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Tuesday, July 10 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Initiating collegial collaboration against dominant ideology: Conversations between an Orthodox Jew and a devout Muslim music teacher educator in Israel

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Contemporary Israeli society is characterized by socio-political tensions and norms of socio-religious segregation. In education, this is experienced through mandates that allocate populations to segregated institutions according to socio-religious affiliations – structural segregation that mirrors the broader geo-political profiles of many Israeli neighborhoods, towns, cities, and entire regions. Most specifically, scholars have noted norms of overwhelming disconnect between Jews and Arabs in Israel, warning against possible consequences that lead to little mutual knowledge of each other, and ultimately promote the perpetuation of a social pathology of violence.  

In challenging these divisive local norms, this presentation presents a rare dialogue between two religiously observant music educators: a Jewish orthodox woman, and a Muslim man. Together, we embarked on a journey of exploration, searching for new possibilities for mutual understanding and identification. Creating a commitment and framework for on-going collegial dialogue, we worked to document, explore, and expose the ways in which we each negotiate our personal obligations to religious observances within our respective daily practices of music teacher education.

In many ways, our commitment to collegial dialogue emerged as no less important than the interreligious factor of our work. The mutual sharing between two lecturers of music teacher education working within the same institution revealed the importance of collegial dialogue in challenging institutional norms of cultural sensitivity, and in re-considering the preparation of pre-service teachers for their future work within diverse and segregated socio-religious populations.
This presentation exemplifies how college campus can act as a safe place, dislocated from daily socio-geographical-political tensions – a place where a Jewish religious woman and a Muslim man can sit down together and converse. Finally, this presentation suggests what practices of music teacher education can benefit from the cultivation of such conversations.

Amira Ehrlich (Levinsky College of Education, Israel)

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Amira Ehrlich

Program Coordinator - Graduate Studies (M.Ed) in Music Education, Levinsky College of Education, ISRAEL

Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CEST
Havel Room