דני שרירא

Dr. Dani Schrire

Scholarly practices that have accompanied scholars of Jewish folklore from the mid nineteenth century to the present.

I was born in Cape Town and grew up mostly in Jerusalem. I am a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I completed a BA in Philosophy and Geography, the MA in Geography and Urban and Regional Studies and my PhD in the Program for Jewish and Comparative Folklore Studies. I joined the faculty of the Hebrew University in 2015 in a joint appointment of the Program for Folklore and Folk-Culture and the Program in Cultural Studies. I spent 2010-2011 as a guest doctoral student in the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I conducted post-doctoral research in the Institute for Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology at Göttingen University, at the Hebrew University and at the Herbert Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research addresses various questions concerning place. In the framework of my MA I studied pilgrimage routes and the construction of linear “European” spaces from the perspective of non-representational theory. My dissertation focused on the ways in which Zionist folklorists negotiated the fracture in the continuity of cultural life of Jews in the Diaspora in the face of the Shoah and the massive immigration to Palestine. My research has expanded to scholarly practices that have accompanied scholars of Jewish folklore from the mid nineteenth century to the present. My work stresses the way folk-culture crystallizes in specific situations, observing the performance of research and the everyday life of scholars. The theoretical base of my work is informed by folkloristic theory, everyday cultural theory and actor-network-theory.

Selected Publications

  • 2007, “The Camino de Santiago. The Interplay of European Heritage and New Traditions,” Ethnologia Europaea 36(2),  pp. 69-86.
  • 2010, “Raphael Patai, Jewish Folklore, Comparative Folklorists and American Anthropology,” Journal of Folklore Research, pp. 7-43.
  • (with Galit Hasan-Rokem): 2012, “Folklore Studies in Israel” in A Companion to Folklore, ed. Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 325-348.
  • 2012, “Ethnographic Questionnaires: After Method, After Questions,”  Approaching Methodology, Second Edition, eds. Frog and Pauliina Latvala with Helen F. Leslie (Helsinki: Annales Academiæ Scientiarum Fennicæ), pp. 201-212.
  • 2013, “Anthropologie, Europäische Ethnologie, Folklore-Studien: Max Grunwald und die vielen historischen Bedeutungen der Volkskunde,” Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 109 ,  pp. 29-54
  • (with Vered Madar): 2014, “From Leipzig to Jerusalem: Erich Brauer: A Jewish Ethnographer in Search of a Field,” Naharaim. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 8,  pp. 91-119.
  • 2015, “Kurt Ranke’s Scholarly Ties with Israeli Folklorists in the 1960s” in Zur Situation der Volkskunde 1945-1970. Orientierungen einer Wissenschaft in Zeiten des ‚Kalten Kriegs‘, ed. Johannes Moser (Münster: Waxmann), pp. 339-351.
  • 2015, “Ethnic Folklore and National Folklore in Israel: A Re-evaluation,” El Prezente 8-9 / Mikan 15, pp. 809-830 [Hebrew]