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Another Zionism: Jessie Sampter, Queerness, and Disability – Sarah Imhoff

Join the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies for a book talk with Associate Professor Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University).

Book cover for The Lives of Jessie Sampter: Queer, Disabled, Zionist by Sarah Imhoff

Jessie Sampter (1883-1938) embraced Zionism as an adult and moved to Palestine in 1919. Yet Sampter’s own life and body hardly matched typical Zionist ideals: while Zionism celebrated the strong and healthy body, Sampter spoke of herself as “crippled” from childhood polio and plagued by weakness and sickness her whole life; while Zionism applauded reproductive women’s bodies, Sampter never married or bore children—in fact, she wrote of homoerotic longings and had a same-sex relationship we might consider queer. Though she committed herself to Zionism, she also offered ideological alternatives to its most popular visions.

Sarah Imhoff is Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. She writes about religion and the body with a particular interest in gender, sexuality, disability, and American religion, as well as maintaining a research specialty in religion and law. She is author of Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism(Indiana University Press, 2017) and The Lives of Jessie Sampter: Queer, Disabled, Zionist (Duke University Press, 2022). She is the founding co-editor of the journal American Religion. She is also working on a co-authored book with Susannah Heschel about women and gender in Jewish Studies (Princeton University Press, 2023).

If you are in need of accommodations, please notify us via email (levecenterrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu) by 1/31/2023.

For questions related to the event or request for access accommodations, please email (levecenterrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu) by 1/31/2023.

While the event is free and open to Leve Center members, pre-registration is required. RSVP: https://forms.gle/T9zyxgPMRFYvR64V8

View the event on the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies website.

 

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Feb 07, 2023

314 Royce Hall

2pm - 3pm PST

Register

Feb 07, 2023

314 Royce Hall

2pm - 3pm PST

Register