophy, Jacqueline Davies is cross appointed to the Queen’s Department of Gender Studies. She is also a member of the Jewish Studies Faculty Advisory Committee and a faculty associate of the new Cultural Studies graduate program at Queen’s. Teaching at Queen’s since 1990, she is convinced of the epistemic necessity of interdisciplinary research. Her research interests include intersectionality, diaspora, and feminist thought, as well as Jewish philosophy, and twentieth century continental thought. Her recent publications focus particularly on the work of Emmanuel Levinas viewed through the lens of 20th century aesthetic and communications technologies (cinema, medical imaging, and the internet). These publications include “Others in the Ether: On Levinasian Internet Ethics by Design.” in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. Vol. 3, 2009; “Premature M/Othering: Levinasian ethics and the politics of fetal ultrasound imaging.” in Embodiment and Agency: New Essays in Feminist Philosophy, Sue Campbell, Letitia Meynell, and Susan Sherwin eds. (Penn State University Press, 2009); and “Reading Levinas in The Apartment.” Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship. Maurice Hamington, ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.) Her publications of note include reflections on pornography and objectification, as well as co-authored introductory textbooks on critical thinking and on social analysis in Canada. She is a frequent reviewer of manuscripts in critical thinking, feminist thought, bioethics and applied ethics. Current research on the legalized sex trade in Germany marks a return to extended philosophical reflection on some of the grittier realities that motivate engaged feminism and critical theory.
Research InterestsFeminist Thought, Jewish Philosophy, Narrative Reasoning, and Critical Thinking.

Courses Taught: PHIL 367: Jewish Philosophy 


Gordon B. Dueck

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of History
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 74473
Email: dueckg@queensu.ca
Office:
Watson Hall, Room 108
Bio: Professor Dueck received his PhD from Queen's University in 2000. In his time at Queen's he has taught many Jewish Studies courses, specifically some of our most popular elective classes including: The Holocaust: Problems and Interpretations, Jews On Film: History of Hollywood, and Jews Without Judaism.
Research Interests: Jewish History: social, public, local, multicultural, modern comparative, film, Holocaust.

Courses Taught: HIST 220: Jews On Film: History of Hollywood, HIST 295: The Holocaust: Problems and Interpretations, HIST 344: Insiders/Outsiders: Jewish Identity in the New World, HIST 339: Jews Without Judaism.


Na'ama Haklai

Lecturer
Languages, Literatures and Cultures
E-mail: haklain@queensu.ca      
Phone:
613-533-2074
Office: Kingston Hall 400(A)
Bio: With over twenty years’ experience in language related fields and ten years’ experience teaching Hebrew at Queen's University, Professor Haklai learned that second language acquisition varies from student to student in as much as people themselves are different. Some students gravitate towards an almost mathematical understanding of language; while others absorb language mainly through auditory learning.  Both sides are just as important and vital when learning a new language.

With these understandings in mind, professor Haklai  discusses in every step how a single grammatical building block supports a whole.  At the same time, she embeds these elements in a variety of examples, letting students create and sound out their own sentences as we go along.  The purpose of this is to provide students with the foundation and confidence to use a new system of communication, gradually moving towards an environment where these elements serve to express ideas.

With a background in literature and an interest in new teaching technologies, Professor Haklai incorporates Hebrew literature, movies, TV shows and current social themes from Israel into my teachings. She aims to create a classroom that has an atmosphere of creativity, intellectual stimulation and fun.

Research interests: Second language acquisition, contemporary Hebrew literature and culture

Courses Taught: HEBR 190: Introduction to Modern Hebrew, HEBR 294: Intermediate Hebrew, HEBR 301: Special Topics in Hebrew, HEBR 393: Reading Modern Hebrew Literature.


Dorit Na'aman

Alliance Atlantis Professor
Department of Film and Media
Phone:
613 533 6000 x 78165
Email: naamand@queensu.ca
Office:  
Isabel Bader Centre, Room 314
Bio: I came to Queen’s as a specialist in Israeli, and to a lesser extent, Palestinian cinemas.  I studied nationalism, gender and militarism, and expanded my work to include photography, and news media.  At Queen’s I found a department especially supportive of combining theory and practice, and I soon merged my filmmaking background (a BFA from Tel-Aviv University and an MFA from Syracuse University) with my theoretical interests (PhD from Alberta).  I developed a series of short videos, which I called DiaDocuMEntaRy, and in which I tried to address political questions, especially about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, while also addressing authority and voice in documentary filmmaking. 
Research Interests: Nationalism, gender, militarism and film making.

Courses Taught: Not currently teaching in Jewish Studies.


Emeritus Faculty

William S. Morrow 

Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
School of Religion
Phone:
613-533-6000, ext. 74325
Email: morroww@queensu.ca
Office:
Theological Hall 407
Research Interests: Biblical law; history and theology of lament; the effects of violence on the development of biblical religion.