Robert Phillips cultural

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 Orthodox youth.

In collaboration with students, I am also working on an archival project examining the histories of anti-Semitism in east-central Indiana and an ethnographic project looking at the re-introduction of veiling practices among young Catholic women.

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