Rachel Adelstein

(Ethnomusicology) “Braided Voices: Women Cantors in Non-Orthodox Judaism”

I am excited to have the opportunity to be a Martin Marty Center Junior Fellow for the 2011-2012 school year. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss and refine my arguments in my dissertation "Braided Voices: Women Cantors in Non-Orthodox Judaism" with fellow scholars outside of my own department, Music. I especially relish the prospect of strengthening the religious aspects of my argument so that they will complement the musical aspects. I hope to complete two to three chapters during the year. I am also looking forward to teaching either at the University of Chicago or a different institution. The Martin Marty Center strikes me as a lively and ecumenical place, where one could find many different approaches to studying the relationship between the human and the divine. I hope that I will be able to offer something stimulating and interesting in return.