Arab Jews are focus of Georgetown U event

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I just heard about this. Tonight and tomorrow at Georgetown University, they’re holding a conference titled, “After Jews and Arabs: Reinventing the Levant…”  The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is sponsoring the event; I believe non-Georgetown-affiliated can RSVP here to attend. (I wonder what the speakers will be saying about identity-formation and partition.) Some of the highlights:

November 1

Keynote Address (6:30 – 8:00 PM)

  • Ammiel Alcalay: “The Cosmology of Finding Your Spot: Political Memory and the Poetics of Location”

 Reception (8:00 – 9:00 PM)

Friday November 2:

Coffee and light breakfast (8:30 – 9:00 AM)

Panel 1 (9:00 – 11:00 AM): Other Levants

  • Susan Slyomovics: “Who and What is Native to Israel? On Marcel Janco’s Settler Art and Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff’s ‘Levantinism’”
  • Orit Bashkin: “Globalizing the Mizrahi struggle: Sit-ins, Demonstrations, and Hunger Strikes in 1950s Israel”
  • Ramon Stern: “Levantinism Disguised: The Invisible Mediterranean Map between Ibel Saqi and the São Paulo Interior in Raduan Nassar’s Lavoura arcaica”

Chair: Elliott Colla

Break (11:00 – 11:15 AM)

Panel 2 (11:15 – 12:45 PM): Other Poems

  • Anne Waldman: “A Poetics and a Politics of the Possible”
  • Sami Chetrit: “When Will Our Poems Be Heard in Hebrew? After Jews and Arabs and the Rebirth of the Hebrew Arab-Jew”

Chair: Mark McMorris

Lunch Break (12:45 – 2:00 PM)

Panel 3 (2:00 – 4:00 PM) Other Travels, Other Times

  • Dalia Kandiyoti: “Traveling ‘through the Light of the Levantine Prism’: Alcalaian Readings of Contemporary Literature”
  • Amila Buturovic: “Spaces of Death as Spaces of Cultural Exchange: One Glimpse into the Ottoman Bosnia”
  • Janneke Stegeman: “The Text as Landscape and the Landscape in Text: Patterns of Identity Formation in Jeremiah 32”

Chair: Sylvia Önder

Break (4:00 – 4:15 PM)

Panel 4 (4:15 – 5:45 PM) Other Languages

  • Ella Shohat: “Judeo-Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging”
  • Sinan Antoon: “Diminishing Returns: On Samir Naqqash”

Chair: Joseph Sassoon

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  1. Scott
    November 1, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Somehow I think this lacks mass or populist appeal.

  2. Les
    November 2, 2012, 11:18 am

    Upon discovering these native Jews in Israel, American emigrants originally referred to them as Schwartze Jews.

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