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Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 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
18 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
19 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
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 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
25 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
26 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
27 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
28 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
29 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
30 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
31 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
32 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
33 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
34 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
35 Creative Commons Kfir Cohen - Israeli Literature as Global Literature Kfir Cohen discusses Israeli literature as global literature (broadly defined) Kfir Cohen 25 Jun 2018
36 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
37 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
38 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
39 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
40 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
41 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
42 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
43 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
44 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
45 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
46 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
47 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