4th year Religion Major Esther Guillen has been selected as one of the recipients of the inaugural FASS/OVPRI Undergraduate Summer Research Internships.

It was a very competitive process, as FASS/OVPRI received almost 100 applications for only 10 Internships.

Esther will be working with professors Deidre Butler (Religion) and Betina Kuzmarov (Law) on a new interview based project focusing on Jewish divorce in the Canadian context.

The Agunah project is a new (2016) interdisciplinary ethnographic project being undertaken by Professors Deidre Butler (Religion, College of Humanities) and Betina Kuzmarov (Law).  Addressing the lacunae of Canadian ethnographic research, the project significantly reframes the question of the  Agunah (Jewish women who cannot secure religious divorces) by placing it within the larger Jewish communal context, focusing in on the particularities of the Canadian experience, and, in approaching the question through the disciplinary lenses of religious studies and law, reconfiguring the theoretical frameworks that inform contemporary analyses.