Lindsey Jackson is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Religions and Cultures. Lindsey’s research is concerned with contemporary Judaism in Canada and the US. Lindsey is particularly interested in ritual change and creation, the tension between tradition and innovation, and diversity of ritual practice. Lindsey is interested in how ritual serves as a means through which to maintain or challenge the status quo, enact change, and a site of activism and protest. Lindsey’s dissertation consists of an ethnographic study of Jewish parents and their engagement with, adaptation, or rejection of the traditional circumcision ritual. Lindsey’s research also examines how anti-circumcision movements and advocates are impacting Jewish observance of circumcision. 

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