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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema Join us for Booktalk Episode 9, Professor Deborah Starr (Cornell University) in conversation about her new book, Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema, published by California Press. Deborah Starr, Walter Armbrust 21 Oct 2021
2 Atalia Omer - Pathways toward a Jewish Israeli Restorative Ethics Atalia Omer discusses restorative justice practices and the possibilities (and limits) of Jewish critiques of Zionism. Atalia Omer, Yaacov Yadgar 20 Oct 2021
3 Independence and Colonialism in the Western Sahara Piotr Schulkes, Helna Murphy, Hajar Meddah, and Felix Walker discuss the recent development in the Western Sahara, caused by America’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the territory. Piotr Schulkes, Helna Murphy, Hajar Meddah, Felix Walker 06 Oct 2021
4 Egypt’s Football Revolution: Emotion, Masculinity, and Uneasy Politics Join us for Booktalk Episode 8, Dr Carl Rommel (University of Helsinki) in conversation about his new book Egypt’s Football Revolution: Emotion, Masculinity, and Uneasy Politics, published by University of Texas Press in July 2021. Carl Rommel, Walter Armbrust 29 Sep 2021
5 Making Film in Egypt Join us as we listen to Dr Chihab El Khachab (King’s College, Cambridge) in conversation about his new book – Making Film in Egypt: How Labor, Technology, and Mediation Shape the Industry. Published by American University in Cairo Press. Chihab El Khachab 18 May 2021
6 Booktalk episode 6: Rivals in the Gulf: Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and the Qatar-UAE Contest Over the Arab Spring and the Gulf Crisis For our sixth episode of MEC Booktalk, guest author David Warren (Washington University in St Louis) discusses his recent book, Rivals in the Gulf, published by Routledge in January 2021. David Warren, Usaama al-Azami 12 Apr 2021
7 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar: Elana Shapira: Berta Zuckerkandl and Her Circle: Austrian Nationalism and Zionism in Viennese Modernism Elana Shapira discusses the tangled relationship between Austrian Nationalism and Zionism in Viennese Modernism Elana Shapira 09 Mar 2021
8 A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic Guest author Dr Fatemeh Shams (Assistant Professor of Modern Persian Literature, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania) talks with Booktalk host Dr Zuzanna Olszewska (University of Oxford). Fatemeh Shams, Zuzanna Olszewska 04 Mar 2021
9 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar: Maja Gildin Zuckerman: The Pragmatism of Proto-Zionism: Tracing Jewish Nation-building through a Cultural Sociological Framework Maya Gildin Zuckerman discusses a 1897 tour from London to Palestine as a moment in the Zionist meaning making process. Maja Gilding Zuckerman 23 Feb 2021
10 History, politics, and Anecdotes with Eugene Rogan Piotr Schulkes and Eugene Rogan discuss the importance of history in contemporary Middle Eastern politics, how the West discusses the region, and a number of stories from Rogan’s time at Oxford. Piotr Schulkes, Eugene Rogan 22 Feb 2021
11 Jamie Stern-Weiner: IHRA: The Politics of a Definition Jamie Stern-Weiner (Oxford) traces the genesis and evolution of a controversial 'working definition' of antisemitism. Jamie Stern-Weiner 16 Feb 2021
12 The Caliphate of Man: Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought Join us for the fourth MEC Booktalk episode where Dr Usaama al-Azami talks with guest author Andrew March about his new book, The Caliphate of Man: The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought, published by Harvard University Press, 2021 Usaama al-Azami, Andrew March 16 Feb 2021
13 Lebanon’s Economic and political crisis Piotr Schulkes, Felix Walker, and Michael Memari cover the ongoing crises in Lebanon’s political and economic systems. Michael Memari, Felix Walker, Piotr Schulkes 09 Feb 2021
14 Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition Join us for the third MEC Booktalk episode where Dr Usaama al-Azami talks with guest author Ahmed El Shamsy about his new book, Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition. Ahmed El Shamsy, Usaama al-Azami 07 Feb 2021
15 Anna Prashizky: Connecting Ethnicity and Space: The New Russian-Mizrahi-Mediterranean Pop Culture in Israel’s Periphery Ann Prashizky discusses 'self orientalistation' by the 1.5 generation of FSU immigrants to Israel. Anna Prashizky 02 Feb 2021
16 Adam Sutcliffe: Light Unto the Nations - The Idea of Jewish Purpose and the Emergence of Zionism (Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar) Adam Sutcliffe (KCL) discusses how Zionist ideologues have viewed the notion of Jewish purpose. Adam Sutcliffe 27 Jan 2021
17 New Year’s Episode The whole team gets together to discuss what their moment of note of 2020 was, what they are looking out for in 2021, and what their favourite book on the Middle East is. Piotr Schulkes, Helena Murphy, Frederike Brockhoven, Max Randall 26 Jan 2021
18 Tal Shamur (Cambridge): The emergence of melancholic citizenship at the urban periphery: The case of south Tel Aviv protest against global migration Tal Shamur presents his work on the melancholic protest of Hatikva residents. Tal Shamur 19 Jan 2021
19 The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet Episode 2, with Dr Faisal Devji, (St Antony’s College, Oxford), talks with Joshua Craze (University of Chicago) and writer Aaron Tugendhaft about Aaron's new book The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet, University of Chicago Press 2020. Faisal Devji, Joshua Craze, Aaron Tugendhaft 18 Jan 2021
20 Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads First episode of Booktalk, where host Professor Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College, Oxford) talks with David Rundell on his book Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads, Bloomsbury Publication (2020. Eugene Rogan, David Rundell 18 Jan 2021
21 Child abuse and dancing boys in Afghanistan Piotr Schulkes, Rose Johnson, and Max Randall dive into the phenomenon of the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. Piotr Schulkes, Rose Johnson, Max Randall 03 Dec 2020
22 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar: Rose Stair (Oxford): Age and gender in German-language cultural Zionism The fourth lecture in the Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies seminar series. Rose Stair discusses cultural Zionism through a focus on age and gender. Rost Stair 01 Dec 2020
23 Peter Bergamin (Oxford): Guns and Moses: Jewish anti-British Resistance during the Mandate for Palestine Peter Bergamin presents some findings and conclusions from his recent research on the British Mandate for Palestine, focusin on the phenomena of Jewish illegal immigration and anti-British terrorism, and their role in Britain’s eventual abandonment of the Peter Bergamin 24 Nov 2020
24 Avi Shlaim on Revisionist History and Israel Piotr Schulkes and Avi Shlaim, Fellow of the British Academy, sit down to discuss Israel’s New Historians; who they are, what they believe, and the popular reception to it. Avi Shlaim, Piotr Schulkes 20 Nov 2020
25 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar: Yuval Evri (KCL) - The Return to Al-Andalus: Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew Yuval Evri discusses his new book, The Return to Al-Andalus, Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew Yuval Evri 17 Nov 2020
26 Nahshon Perez (Bar-Ilan) and Yuval Jobani (Tel Aviv): Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites Nachshon Perez discusses Perez and Jobani's co-authored book on the politics of contested sacred sites Nachshon Perez 10 Nov 2020
27 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Semina: Danielle Drori (Oxford): Yosef Klausner in Translation: Zionism and Christianity The second seminar in the Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalism Sereis. Danielle Drori discusses Zionism and translation, with a focus on Klausner's Life of Jesus Danielle Drori 03 Nov 2020
28 Orientalism and the Language of the Middle East Lillie Sullivan, Piotr Schulkes, and Hajar Meddah discuss what the Middle East as a region is and how it is portrayed in academia and the media. Piotr Schulkes, Hajar Meddah, Lillie Sullivan 02 Nov 2020
29 Hadeel Abu Hussein (Oxford): Palestinian Arab Citizens in Israel, Equality Struggle Hadeel Abu Hussein discusses the historical stages of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel with respect to their political formation and social experience as individuals and a collective starting from 1948, until nowadays. Hadeel Abu Hussein 27 Oct 2020
30 Reconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist Ideologies Seminar: Yair Wallach, (SOAS): Language of Revival or Conquest? Hebrew in the Streets of early 20th century Jerusalem Yair Wallach discusses his book A City in Fragments: Urban Text in Modern Jerusalem (Stanford University Press, 2020). Yair Wallach 22 Oct 2020
31 Sandy Kedar: Emptied Lands - A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev. Prof. Sandy Kedar (Haifa) discusses his co-authored book on the legal rights of the Bedouin in the Negev. Sandy Kedar 14 Oct 2020
32 Female Entrepreneurship in the Middle East Frederike Brockhoven sits down with Rania Ayman of Entreprenelle, Yasmeen Mjalli of Babyfist, and Lina Khalifeh of Shefighter to discuss female entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Frederike Brockhoven, Rania Ayman, Lina Khalifeh 07 Oct 2020
33 The Kafala System Hajar Meddah, Felix Walker and Piotr Schulkes discuss the Middle East’s controversial Kafala system, that allows employers to exploit workers and undermine their rights without breaking the law. Hajar Meddah, Felix Walker, Piotr Schulkes 28 Sep 2020
34 Normalization, annexation, and the Palestinians Piotr Schulkes, Frederike Brockhoven, and Michael Memari discuss the impact of the normalization of the UAE-Israeli relationship on Netanyahu’s annexation plan, why it's yet more bad news for Palestinians, and American reticence to improve the situation. Michael Memari, Frederike Brockhoven, Piotr Schulkes 08 Sep 2020
35 Hizky Shoham - The Emotional Scripting of Boycotts: The Nazi-Zionist Agreement in Jewish Public Culture During the 1930s Hizky Shoham discusses the 'emotionologies' surrounding the Nazi-Zionist 'Transfer agreement.' Hizky Shoham 26 Feb 2020
36 Larissa Remennick - The Israeli Diaspora in Berlin: Back to Being Jewish? Larissa Remeniick discuss the origins and present condition of the new (post-2010) Israeli diaspora in Berlin Larissa Remennick 19 Feb 2020
37 Lotem Perry-Hazan: Ethnic segregation in the Haredi education in Israel: Policies and practices Lotem Perry-Hazzan discusses ethnic discrimination in admissions to Haredi schools in Israel Lotem Perry-Hazzan 05 Feb 2020
38 Heather Munro: Ashkenazi Hegemony in Haredi Israeli Society and Implications for the Future Heather Monro discusses the implications of Ashkenazi Hegemony in the Israeli Haredi society. Heather Munro 28 Jan 2020
39 The Making of the Israeli Far Right Book Talk by Peter Bergamin Peter Bergamin discusses his new book: The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology Peter Bergamin 22 Jan 2020
40 Creative Commons Seyed Ali Alavi - Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future Ali Alavi discusses the history of Iran's relations with Palestinian organisation and the Palestinian cause, and their implication to Iranian-Israeli relations. Ali Alavi 22 Jan 2020
41 Creative Commons Tamar Calahorra, Competition between Members of Parliament and Governmental ministries on Policy Outcomes through Legislation – Israel as a Test case Dr. Calahorra studies some dramatic changes in the ways legislation is conducted in Israel Tamar Calahorra 03 Dec 2019
42 Creative Commons Nancy Hawker - Palestinian multilingualism: A perfectly normal adaptation to colonialism, conflict and late capitalism Nancy Hawker (The Aga Khan University) considers the developing place of Arabic in official nation-statist platforms in Israel Nancy Hawker 27 Nov 2019
43 Creative Commons Yoav Ronel - 'Love, Zionism and Melancholy in the Prose of Micha Yosef Berdichevsky' Yoav Ronel (Bezalel and BGU) considers representations of a melancholic national and subjective desire in the prose of Micha Yosef Berdichevsky (1865-1921) Yoav Ronnel 20 Nov 2019
44 Creative Commons Avihu Shoshana - 'Nocturnal Inequality: Ethnographies of Social Selection and Waiting in Line for Night Clubs in Tel-Aviv' Avihu Shoshana (Haifa University) discusses findings from his ethnography of social selection in Israeli night-clubs. Avihu Shoshana 13 Nov 2019
45 Creative Commons Jonathan Leslie - Fear and Insecurity: Competing Narratives of the Iran-Israel Relationship Jonathan Leslie considers the history of Iran's "becoming" and existential threat in Israel Jonathan Leslie 06 Nov 2019
46 Moriel Ram, 'A tale of sand and snow: Bar-Lev line and the Hermon ski site as material fantasies' Moriel Ram (SOAS) discusses how sand and snow produce potent imageries and physical realities in Israeli political culture. Moriel Ram 05 Nov 2019
47 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 3: Israel: a dialogue between Yehouda Shenhav (Tel Aviv) and Yaacov Yadgar (Oxford) Yehouda Shenhav and Yaacov Yadgar discuss the uses and misuses of a discourse on “Judaism” in Israel. Session 3 in a series of three. Yehouda Shenhav, Yuval Evri, Yaacov Yadgar 03 Apr 2019
48 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 2: Liberalism and Secularism: a dialogue between Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern) and Yolanda Jansen (Amsterdam) Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Yolande Jansen discuss the notion of the “secular,” liberal politics of the nation-state. Session 2 in a series of three Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Yolande Jansen 03 Apr 2019
49 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 1 Religion and Politics: a dialogue between William Cavanaugh (DePaul) and Timothy Fitzgerald (Centre for Critical Research on Religion) Timothy Fitzgerald and William Cavanaugh discuss the politics and history of the conceptual duality and its current usages. First session in a series of three Timothy Fitzgerald, William Cavanaugh 03 Apr 2019
50 Creative Commons Avner Offer: Quality of Life and Well-being in Israel Today Avner offer discusses how to measure -- and how to understand the measurements -- of quality of life and well-being in Israel. Avner Offer 06 Mar 2019
51 Creative Commons Eyal Chowers - The emerging notion of sovereignty in contemporary Israel Eyal Chowers considers Israeli democracy, liberalism, and the emerging notion of sovereignty in the state Eyal Chowers 06 Mar 2019
52 Guy Burton - Rising Powers and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1947' How have rising power engaged with the Arab-Israeli conflict? What does this tell us about rising powers and conflict management as well as their behaviour in international politics more generally? Guy Burton 27 Feb 2019
53 Ibrahim Khatib - Identity, Conflict perception and Reconciliation in the shadow of the Arab-Israeli conflict Ibrahim Khatib discusses the correlations between identity, conflict perception, and willingness to reconcile. Ibrahim Khatib 27 Feb 2019
54 Creative Commons Menachem Klein - Abbas' Leadership in a State Postponed Menachem Klein discusses the political biography and leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. Menachem Klein 06 Feb 2019
55 Khaled Furani - Putting Israel on the Couch: A Palestinian challenge from within the Leviathan Khaled Furani deconstruct sovereignty, and considers some alternatives. Khaled Furani 23 Jan 2019
56 Creative Commons Netta Cohen - When climate takes command: Jewish-Zionist scientific approaches to climate in Palestine 1900-1948 How did Zionist scientist see climate in Palestine? Netta Cohen 16 Jan 2019
57 Creative Commons Brian Klug - Defining antisemitism, demonizing Zionism, excoriating Corbyn: The current controversy over the left and the Jews Brian Klug analyses the controversy around antisemitism in the Labour Party and the limits on the criticism of Zionism. Brian Klug 28 Nov 2018
58 Orna Sasson-Levy - Gendered citizenship: The case of Women Breaking the Silence Orna Sasson-Levy discusses the cast of women soldiers who decide to speak Orna Sasson-Levy 21 Nov 2018
59 Creative Commons Adriana X Jacobs - A gift from Sinai: Translation and nation-building Adriana Jacobs (Oxford) discusses the role of translation in the constitutive era of modern Hebrew literature. Adriana X Jacobs 16 Nov 2018
60 David Tal - The making of alliance: The making and history of US-Israel relationships David Tal discusses the making and history of US-Israel relationships. David Tal 16 Nov 2018
61 Yakov Rabkin - Israel: The Russian Connection Yakov Rabkin (University of Montreal) discusses the roots of Israeli political culture in the Zionist beginnings in the Yiddish speaking regions of the Russian Empire. Yakov Rabkin 26 Oct 2018
62 Yaacov Yadgar - The Nation-State bill and the meaning of Israel’s Jewish identity Yaacov Yadgar discusses the recently passed Basic-Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People, and discusses how it plays into Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis Yaacov Yadgar 10 Oct 2018
63 Creative Commons Kfir Cohen - Israeli Literature as Global Literature Kfir Cohen discusses Israeli literature as global literature (broadly defined) Kfir Cohen 25 Jun 2018
64 Bashir Abu-Manneh - Habibi’s The Pessoptimist and 1948 Bashir Abu-Manneh discusses Emile Habibi’s The Pessoptimist and 1948. Bashir Abu-Manneh 31 May 2018
65 Rami Ginat - Egyptian Communist Voices of Peace (1947-1958) Rami Ginat discusses the Egyptian Communist Party's stance on Israel in its formative first decade of statehood. Rami Ginat, Yaacov Yadgar 30 May 2018
66 Creative Commons Faisal Devji: Jewish Pecedents and Muslim Nationalism Faisal Devji discusses the surprising relations between Pakistani nationalism and Zionism. Faisal Devji, Yaacov Yadgar 02 May 2018
67 Yuval Evri: Andalusian Legacies: the role of al-Andalus/Sepharad in the political and cultural history of Israel/Palestine Yuval Evri discusses the uses of the the image of Al-Andalus in political and cultural discourses in the turn of the 20th Century. Yuval Evri, Yaacov Yadgar 07 Mar 2018
68 Creative Commons Galia Sabar: African Migration to Israel - Chronicle of a Failure Foretold The history and politics of African migration to Israel Galia Sabar, Yaacov Yadgar 21 Feb 2018
69 Almog Behar - Between Hebrew and Arabic The politics, culture, and reality of Hebrew and Arabic in Israel and beyond. Almog Behar, Yaacov Yadgar 14 Feb 2018
70 Eugene Rogan - The Myth of the Campbell-Bannerman Report: Arab views on Israel after the Suez Crisis On the origins and context of a little know (for some obvious reasons) chapter in the history of the Zionism. Eugene Rogan 08 Feb 2018
71 Creative Commons Haim Yacobi - Israel, Africa: Identity, Culture and Politics Haim Yacobi (UCL) gives a talk on Israel in Africa, Africa (and Africans) in Israel. Haim Yacobi, Yaacov Yadgar 30 Jan 2018
72 Avi Shlaim - A Jordanian Perspective on Israel Prof. Avi Shlaim reviews the history of the Jordanian-Israeli relations, and considers how Israel is viewed and understood from the Jordanian side Avi Shlaim, Yaacov Yadgar 29 Nov 2017
73 Birth of the Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Controversy on the ‘Arab Question’ (1910-12) On 'the mother' of all ensuing Mizrahi–Ashkenazi ethnic controversies. Moshe Behar, Yaacov Yadgar 01 Nov 2017
74 Jews, Israel and Debate: Understanding Israel in the Diaspora Why and how should we study Diaspora Jews' relation to Israel? Ilan z Baron, Yaacov Yadgar 31 Oct 2017
75 Faith and Superstition from an Islamic Perspective In light of the Power and Protection Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of the University of Oxford, this talk addresses the fundamental principles of faith, and how the Islamic tradition deals with and defines superstition. Tariq Ramadan, Francesca Leoni 25 Nov 2016