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Jessica Roda

Jessica Roda is a 2016-2018 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at CEREV. Having a background in musicology, ethnomusicology and anthropology from France and Canada, her research interests focus on the making and representation of ethnic and religious identities after the rupture of social ties in the aftermath of war, omission and repression, heritage-making, as well as on intercultural and interreligious dialogue. At CEREV, she will investigate the construction of kinship ties among the ex Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities of Montreal and New York City. The author of over twenty articles, Jessica regularly presents conferences in French, English, and Portuguese as a guest researcher (USA, Brazil, Japan, France) and as a speaker in academic, associative, community and cultural milieus. In addition to co-editing the book Heritage and Cultural Diversity (2015, Presses de l’Université du Québec) with Daniela Moisa, she is also Research Associate at the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies and the Groupes Sociétés, Religions et Laïcités (CNRS, GSRL).

Selected bibliography


[2017]   Quand le patrimoine musical construit la communauté. L’expérience judéo-espagnole en France (When Heritage Constructs the Community. Sephardic experience in France). Presses universitaires de Rennes, Prize UQÀM-Respatrimoni 2014 (in process).

2015       coeditor with Daniela Moisa. La diversité des patrimoines. Du rejet du discours à l’éloge des pratiques. (The Diversity of Heritages. From the rejection of discourse to the elogy of practices). Presses de l’Université du Québec, 232 p.


2016       « Faire communauté par le patrimoine musical. Un regard transnational sur le monde judéo-espagnol ». (The community we create through musical heritage. A transnational perspective on the Sephardic World). Autrepart. Revue de sciences sociales au Sud, (in press).

2015       “Pop Stars as Ambassadors of Sephardic Culture at the Festival Sefarad in Montreal”. Contemporary Jewry, vol. 35/1, p.73-88.

2014                       “Constructing a Patrimony, Updating the Modern: Toward a Comprehensive Understanding of Sephardic Musical Experiences in France”. Music and Minorities - Research, Documentation and Interdisciplinary study of Minorities from around the World. Ursula Hemetek, Essica Marks and Adelaida Reyes (eds.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Press, p.194-114.

2014       “Jewish performance as a Means for Constructing the Society of “Living Together””. European Journal of Jewish Studies, special issue on Jewish Music, vol.8, n°1, p.104-125.

2011       « Des Judéo-espagnols à la machine unesquienne : processus et enjeux de la patrimonialisation » (From Sephardim to Unesco machinery: process and stakes of heritage-making). Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie, vol. 24. Genève : Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie, p. 121-139.

2011                       « Un mouvement associatif comme nouvel espace de patrimonialisation judéo-espagnole » (An associative movement as a new space for Sephardic heritage-making). Mise en scène de territoires musicaux : tourisme, patrimoine et performance, Monique Desroches and al (eds.). Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, p. 243-259.

Encyclopaedia Entry

2016       “Sephardic Music”. The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology, Janet L. Sturman (ed.), (in press).

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