Robert Phillips cultural anthropologistrfphillips@bsu.edu

Current Research

In my current research project, I use the discourse around various Jewish smartphone apps as a way of thinking about the larger and more complicated relationships between contemporary Orthodox communities and new technologies. I look at online debates among Orthodox Jews in the United States and Israel, focusing on how the prohibition against using technology on Shabbos and the proposed solutions bring to light bigger issues of disconnection and apathy among Modern Orthodox youth.

My dissertation research investigated the Internet’s role in national and sexual identity in Singapore. This research is currently being revised for publication as a monograph.

 

Jerusalem Pride 2015

Jerusalem Pride 2015

 

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