Photographing Jews Class

Postcard of Jewish children in Debdou, Morocco, c. 1915.


Photographing Jews

Race, Gender, and Power in the Mediterranean | Online Class

Thursdays, October 1–November 5, 1:30–3:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Since the nineteenth century, Mediterranean Jews have appeared as exotic subjects in photographs produced primarily by and for European audiences. Drawing on historical method and visual analysis, this class explores the history of photography, its ties to imperial expansion, and what these photographs can teach us about Jewish life in the Mediterranean.

Instructor: Rachel E. Smith is a doctoral candidate in Jewish history at UCLA and the Skirball Fellow in Jewish Culture. Her research focuses on the history of ethnography and the construction of cultural difference within Jewish communities in the late Ottoman Empire. She received a BA/MA in linguistic anthropology from New York University in 2010 and completed a dual-degree MA in Jewish history and education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017. She has worked on numerous public history projects including oral history archives, educational programming, and exhibitions for the Tenement Museum and the Center for Jewish History in New York, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA.