Welcome to Research Bites, the podcast of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social SciencesIn each episode, we feature innovative research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences by one of our fellows. In this podcast we hope to offer a taste, or a bite, of the research taking place in our Society and the kinds of conversations taking place in its offices, hallways, and, indeed, the kitchen.
Religious Mobility and Identity among Christians in Kenya
We often think of religious membership as clear-cut and exclusive: A member of group A could not possibly also be a follower of group B. Conversely, and especially among scholars observing disempowered populations, religion is often seen as instrumental – a means for accumulating material, social, or symbolic capital. How do these two perspectives fit together in Kenya – a diverse and predominantly Christian country with high rates of material insecurities? How has the Christian revival of recent decades, associated with neo-Pentecostalism and with becoming born again, influenced patterns of mobility and conceptions of religious belonging among Kenyan Christians? And what are the broader social and political implications of such observations?
In this episode, Prof. Ruth HaCohen interviews Yonatan Gez, an anthropologist that specializes in Religion and society in East Africa.<embed>
Revisiting the Old Heimat: German – German-Jewish Relations after the Second World War
Only fifteen years after the Second World War some cities in western Germany started to contact former citizens living abroad who had been persecuted during National Socialism. A few of these cities also granted invitations to these former victims of National Socialism, inviting them to visit their former places of residency in Germany for one or two weeks. Some of these contacts and invitations started in the 1960s. Since the 1980s they took place all over Germany. Surprisingly, most of these contacts and invitations were not initiated by German politicians. Instead former victims of the Nazi persecution within the cities as well as abroad played a major role in the initiation and the success of these initiatives. This apparent paradox is at the center of this episode about “invitations to the old hometown”.
In this episode, Dr. Amir Engel interviews Dr. Lina Nikou, a historian and cultural anthropologist, about her new book.
Indonesian Tourism to Jerusalem
Tens of thousands of Indonesian tourists come to Israel/Palestine every year. Some of them come in groups that consist only of Muslims, while others are made up by Christians. How are the experiences and itineraries of the two types of groups different, and how are they similar? And what can we learn from these about tourism, identity formation, Indonesia, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?