In the past year Searle Kochberg, from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has been working on and collaborating with Liberal Judaism UK, Bucks New University, Coventry University and colleagues in CCI to create Ritual Reconstructed, a Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research project.
Ritual Reconstructed is a collaborative, community and academic project looking at the ways in which Jewish people who identify as LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex), engage in religious and community life, consisting of a creative writing workshop, a rabbinical debate on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Jewish issues and a screening of the 5 films created by Searle and his fellow University of Portsmouth colleagues.
For those who missed the film premiere in London, UOP’s Eldon Building will be screening the films on Wednesday 3rd February in room 1.09 from 2pm, if you would like to join the screening with Searle and his colleagues, book your FREE spot on eventbrite. More information can be read via the Ritual Reconstructed events page.
The London event took place on the 24th November 2015 in three instalments:
3pm – 5pm: a series a short performances and installations created by the participants of the Ritual Reconstructed project.
5.30pm – 6.30pm: Rabbi Danny Rich, Elli Tikvah Sarah, Rabbi Mark Solomon and Rabbi Janet Darley will be discussing Queering Theology
7.30pm: premiere of the ‘Ritual Reconstructed documentary’, a series of short films produced by The University of Portsmouth which examines LGBTQI Jewish ritual in the UK. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the project team.
CCI lecturer, Katie Still, and MSc student Film and TV, Alex Sermon, recorded the event and are captured in some of the following images.
In addition to the screening of Ritual Reconstructed at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 3rd February, Buckinghamshire New University will also be showing the films created as well as a Q & A session on the 5th February as part of LGBT history month.