Activities per year
Project Researchers: MA Mercédesz Czimbalmos, Docent Simo Muir, Dr Dóra Pataricza, Dr Riikka Tuori.
This project will research vernacular religion in the framework of a new analytic model designed for general applicability across cultures. By examining Jewish everyday life in Finland as conceived by mainstream adherents, the deeply engaged, critically secular and thoroughly indifferent alike, it challenges the convention to focus on static aspects of “knowing” and “being” in the study of religions by adding “doing” to the matrix. To ensure validity and broad applicability, the data on Finnish Jewry will be systematically compared to parallel data generated by Nordic collaborators working with Muslim and Jewish contexts. This will shed light on how small, distinct but peacefully integrated, religious communities embedded in larger majority cultures work.
Today, increasing migration, urbanisation and secularisation contest and reshape traditional boundaries of belonging. Static values and conceptions of identity give way to more flexible subjective positions accommodating a broad set of religious, secular and cultural influences. The analytic model captures this dynamic by creating a multidimensional yet structured framework for mapping vernacular religion, sensitive to historical data and cultural context but also individual narratives and nuances. It contributes to international scholarship by making Jewish experiences visible in a research field, which at present is narrowly constructed on Christian data, thus offering a unique prospect for scientific renewal.
An important asset is the excellent availability and accessibility of sources. Material from official and family archives and in-depth interviews are generated and structured by the research team, representing cross-disciplinary scientific expertise. The research is structured around four case studies designed to capture general trends in vernacular religion: foodways, family life, customs, and relations to secular society.
In addition to the analytic model, the project will offer new, open data for future research and improve the conditions for public debate by offering solid information resources for countering prejudices and hate speech. The results stress the inherent diversity of cultural heritage and can be implemented in policy-making to foster tolerance and promote interculturality. The project will result in scientific open access publications, academic and public events, blogs and strengthened international collaborative networks.
|Short title||Minhag Finland|
|Effective start/end date||01/01/18 → 31/12/22|
- Waldemar von Frenckell’s Foundation: €3,500.00
- Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation: €31,000.00
- Inez and Julius Polin Institute for Theological Research: €210,000.00
- Jewish studies
- Judaism in Finland
- Vernacular religion
- Jewish foodways
- Jewish rituals
20 May 2021 → 21 May 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organising a conference, workshop, ...
Ruth Illman (Speaker)10 Sep 2020 → 11 Sep 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Ruth Illman (Speaker)15 Oct 2020 → 16 Oct 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Intermarriage, Conversion, and Jewish Identity in Contemporary Finland: A study of vernacular religion in the Finnish Jewish communitiesCzimbalmos, M., 2021
Research output: Types of Thesis › Doctoral Thesis › Collection of Articles
Czimbalmos, M., 2021, In: Journal of Religion in Europe.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review
[Review of] Shmuly YANKLOWITZ (ed.), Kashrut and Jewish Food Ethics (Brighton, MA: Boston Academic Studies Press, 2019)Pataricza, D., 2020, In: Food and History. 17, 2, p. 253-262 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific