Eliza Slavet is a scholar of religion, with interests in psychoanalysis, Jewish Studies, and Moses narratives. She received a PhD in Literature from the University of California, San Diego; an MM in Oboe Performance from Yale School of Music; and a BA in English from Yale University.
In the past, Eliza played the oboe, wrote poetry, and made sound art installations as well as a few videos. In 2001, she proposed a sound installation, Breathing Traces, to the Berlin Jewish Museum: a large room, with speaker-cones hanging from the ceiling, each speaker playing a recording of the sounds of one Jewish resident of Berlin. A curiosity cabinet of souls, breathing their way through life... The proposal was ultimately rejected, but it led her to read Archive Fever by Jacques Derrida, which pushed her to begin writing what became her dissertation, "Freud's Moses: Memory Material and Immaterial" (2007), which became the book, Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question (Fordham University Press, 2009).
Eliza has organized a number of panels, but the most infamous one was in May 2006 at the New York Public Library: Freud's Foreskin: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Most Suggestive Circumcision in History.
Teaching positions have been in departments of literature, interdisciplinary study, religion and history; institutions include Parsons School of Design, New School University; Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (NYU); Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY); and the University of California, San Diego. Eliza's courses focus on memory and forgetting, literary theory, Moses and multiplicity, hearing voices, race and religion, inventing tradition, psychoanalysis, and the history of anti-semitism.
Currently, she is re-preparing a Haggadah for the Wicked Child for publication and working on a book on Philosemitism. She is also constantly surprised by how much she loves and is exhausted by and loves being exhausted by her two children, Ruby (b. 2010) and Sylvester (b. 2012).
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