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Israel Studies Seminar

Israel Studies Seminar: Perspectives on Israel.
During this academic year, the Israel Studies Seminar will explore what it means to widen the horizons of conventional discourse about Israel by focusing on various perspectives of Israel.
The seminar’s objective is to situate Israel within broader contexts, including thematic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological, and geo-strategical. Our speakers this year are invited to offer views of Israel from the socio-political or historical vantage points of various traditions, groups, cultures and states, or from certain epistemological perspectives. We hope that by doing so we will be able to illuminate topics that may be otherwise neglected in the field of Israel studies, but are nevertheless crucial for understanding Israeli and Middle Eastern politics at large.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Kfir Cohen - Israeli Literature as Global Literature Kfir Cohen discusses Israeli literature as global literature (broadly defined) Kfir Cohen 25 Jun 2018
2 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
3 Rami Ginat - Egyptian Communist Voices of Peace (1947-1958) Ramit Ginat discusses the Egyptian Communist Party's stance on Israel in its formative first decade of statehood. Rami Ginat, Yaacov Yadgar 30 May 2018
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 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